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What is history for?

Author: Beverley C Southgate
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What is History For? is a timely publication that examines the purpose and point of historical studies. Charting the development of historical studies, Beverley Southgate examines the various uses to which history has been put. While history has often supposedly been studied 'for its own sake', Southgate argues that this seemingly innocent approach masks an inherent conservatism and exposes the ways in which  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Beverley C Southgate
ISBN: 0415350980 9780415350983 0415350999 9780415350990 9780203696668 0203696662
OCLC Number: 56794079
Description: xiii, 214 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Humanities and therapeutic education --
History for its own sake --
The Holy Grail of truth --
'For its own sake'? --
Straw men? --
Professed purposes --
Transferable skills --
'Cultivation' --
Myth-breaking --
Theological confirmations and questionings --
Obligations to the dead --
Hidden agendas --
Political puppertry: the case of Germany --
Justifying the status quo --
Discipline and power --
The gender of history --
Life and needs in postmodernity --
Postmodernity --
Centres and certainties --
Order --
Direction --
Problems of identity: selfhood and others --
History in postmodernity: future prospects --
Closure and openness --
Self, narrativity and meaning: personal and national identities --
Historic moments and empowerment: making choices --
Colonising the future: towards a better world --
Histories for postmodernity --
some aspirations --
Realism, pessimism, hope --
History and myth again --
The labyrinth of language --
Transferable qualities --
Histories for postmodernity --
some examples --
Robert A. Rosenstone and Japan --
Peter Novick and the Holocaust --
Sven Lindqvist and bombing --
Tzvetan Todorov and hope.
Responsibility: Beverley Southgate.
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From an experienced author is this examination of the purpose of history at a time when the role of humanities has been questioned.  Read more...

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"An essential read....this is an informed scholarly and lucidly written text on the purposes of history which also confronts the inadequate shibboleths of today's dominate 'history culture'.."-Keith Read more...

 
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