Each clear and concise essay offers biographical information, a summary and discussion of the historian's approach to history and how others have engaged with it, a list of their major works, and a guide to resources for further study.
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Addresses key concepts in history, such as cultural history, dialectic, the Enlightenment, historical materialism, liberalism, realism, and Zeitgeist. It explains how, when, and by whom they were introduced and how they have been used over the years and how their meanings have evolved.
Through case studies of leading historians, historical novelists, Hollywood filmmakers and television history presenters, this book looks critically at alternative literary and visual ways of presenting the past as both academic history and popular history.
Provides entries on over 450 historians, dating from Herodotus to the present. Includes individuals chosen not necessarily on account of the importance of their own research, but for their interest in, and influence on, the theory and practice of history.