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A list of key readings about History.
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  • Barraclough, Geoffrey, and Michael Burns. Main Trends in History, (1991) online edition
  • Bender, Thomas et al. The Education of Historians for the Twenty-first Century (2004) online edition
  • Bender, Thomas. ed. Rethinking American History in a Global Age (2002) online edition
  • Bentley, Michael. Modern Historiography: An Introduction. (1999) online edition
  • Bentley, Michael. Companion to Historiography (2003), 40 articles on national traditions from ancient to present
  • Breisach, Ernst. Historiography: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern (2007)
  • Burke, Peter, French Historical Revolution: The Annales School, 1929-89 (1991); see also Annales School
  • Burrow, John. A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century (2008), 544 pp; covers Herodotus, Thucydides and Polybius, through Gibbon, Macaulay, Michelet, Prescott and Parkman to Butterfield, Trevelyan and Toynbee. ISBN 978-0-375-41311-7
  • Cantor, Norman F. Inventing the Middle Ages. (1993)
  • Carr, E. H. What Is History (1961), a famous interpretation of historiography.
  • Clark, Elizabeth A. History, Theory, Text: Historians and the Linguistic Turn (2004), mostly on pre 1980 historiography excerpt and text search
  • Evans, Richard J.; In Defence of History; (2000), ISBN 0-393-31959-8
  • Fischer, David H. Historians' Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought (1970) 368pp; influential and entertaining guide by a leading scholar excerpt and text search
  • Foner, Eric. ed. New American History (1997)
  • Hofstadter, Richard. Progressive Historians: Turner Beard Parrington (1969)
  • Iggers, Georg G. Historiography in the Twentieth Century: From Scientific Objectivity to the Postmodern Challenge (2005) excerpt and text search
  • Iggers, Georg G. New Directions in European Historiography (rev. ed., 1985).
  • Kelley, Donald R. Frontiers of History: Historical Inquiry in the Twentieth Century (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Kelley, Donald R. Fortunes of History: Historical Inquiry from Herder to Huizinga (2003) excerpt and text search
  • Kelley, Donald R. Versions of History from Antiquity to the Enlightenment (1991) excerpt and text search
  • Kelley, Donald R., ed.The History of Ideas: Canon and Variations (1990)
  • Kelley, Donald R. The Descent of Ideas: A History of Intellectual History (2002)
  • Lucassen, Jan, ed. Global Labour History: A State of the Art (Bern: Peter Lang, 2006. 790 pp. isbn 0-820-47567-X.)
  • Norton, Mary Beth. The American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature (2 vol 1995), 2027 pages; massive guide to the entire historiography of the world; annotates 27,000 books and articles, mostly in English excerpt and text search
  • Novick, Peter. That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession (1988), highly regarded analysis focused on 20c Americans. excerpt and text search
  • Ritter, Harry. Dictionary of Concepts in History (1986) excerpt and text search
  • Spiegel, Gabrielle M. The Past as Text: The Theory and Practice of Medieval Historiography 1999) excerpt and text search
  • Stokes, Melvyn. The State of U.S. History (2002) online edition
  • Thompson, James Westfall, and Bernard J. Holm; A History of Historical Writing (1942) vol 1: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Seventeenth Century online edition vol 2: 18th and 19th centuries online edition; detailed discussion of the work of major historians
  • Wang, Q. Edward, and Georg G. Iggers, eds. Turning Points in Historiography: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. (2005)
  • Wiener, Philip P. ed. The Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas (4 vol 1973-74) online edition
  • Wish, Harvey. The American Historian: A Social-intellectual History of the Writing of the American Past, (1960) online edition
  • Woolf, D. R. A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing ( 2 vol 1998), comprehensive guide to all schools and major scholars online and text search]
  • Zunz, Olivier ed. Reliving the Past: The Worlds of Social History, (1985) online edition

Primers

  • Arnold, John H. History: A Very Short Introduction (2000) excerpt and text search
  • Galloway, Patricia. Practicing Ethnohistory: Mining Archives, Hearing Testimony, Constructing Narrative. (U. of Nebraska Press, 2006. 454 pp. isbn 978-0-8032-7115-9.)
  • Gilderhus, Mark. History and Historians: A Historiographical Introduction (6th ed. 2006), 160 pp, textbook
  • Howell, Martha C., and Walter Prevenier. From Reliable Sources: An Introduction to Historical Methods (2001), 207pp excerpt and text search
  • Storey, William Kelleher. History: A Guide for Students (2nd ed 2003), 128pp excerpt and text search

Cultural history, linguistic turn, postmodernism

  • Berkhofer, Robert F., Jr. Beyond the Great Story: History as Text and Discourse (2nd ed 1997) 400 pp excerpt and text search
  • Clark, Elizabeth A. History, Theory, Text: Historians and the Linguistic Turn (2004) ch 7 excerpt and text search
  • Curthoys, Ann, and John Docker.Is History Fiction? (2005) 304pp
  • Eley, Geoff. Crooked Line: From Cultural History to the History of Society. (2005.) 301 pp.
  • Granatstein, J. L. Who Killed Canadian History? (1998). attacks postmodernism and new social history
  • Hunt, Lynn, ed. The New Cultural History (1989) excerpt and text search
  • LaCapra, Dominick. History in Transit: Experience, Identity, Critical Theory. (2004). 274 pp.
  • Spiegel, Gabrielle M. ed. Practicing History: New Directions in Historical Writing (2005) excerpt and text search
  • Windschuttle, Keith. The Killing of History: How Literary Critics and Social Theorists Are Murdering Our Past. (2000), Australian critique. online edition

Primary sources

  • Garraty, John, ed.
  • Yerza, Donald A. ed. Recent Themes in Historical Thinking" Historians in Conversation (2007) 128pp
  • Yerza, Donald A. ed. Recent Themes in Military History" Historians in Conversation (2007) 128pp