La nouvelle histoire: Twentieth-Century Historiography in France and Beyond

This is a module about historiography - the writing of history - over the long twentieth century. It uses the work of a group of French cultural historians as a case study of profound change in the way history was thought about and written. Founded in 1929, the Annales School challenged the political and military focus of many nineteenth-century histories, emphasising in its place social and cultural trends, the history of mentalities and the lives of ordinary people. The Annalistes' cross-disciplinary dialogue with economists, geographers, sociologists - and the emerging disciplines of anthropology and psychology - has influenced much of the most innovative historiography of recent decades and raised important questions about how history relates to other disciplines in the arts and humanities and to the societies and contexts in which it is produced.