a new Handbook of Historical Theory

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a new Handbook of Historical Theory

Postby daverupa » Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:41 pm

The SAGE Handbook of Historical Theory is out and, among other places, can be found here, although I found a copy for rent at a local university.

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I've recently been toying with making a post about historical theory in general and, more precisely, how claims about Buddhist history interface with such concerns. (What can we really know about the past? Can we know the Buddha really lived in the first place? Can we really know what he taught? etc.)

But I had yet to write something short enough to be a good post. So, for now, I'm going to recommend this weighty tome to the board; it has been well-reviewed. Here is the publisher's blurb:

This important handbook brings together, in one volume, discussions of modernity, empiricism, deconstruction, narrative and postmodernity in the continuing evolution of the historical discipline into our post-postmodern era. Chapters are written by leading academics from around the world and cover a wide array of specialized areas of the discipline, including social history, intellectual history, gender, memory, psychoanalysis and cultural history. The influence of major thinkers such as Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault and Hayden White is fully examined.

This handbook is an essential resource for practising historians, and students of history, and will appeal to scholars in related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities who seek a closer understanding of the theoretical foundations of history.
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    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
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