Modern European History


Blackwell Dictionary of Historians, edited by John Cannon. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1988). *R-AB 88-4957. This biographical dictionary summarizes the life, work and reputation of approximately 450 historians, including for each a list of major publications and a few references for further reading. Also included is a sprinkling of entries on historical terms as well as historiographical surveys limited to "those countries and regions with which our readers may be less familiar," e.g. non-Western areas.

Kinnell, Susan K. Historiography: an annotated bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations. (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1987). 2 vol. *RS-BAM 91-7349. This set consists of over 8,000 citations drawn from the America: History and Life and Historical Abstracts databases, from 1970 through 1985. Entries are primarily journal articles, with short sections devoted to books and dissertations. Volume 1 covers topics in historiography and methodology; social, political, economic, and intellectual history; individual historians and schools of historiography. Volume 2 is arranged by country/region. Entries are in many languages; however, all abstracts are in English.

Ritter, Harry. Dictionary of Concepts in History. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1986). *R-BAB. A very useful work for the beginning graduate student or anyone seeking an introduction to historical terminology and historiography. Detailed entries discuss the use of specific terms such as "event" and "process" as well as broader concepts ("civilization," "objectivity") and historical movements including New History, social history and intellectual history. Includes bibliographies.

Study of History: A Bibliographical Guide, compiled by R.C. Richardson. (Manchester, England: Manchester University Press, 1988). JFE 88-7835. An introductory list of references to books and articles on historiography, designed for students at British universities. Covers Western history from antiquity through the twentieth century, emphasizing British history and historians. Includes sections on individual historians, social history, women's history, Marxist history, psychohistory and economic history. Some brief annotations.