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The Oxford History of Historical Writing: Volume 2: 400-1400

Sarah Foot and Chase F. Robinson


How was history written in Europe and Asia between 400–1400? How was the past understood in religious, social, and political terms? And in what ways does the diversity of historical writing in this period mask underlying commonalities in narrating the past? The volume tackles these and other questions. Part I provides comprehensive overviews of the development of historical writing in societies that range from the Korean Peninsula to north-west Europe, which together highlight regional and cultural distinctiveness. Part II complements the first part by taking a thematic and comparative approac ... More

Keywords: historical writing, narrating the past, regional distinctiveness, cultural distinctiveness, genre, warfare, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199236428
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199236428.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Foot, editor
Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Christ Church, Oxford

Chase F. Robinson, editor
Distinguished Professor of History and Provost, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

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Editors’ Introduction

Sarah Foot and Chase F. Robinson

Part I The Traditions of Historical Writing, 400–1400

Chapter 1 The Growth of Historical Method in Tang China

Charles Hartman and Anthony DeBlasi

Chapter 6 The Tradition of Historical Writing in Korea

Remco Breuker, Grace Koh, and James B. Lewis

Part II Modes of Representing the Past

Chapter 28 Religious History

Thomas Sizgorich

End Matter