In Defence Of History

Author: Richard J. Evans

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1847087906

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 7951

In this volume, English historian Richard Evans offers a defence of the importance of his craft. At a time of deep scepticism about our ability to learn anything from the past, even to recapture any serious sense of past cultures and ways of life, Evans shows us why history is both possible and necessary. His demolition of the wilder claims of postmodern historians, who deny the possibility of any realistic grasp of history, seeks to be witty and well balanced. He takes us into the historians' workshop to show us just how good history gets written, and explains the deadly political dangers of losing a historical perspective on the way we live our lives. This new edition contains an extensive afterword by the author.

What is History?

Author: E. H. Carr

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241351901

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 3474

'Not only one of our most distinguished historians but also one of the most valuable contributors to historical theory' Spectator In formulating an answer to the question of 'What is History', Carr argues that the 'facts' of history are simply those which historians have chosen to focus on. All historical facts come to us as a result of interpretive choices by historians influenced by the standards of their age. Now for the first time in Penguin Modern Classics, with an introduction by Richard J. Evans, author of the Third Reich trilogy.

The Practice of History

Author: Geoffrey R. Elton

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631229803

Category: History

Page: 234

View: 6086

The new edition of G. R. Elton's classic work is a wide-ranging, succinct and practical introduction for all students and general readers of history. It makes a major contribution to the question "what is history?".

In Defence of History

Author: Nicholas Piercey

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1351350579

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 1363

Richard Evans wrote In Defence of History at a time when the historian's profession was coming under heavy attack as a result of the 'cultural turn' taken by the discipline during the late 1980s and the 1990s. Historians were being forced to face up to postmodern thinking, which argued that, because all texts were the product of biased writers who had incomplete information, none could be privileged above others. In this reading, there could be no objective history, merely the study of the texts themselves. While In Defence of History addresses all aspects of historical method, its key focus is on an extensive evaluation of this postmodern thinking. Evans judges the acceptability of the reasoning advanced by the postmodernists - and finds it badly wanting. He is strongly critical both of the relevance and of the adequacy of their arguments, seeking to show that, ultimately, they are guilty of failing to accept the logic of their own position. All texts are equally valid, or invalid, they suggest - while insisting that the products of their own school are in fact more 'true' than those of their opponents. Evans concludes by pointing out that this same argument could be advanced to suggest that the works of Holocaust deniers are just as valid as are those of historians who accept that the Nazis set out to commit genocide. So why, he demands, is no postmodernist willing to say as much? A devastating example of the usefulness of relentless evaluation.

African Literature in Defence of History

An Essay on Chinua Achebe

Author: Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

Publisher: African Renaissancepub

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 186

View: 9009

Chinua Achebe is Africa's foremost novelist and one of the African World's most outstanding intellectuals of all time. The 1958 publication of his classic Things Fall Apart on the eve of the great African liberation struggle for the restoration of independence after centuries of European conquest and occupation, underscored the African-centred thrust of his literary journey. As Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe shows in this study, Achebe's writings in the past 40 years amount to a twin-track ingeniously crafted and rigorously-expressive interrogative epic of the African humanity during the course of the past 500 years. These have been years of humiliating conquests, occupation, and dispersal, but also years of far reaching revolutions, liberation, and survival. For Professor Ekwe-Ekwe, Chinua Achebe's contribution to this great African story is centrally seminal: (1) he affirms the African historicity that Eurocentricism is ever keen to deny; (2) he alerts Africans to the futility and hopelessness of a non-deconstructed post-conquest state to spearhead African vast topography of reconstruction and (3) he advocates an African renaissance based on Africa's critical re-engagement with its rich cultural heritage.

Altered Pasts

Counterfactuals in History

Author: Richard J. Evans

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1408705540

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 3396

A bullet misses its target in Sarajevo, a would-be Austrian painter gets into the Viennese academy, Lord Halifax becomes British prime minister in 1940: seemingly minor twists of fate on which world-shaking events might have hinged. Alternative history has long been the stuff of parlour games, war-gaming and science fiction, but over the past few decades it has become a popular stomping ground for serious historians. Richard J. Evans now turns a critical, slightly jaundiced eye on the subject. Altered Pasts examines the intellectual fallout from historical counterfactuals. Most importantly, Evans takes counterfactual history seriously, looking at the insights, pitfalls and intellectual implications of changing one thread in the weave of history.

