For undergraduate and graduate courses in Historiography and Historical Method. Also an ideal supplemental text for Western Civilization and Intellectual History courses. This text is a concise, brief, and accessible introductory text presenting a thorough, balanced, and comprehensive overview of Western historical thinking from ancient times through the present. Reaching to readers of all levels, it covers major areas such as historiography, philosophy of history, and historical methodology, as well as material on contemporary "culture wars" and current debates on post modernism.* NEW - Updated examples and illustrations - provides students with current and relevant material. * NEW - Expanded sections on Cultural History - enhances the student's ability to understand the influences and perspectives of historical study. * NEW - "Reading, Writing, and Research" chapter further developed and moved to the end of the text for easy student transition from text to further study. * NEW - "Chapter on Culture War and Postmodernism" expanded from postscript in previous editions to provide more information and emphasis on these crucial topics. Comprehensive coverage - Emphasizes the importance of context in understanding historical issues. o Gives students needed background information so that instructors do not have to take up valuable class time doing the same.Coherent overview-Examines Greek, Hebrew, and Christian historiography; and explores the impacts of the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and the professionalization of history within European universities. o Supplies students with a solid foundation for the entire field.Clear, concise presentation-Explores the development of historical thought. o Allows students to quickly master the basics, preparing them to go on to any higher-level history course.An analysis of the implications of computers in the study of history. o Offers students up-to-date coverage of the most recent developments in the study of history.Tips on reading, writing, and research-Chapter 8. o Assists students in preparing effective papers and projects.