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This is almost certainly the most thorough and informative compendium of historical theory and philosophy of history available on the market today. It is to be recommended without qualification to all serious students of philosophy of history, including those who think they already know something about the subject (they will soon discover, like me, that they have a lot to learn).
This compendium of new essays on theory of history (rather than history's theory) is the very model of what a scientific handbook (an honorable scholarly genre which has been much degraded of late by commercialization) ought to be. The problems which motivated the interest in theory of history from the 1930s and 40s down to just yesterday have now been pretty much assimilated to a new lingua franca of metahistorical discourse. A new generation of scholars can now treat as what goes without saying many of the "undecidables" of the older generations' discourses.
The Sage Handbook of Historical Theory offers us 29 article-length essays on a wide variety of topics written by recognized and respected experts. Most are historians reflecting on their own work and practices, or those of others. They tell us about methods (empirical, scientific, psychoanalytic, digital), schools (The Historical School, Annales), lots of individuals (Collingwood,Hayden White, Derrida, Foucault), applications (social history, gender history).
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