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The killing of history : how literary critics and social theorists are murdering our past

Author: Keith Windschuttle
Publisher: San Francisco : Encounter Books, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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According to the author, history in the late twentieth century is in the clutches of literary and social theorists who have little respect for or training in the discipline. The author believes that they deny the existence of truth and substitute radically chic theorizing for real knowledge about the past. The result is revolutionary and unprecedented: contemporary historians are increasingly obscuring the facts on  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Windschuttle
ISBN: 1893554120 9781893554122
OCLC Number: 43698134
Notes: Originally published: Paddington, NSW, Australia : Macleay Press, 1996.
Description: xv, 372 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Paris labels and designer concepts: the ascension of cultural studies and the deluge of social theory --
The omnipotence of signs: semiotics and the conquest of America --
Bad language and theatrical gestures: structuralism and ethnohistory in the Pacific --
The deconstruction imperial history: poststructuralism and the founding of Australia --
The discourse of Michel Foucault : post structuralism and anti-humanism --
The fall of Communism and the end of history: from posthistory to postmodernism --
History as a social science: relativism, hermeneutics and induction --
History as literature: fiction, poetics and criticism --
The return of tribalism: cultural relativism, structuralism and the death of Cook.
Responsibility: Keith Windschuttle.

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Offers an expose of attempts to substitute radically chic theorizing for real knowledge about the past. This book presents a series of case histories that demonstrate how radical theory has attempted  Read more...

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