On the Future of History
The Postmodernist Challenge and Its Aftermath New edition
By (author) Ernst Breisach
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On the Future of History by Ernst Breisach
Book DescriptionWhat does postmodernism mean for the future of history? Can one still write history in postmodernity? To answer questions such as these, Ernst Breisach provides the first comprehensive overview of postmodernism and its complex relationship to history and historiography. Placing postmodern theories in their intellectual and historical contexts, he shows how they are part of broad developments in Western culture. Breisach sees postmodernism as neither just a fad nor a universal remedy. In clear and concise language, he presents and critically evaluates the major views on history held by influential postmodernists, such as Derrida, Foucault, Lyotard, and the new narrativists. Along the way, he introduces to the reader major debates among historians over postmodern theories of evidence, objectivity, meaning and order, truth, and the usefulness of history. He also discusses new types of history that have emerged as a consequence of postmodernism, including cultural history, microhistory, and new historicism. For anyone concerned with the postmodern challenge to history, both advocates and critics alike, "On the Future of History" will be a welcome guide.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226072807
(230mm x 158mm x 13mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 4-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ernst Breisach
American Progressive History, Paperback (April 1993)» View all books by Ernst Breisach
A study of Progressive history from its emergence in the early 1900s to the 1940s. Focusing on the movement's most important representatives, Breisach demonstrates that Progressive history is distinguished by its unique combination of beliefs in the objective reality of historical facts and in the inevitable progress of the human race.
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Author Biography - Ernst Breisach
Ernst A. Breisach is a Professor of History Emeritus at Western Michigan University. He is the author of "Historiography: Ancient, Medieval, Modern," second edition, and "American Progressive History: An Experiment in Modernization," both published by the University of Chicago Press.
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