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History: What and Why? : Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Perspectives - Beverley Southgate

History: What and Why?

Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Perspectives

Paperback Published: 29th September 2001
ISBN: 9780415256582
Number Of Pages: 216

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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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'A useful guide to a myriad of theories and key figures.' - Oxbow Book News

Introduction: history, philosophy and historiography
What was history? The past as it was
Why history? Past answers
External challenges to the old model: some interdisciplinary perspectives
Internal challenges to the old model: some major forces
What? and Why? The Future of history
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ISBN: 9780415256582
ISBN-10: 0415256585
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 29th September 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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