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Analysing Historical Narratives
On Academic, Popular and Educational Framings of the Past
Edited by Stefan Berger, Nicola Brauch and Chris Lorenz
366 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-046-5 $145.00/£107.00 Hb Not Yet Published (May 2021)
eISBN 978-1-80073-047-2 eBook Not Yet Published
“This is an important and timely volume, which will play a very useful role in reflection on and teaching about history. It wisely forces us to link the scholarly, pedagogical, popular and digital aspects of making history through narrative.” • David Gary Shaw, Wesleyan University
“Truly needed and genuinely topical. There have been very few such empirical studies into concrete historical narratives and across different genres.” • Marek Tamm, Tallinn University
For all of the recent debates over the methods and theoretical underpinnings of the historical profession, scholars and laypeople alike still frequently think of history in terms of storytelling. Accordingly, historians and theorists have devoted much attention to how historical narratives work, illuminating the ways they can bind together events, shape an argument and lend support to ideology. From ancient Greece to modern-day bestsellers, the studies gathered here offer a wide-ranging analysis of the textual strategies used by historians. They show how in spite of the pursuit of truth and objectivity, the ways in which historians tell their stories are inevitably conditioned by their discursive contexts.
Stefan Berger is Professor of Social History and Director of the Institute for Social Movements at Ruhr University Bochum since 2011. He is also Executive Chair of the Foundation History of the Ruhr and Honorary Professor at Cardiff University in the UK.
Nicola Brauch is Professor of History Didactics/History Education for the History Department at Ruhr University Bochum since 2014.
Chris Lorenz is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of History at VU University of Amsterdam and International Research Associate at the Institute for Social Movements at Ruhr University Bochum since 2016.