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The Use and Abuse of History : Or How the Past is Taught to Children - Marc Ferro

The Use and Abuse of History

Or How the Past is Taught to Children

Paperback Published: 21st August 2003
ISBN: 9780415285926
Number Of Pages: 416

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Use and Abuse of History has become a key text of current historiography; this is a book that poses fundamental and disturbing questions about the use and abuse of history. Engaging and challenging, this book confronts the reader with the many 'histories' that exist and have existed around the world, from the Zulu kingdoms to Communist China.


This title has now been extensively revised by Marc Ferro, a well respected historian, and presents the different narratives that constitute the histories of countries as diverse as India, Iran, Trinidad and the United States makes for fascinating reading in their own right. What makes this book so valuable, though, is what these narratives tell us about the societies which create them - how much is history distorted in order to condition the minds of those who are taught it?


Use and Abuse of History appeals to anyone with a general interested in history.

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'Marc Ferro is remarkable in writing history enjoyed both by scholars and by people curious about the world in which they live and its past.' - Natalie Zemon Davis

Preface to the Routledge Classics Editionp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Foreword to the 1992 Editionp. xvi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
'White History', a Vestige: Johannesburgp. 1
'Decolonized History': Black Africap. 21
Some Remarks on a Variant: Trinidad and the Exorcist Reactionp. 40
India: History Without Identityp. 48
The History of Islam or the History of the Arabsp. 76
The Persian and Turkish Variantsp. 112
From Christ the King to the Nation-State: History in European Eyesp. 135
Aspects and Variations of Soviet Historyp. 163
History: the Safeguard of National Identity in Armeniap. 210
History in Profile: Polandp. 245
A Note on the History of Chinap. 268
History in Japan: a Code or an Ideology?p. 285
Deconstructing 'White History': the Usap. 305
'Forbidden History': Chicanos and Aboriginesp. 333
Analysis of a Crisis: 1939-1945 Revisitedp. 344
Conclusionp. 356
Bibliographyp. 364
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9780415285926
ISBN-10: 0415285925
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 21st August 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.3  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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