What is History For?
By (author) Beverley C. Southgate
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What is History For? by Beverley C. Southgate
Book DescriptionAn experienced author of history and theory presents this examination of the purpose of history at a time when recent debates have rendered the question 'what is history for?' of utmost importance. Charting the development of historical studies and examining how history has been used, this study is exceptional in its focus on the future of the subject as well as its past. It is argued that history in the twenty-first century must adopt a radical and morally therapeutic role instead of studying for 'its own sake'. Providing examples of his vision of 'history in post-modernity', Beverley Southgate focuses on the work of four major historians, including up-to-date publications: * Robert A. Rosenstone's study of Americans living in nineteenth-century Japan * Peter Novick's work on the Holocaust * Sven Lindgvist's A History of Bombing * Tzvetan Todorov's recently published work on the twentieth century. This makes compulsive reading for all students of history, cultural studies and the general reader, as notions of historical truth and the reality of the past are questioned, and it becomes vital to rethink history's function and renegotiate its uses for the postmodern age.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415350990
(216mm x 138mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Beverley C. Southgate
Postmodernism in History, Hardback (May 2003)
Postmodernism has significantly affected the theory and practice of history. This study looks at the context of postmodernist thought in general cultural terms as well as in relation to history. It traces philosophical precursors of postmodernism and identifies the roots of current concerns.
History: What and Why?, Paperback (September 2001)» View all books by Beverley C. Southgate
History: What & Why? is a highly accessible introductory survey of historians' views about the nature and purpose of their subject and discusses the traditional model of history as an account of the past 'as it was'.
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