GEOFFREY BARRACLOUGH AN INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY HISTORY PDF

Learn how and when to remove this template message Geoffrey Barraclough 10 May , Bradford — 26 December , Burford was an English historian, known as a medievalist and historian of Germany. Professor Barraclough began his career as a medievalist but developed into a contemporary global historian. It seemed to him that political debate and ultimately political decisions suffered from a lack of historical insight. To rectify this problem Barraclough developed historiographical methods for comparative history. By anchoring study of the past at the origins of a historical investigation, while simultaneously researching contemporary areas most directly connected to that anchor research, his methods established comparisons between past and present.

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Learn how and when to remove this template message Geoffrey Barraclough 10 May , Bradford — 26 December , Burford was an English historian, known as a medievalist and historian of Germany. Professor Barraclough began his career as a medievalist but developed into a contemporary global historian. It seemed to him that political debate and ultimately political decisions suffered from a lack of historical insight.

To rectify this problem Barraclough developed historiographical methods for comparative history. By anchoring study of the past at the origins of a historical investigation, while simultaneously researching contemporary areas most directly connected to that anchor research, his methods established comparisons between past and present.

With this two-pronged research structure, Barraclough was able to organize his investigations by looking from the past forward and from the present backward. He sought historical threads that connect past to present while also observing the discontinuities that separate past from present. In his writing, Barraclough turned to geography, social and economic cycles, empires, trade and tribes as historical units he felt most clearly connect the past to present or combine to end that continuity.

Using these methods allowed him to sketch an outline of world history, identifying its ups, downs and turning points. His first two books on historiography, History in a Changing World and An Introduction to Contemporary History are collections of essays.

With scholarly authority, Barraclough served as editor of The Times Atlas of World History , which continues to be revised. Lapsley editor with Helen M.

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GEOFFREY BARRACLOUGH AN INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY HISTORY PDF

Shelves: favorites , history , it-s-how-its-written , pelicans , intellectual-history This dry-sounding pelican book revealed to me a lot of very misleading ideas I had, until finishing it, been labouring under. Despite being first published , its perspective on contemporary history seems no less relevant to how later decades have transpired. Barraclough and other contemporary historians make the cleavage between "Modern" an "Contemporary" at a period around the end of the 19th century. Barraclough takes a skeptical stance towards reformulations of a European-centred This dry-sounding pelican book revealed to me a lot of very misleading ideas I had, until finishing it, been labouring under.

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