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Development of Philosophy of History Since 1900
John Koskey Chang'ach
ISBN: 978-1-941926-11-6
6.3 x 9.1 inches, 151pp, Paperback: $80
Published Date: February, 2015
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For a long time now, the exercise of Teacher Education, there has been and still is a marked shortage of the supply of relevant text books in many areas which deal with the preparation and production of history teachers. It is in pursuit for the satisfaction of the supply in this area which makes the advent of this book a very welcome issue in Kenya’s and international academic fields. Hence, the arrival of this book “Development of Philosophy of History Since 1900” makes a great academic and professional contribution in this area.

The contents of the book, as well as the order of presentation are derived from the stock of knowledge and experience inherent in the courses of the Department of History, Political Science and Public Administration; which by nature of its position in education is a base factor for creation and development of effective standards and professionalism in history teachers.

The book is the first of its kind with sample questions in each chapter and for setting out and establishing a systematic study in the field of progressive changes which take place in human societies throughout human history with regard to developmental changes in history throughout all generations.

Since it is a detailed study of progress of history, from the 1900 to present, this book becomes a must material for studies in history, teachers of history, history students and educational professionals. Therefore, the book is appropriate for every form of academic pursuit.

Revision questions have been included in each chapter and at the end of the book to help the history student evaluate his/her understanding of all the topics in the course. The questions will also come in handy while revising for end of semester examinations. A the end of the book, a bibliography is provided to enable the students of history and their lecturers to make reference and undertake further research to enrich their knowledge.
The Full Book PDF PDF
Front Matter PDF
Chapter 1 Introduction PDF
      1.1 Questions  
      1.2 Definition of Philosophy of History  
      1.3 Definition of the Term History  
      1.4 What is the Concern of the Historian?  
      1.5 Necessity of History  
      1.6 Justification for Philosophy of History  
Chapter 2 Historical Explanation PDF
      2.1 Questions  
      2.2 Explanation in History  
      2.3 What Steps Does an Historian Take When They Set Out to Elucidate an Historical Event or Set of Events?  
      2.4 An Example: British General Strike 1926  
      2.5 Historical Explanation  
      2.6 Effect or Result of the Cause in History  
      2.7 Quantitative Method of Explanation in History  
      2.8 Types of Explanations  
      2.9 Scientific Explanation in History  
      2.10 Carl Gustav Hempel  
      2.11 Use of Theory/Hypothesis in Explanation  
      2.12 Explanation According to Positivists  
      2.13 Explanation According to Relativists  
      2.14 Explanation in Natural Sciences  
      2.15 Max Weber (1864-1920) and Scientific Explanation in History  
      2.16 Karl Popper Raymund and Scientific Explanation in History  
Chapter 3 Causation in History PDF
      3.1 Questions  
      3.2 Causation  
      3.3 Historical Causation  
      3.4 Cause and Effect  
      3.5 Types of Causes  
      3.6 Concepts of Causation  
      3.7 Historical Causation: Why is it Problematic?  
Chapter 4 Historical Fact and Truth PDF
      4.1 Questions  
      4.2 The Concept of Historical Fact  
      4.3 The Concept of Historical Truth  
      4.4 Truth in History  
      4.5 Theories of Truth in History  
      4.6 Correspondence Theory  
      4.7 Coherence Theory  
      4.8 Pragmatic Theory of Truth  
Chapter 5 Idealism in History PDF
      5.1 Questions  
      5.2 R. G. Collingwood  
      5.3 Collingwood’s Critics  
      5.4 Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911)  
      5.5 Benedetto Croce (1866-1952)  
Chapter 6 Historical Objectivity PDF
      6.1 Questions  
      6.2 What is Objectivity?  
      6.3 Historical Objectivity  
      6.4 Why is Historical Objectivity Problematic?  
      6.5 What is the Problem Then?  
      6.6 Factors Contributing to Disagreements amongst Historians  
      6.7 Can History be Objective?  
      6.8 Relativists or Subjectivists  
Chapter 7 Positivism and Neo-Positivism PDF
      7.1 Questions  
      7.2 The Challenge and Response Theory of the Rise and Fall of World Civilizations  
      7.3 Joseph Arnold Toynbee 1889  
      7.4 Factors that Contributed to the Rise of Empires  
Chapter 8 African Philosophy of History PDF
      8.1 Ali A. Mazrui  
      8.2 John Samuel Mbiti  
      8.3 Criticism  
      8.4 Placide Temples  
Chapter 9 Post Structuralism, Deconstruction and Post Modernism PDF
      9.1 Post Modernism  
      9.2 Michael Foucault (1926-1984)  
Back Matter PDF
John Koskey Chang’ach
Senior Lecturer, Head of Educational Foundations Department, School of Education, Moi University. His career spans both history and history of education. He has published many articles in refereed journals in both history and history of education, among which are several devoted to exploring and articulating issues that affect society. He is author of several books in the same field of study.
Students in Diploma colleges taking history as a subject, undergraduate and postgraduate students in the universities pursuing studies in history. In Kenya all universities offer the course. It will be course book for lecturers in all the categories.
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