Why Bother with History?

Why Bother with History? : Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Motivations

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.Why Bother With History? argues for an increasingly important role for a revitalised historical study. Examining the motivations of past historians, the author rejects the ancient aspiration to a 'history for its own sake' and argues that historians' importance lies in their own adoption of a moral standpoint, from which a story of the past can be told, that facilitates the attainment of a future we desire. Inevitably controversial, in that it challenges many of the assumptions of modernist history, this is an interdisciplinary book, which draws in particular on psychology and literature.show more

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  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 158.75 x 234.95 x 19.05mm | 376.48g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138836834
  • 9781138836839

About Beverley Southgate

Beverley Southgate is Reader Emeritus, University of Hertfordshire. His many publications include History- What and Why? (1996).show more

Table of contents

1. History for History's Sake. 2. History and Historical Examples. 3. History and Psychology. Identity: Memory and Forgetting; Meaning and Purpose. 4. History, Politics and Power. 5. History and Religion. 6. History and Education. 7. Postmodernism, History, and Values. 8. Postmodern History and the Future.show more

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