The book on "Historical Theories and Methods" has been written for History (Honors) students of the CBCS courses designed as a common syllabus for all Universities of Odisha. For the convenience of the students, different terminologies are clarified, summary recaps are given, points and sub-points are highlighted, model questions are given and LMR (Last Minute Revision) is also supplied.
In the first unit of the book, a vivid depiction has been made of the definition, nature, scope, object and value of history, science and morality. In the second unit, the focus has been given to the traditions of historical writing with special reference to Herodotus, Thucydides, Polybius, Tacitus, St. Augustine and Ibn Khaldun. In the subsequent chapters, importance has also been given to History as Interdisciplinary Practice, i.e., the relationship of history with Archaeology, Anthropology, Psychology, Literature and Political Science. In the last unit, efforts have been made to understand the historical methods such as sources of history, historical facts, historical causation and historical objectivity.
Chapterisation of this book is student-friendly and as per the new CBCS common syllabus. The language of the content is very simple and lucid as a common student can easily grasp and appear for the examination. In preparing this book, we referred to both classical as well as contemporary books and different web sources pertaining to the topics of the book.
1. Meaning, Definition, Nature, and Scope of History
2. Object and Value of History
3. History, Science and Morality
4. Traditions of Historical Writing:- Ancient Greek Traditions:-Herodotus, Thucydides and Polybius
5. Ancient Roman Traditions:- Livy, and Tacitus
6. Medieval Understanding: -Western - St. Arabic - Ibn Khaldun
7. History as Interdisciplinary Practice:- History and Archaeology History and Anthropology
8. History as Interdisciplinary Practice:- History and Psychology, History and Literature, History and Political Science
9. Historical Methods:- Sources of History:- Written, Oral, Visual, and Archaeological
10. Historical Facts
11. Historical Causation
12. Historical Objectivity
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Last Minute Revision (LMR)
Books for References