So far histories of historiography have concentrated almost exclusively on the West. This is the first book to offer a history of modern historiography from a global perspective. Tracing the transformation of historical writings over the past two and half centuries, the book portrays the transformation of historical writings under the effect of professionalization, which served as a model not only for Western but also for much of non-Western historical studies. At the same time it critically examines the reactions in post-modern and post-colonial thought to established conceptions of scientific historiography. A main theme of the book is how historians in the non-Western world not only adopted or adapted Western ideas, but also explored different approaches rooted in their own cultures.
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Part I: Historiographical traditions in the world: A view of the eighteenth century Where we begin' The West. The Middle East. India. East and South East Asia. Part II: The advance of nationalism and nationalist history: The West, the Middle East and India in the nineteenth century. Historiography in a revolutionary age between 1789 and 1848. Nationalism and the transformation of Muslim historiography. Nationalism and the transformation of Indian historiography. Part III: Academic history and the shaping of historical profession: Transforming historical study in the nineteenth-century West and East Asia. The cult of science and the nation-state paradigm (1848-li> The crisis of Confucian historiography and the creation of the modern historical profession in East Asia. Part IV: Historical writings in the shadow of two world wars: The crisis of historicism and modern historiography. The reorientation of historical studies and historical thought (1890-li> Historiography between Two World Wars (1918- Part V: The appeal of nationalist history around the world: Historical studies in the Middle East and Asia in the twentieth century. Ottomanism, Turkism and Egyptianization: Nationalist History in the Middle East. Nationalism, scientism, and Marxism: modern historiography in East and South East Asia. Nationalist historiography in modern India. Part VI: New challenges in the post-war period: from social history to postmodernism and postcolonialism. The Cold War and the emergence of the New World Order. Varieties of social history (1945- in the West. The 1970s and 1980s: the cultural turn and postmodernism. Postcolonialism. The ebb and flow of Marxist historiography in East and South East Asia. Islamism and Islamic historiography: the Cold War and beyond. Historiography after the Cold War, 1990- A critical retrospect. The globalization of the world. The reorientation of historical studies.
About the Authors
Georg Iggers is a distinguished professor emeritus from the State University of New York. He is a respected academic who has taught in the US, Asia and Europe. From 1995 - 2000 he was president of the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography. Having fled the Nazi-s as a child, he has been active in the Civil Rights movement in the US Q. Edward Wang is professor and chairperson of the History Department at Rown University in Glassboro New Jersey. His main field is Asian history, but he has also taught courses on Western Civilization and Historiography and Historical Methods. Supriya Mukherjee teaches at the University of Memphis with a focus on the history of the German Kaiserreich and Weimar periods, Contemporary History, and modern Indian issues.