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The origins of history

Author: Herbert Butterfield; Adam Watson; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
Publisher: London : Methuen, 1981.
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Butterfield, Herbert, 1900-1979.
Origins of history.
London : Methuen, 1981
(OCoLC)561401977
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herbert Butterfield; Adam Watson; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
ISBN: 0413483703 9780413483706
OCLC Number: 7923990
Description: 252 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Preface --
I. The origins of historical writing: 1. Story telling --
2. Lists and records --
3. Disputes and wars --
4. First interpretations --
II. The annals of the pre-classical empires: 1. Narratives of events --
2. Ancient Egypt --
3. The Hittite achievement --
4. Mesopotamia --
III. The originality of the Hebrew scriptures: 1. The memory of the Exodus --
2. God and history --
3. The history of a nation --
4. Promise and fulfilment --
5. Exile and return --
6. Israel's neighbours and their past --
IV. The rise of classical historiography: 1. The Greek attitude to history --
2. The cyclical view of time --
3. The Homeric memory --
4. 'Scientific' history in Athena and Ionia --
V. The Chinese tradition of historical writing: 1. The origins of a unique achievement --
2. The early classics --
3. Confucius and after --
VI. The establishment of a Christian historiography: 1. The changed outlook of Judaism --
2. Christian accounts of Jesus --
3. The relation to the Old Testament --
4. The establishment of a Christian interpretation of world history --
5. The conversion of Constantine: Eusebius --
6. Augustine --
VII. The development of historical criticism: 1. Pre-critical sceptics in Europe --
2. The critical reconstruction of the past --
VIII. The great secularisation: 1. The hand of God --
2. The mundane approach --
3. The idea of progress --
4. Philosophies of history --
Appendix: A Chinese historian --
Ssu-ma Ch'ien --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Herbert Butterfield ; edited with an introd. by Adam Watson.

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