Historiography and Theory of History



I. Porciari & L. Raphael, eds. (2011). Atlas of European Historiography: The Making of a Profession, 1800-2005. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 264 pp.

This innovative Atlas - based on the work of more than 80 experts - maps for the first time the development of the historical profession and the core institutions of historiography in Europe since 1800. It gives a comprehensive overview of the making of the infrastructure of historical studies from archives to universities for all European countries as well as analyzing general trends and regional or national particularities of the historians' craft in contemporary Europe. Featuring a specially-commissioned set of maps and a systematical integration of texts and images, it provides an accessible teaching instrument and essential reading for scholars interested in the development of European culture and the history of European nationalism.


Woolf, Daniel (2011). A Global History of History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 606 pp.

This is a definitive guide to human efforts to recover, understand and represent the past, bringing together different historical traditions and their social, economic, political and cultural contexts. Daniel Woolf offers clear definitions of different genres and forms of history and addresses key themes such as the interactions between West and East, the conflict of oral, pictographic and written accounts of the past and the place of history in society and in politics. Numerous textual extracts and illustrations in every chapter capture the historical cultures of past civilizations and demonstrate the different forms that historical consciousness has taken around the world. This book offers unique insights into the interconnections between different historical cultures over 3,000 years and relates the rise of history to key themes in world history.

  M. A. Aung-Thwin & K. R. Hall, eds. (2011). New Perspectives on the History and Historiography of Southeast Asia: Continuing Explorations. New York: Routledge, 304 pp.

Using a unique "old–new" treatment, this book presents new perspectives on several important topics in Southeast Asian history and historiography. Based on original, primary research, it reinterprets and revises several long-held conventional views in the field, covering the period from the "classical" age to the twentieth century.

In addition to providing new information and insights on the field of Southeast Asia, this book stimulates new debate on conventional ideas, evidence, and approaches to its teaching, research, and understanding. It addresses, and in many cases, revises specific, critically important topics in Southeast Asian history on which much conventional knowledge of Southeast Asia has long been based.

  Ranke, L. von (2011). The Theory and Practice of History (Edited with an introduction by Georg G. Iggers. New York: Routledge, 200 pp.

Leopold von Ranke, who was born in 1795, is considered to be one of the founders of the modern practice of writing history. This collection of his writings, edited and introduced by Georg G. Iggers, was first published in 1973 and remains the leading collection of Ranke’s writings in the English language.

Now updated with the needs of current students in mind, this edition includes previously untranslated materials by the young Ranke, focusing particularly on the relationship between history and religion together with his inaugural lecture of 1836 ‘On the Relation and Difference between History and Politics’. Including pieces on historical science, and on the relationship between history and philosophy, as well as country specific histories, this book is essential reading for all students of historiography.

  A. Feldherr & G. Hardy, eds. (2011): The Oxford History of Historical Writing. Vol. 1: Beginnings to AD 600. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 704 pp.

Volume I of The Oxford History of Historical Writing offers essays by leading scholars on the development and history of the major traditions of historical writing, including the ancient Near East, Classical Greece and Rome, and East and South Asia from their origins until ca. AD 600. It aims at once to provide an authoritative survey of the field and to provoke cross-cultural comparisons. This is the first of five volumes in a series that will explore representations of the past from the beginning of writing to the present day, and from all over the world.

The edition includes timetables and select bibliographies of key primary and secondary sources which help to orientate non-specialist readers. Additionally, thematic chapters on the connection of history with inscriptions, philosophy, and empire facilitate cross-cultural comparisons.


Historical Culture


  Achcar, Gilbert (2011). The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israel War of Narratives. New York: Picador, 400 pp.

