An extensive list of books on history methods/ philosophy of history

This is by no means a complete list of all books on History Methods and the Philosophy of History, but it is a complete list of all such books that I own.

A few years ago I may have owned only a dozen or so books in this field, but my collection grew as I did background reading for my book, Creative Historical Thinking.

My collection is biased in a few directions. Of foreign language books on history methods and philosophy, I own only those in languages I can read. For this reason I have a number of titles in Dutch, and just one in Spanish, which I can’t read very well. Some German works in this genre have been published in English, so I own things written by Dilthey and Von Mises, for example.

My collection is weak on recent postmodern books. I just don’t find them very useful so I stopped collecting them. Ironically, I also have few of the books that simply contest postmodernism in history. There are also many of the more expensive philosophical tomes not on the list. That is mostly because I don’t want to pay $80 or more for a book in a field where most everything is at least partially redundant.

I’ve probably collected and then sold another 15 or so recent books in this field. I got rid of them as I ran out of shelf space. I usually culled works that were esoteric or too dense to be understood. I believe the best works in this field as clear enough so that any educated person could read and understood them. For that reason, the classics by Bloch, Carr, Collingwood, and Plumb still remain at the top of the list.

I have included the Toynbee-Spengler-Wells type books.

I don’t intend to comment on, rank, describe the books here. The purpose of this post is to help others interested in this topic locate similar works that they may not have heard of before.

Dates are not necessarily those of the original, first edition. In fact, most are reprints.

1 Robert Flint,  History of the Philosophy of History (1893)
2 P.J. Blok, Verspreide Studien (1903)
3 Langlois, Ch. V. & Seignobos, Ch. Introduction to the Study of History (1906)
4 C. G. Crump, History and Historical Research (1928)
5 Herbert Butterfield, The Whig Interpretation of History (1931)
6 W. Sellar, W. C. & R.J. Yeatman 1066 And all that. A memorable History of England (1931)
7 Maurice Mandelbaum, The Problem of Historical Knowledge. And Answer to Relativism (1938)
8 , J. D. Bierens de Haan, De Zin Der Geschiedenis (1942)
9  A.L. Rowse, The Use of History (1946)
10 E. C. Rust, The Christian Understanding of History (1947)
11 Morris R. Cohen, The Meaning of Human History (1947)
12 Arnold J. Toynbee, A Study of History (1947)
13 Pieter Geyl, &  Pitirim Sorokin, The Pattern of the Past. Can we determine it? (1949)
14 Klaus Mehnert, Stalin Versus Marx (1952)
15 Marc Bloch, The Historian’s Craft (1953)
16 Wilson, Edmund To the Finland Station (1953)
17 Marie Collins Swabey,The Judgment of History (1954)
18 F.A. Hayek, Capitalism and the Historians (1954_)
19 Pieter Geyl, Use and Abuse of History (1955)
20 Benedetto Croce, History as the Story of Liberty (1955)
21 Patrick Gardiner, Theories of History (1959)
22 Hans Meyerhoff, The Philosophy of History in our time (1959)
23  G. P. Gooch, History & Historians in the Nineteenth Century (1959)
24 Benedetto Croce, History its Theory and Practice (1960)
25 C. V. Wedgwood, The Sense of the Past (1960)
26 Edward Hallett Carr, What is History? (1961)
27 Wilhelm Dilthey, Pattern and Meaning in History (1961)
28 Jose Ortega y Gasset, History of a System (1962)
29 Alfred Stern, Philosophy of History and The Problem of Values (1962)
30 Heinrich Rickert, Science and History (1962)
31 Allan Nevins, The Gateway to History (1962)
32 Jacques Barzun, & , Henry F. Graff, The Modern Researcher (1962)
33 Immanuel Kant, On History (1963)
34  Jan Romein, In De Hof Der Historie (1963)
35 Raymond Klibansky, & H. J.  Paton, Philosophy and History. The Ernst Cassirer Festschrift (1963)
36 W. B. Gallie, Philosophy and the Historical Understanding (1964)
37 James Harvey Robinson, The New History (1965)
38 John Higham, The Development of Historical studies in the United States (1965)
39 Hans Neisser, On the Sociology of Knowledge (1965)
40 Morton White, Foundations of Historical Knowledge (1965)
41 Leo Strauss, Natural Right and History (1965)
42 Carl L. Becker, The Heavenly city of the Eighteenth-Century Philosophers (1966)
43 William Dray, Laws and Explanation in History (1966)
44 Robert Stover, The nature of Historical Thinking (1967)
45 Alban G. Widgery, The Meanings in History (1967)
46 W. H. Burston & D. Thompson, Studies in the nature and teaching of History (1967)
47 Walter Nugent, Creative History. An introduction to historical study (1967)
48 G. Kitson Clark, The Critical Historian (1967)
49 Norman F. Cantor, &  Richard I Schneider, How to Study History (1967)
50 Trygve R. Tholfsen, Historical Thinking (1967)
51 Robin W. Winks, The Historian as Detective. Essays on evidence (1968)
52 Georg G. Iggers, The German conception of History (1968)
53 Marcus Cunliffe, & R. W. Winks, Pastmasters. Some essays on American Historians (1969)
54 D. M. Sturley,  The Study of History (1969)
55 R. J. Shafer, A guide to historical method (1969)
56 Herbert Butterfield,  Man on His Past (1969)
57 J. H. Plumb, The Death of the Past (1969)
58 Robert Paul Mohan, Philosophy of History (1970)
59 David Hackett Fischer, Historians’s Fallacies. Toward a logic of Historical thought (1970)
60 Martin Duberman, The Uncompleted Past (1971)
61 Thomas N. Guinsburg, The Dimensions of History (1971)
62  Maurice Mandelbaum, History, Man, & Reason (1971)
63 J. H. Hexter, The History Primer (1971)
64 Connell-Smith, Gordon & Lloyd, Howell A. The Relevance of History (1972)
65 David Thomson, The Aims of History (1972)
66 D. G. Watts, The Learning of History (1972)
67 R. M. Hartwell, History and Ideology (1974)
68 Lester D. Stephens, Probing the Past (1974)
69 David Weitzman,  My Backyard History book (1975)
70 Leon J. Goldstein, Historical Knowing (1976)
71 Maurice Mandelbaum,The Anatomy of Historical Knowledge (1977)
72 Donald M. Dozer, History as Force (1978)
73 Carroll Quigley, The Evolution of Civilizations (1979)
74 Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life (1980)
75 Fernand Braudel, On History (1980)
76 Peter Burke, Sociology & History (1980)
77  John William Miller, The Philosophy of History (1981)
78 Serge Gagnon, Man and his past. The nature and role of historiography (1982)
79 Henry Steele Commager, The Nature and the Study of History (1984)
80 Geoffrey Barraclough, An Introduction to Contemporary History (1984)
81  Ludwig Von Mises, Theory and History. An interpretation of Social and Economic Evolution (1985)
82 Arthur C. Danto, Narration and Knowledge (1985)
83 Hayden White, Metahistory. The historical imagination in nineteenth-century Europe (1987)
84 Jules R. Benjamin, A Student’s guide to U.S. History (1987)
85 John Clive, Not by Fact Alone. Essays on the writing and reading of history (1989)
86 Raymond Martin, The past within us (1989)
87 Lynn Hunt, The New Cultural History (1989)
88 Carlo Ginzburg, Clues, Myths, and the Historical Method (1989)
89 William H. Dray, On History and Philosophers of History (1989)
90 David Babbington, Patterns in History. A Christian perspective on historical thought (1990)
91 Christopher Lloyd, The Structures of History (1990)
92 Peter Burke, The French historical revolution (1990)
93 Jonathan Gorman, Understanding History (1992)
94 Peter Burke, History & Social Theory (1992)
95 R. G. Collingwood, The Idea of History (1994)
96 H. L. Wesseling, Onder Historici (1995)
97  Keith Windschuttle, The Killing of History (1996)
98 Rousas John Rushdoony, The Biblical Philosophy of History (1997)
99 Josef L. Altholz, Lord Acton on the Historian (1997)
