Focusing on the changing field of historiography, this text is part of the series charting the radical intellectual transformations that have taken place in post-World War II France. It sets the work of historians associated with the Annales school into the wider context of postwar French historiography, structuralism, quantitative methods and interdisciplinary studies. It contains selections from major foundational texts (Braudel, Labrousse, Bourdieu, Chartier and Wachtel) as well as lesser-kwn works.
Jacques Revel is a professor of history at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is the author (with Arlette Farge) of Vanishing Children of Paris. Lynn Hunt is the Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of The Family Romance in the French Revolution and editor of The New Cultural History and the Invention of Pornography.