The editors introduce the core areas of current debate within historical theory, bringing the reader as up to date with continuing debates and current developments as is possible. The book is divided into three parts, covering: • Part I. Foundations: The Theoretical Grounds for Knowledge of the Past • Part II. Applications: Theory-Intensive Areas in History • Part III. Coda. Post-Postmodernism: Directions and Interrogations This important handbook brings together in one volume discussions of the role of modernity, empiricism, realism, post-modernity and deconstruction in the historian's craft. Chapters are written by leading writers from around the world and cover a wide spread of historical sub-disciplines, such as social history, intellectual history, narrative, gender, memory, psycho-analysis and cultural studies, taking in, along the way, the work of thinkers such as Paul Ricouer, Michel Foucault and Hayden White. The Sage Handbook of Historical Theory is an essential resource for practicing historians, and students of history, and will appeal to scholars in related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities who seek a closer understanding of the theoretical foundations of history.

The Fundamental Things Apply: Aristotle's Narrative Theory and the Classical Origins of Postmodern History

Nancy Partner

So it is clear on these grounds that the poet must be a maker of his plots rather than [merely a maker] of verses, particularly if he is [considered] a maker in terms of his mimesis and if what he represents is actions (praxeis). And indeed even if it turns out that he is making [his work] out of actual events, he is none the less a poet - a maker: for nothing prevents some actual events from being the sort of things that might probably happen, and in such a case he is the maker of those events. (Aristotle, Poetics, p. 83)

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