Clio Confused

Clio Confused

by David Russo
     
 

Nations and other political entities are inadequate bases for studying the human past, because the other aspects of human life are not organized along the same lines as these political entities. All communities, including local ones, are amoeba-like, changing size and shape as we observe and probe them. Historians can improve the way they generalize about the past

…  See more details below

Overview

Nations and other political entities are inadequate bases for studying the human past, because the other aspects of human life are not organized along the same lines as these political entities. All communities, including local ones, are amoeba-like, changing size and shape as we observe and probe them. Historians can improve the way they generalize about the past by tailoring their conclusions to the actual evidence they use. By using an array of historical questions of interest to scholars in all of the humanistically oriented disciplines, historians can offer more profound interpretations of their subjects, rather than confining themselves to an explanation of how and why human life evolves or persists through time and space. By doing so, historians can also significantly extend their influence among the general population.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
A series of essays on academic historical study, in sections on common confusions from a historical perspective and the relationship between historians and nations, local communities, and communication. Examines inconsistent views about the role of the government in economy, religion, and equality, and discusses the importance of local communities to historians. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313296826
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/10/1995
Series:
Contributions in American History Series, #163
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

DAVID J. RUSSO is a Professor of U.S. History at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of Families and Communities: A New View of American History (1974) and Keepers of Our Past: Local Historical Writing in the United States (Greenwood Press, 1988).

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >