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The Varieties of History: From Voltaire to the Present

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"I cannot imagine a more engaging and instructive introduction to the fascinations of historical writing than Fritz Stern's classic The Varieties of History." —Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. City University of New York

"This book contains not only an excellent selection of passages which characterize the ideas and the work of leading historians from the eighteenth to the twentieth
Paperback, 544 pages
Published September 12th 1973 by Vintage (first published September 12th 1956)
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Reading through this book is a Herculean effort. I disagree with other reviewers who regard this as an excellent primer for historiography. This book is much more dense than a primer, and rarely mentions historiography, even if that is the focus. The book traces the transformation of History from its esteemed beginning in Philosophy through the increased specialization of the modern era. Stern covers many historians and a few 'pre-historians' in this impressive book.

Stern chooses to let the hist
If you don't know what the word "historiography" means, this book should explain it. The essays span a broad cross-section of history, and are definitely the definitive and interesting parts of longer works from the authors, so it was a well-chosen and well-organized book that taught me a lot. If you don't care what the word "historiography" means, this book is not for you.
Excellent primer on historiography: the history of history. It explains the origins and evolution of historical study, from Herotodotus to the 20th century. It is faciniting to learn how the way history has been written has changed through the centuries, and how much of it has been influenced by philosophy.
A historian must-read. The quintessential explanation of the different historical movements, their impact, strengths and weaknesses. Understanding this book basically earns you a bachelors in history (minus the other 12000 pages you have to read...)
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I was looking for Five Germanys I Have Known by the same author and found this on kindle. I need to order the other book but this looked interesting as well.
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This book is an useful tool in the study of historiography. It is an overview of modern historiography.
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Fritz Richard Stern was born in Breslau, Silesia, to prominent parents: his father, Rudolf Stern, a physician and medical researcher, and his mother, Käthe Brieger Stern, a noted theorist and reformer in the education of young children. After converting from Judaism to Lutheran Protestants in the 1890s, his family emigrated to the United States in 1938, forced to leave by the virulently anti-Jewis ...more
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