In Defence of History

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Author(s): Richard J. Evans
Original Publish Date: Nov 01, 2012
Product Number: EB00818408
Released: Apr 15, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781847087904
Publisher: Granta Books
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Description

"A lucid, muscular, and often sly reflection" on the worth and purpose of historical scholarship by the award-winning author of The Third Reich Trilogy (Kirkus). In this volume, the renowned historian Richard J. Evans offers a fervent and deeply insightful defense of his craft and its importance to civilization. At a time when fact and historical truth are under unprecedented assault, Evans shows us why history is necessary. Taking us into the historians' workshop, he offers a firsthand look at how good history gets written. In staunch opposition to the wilder claims of postmodern historians, Evans thoroughly dismantles the notion that a realistic grasp of history is impossible to attain. He then goes on to explain the deadly political dangers of losing a historical perspective on the way we live our lives. In the tradition of E.H. Carr's What Is History? and G.R. Elton's The Practice of History, Evans' In Defense of History delivers "a model of lucid and intelligent historiographical analysis" (The Guardian, UK).

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