What Is History?

Vintage - Yet if absolute objectivity is impossible, the role of the historian need in no way suffer; nor does history lose its fascination. With lucidity, carr casts a light on the proper function of the historian and the vital importance of history in modern society. This is an admirably stimulating and intrepid book, a bold excursion into a region of central importance where most contemporary philosophers and historians, unaccountably, either fear or disdain to tread.

Isaiah berlin, New Statesman. All historical facts come to us as a result of interpretative choices by historians influenced by the standards of their age. Who is to say how things really were? in formulating a modern answer to the question 'What is History?' Professor Carr shows that the 'facts' of history are simply those which historians have selected for scrutiny.

What Is History? - Millions have crossed the Rubicon, but the historians tell us that only Caesar's crossing was significant.

The Historian's Craft: Reflections on the Nature and Uses of History and the Techniques and Methods of Those Who Write It.

Vintage - He argues that history is a whole; no period and no topic can be understood except in relation to other periods and topics. This is a work that argues constantly for a wider, more human history. And what is unique about bloch is that he puts his theories into practice; for example, calling upon both his experience serving in WWI as well as his many years spent in peaceful study and reflection.

In this classic work, discusses the techniques of historical observation, Marc Bloch, distinguished French economic historian, and criticism, analysis, and the reestablishment of historical causation in assessing events. He also argues that written records are not enough; a historian must draw upon maps, folklore, ancient tools, aerial surveys, place-names, and everything that is available.

The Historian's Craft: Reflections on the Nature and Uses of History and the Techniques and Methods of Those Who Write It. - What is the value of history? what is the use of history? How do scholars attempt to unpack it and make connections in a responsible manner?   While the topics of historiography and historical methodology have become increasingly popular, Bloch remains an authority. For a history that describes how and why people live and work together.

There is a living, breathing connection between the past and the present and it is the historian’s responsibility to do it justice.

The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past

Oxford University Press - Their approaches parallel, complexity, the new sciences of chaos, in intriguing ways, and criticality. They don't much resemble what happens in the social sciences, where the pursuit of independent variables functioning with static systems seems increasingly divorced from the world as we know it. So who's really being scientific and who isn't? This question too is one Gaddis explores, in ways that are certain to spark interdisciplinary controversy.

Written in the tradition of Marc Bloch and E. H. Great product! What is history and why should we study it? is there such a thing as historical truth? Is history a science? One of the most accomplished historians at work today, witty, answers these and other questions in this short, John Lewis Gaddis, and humane book.

The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past - In doing so, they combine the techniques of artists, geologists, paleontologists, and evolutionary biologists. It will be essential reading for anyone who reads, teaches, writes, or cares about history. Like cartographers mapping landscapes, historians represent what they can never replicate. Carr, the landscape of history is at once an engaging introduction to the historical method for beginners, a startling challenge to social scientists, a powerful reaffirmation of it for practitioners, and an effective skewering of post-modernist claims that we can't know anything at all about the past.

. The landscape of history provides a searching look at the historian's craft, as well as a strong argument for why a historical consciousness should matter to us today.

In Defense of History

W. W. Norton & Company - E. Carr's what is history?, a classic introduction to the field, may now give way to a worthy successor. Evans brings "a remarkable range, a nose for the archives, a taste for controversy, and a fluent pen" The New Republic to this splendid work. Evans defends this commitment to historical knowledge from the attacks of postmodernist critics who see all judgments as subjective.

A master practitioner gives us an entertaining tour of the historian's workshop and a spirited defense of the search for historical truth. In his compact, intriguing survey, Richard J. Essential reading for coming generations. Keith thomas Great product! H. Evans shows us how historians manage to extract meaning from the recalcitrant past.

In Defense of History - To materials that are frustratingly meager, all employed with the aim of reconstructing a verifiable, they bring an array of tools that range from agreed-upon rules of documentation and powerful computer models to the skilled investigator's sudden insight, or overwhelmingly profuse, usable past.

The houses of history: A critical reader in history and theory, second edition

Manchester University Press - Each chapter concludes with a representative example from a historian writing within this conceptual framework. This newly revised edition of the highly successful textbook is the ideal basis for an introductory course in history and theory for students of history at all levels. Manchester University Press.

. The authors then explore the insights and controversies arising from the application of this model, drawing upon debates and examples from around the world. This innovative critical reader provides accessible introductions to fourteen schools of thought, including chapters on Marxist history, from the empiricist to the postcolonial, Freud and psychohistory, historical sociology, the Annales, gender, narrative, public history and the history of the emotions.

The houses of history: A critical reader in history and theory, second edition - Each chapter begins with a succinct description of the ideas integral to a particular theory. The houses of history is a clear, jargon-free introduction to the major theoretical approaches employed by historians. Great product! .

The Return of Martin Guerre

Harvard University Press - Told and retold over the centuries, the story of Martin Guerre became a legend, still remembered in the Pyrenean village where the impostor was executed more than 400 years ago. Now a noted historian, and why lawyers, poets, why bertrande de rols, an honorable peasant woman, would accept such a man as her husband, has searched archives and lawbooks to add new dimensions to a tale already abundant in mysteries: we are led to ponder how a common man could become an impostor in the sixteenth century, who served as consultant for a new French film on Martin Guerre, and men of letters like Montaigne became so fascinated with the episode.