Lying About Hitler

Author: Richard Evans

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0786723785

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 1650

In ruling against the controversial historian David Irving, whose libel suit against the American historian Deborah Lipstadt was tried in April 2000, the High Court in London labeled Irving a falsifier of history. No objective historian, declared the judge, would manipulate the documentary record in the way that Irving did. Richard J. Evans, a Cambridge historian and the chief adviser for the defense, uses this famous trial as a lens for exploring a range of difficult questions about the nature of the historian's enterprise.

In Defense of Lost Causes

Author: Slavoj Žižek

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 1844674290

Category: Philosophy

Page: 530

View: 2445

A high-energy philosophical manifesto on the concept and virtues of universal values addresses such topics as Heidegger's engagement with the Third Reich, the role of class struggles in global capitalism, and the legacy of Christianity against New Age spiritualism. Original.

The Whig Interpretation of History

Author: Herbert Butterfield

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393003185

Category: History

Page: 132

View: 9259

A classic essay on the distortions of history that occur when historians impose a rigid point of view on the study of the past.

Modern Historiography

An Introduction

Author: Michael Bentley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134631928

Category: History

Page: 200

View: 9828

Modern Historiography is the essential introduction to the history of historical writing. It explains the broad philosophical background to the different historians and historical schools of the modern era, from James Boswell and Thomas Carlyle through to Lucien Febure and Eric Hobsbawm and surveys: the Enlightenment and Counter Enlightenment Romanticism the voice of Science and the process of secularization within Western intellectual thought the influence of, and broadening contact with, the New World the Annales school in France Postmodernism. Modern Historiography provides a clear and concise account of this modern period of historical writing.

In Defence of the Terror

Liberty or Death in the French Revolution

Author: Sophie Wahnich

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1844679330

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 1476

For two hundred years after the French Revolution, the Republican tradition celebrated the execution of princes and aristocrats, defending the Terror that the Revolution inflicted upon on its enemies. But recent decades have brought a marked change in sensibility. The Revolution is no longer judged in terms of historical necessity but rather by “timeless” standards of morality. In this succinct essay, Sophie Wahnich explains how, contrary to prevailing interpretations, the institution of Terror sought to put a brake on legitimate popular violence—in Danton’s words, to “be terrible so as to spare the people the need to be so”—and was subsequently subsumed in a logic of war. The Terror was “a process welded to a regime of popular sovereignty, the only alternatives being to defeat tyranny or die for liberty.”

Karl Marx's Theory of History

A Defence

Author: Gerald Allan Cohen

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691070681

Category: History

Page: 442

View: 9351

Publisher's description: First published in 1978, this book rapidly established itself as a classic of modern Marxism. Cohen's masterful application of advanced philosophical techniques in an uncompromising defense of historical materialism commanded widespread admiration. In the ensuing twenty years, the book has served as a flagship of a powerful intellectual movement--analytical Marxism. In this expanded edition, Cohen offers his own account of the history, and the further promise, of analytical Marxism. He also expresses reservations about traditional historical materialism, in the light of which he reconstructs the theory, and he studies the implications for historical materialism of the demise of the Soviet Union.

Making History Now and Then

Discoveries, Controversies and Explorations

Author: D. Cannadine

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230594263

Category: History

Page: 390

View: 7520

Collects twelve previously unpublished essays by one of Britain's most eminent historians, David Cannadine, including his inaugural and valedictory lectures at the Institute of Historical Research. A unique volume discussing the study and nature of History itself and a range of key topics and periods in British and Imperial History.