There is no more inflammatory topic than the Arabs and the Holocaust—the phrase alone can occasion outrage. Political scientist Gilbert Achcar analyzes the various Arab responses to Nazism, from the earliest intimations of the genocide, through the creation of Israel and the destruction of Palestine and up to our own time, critically assessing the political and historical context for these responses and offering by the same token a unique ideological mapping of the Arab world. While challenging distortions of the historical record, Achcar makes no concessions to anti-Semitism or Holocaust denial. while making no concessions to anti-Semitism or Holocaust denial. This pathbreaking, essential book provides a new basis for Arab-Israeli and Arab-Western understanding.

  Morgan, I. W, ed. (2011). Presidents in the Movies: American History and Politics on Screen. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 208 pp.

Cinematic depictions of real U.S. presidents from Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush explore how Hollywood movies represent American history and politics on screen. Morgan and his contributors show how films blend myth and reality to present a positive message about presidents as the epitome of America's values and idealism until unpopular foreign wars in Vietnam and Iraq led to a darker portrayal of the imperial presidency, operated by Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. This exciting new collection further considers how Hollywood has continually reinterpreted historically significant presidents, notably Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, to fit the times in which movies about them were made.     

  S. Magelssen & T. Justice-Malloy, eds. (2011). Enacting History. Tuscaloosa: University Alabama Press, 240 pp.

Enacting History is a collection of new essays exploring the world of historical performances. The volume focuses on performances outside the traditional sphere of theatre, among them living history museums, battle reenactments, pageants, renaissance festivals, and adventure-tourism destinations.

The editors argue that historical performances like these—regardless of their truth-telling claims—are an important means to communicate, document, and even shape history, and allow for a level of participation and accessibility that is unique to performance. Enacting History is an entertaining and informative account of the public’s fascination with acting out and watching history and of the diverse methods of fulfilling this need.

  M. Thornton Burnett & A. Streete, eds. (2011). Filming and Performing Renaissance History. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 232 pp.

Over the last one hundred years, many of the events and personalities of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have been brought before home, cinema, exhibition, festival and theatrical audiences via a variety of visual media. This collection, for the first time, examines these representations, looking at recent television series, documentaries, feature films, pageantry, theatre and popular culture in a range of cultural and linguistic guises. Filming and Performing Renaissance History opens up wider avenues of interpretive opportunity and substitutes a more generous, nuanced acknowledgement of the ways in which the 'Renaissance' is made to signify across disciplines and in relation to a whole series of events and personalities. Accessing the Renaissance in this fashion generates a genuine sense of the modalities of historical representation, of what the Renaissance 'means' and of how its meanings have been negotiated in modernity.

  Ciarlo, David (2011). Advertising Empire: Race and Visual Culture in Imperial Germany. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 462 pp.

At the end of the nineteenth century, Germany turned toward colonialism, establishing protectorates in Africa, and toward a mass consumer society, mapping the meaning of commodities through advertising. These developments, distinct in the world of political economy, were intertwined in the world of visual culture. David Ciarlo offers an innovative visual history of each of these transformations. Tracing commercial imagery across different products and media, Ciarlo shows how and why the “African native” had emerged by 1900 to become a familiar figure in the German landscape, selling everything from soap to shirts to coffee. The racialization of black figures, first associated with the American minstrel shows that toured Germany, found ever greater purchase in German advertising up to and after 1905, when Germany waged war against the Herero in Southwest Africa. The new reach of advertising not only expanded the domestic audience for German colonialism, but transformed colonialism’s political and cultural meaning as well, by infusing it with a simplified racial cast.



Index of Books (referenced in English or in Spanish)


Achcar, Gilbert (2011). The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israel War of Narratives.

Ankersmit, F.; Domanska, E.; Kellner, H. (2009). Re-Figuring Hayden White.

Ankersmit, Frank (2008). Experiencia histórica sublime.

Antúnez, Jaime (2007). Filosofía de la Historia en Christopher Dawson.

Aung-Thwin, M. A.; Hall, K. R., eds. (2011). New Perspectives on the History and Historiography of Southeast Asia: Continuing Explorations.

Aurell, Jaume (2005). La escritura de la memoria: De los positivismos a los postmodernismos.

