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Historiography in the Twentieth Century: From Scientific Objectivity to the Postmodern Challenge 2nd Edition

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“No one looking for a well-informed introduction to some of the key views of history adopted by professional historians over the last century or so…could find a better one than this.” ―Richard J. Evans, History and Theory

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“The book has all the virtues one associates with Georg Iggers―lucidity, detachment, balance, and the ability to reveal the relation between trends in historical writing and their political and cultural contexts.” (Peter Burke, Cambridge University)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan; 2 edition (February 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819567663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819567666
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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122 of 124 people found the following review helpful By greg taylor VINE VOICE on December 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
One of the great revelations I had in college many, many years ago occurred in the stacks of the library. I was doing some research on Wilhelm Dilthey and found myself looking at several thousands of books devoted to the history of philosophy. At that moment I began to have some idea on how difficult it is to acquire a magisterial overview of any field of inquiry. It takes a lifetime of study and the mastery of several languages to develop have such an overview. And sadly, that knowledge sometimes gets pored into a book that relatively few people ever read.
This book by Georg Iggers represents that level of learning. Iggers specializes in German intellectual history but has read deeply in the historical work done in Italy, France, England and the U.S. of A. as well.
What he is trying to do in the brief book (147 pages of text, 23 pages of footnotes) is to give an overview of the most influential approaches to history of the last century. His work is divided three main parts. The first section covers the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th. This period is dominated by the influence of Ranke and his ideas. Iggers also discusses the influence of Weber, Troeltsch, Meinecke, Karl Lambrecht, Parrington, Beard, Becker and many others that were involved in these early disputes. Obviously, Iggers can only cover a few of these people in any sort of depth but he seems to have a gift for summarizing the main point of a debate in a few lines.
One note of caution: with any such survey, I cannot help but wonder how accurately the author is expressing the views of those s/he is writing about. Iggers interprets Dilthey in a way that I disagree with but which is common enough.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CB23 on March 1, 2008
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Excellent overview of 20th century historiography, and particularly impressive in its dealings with German and Eastern European works. Well-suited for teaching and study; Iggers takes all trends and ideas seriously. My only reservation is that the term "postmodern" is used to cover almost everything that has been written the last 40 years -- leaving the term hopelessly wide, and many categorizations pretty meaningless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 25, 2014
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A short profound modern historiography book from Iggers. Apart from the broad scope, this book also covers the challenging threat from postmodernism or linguistic turn for the history writings which Iggers can defend nicely. This book is a must for the person that is interesting in historiography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luv2Learn on September 1, 2013
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Having retired form teaching history in 1999, Mr. Iggers presented wonderful insights and understanding as to the changes in approaches to writing 'histories' in the postmodern period.
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Very lucid exposition of main currents of history writing in the 20th century. The only "but" is that occasionally it gets a little repetitive.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sak on December 6, 2014
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this book is boring but historians seem to love it
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