Why Bother with History?
Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Motivations
By (author) Beverley C. Southgate
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Why Bother with History? by Beverley C. Southgate
Book Description.Why Bother With History? argues for an increasingly important role for a revitalised historical study. Examining the motivations of past historians, the author rejects the ancient aspiration to a 'history for its own sake' and argues that historians' importance lies in their own adoption of a moral standpoint, from which a story of the past can be told, that facilitates the attainment of a future we desire. Inevitably controversial, in that it challenges many of the assumptions of modernist history, this is an interdisciplinary book, which draws in particular on psychology and literature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780582423909
(236mm x 147mm x 11mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Beverley C. Southgate
What is History For?, Paperback (April 2005)
Charting the development of historical studies and examining how history has been used, this study focuses on the future of the subject as well as its past. This title is aimed at students of history, cultural studies and the general reader.
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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Author Biography - Beverley C. Southgate
Beverley Southgate is Reader Emeritus, University of Hertfordshire. His many publications include History- What and Why? (1996).
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