100 Gunter Scholtz, Historismus am Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts (1997)
101  Eric Hobsbawm, On History (1997)
102 Georg G. Iggers, Historiography in the twentieth century (1997)
103  D.R. Woolf, A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing. Volume II. K-Z (1998)
104 Pim Den Boer, & , Arnold Pomermas History as a Profession. The study of History in France, 1818-1914 (1998)
105 Anna Green, & Kathleen Troup, The houses of History. A critical reader in twentieth-century (1999)
106 Richard J. Evans, In Defense of History (1999)
107  Norman J. Wilson, History in Crisis? Recent directions in historiography (1999)
108 Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, & Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, Reconstructing History. The emergence of a new historical society (1999)
109 Joseph M. Levine, The Autonomy of History (1999)
110 Peter Novick, That Noble Dream. The “Objectivity Question” (1999)
111 Michael Oakeshott, On History and others essays (1999)
112 V. M. Hillyer, A Child’s History of the World (2000)
113  John Arnold, History: A Very Short Introduction (2000)
114 Alun Munslow, The Routledge Companion to Historical Studies (2000)
115 Joep Leerssen & Ann Rigney, Historians and Social Values (2000)
116 Reinhart Koselleck, The Practice of Conceptual History (2002)
117 David Cannadine, What is History Now? (2002)
118 Jo Tollebeek Et al De Palimpsest. Geschiedschrijving in de Nederlanden 1500-2000 (2 Vols.) (2002)
119 Stephen Davies, Empiricism and History (2003)
120 Dana Lindaman, & , Kyle Ward, History Lessons (2004)
121 Constantin Fasolt, The Limits of History (2004)
122 Jorn Rusen, Western Historical Thinking (2005)
123 John Lukacs, Remembered Past (2005)
124 Ellen K. Wood, & John B. Foster, In Defense of History. Marxism and the Postmodern Agenda (2006)
125 John Vincent, An Intelligent Person’s Guide to History (2006)
126 Jo Tollebeek, Fredericq & Zonen (2008)
127 Georg G. Iggers, & Edward Wang, A Global History of Modern Historiography (2008)
128 Tamim Ansary, Destiny Disrupted. A history of the world through islamic eyes (2009)
129 John Tosh, Historians on History (2009)
130 John Burrow, A History of Histories. Epics, chronicles, romances & inquiries (2009)
131 Furay, Conal & Salevouris, Michael J. The Methods and Skills of History (2010)
132 John Fea, Jay Green & Eric Miller, Confessing History. Explorations in christian faith and the historian’s vocation (2010)
133  James M. Banner, A Century of American Historiography (2010)
134  Stephen Klugewicz, &  Lenore T. Ealy, History on Proper Principles (2010)
135  Kenneth McIntyre, Herbert Butterfield. History, Providence, and Skeptical politics (2011)
136 Kerwin Lee Klein, From History to Theory (2011)
137 Owen Barfield, History Guilt & Habit (2012)
138 Niklas Olsen, History in the Plural. An introduction to the work of Reinhart Koselleck (2012
139 Herman Paul, Het Moeras Van De Geschiedenis (2012)
140 Jason Colavito, Faking History (2013)
141 John Fea, Why Study History? (2013)
142 John Lukacs, History and the Human Condition (2013)
143 Christopher Dawson, Dynamics of World History (2013)
144 Wilfred M. McClay, A Student’s guide to U.S. History (2014)
145 Arthur Alfaix Assis, What is History for? Johann Gustav Droysen and the Functions of Historiography (2014)
146 Jacques Maritain, On the Philosophy of History (2015)
147 Mark Hewitson, History and Causality (2015)
148 Stephen Frederic Dale, The Orange Trees of Marrakesh. Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man (2015)
149 Bernard Bailyn, Sometimes an Art. Nine essays on History (2015)
150 Hans Hermann Hoppe, A Short History of the Man (2015)
151 Frederick C. Beiser, The German Historicist Tradition (2015)
152 Herman Paul, Key issues in Historical Theory (2015)
153 J. Kamp, Et Al Geschiedenis Schrijven! (2016)
154 Jeremy D. Popkin, From Herodotus to H-Net. The Story of Historiography (2016)
155 Carlos Sabino, La Historia y su Metodo (2017)
156  D. C. Krakauer, Et Al History, Big History, & Metahistory (2017)
157 Sarah Maza, Thinking About History (2017)
158 Comegna, Anthony Liberty and Power 2017
159 Mike Maxwell, Future-Focused History Teaching (2018)
160 Marshall T. Poe, How to Read a History Book (2018)
161 Alex Rosenberg, How History Gets Things Wrong. The Neuroscience of Our Addiction to Stories 2018
162 Sam Wineburg, Why Learn History. (When it’s already on Your phone) (2018)
163 Robert Tracy McKenzie, A Little book for new Historians (2019)
164 P. J. Bouman,  In De Ban Der Geschiedenis (1960 ?)

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  1. Thanks for this list – most useful. I am currently enjoying your book “Creative Historical Thinking”. I am half way through reading it, in the chapter with you detecting in your back yard. It’s a great book with lots of interesting ideas I hope to use. I like unusual slants on history method and your book delivers. Your chapters on conceptualising time and history reminded me “Lines: A Brief History” by Tim Ingold. I also recently enjoyed “Revisionist Histories” by Marnie Hughes-Warrington. It has a great chapter on how to use marginalia and annotations in library books as historical sources. I thought I would mention this book to you because your book also encourages finding historical sources in unusual and neglected places. I studied history at Aberdeen University in Scotland and I am interested in the history of small religious groups. Thanks again for your book.


  2. Thanks so much for your response. I’m glad you are enjoying my book! Since writing that chapter I’ve been metal detecting my property and have even made a sizable dig of 19th century pottery and horse tack, etc. I’ll have to update this list at some point. The Tim Ingold reference is new to me. Best regards,


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