In Defence of Food

The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating

Author: Michael Pollan

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141908513

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

View: 3978

'A must-read ... satisfying, rich ... loaded with flavour' Sunday Telegraph This book is a celebration of food. By food, Michael Pollan means real, proper, simple food - not the kind that comes in a packet, or has lists of unpronounceable ingredients, or that makes nutritional claims about how healthy it is. More like the kind of food your great-grandmother would recognize. In Defence of Food is a simple invitation to junk the science, ditch the diet and instead rediscover the joys of eating well. By following a few pieces of advice (Eat at a table - a desk doesn't count. Don't buy food where you'd buy your petrol!), you will enrich your life and your palate, and enlarge your sense of what it means to be healthy and happy. It's time to fall in love with food again. For the past twenty years, Michael Pollan has been writing about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture. His most recent book, about the ethics and ecology of eating, is The Omnivore's Dilemma, named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is also the author of The Botany of Desire, A Place of My Own and Second Nature.

The Pursuit of History

Aims, methods and new directions in the study of history

Author: John Tosh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317542002

Category: History

Page: 316

View: 4093

This classic introduction to the study of history invites the reader to stand back and consider some of its most fundamental questions - what is the point of studying history? How do we know about the past? Does an objective historical truth exist and can we ever access it? In answering these central questions, John Tosh argues that, despite the impression of fragmentation created by postmodernism in recent years, history is a coherent discipline which still bears the imprint of its nineteenth-century origins. Consistently clear-sighted, he provides a lively and compelling guide to a complex and sometimes controversial subject, while making his readers vividly aware of just how far our historical knowledge is conditioned by the character of the sources and the methods of the historians who work on them. The sixth edition has been revised and updated with key new material including: - a brand new chapter on public history - sections on digitised sources and historical controversy - discussion of topics including transnational history and the nature of the archive - an expanded range of examples and case studies - a comprehensive companion website providing valuable supporting material, study questions and a bank of primary sources. Lucid and engaging, this edition retains all the user-friendly features that have helped to make this book a favourite with both students and lecturers, including marginal glosses, illustrations and suggestions for further reading. Along with its companion website, this is an essential guide to the theory and practice of history.

In Defense of Housing

The Politics of Crisis

Author: Peter Marcuse,David Madden

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1784783560

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 4152

In every major city in the world there is a housing crisis. How did this happen and what can we do about it? Everyone needs and deserves housing. But today our homes are being transformed into commodities, making the inequalities of the city ever more acute. Pro fit has become more important than social need. The poor are forced to pay more for worse housing. Communities are faced with the violence of displacement and gentri fication. And the bene fits of decent housing are only available for those who can a fford it. In Defense of Housing is the de finitive statement on this crisis from leading urban planner Peter Marcuse and sociologist David Madden. They look at the causes and consequences of the housing problem and detail the need for progressive alternatives. The housing crisis cannot be solved by minor policy shifts, they argue. Rather, the housing crisis has deep political and economic roots—and therefore requires a radical response. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Self-esteem Research, Theory, and Practice

Toward a Positive Psychology of Self-esteem

Author: Christopher J. Mruk

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780826103147

Category: Psychology

Page: 294

View: 4933

In addition to the sound research findings, theory, and practice information that you have come to depend on with the past two editions, the third edition of Self-Esteem Research, Theory, and Practice brings with it much newly revised and updated information to reflect the changes in the field of self-esteem at large. New key features include: * New major theories of self-esteem * New chapter on the new positive psychology * 150 new references * Written in a clear, concise style.

The Postmodern History Reader

Author: Keith Jenkins

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415139045

Category: History

Page: 443

View: 2764

The Postmodern History Reader is the most comprehensive collection of influential texts on historiography and postmodernism yet compiled. Keith Jenkins expertly selects from the books and journal articles across the whole historiographical range that have been key to the transforming debates. This unique reader is a clear introduction to the impact of postmodernism on historical debate, allowing easy access to one of the more stimulating and exciting areas of current history. It provides: -- extracts from influential historians, such as Barthes, Joyce, White, Foucault, Baudrillard and Ankersmit -- individual contributions to each carefully defined debate -- many thoroughly up-to-date as well as 'classic' pieces -- texts from a range of subdisciplines in history and theory -- arguments both for and against postmodernism -- access to key writings that are not normally readily available -- advice on further reading Presented in a format that is both easy to use and challenging, The Postmodern History Reader will serve as an invaluable course text and reference tool for students and postgraduates.