"What is historiography?" asked the American historian Carl Becker
in 1938 and professional historians continue to argue over the
meaning of the term. This book challenges the view of
historiography as an esoteric subject by presenting an accessible
and concise overview of the history of historical writing from the
Renaissance to the present, focusing primarily on the US and
Europe. Historiography plays an integral role in aiding
undergraduate students to better understand the nature and purpose
of historical analysis more generally by examining the many
conflicting ways that historians have defined and approached
history. By demonstrating how these historians have differed in
both their interpretations of specific historical events and their
definitions of history itself, this book conveys to students the
interpretive character of history as a discipline and the way that
the historian's context and subjective perspective influence his or
her understanding of the past.
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