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Biography and History
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Biography is the oldest way of writing about historical events, and one of the most popular. Looking at the complex relationship between the discipline of history and the writing of lives, Biography and History: * is the first work to explore the significant place of biography within historical writing at the present time * combines a discussion of the history of biography with an extended analysis of contemporary approaches to biography * links developments within history to the wider interest in auto/biography and life-writing, and to literary methods * suggests that there are some distinctive features in the ways in which historians handle biography. Original and insightful, this is an essential introduction to a growing, and increasingly important, field of study and research.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.- Introduction .- Historians and the Question of Biography .- The Biographical Impulse.- Collective Biography .- Auto/biography and Life Writing .- Reflecting on Biography .- Changing Biographical.- Practices.- Glossary .- Notes.- Further Reading .- Index.

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'An excellent overview of the relationship between biography and history, and the underlying debates.' - Melanie Nolan, National Centre for Biography, Australian National University, Australia 'Historical biography is a topic which historians have neglected for far too long, and this incisive and thought-provoking survey fills a real gap in the literature.' - Jane Ridley, University of Buckingham, UK '[A] brief, comprehensive examination of the relationship between biography and history...Recommended.' - CHOICE '...essential reading for anyone interested in the writing of life histories, their relationship to other forms of historical scholarship, and their place in the galaxy of life-writing genres.' - Jeremy D. Popkin, Project Muse

About the Author

BARBARA CAINE is Professor of History at Monash University, Australia. She has published extensively in the area of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century history and biography.

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'An excellent overview of the relationship between biography and history, and the underlying debates.' - Melanie Nolan, National Centre for Biography, Australian National University, Australia 'Historical biography is a topic which historians have neglected for far too long, and this incisive and thought-provoking survey fills a real gap in the literature.' - Jane Ridley, University of Buckingham, UK '[A] brief, comprehensive examination of the relationship between biography and history...Recommended.' - CHOICE '...essential reading for anyone interested in the writing of life histories, their relationship to other forms of historical scholarship, and their place in the galaxy of life-writing genres.' - Jeremy D. Popkin, Project Muse

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