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The Oxford History of Historical Writing: Volume 2: 400-1400

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How was history written in Europe and Asia between 400-1400? How was the past understood in religious, social and political terms? And in what ways does the diversity of historical writing in this period mask underlying commonalities in narrating the past? The volume, which assembles 28 contributions from leading historians, tackles these and other questions. Part I provides comprehensive overviews of the development of historical writing in societies that range from the Korean Peninsula to north-west Europe, which together highlight regional and cultural distinctiveness. Part II complements the first part by taking a thematic and comparative approach; it includes essays on genre, warfare, and religion (amongst others) which address common concerns of historians working in this liminal period before the globalizing forces of the early modern world.

About the Author

Sarah Foot is the Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Christ Church, Oxford. She is the author of AEthelstan: the First English Monarch (2011); Monastic Life in Anglo-Saxon England, c. 600-900 (2006) and has written widely on perceptions and uses of the past in the early medieval West.

Chase F Robinson is Distinguished Professor and Provost of the Graduate Center, The City University of New York. A specialist in early Islamic history and historiography, he is the author or editor of several books, most recently The New Cambridge History of Islam, Volume 1: The Formation of the Islamic World, Sixth to Eleventh Centuries (2011, ed).

Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction, Sarah Foot and Chase F. Robinson

PART I: THE TRADITIONS OF HISTORICAL WRITING, 400-1400

1. The Growth of Historical Method in Tang China, Charles Hartman and Anthony DeBlasi

2. Chinese Historiography in the Age of Maturity, 960-1368, Charles Hartman

3. The Birth and Flowering of Japanese Historiography: From Chronicles to Tales to Historical Interpretation, John R. Bentley

4. Indian Historical Writing, c.600-c.1400, Daud Ali

5. Kingship, Time, and Space: Historiography in Southeast Asia, John K. Whitmore

6. The Tradition of Historical Writing in Korea, Remco Breuker, Grace Koh, and James Lewis

7. Coptic and Ethiopic Historical Writing, Witold Witakowski

8. Syriac and Syro-Arabic Historical Writing, c.500-c.1400, Muriel Debie and David Taylor

9. From Reciting to Writing and Interpretation: Tendencies, Themes, and Demarcations of Armenian Historical Writing, Theo Maarten van Lint

10. Byzantine Historical Writing, 500-920, Anthony Kaldellis

11. Byzantine Historical Writing, 900-1400, Paul Magdalino

12. Islamic Historical Writing, Eighth through the Tenth Centuries, Chase F. Robinson

13. Islam: The Arabic and Persian Traditions, Eleventh-Fifteenth Centuries, Konrad Hirschler

14. The Shaping of Past and Present, and Historical Writing in Rus', c.900-c.1400, Jonathan Shepard

15. Historical Writing in Central Europe (Bohemia, Hungary, Poland), c.950-1400, Nora Berend

16. Slavonic Historical Writing in South-Eastern Europe, 1200-1600, Petre Guran

17. Annals and Chronicles in Western Europe, Sarah Foot

18. The Vicissitudes of Political Identity: Historical Narrative in the Barbarian Successor States of Western Europe, Felice Lifshitz

19. History, Story, and Community: Representing the Past in Latin Christendom, 1050-1400, Charles F. Briggs

20. Scandinavian Historical Writing, 1100-1400, Sverre Bagge

PART II: MODES OF REPRESENTING THE PAST

21. Universal Histories in Christendom and the Islamic World, c.700-c.1400, Andrew Marsham

22. Local Histories, John Hudson

23. Institutional Histories, Peter Lorge

24. Dynastic Historical Writing, Charles West

25. The Abbasid and Byzantine Courts, Nadia Maria El Cheikh

26. Historical Writing, Ethnicity, and National Identity: Medieval Europe and Byzantium in Comparison, Matthew Innes

27. Historical Writing and Warfare, Meredith L. D. Riedel

28. Religious History, Thomas Sizgorich

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199236428
Author:
Foot, Sarah
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Robinson, Chase F.
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
History, World | Medieval
Subject:
World History-Asia
Series Volume:
Volume 2: 400-1400
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 maps
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
6.6 x 9.3 x 1.6 in 2.55 lb

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