New perspectives on historical writing /

Other Authors: Burke, Peter.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001.
Edition: 2nd ed.
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Review by Choice Review

Jim Sharpe's affirmation that ^D["any type of history benefits from breadth in the thinking of the historian writing it,^D]" echoed more subtly by Giovanni Levi, might well stand as the epigraph of this ambitious collection. Of its 11 essays, two are by the editor, Peter Burke, and both are superb: an overview (must reading for anyone interested in contemporary trends) and ^D["History of Events and Revival of Narrative.^D]" The contributions maintain an unusually high level throughout. Joan Scott's ^D["Women's History^D]" is especially informative; so too are Jim Sharpe's ^D["History from Below,^D]" Giovanni Levi's ^D["On Microhistory,^D]" and Robert Darnton on ^D["History of Reading.^D]" Essays by Henk Wesseling, Gwyn Prins, Ivan Gaskell, Richard Tuck, and Roy Porter complete the roster. Some authors overvalidate their special areas, and to balance occasional lapses into the dichotomous fallacy, Porter reminds that ^D["we need not impale ourselves on the horns of a false dichotomy.^D]" Up-to-date bibliographical footnotes after every essay make this a very useful tool. Highly recommended for graduate and undergraduate libraries.

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