The Historian's Conscience: Australian Historians on the Ethics of History

The Historian's Conscience: Australian Historians on the Ethics of History


Edited by Stuart Macintyre

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  • Publisher: Melbourne University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 166 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 14mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 30 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Carlton
  • ISBN 10: 0522851398
  • ISBN 13: 9780522851397
  • Sales rank: 354,322

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Eminent contributors include Alan Atkinson, Graeme Davison, Greg Dening, John Hirst, Beverley Kingston, Marilyn Lake, and Iain McCalman. They not only ask but answer the hard questions about writing and researching history. How do historians choose their histories? What sort of emotional investment do they make in their subjects, and how do they control their sympathies? How do they deal with unpalatable discoveries? To whom are historians responsible? And for whom are they entitled to speak? Intellectually provocative, often personally revealing, always engaged, The Historian's Conscience is a 'must read'.

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Stuart Macintyre is Ernest Scott Professor of History, Dean of Arts and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. His books include The History Wars; A Colonial Liberalism; A History for a Nation (MUP); The Oxford History of Australia, vol. 4; and The Reds: The Communist Party of Australia from Origins to Illegality.