Why History Matters

Why History Matters


By (author) John Tosh


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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 15mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 8 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230521487
  • ISBN 13: 9780230521483
  • Sales rank: 201,600

Product description

In this introduction to the practical application of History, John Tosh persuasively argues we are in danger of missing history's principal contribution. Using topical examples from the Iraq War to AIDs to globalization, this text shows how history can provide the basis for an informed and critical understanding of our society.

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Author information

JOHN TOSH was formerly Professor of History, Roehampton University, UK. He is the author of the standard introductory text, The Pursuit of History, now in its fourth edition. He has also published extensively on the history of masculinities in Britain, including A Man's Place: Masculinity and the Middle-Class Home in Victorian England.

Review quote

'Tosh is refreshing, and impressive in getting away from the false parallels and cliches that can bedevil the use, and abuse, of history in today's media...This is an important book - which policy-makers, media men and women and, dare I say it, politicians, should all read.' - Gordon Marsden, History Today 'The text fills a gap in providing a student text on why study history, while also appealing to a broader audience interested in history's media and policymaking dimensions.' - Peter Beck, Professor of International History, Kingston University, UK, and author of Using History, Making British Policy: the Treasury and Foreign Office, 1950-76 (Palgrave Macmillan: 2006) 'I would eagerly recommend it to a class of history majors or beginning graduate students, and would look forward to talking about the main findings.' - Peter Stearns, Provost, George Mason University, USA 'Does history matter? Of course it does! And John Tosh, Professor of History at Roehampton University and author of The Pursuit of History, makes a convincing case for studying the past as a way of understanding the present.' - David Sinclair, Tribune '...an accessible brief introduction.' - Penelope J Corfield, The Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

Preface Prologue: Britain in Iraq Contending Histories Other Worlds Becoming Ourselves Parallels in the Past The Family in Crisis: a Case-Study History Goes Public The Citizen's Resource Conclusion Notes Select Bibliography