A history of histories : epics, chronicles, romances, and inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the twentieth century
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New York : Knopf, 2008.
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This unprecedented book by one of Britain’s most admired historians describes the intellectual impact that the study and consideration of history has had in the Western world over the past 2,500 years.Treating the practice of history not as an isolated pursuit but as an aspect of human society and an essential part of the culture of Europe and America, John Burrow magnificently brings to life and explains the distinctive qualities found in the work of historians from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to the present, including Livy, Tacitus, Bede, Froissart, Clarendon, Gibbon, Macaulay, Michelet, Prescott and Parkman. The author sets out not to give us the history of academic discipline but a history of choices: the choice of pasts, and the ways they have been demarcated, investigated, presented and even sometimes learned from as they have changed according to political, religious, cultural, and (often most important) partisan and patriotic circumstances. Burrow aims, as well, to change our perceptions of the crucial turning points in the history of history, allowing the ideas that historians have had about both their own times and their founding civilizations to emerge with unexpected freshness.Burrow argues that looking at the history of history is one of the most interesting ways we have to understand the past. Certainly, this volume stands alone in its ambition, scale and fascination.
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Book
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First U.S. edition.
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xviii, 517 pages ; 25.
Language:
English
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0375413111, 9780375413117

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Originally published: London : Allen Lane, 2007.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [487]-499) and index.
Description
An analysis of the study of the past and its implications in the Western world, from ancient times to the present day, looks at the work of individual historians and how they presented the past in terms of their perspectives, beliefs, and historical periods.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Burrow, J. W. 1. (2008). A history of histories: epics, chronicles, romances, and inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the twentieth century. First U.S. edition. New York: Knopf.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Burrow, J. W. 1935-2009. 2008. A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances, and Inquiries From Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century. New York: Knopf.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Burrow, J. W. 1935-2009, A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances, and Inquiries From Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century. New York: Knopf, 2008.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Burrow, J. W. 1935-2009. A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances, and Inquiries From Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century. First U.S. edition. New York: Knopf, 2008. Print.

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