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Biography : an historiography

Title
Biography : an historiography / Melanie Nolan.
ISBN
9781138387232
1138387231
9781138387249
113838724X
9780429426391
Publication
London ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2023.
Physical Description
xv, 383 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary
"Biography: An historiography examines how Western historians have used biography since the 19th century to the present--considering the problems and challenges that historians have faced in their biographical practice systematically. This volume analyses the strategies and methods that historians have used in response to seven major issues identified over time to do with evidence including but not limited the problem of causation, the problem of fact and fiction, the problem of other minds, problem of significance or representativeness, the problems of perspective both macro and micro, and the problem of subjectivity and relative truth. This volume will be essential for to postgraduates and historians studying biography"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Nolan, Melanie. Biography London ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2023
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
August 09, 2023
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
"It's Just a Biography" : historicising historians' biographical debates
Victorians' debate over heroism : the role of the significant individual in history
Post-Victorian debates over artistic and scientific approaches to biography
Historians and the problem of other minds in biography
Cold War debates over individuals in history : counterfactuals, contingency and causation in biography
Postwar debates over atomizing lives
Late twentieth century debate over microhistory and the singularization of history
Current debates about life writing and historians' ego histoire
Trevelyan's empiricism and historians' biographical practices.
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