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In defence of history

Author: Richard J Evans
Publisher: London : Granta Books, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A lucid, muscular, and often sly reflection" on the worth and purpose of historical scholarship by the award-winning author of The Third Reich Trilogy (Kirkus). In this volume, the renowned historian Richard J. Evans offers a fervent and deeply insightful defense of his craft and its importance to civilization. At a time when fact and historical truth are under unprecedented assault, Evans shows us why history is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Evans, Richard J.
In Defence of History.
Newburyport : Granta Books, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard J Evans
ISBN: 1847087906 9781847087904
OCLC Number: 1148886212
Notes: New edition.
Description: 1 online resource (245 pages)
Contents: Intro --
Praise --
Title Page --
Acknowledgements --
Dedication --
Contents --
Introduction --
1: The History of History --
2: History, Science and Morality --
3: Historians and their Facts --
4: Sources and Discourses --
5: Causation in History --
6: Society and the Individual --
7: Knowledge and Power --
8: Objectivity and its Limits --
AFTERWORD --
Notes --
Further Reading --
Index --
A, B, C --
D, E, F --
G, H, I --
J, K, L --
M, N, O --
P, Q, R --
S, T, U --
V, W, X --
Y, Z --
About the Author --
Also by Richard J. Evans --
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Responsibility: Richard J. Evans.

Abstract:

"A lucid, muscular, and often sly reflection" on the worth and purpose of historical scholarship by the award-winning author of The Third Reich Trilogy (Kirkus). In this volume, the renowned historian Richard J. Evans offers a fervent and deeply insightful defense of his craft and its importance to civilization. At a time when fact and historical truth are under unprecedented assault, Evans shows us why history is necessary. Taking us into the historians' workshop, he offers a firsthand look at how good history gets written. In staunch opposition to the wilder claims of postmodern historians, Evans thoroughly dismantles the notion that a realistic grasp of history is impossible to attain. He then goes on to explain the deadly political dangers of losing a historical perspective on the way we live our lives. In the tradition of E.H. Carr's What Is History' and G.R. Elton's The Practice of History, Evans' In Defense of History delivers "a model of lucid and intelligent historiographical analysis" (The Guardian, UK).

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