What Happened to History?

What Happened to History?

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This original study explores the development of the postmodern turn in history, brought on by the social, political and cultural changes of the 1970s and 1980s. Challenging notions of certainty and objectivity, postmodernism has questioned traditional models and methods in studying history. A timely intervention in an increasingly contentious area, this book evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of postmodern history.Beginning with a brief account of historiography as an academic discipline, with its origins in the 'scientific historiography' of the nineteenth century, Willie Thompson charts the growth and development of the historical method in the twentieth century. He examines the impact of Marxist historiography, particularly in Britain and the United States, and the emergence of new approaches to history exemplified by the work of E.P. Thompson and others. In addition, Thompson assesses the impact of feminist, black and minority history.show more

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  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 140.7 x 222.3 x 19.8mm | 487.7g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745312683
  • 9780745312682

About Willie Thompson

Paul Atwood is a senior lecturer in the American studies department and research associate in the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, both at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is a Vietnam-era veteran and an editor of Sticks and Stones: Living with Uncertain Wars (2006).show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. Twentieth-century Historiography: the Emergence of ' Histories' 3. The Development of Marxist Historiography 4. E P Thompson and the Emergence of Social History 5. Feminist, Black and Minority histories 6. Causes: The Postmodern Turn 7. Consequences: History in the Aftermath 8. Oppositional Historiography and the Marxist conflict with Postmodern History 9. Conclusion: Strengths, Weaknesses and Agendas for the Future Notes and References Bibliography Indexshow more

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'A brilliant explication of history' -- Times Literary Supplementshow more

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