Baró, Xavier (2009). La historiografia catalana en el segle del Barroc.

Beevor, Antony (2009). D-Day.

Berger, S.; Lorenz, C. eds. (2008). The Contested Nation: Ethnicity, Class, Religion and Gender in National Histories.

Burke, Peter (2009). What is Cultural History?

Burrow, John (2009). A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century.

Carlin, John (2009). Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation.

Catroga, Fernando (2009): Os passos do homem como restolho do tempo. Memoria e fim do fim da história.

Cercas, Javier (2010). Anatomía de un instante.

Ciarlo, David (2011). Advertising Empire: Race and Visual Culture in Imperial Germany.

De Baets, Antoon (2008). Responsible History.

Dumont, Jean (2009). Juicio a la Inquisición española.

Evans, Richard J. (2009). Cosmopolitan Islanders: British Historians and the European Continent.

Figes, Orlando (2008). The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia.

Favret, Mary A. (2010). War at a Distance. Romanticism and the Making of Modern Wartime.

Gorman, Jonathan (2008). Historical Judgement: The Limits of Historiographical Choice.

Grever, Maria; Stuurman, Siep eds. (2007). Beyond the Canon: History for the 21st Century.

Gruzinski, Serge (2006). Les quatre parties du monde. Histoire d'une mondialisation.

Hugues-Warrington, Marnie (2006). History Goes to the Movies: Studying History on Film.

Iggers, Wilma and George (2006). Two Lives in Uncertain Times: Facing the Challenges of the 20th Century as Scholar and Citizens.

Iggers, Georg; Wang, Edward, Q.; Mukherjee, Supriya (2008). A Global History of Modern Historiography.

Iker, Olivier (2010). Caravelles: Le siècle d'or des navigateurs portugais.

Jerome de Groot (2008). Consuming History: Historians and Heritage in Contemporary Popular Culture.

Johnson, Paul (2008). Heroes: From Alexander the Great to Churchill and de Gaulle.

K. Tilmans; F. van Vree; J. M. Winter, eds. (2010). Performing the Past: Memory, History, and Identity in Modern Europe.

Kagan, Richard L. (2009). Clio and the Crown: The Politics of History in Medieval and Early Modern Spain.

Lewis, John David (2010). Nothing Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and Lessons of History.

MacMillan, Margaret (2009). Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History.

Magelssen, S.; Justice-Malloy, T., eds. (2011). Enacting History.

Morgan, I. W, ed. (2011). Presidents in the Movies: American History and Politics on Screen.

Palacios, Guillermo, coord. (2009). La nación y su historia. Independencias, relato historiográfico y debates sobre la nación: América Latina, siglo XIX.

Pitcher, Luke (2010). Writing Ancient History: An Introduction to Classical Historiography.

Poirrier, Philippe, dir. (2008). L'histoire culturelle: un "tournant mondial" dans l'historiographie.

Porciari, I.; Raphael, L., eds. (2011). Atlas of European Historiography: The Making of a Profession, 1800-2005.

Ranke, L. von (2011). The Theory and Practice of History (Edited with an introduction by Georg G. Iggers.

Reale, Giovanni (2005). Raíces culturales y espirituales de Europa.

Ruiz-Domènec, José Enrique (2006). El reto del historiador.

Seixas, Peter ed. (2004). Theorizing Historical Consciousness.

Smyth, J. E. (2006). Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane.

Thornton Burnett, M.; Streete, A., eds. (2011). Filming and Performing Renaissance History.

Todorov, Tzvetan (2009). In Defense of The Enlightenment.

Todorov, Tzvetan (2008). Los abusos de la memoria.

White, Hayden (2010). The Fiction of Narrative: Essays on History, Literature, and Theory.

Woolf, Daniel (2011). A Global History of History.

Vázquez de Prada, Mercedes (2008). Historia de la familia contemporánea. Principales cambios en los siglos XIX y XX.