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  • Bentley, Michael. Modern Historiography: An Introduction (1999). Focuses on broad trends in largely European history-writing from the Enlightenment period onwards.
  • Bentley, Michael. A Companion to Historiography (2002).
  • Berger, Stefan, H. Feldner and K. Passmore (eds), Writing History: Theory and Practice (2003).
  • Brown, Callum, Postmodernism for Historians (2005), explains it very well and has a super useful glossary of key terms!
  • Burrow, John, A History of Histories. Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus … to the Twentieth Century (2007).
  • Carr, E.H., What is History? (1961). A core text that you should read in full at the start of the year.
  • Claus, Peter and John Marriott, History: An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice (2012)
  • Collingwood, R.G., The Idea of History (1946). A classic!)
  • Duara, Prasenjit (ed.), A Companion to Global Historical Thought (2014).
  • Ermath, Elizabeth Deeds, History in the Discursive Condition: Reconsidering the Tools of Thought (2011). Examines the state of history-writing in the light of the postmodern challenge.
  • Green, Anna and Kathleen Troup (eds), The Houses of History: A Critical Reader in Twentieth-century History and Theory (1999). This is particularly useful for the way it introduces a theoretical and methodological vocabulary for studying twentieth-century historiography.
  • Hughes-Warrington, Marnie, Fifty Key Thinkers on History (2008). Provides short essays on fifty mainly European and US historians, historiographers, and thinkers who have had an impact on history-writing.
  • Hunt, Lynn. Writing History in the Global Era (2014)
  • Iggers, George G. and Q. Edward Wang, A Global History of Modern Historiography (2008). Examines history-writing as a global phenomenon, getting away from the Eurocentricity of much of the existing literature on historiography. Focuses on the period covered in this module (in contrast to Woolf, below).
  • Lambert, Peter and Schofield, Peter, Making History (2004). (very clear introduction to the topic)
  • Maza, Sarah. Thinking about History (2017).
  • Munslow, A., The Routledge Companion to the Historical Studies (London, 2006) (library electronic resource)
  • Poster, Mark, Cultural History and Postmodernity: Disciplinary Readings and Challenges (1997) (library electronic resources).
  • Rochona, Majumdar, Writing Postcolonial History (2010).
  • Smith, B. The Gender of History: Men, Women and Historical Practice (1998). Provides a particularly useful account of nineteenth-century developments in historical thinking and writing, and the professionalization of the discipline.
  • Shryock, Andrew/Smail, D.L., Deep History: The Architecture of Past and Present (2001).
  • Southgate, Beverley, History: What and Why: Ancient, Modern, and Postmodern Perspectives (1996).
  • Stunkel, Kenneth R., Fifty Key Works of History and Historiography (2011). Provides short introductions to key writings of fifty historians and thinkers who have had an impact on history-writing, from all over the world.
  • Walker, Garthine (ed.), Writing Early Modern History (2005). Provides a really helpful discussion relevant to all historians, not just early modernists.
  • Woolf, Daniel, A Global History of History (2011). Takes a broad sweep, with chapters on the different historical epochs of the past three millennia.