Bibliography on Published Microhistorical Works

This bibliography is still in the making. It contains bibliographical information on works which might be considered microhistory in one sense or another. It also contains articles, books or other material which is closely connected to the methods of microhistory. We realize that this database is going to grow with time and we encourage suggestions as to which important monographs or articles might be missing and worth adding to our list.

The bibliography is divided into three groups:

The first time period spans from 1960 to 1980; with the later year marking an important point in the development of microhistorical research. That year is when The Cheese and the Worms by Carlo Ginzburg was first published in English.

The second time period spans from 1981 to 1991, which was the time when a collections of essays appeared in a book called Mircrohistory and the Lost People of Europe. Around the same time another book was published in English called New Perspectives on Historical Writing which included an article by Giovanni Levi, “On Microhistory”. Both of these works served to put microhistory firmly on the map. Also, the first book published in the book-series Microstorie reached the public the year 1981.

The third period, from 1992 to the present, is depicted on a year to year bases. In the last decade of the twentieth century the world witnessed a boom in the publishing business, including those works belonging to microhistorical research. We think, for that reason, it is important to present this material on a year by year basis.

This database will hopefully help microhistorians reevaluate the methods of microhistory. We think it is important to use this webpage to undertake a constructive attempt to define the meaning of the methods of microhistory. This will not conclude the process “once and for all”. Rather it will serve as a continuing effort hopefully leading to a collective focus by microhistorians all over the world to debate the strength and the weaknesses of its methodological and conceptual framework.

14 January 2013