Natalie zemon davis reconstructs the lives of ordinary people, in a sparkling way that reveals the hidden attachments and sensibilities of nonliterate sixteenth-century villagers. We sense the secret affinity between the eloquent men of law and the honey-tongued village impostor, a rare identification across class lines.

The Return of Martin Guerre - Deftly written to please both the general public and specialists, The Return of Martin Guerre will interest those who want to know more about ordinary families and especially women of the past, and about the creation of literary legends. We learn what happens when common people get involved in the workings of the criminal courts in the ancien régime, and how judges struggle to decide who a man was in the days before fingerprints and photographs.

Harvard University Press. Manchester University Press. The astonishing case captured the imagination of the continent.

The Allure of the Archives The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History

Yale University Press - At once a practical guide to research methodology and an elegant literary reflection on the challenges of writing history, this uniquely rich volume demonstrates how surrendering to the archive’s allure can forever change how we understand the past. She was seduced by the sensuality of old manuscripts and by the revelatory power of voices otherwise lost.

Manchester University Press. While combing through two-hundred-year-old judicial records from the Archives of the Bastille, historian Farge was struck by the extraordinarily intimate portrayal they provided of the lives of the poor in pre-Revolutionary France, especially women. Originally published in 1989, interpretive, Farge’s classic work communicates the tactile, and emotional experience of archival research while sharing astonishing details about life under the Old Regime in France.

The Allure of the Archives The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History - In the allure of the archives, she conveys the exhilaration of uncovering hidden secrets and the thrill of venturing into new dimensions of the past. An exquisite appreciation of the distinctive rewards of historical research and a classic guide to the personal yet disciplined craft of discovery, now in its first English translation.

. Harvard University Press. Arlette farge’s le goût de l’archive is widely regarded as a historiographical classic. Great product!

History: Why It Matters

Polity - Great product! Manchester University Press. Frequently, new discoveries force us to re-evaluate everything we thought we knew about the past. So how can any certainty about history be established, as a continual process of discovery, and why does it matter? Lynn Hunt shows why the search for truth about the past, is vital for our societies.

History has an essential role to play in ensuring honest presentation of evidence. Yale University Press. Harvard University Press. In this way, a critical attitude toward chauvinism, it can foster humility about our present-day concerns, and an openness to other peoples and cultures. But we live in a time when politicians lie brazenly about historical facts and meddle with the content of history books, while media differ wildly in their reporting of the same event.

History: Why It Matters - . History, hunt argues, is our best defense against tyranny. Introducing polity’s why it matters series; in these short and lively books, world-leading thinkers make the case for the importance of their subjects and aim to inspire a new generation of students. We justify our actions in the present through our understanding of the past.

History: A Very Short Introduction

Oxford University Press - Harvard University Press. Yale University Press. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Oxford University Press. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field.

Every very short introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

History: A Very Short Introduction - The book begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history, and then explores the ways in which these questions have been answered in the past. Great product! There are many stories we can tell about the past, and we are not, as free as we might imagine in our choice of which stories to tell, perhaps, or where those stories end.

. Manchester University Press. This is a book that will appeal to all students and general readers with an interest in history or historiography. About the series:oxford's very short introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible.

One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War

Vintage - Manchester University Press. Naval base at guantánamo; the handling of Soviet nuclear warheads on Cuba; and the extraordinary story of a U-2 spy plane that got lost over Russia at the peak of the crisis. Written like a thriller, one Minute to Midnight is an exhaustively researched account of what Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Great product! Harvard University Press. In october 1962, at the height of the cold war, the United States and the Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear conflict over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. Oxford University Press. Called “the most dangerous moment in human history, ” and the definitive book on the Cuban missile crisis.

One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War - Yale University Press. Used book in Good Condition. In this hour-by-hour chronicle of those tense days, veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs reveals just how close we came to Armageddon. Here, for the first time, are gripping accounts of Khrushchev's plan to destroy the U. S.

American Diplomacy: Sixtieth-Anniversary Expanded Edition Walgreen Foundation Lectures

University of Chicago Press - Refreshingly candid, American Diplomacy cuts to the heart of policy issues that continue to be hotly debated today. Yale University Press. Kennan’s american Diplomacy has been a standard work on American foreign policy. Harvard University Press. Drawing on his considerable diplomatic experience and expertise, Kennan offers an overview and critique of the foreign policy of an emerging great power whose claims to rightness often spill over into self-righteousness, whose judgmentalism precludes the interests of other states, whose ambitions conflict with power realities, and whose domestic politics frequently prevent prudent policies and result in overstretch.

As america grapples with its new role as one power among many—rather than as the “indispensable nation” that sees “further into the future”—Kennan’s perceptive analysis of the past is all the more relevant. Mearsheimer, one of america’s leading political realists, provides new understandings of Kennan’s work and explores its continued resonance.

American Diplomacy: Sixtieth-Anniversary Expanded Edition Walgreen Foundation Lectures - Manchester University Press. For more than sixty years, George F. Used book in Good Condition. Today, as then, the pressing issue of how to wield power with prudence and responsibility remains, and Kennan’s cautions about the cost of hubris are still timely. In this expanded sixtieth-anniversary edition, a substantial new introduction by John J.

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