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History and Historians: A Historiographical Introduction

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History and Historians

A Historiographical Introduction

Sixth Edition

Mark T. Gilderhus

This concise, best-selling volume presents a thorough and comprehensive overview of Western historical thinking from ancient times until the present. History and Historians surveys the main issues and problems in areas such as historiography, philosophy of history, and historical methodolog

Paperback, 132 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Prentice Hall
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A brief guide describing an overview of Western historical thinking. When we read history books or tour a historical museum, we expect to see all of history as it happened-properly. Sometimes, key groups get omitted or a twist is taken on a certain historical account. And not all done with malice. Sometimes, yes. It's just how people tend to relay history according to various factors. This book discusses this at length. And it's no small task.

"Although particularities and divergences of many so
Nick Jones
Sep 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nick by: SOSC 602: Comparative History and Historiography
Shelves: social-science
The worst explanation of the history of historical research imaginable, disconnected individuals and schools of thought being briefly name-dropped with little to no relation or context and then forgotten for the rest of the book. No through-line or point, just digressions and quotations and bloody Marx everywhere.

Central thesis.

Have one.

Lucy Barnhouse
It's lucid enough and... adequate. But I think that Gilderhus, while dismissing teleological views of history, tends towards a teleological view of historiography. The book is dismissive of premodern history-writing, and doesn't really engage with the tendentious nature of the constructed "western tradition" of history-writing. History is generally presented as, ideally, a rational and objective enterprise, scientific and secular. The cursory overview of various historiographical schools might b ...more
John Petersen
Not only was this book a required text for our "Prelude" class as history majors at Colorado State University. The author was our professor and the department head. Dr. Gilderhus was a great instructor with a passion for the subject of history. This book is meant to serve as an introduction to the study of history.
Vampire Who Baked
Interesting introduction to "history" as theory and practice-- definitional challenges, etc.-- but he focuses too much on age-old Eurocentric upper-class-cis-het-white-male dominated narratives. It would have been more interesting if the first few chapters were condensed and more focus was placed on where these traditional practices fail.
Miss Lola
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Informative, but dense. It's a short book but I struggled to get through it. The language is simple, but a central thesis of sorts, or more organization, would have helped with comprehension.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good info, but buried under too much scholarly prose. Remove the academic gobbledygook, and this brief volume would reach a much broader audience. Postmodernism and culture wars need more fleshing out than the brief postscript provides.
Jay Sandlin
The volume is informative, brisk, and keeps an engaging pace that never left my mind wandering or feeling bored. Gilderhus encapsulates a large amount of information in a very approachable and easy-to-understand format in cataloging the various historiographical methods of the world's greatest historians and how they viewed history.

Gilderhus is largely unable to keep his biases hidden, and holds a great contempt for the Enlightenment thinkers, primarily Voltaire. Gilderhus simultaneously critic
Erika  Forth
This one goes through all the different schools of historical thought throughout the ages. Actually wasn't too boring or too hard to read, though I know others in my class felt that way. It's good for learning about different historical perspectives and how that influenced the recording of history at that time.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Required reading for history research methods in University of Alberta. Fairly dry, and goes through the basic.

There are much better books out there, and one cannot help but wonder what kind of incentive the institute has with some of the academic publishers.
Kevin Mason
I completed this book because it was assigned in a historical research methods class I am currently enrolled in. It provides a solid background of historical thought throughout recorded history. At times the book become a bit convoluted, but is a serviceable guide for students of history.
Liz Perez
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college
reading this in my theory and practice of history class
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