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The Institute of Historical Research has now reprinted selected classic lectures, each with a short introduction by an eminent historian from the University of London. This commemorative volume provides a fascinating insight into the development of the discipline of history over the last century, revealing some significant changes in approach and emphasis as well as some surprising continuities. The Creighton Century is an invaluable guide to students of historiography, and a chance to relive some of the great lectures of the past 100 years, including those by Donald Coleman, Eric Hobsbawm, R.I. Moore and Sir Keith Thomas.

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Robert Evans, 'The Creighton century: British historians and Europe, 1907-2007'

R. B. Haldane, 'The meaning of truth in history' (1913), with an introduction by Justin Champion (Royal Holloway, University of London)

R. W. Seton-Watson, 'A plea for the study of contemporary history' (1928), with an introduction by Martyn Rady (School of Slavonic and East European Studies)

R. H. Tawney, 'The economic advance of the squirearchy in the two generations before the Civil War' [published as 'The rise of the gentry, 1558-1640] (1937), with an introduction by F. M. L. Thompson (Institute of Historical Research, University of London)

Lucy Sutherland, 'The City of London and the opposition to government, 1768-74', with an introduction by P. J. Marshall (King's College London)

Joseph Needham, 'The guns of Kaifeng-Fu: China's development of man's first chemical explosive' (1979), with an introduction by Janet Hunter (London School of Economics)

Keith Thomas, 'The perception of the past in early modern England' (1983), with an introduction by Ariel Hessayon (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Donald Coleman, 'Myth, history and the Industrial Revolution' (1989), with an introduction by Julian Hoppit (University College London)

Ian Nish, 'The uncertainties of isolation: Japan between the wars' (1992), with an introduction by Antony Best (London School of Economics)

Eric Hobsbawm, 'The present as history: writing the history of one's own time' (1933), with an introduction by Virginia Berridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

R. I. Moore, 'The war against heresy in medieval Europe' (2004), with an introduction by Jinty Nelson (King's College London)