Great Historians of the Modern Age: An International Dictionary

Hardcover | June 1, 1991

byLucian Boia

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This book, an international collaboration sponsored by the Commission on the History of Historiography, is devoted to historians of the 19th and 20th centuries. Offering dictionary entries for historians from more than 35 countries, the editors have sought to illustrate specific domains of history and focus on those scholars who were important to particular cultures and histories. Consultants from each area suggested historians for inclusion, thus providing a unique national perspective. The volume begins with an explanatory preface and a detailed introduction to the time period covered. The entries are then arranged by national or geographical areas, and alphabetized within each regional section. As a general rule, the editors have excluded living historians from the dictionary. Cross references are indicated within the text for those individuals who are also the subjects of separate entries, and the editors have provided both an index of historians and a general subject index. English translations of books and articles in non-Western languages are also cited. This book will be an important reference source for studies in world history and historiography, as well as a significant addition to public, college, and university libraries.

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This book, an international collaboration sponsored by the Commission on the History of Historiography, is devoted to historians of the 19th and 20th centuries. Offering dictionary entries for historians from more than 35 countries, the editors have sought to illustrate specific domains of history and focus on those scholars who were i...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:868 pages, 9.54 × 6.06 × 1.99 inPublished:June 1, 1991Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313273286

ISBN - 13:9780313273285

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?Students of history are frequently admonished to learn about the historians whose books they are reading in order to better evaluate the contents in light of authors' biases and ideologies. Thanks to Lucian Boia and his coworkers, that advice is now easier to follow. Their dictionary contains essays on some 900 historians from the 19th and 20th centuries. Living persons and persons who have died since 1987 have generally been excluded. Various historians from throughout the world have contributed the essays, which are signed, range from 500 to 1500 words in length, and include a bibliography for further reading. Coverage is truly international with historians from non-English-speaking nations being well represented. The essays are organized geographically by country or region into 38 chapters. Also included are an index for the historians and a detailed subject index. The Boia volume supplies far more comprehensive coverage than The Blackwell Dictionary of Historians, ed. by John Cannon et al., which lists only 450 historians. The contrast is further increased if Boia's companion volume Great Historians from Antiquity to 1800 (1989) is brought into the comparison, with its 600 additional entries. Great Historians of the Modern Age is an excellent biographical dictionary that belongs in any good research library.?-Choice