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The Idea of History in a Changing World

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Deba Prosad Choudhury
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A product of years of study, this book introduces the reader to what is called Philosophy of History.

Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface

PART I

Chapter 1  Greek and Roman Historiography

Chapter 2  Christian Historiography in the Medieval Period

Chapter 3  The Renaissance Historiography

Chapter 4  The Enlightenment Historiography 

Section 1 Primacy of Reason

Section 2 The Idea of Progress

Chapter 5  The Romantic Reaction and the Birth of Historicism

PART II

Chapter 6  Philosophy of History

Chapter 7  High Noon of Speculative Philosophy of History

Section 1 Nineteenth Century

Section 2 Twentieth Century

Chapter 8  Speculative Theories of History: Cyclical and Progressive

Section 1 The Cyclical or Recurrence Theory

Section 2 The Progressive Theory

PART III

Chapter 9  Analytical or Critical Philosophy of History

Section 1 Historicism

Section 2 Historicism Redefined

Section 3 Debate between Assimilationists and Autonomists

Chapter 10  The Annales Group  

Chapter 11  Structuralism

Chapter 12  Postmodernism

Chapter 13  Principal Problems of Critical Philosophy of History

Section 1 History and Science

Section 2 Theories of Historical Explanation

Section 3 Historical Causation

Section 4 Historical Fact and the Problem of Truth

Section 5 Historical Objectivity 

Chapter 14  Ancient India's Sense of History

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

Author

Professor Deba Prosad Choudhury did his Ph.D. at SOAS, London. He successively taught at various universities, namely, North Bengal University, Burdwan University and Jadavpur University. From Jadavpur University he retired as a Professor of History. He is also a contributor to Modern Asian Studies, Cambridge and Asian Affairs, London.

ISBN
9788170743590
Year
2015
Pages
320
Binding
Hardback

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