History, what and Why?: Ancient, Modern, and Postmodern Perspectives

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Psychology Press, 2001 - 200 pages
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History: What and Why? is a highly accessible introductory survey of historians' views about the nature and purpose of their subject. It offers a historical perspective and clear guide to contemporary debates about the nature and purpose of history, and a discussion of the traditional model of history as an account of the past 'as it was'. It assesses the challenges to orthodox views and examines the impact of Marxism, feminism and post-colonialism on the study of history.

This second edition has been updated to reflect the continuing, and still increasing, debate surrounding these issues. In particular it discusses:

  • historians' fear of postmodernism
  • holocaust denial and the Irving/Lipstadt libel trial
  • the future of the past in the light of the postmodern challenge.

For anyone teaching, learning or studying history, this is a must.

 

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Contents

history philosophy and historiography
1
What was history? The past as it
15
Why history? Past answers
32
some
62
problems of language
74
the problem of scepticism
82
Conclusion
90
What and why? The future of history
115
Postscript
148
Notes
160
27
164
Further reading
179
550
187
Index
194
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