Deconstructing History / Edition 2

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Overview

"Deconstructive readings of history and sources have changed the entire discipline of history. And in this second edition of Deconstructing History, Alun Munslow examines history in what he argues is a postmodern age. He provides an introduction to the debates and issues of postmodernist history. He also surveys the latest research into the relationship between the past, history and historical practice, as well as forwarding his own challenging theories." Including a fully updated glossary and bibliography, Munslow maps the philosophical field, outlines the controversies involved and assesses the merits of the by now familiar deconstructionist position.
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Questioning whether history, as a discipline, can accurately recover and represent the content of the past through the form of the narrative, Munslow draws on the work of postmodern theorists to explore such questions as whether empiricism legitimately constitutes history as a separate epistemology; the character of historical evidence and its function; the role of the historian, his or her use of social theory, and the construction of explanatory frameworks in historical understanding; and the significance to historical explanation of narrative form. Paper edition (unseen), $24.99. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415391436
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/30/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Alun Munslow is principal lecturer in History, University of Staffordshire and editor of Rethinking History.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The past in a changing present 19
3 History as reconstruction/construction 39
4 History as deconstruction 61
5 What is wrong with deconstructionist history? 82
6 What is wrong with reconstruction/constructionist history? 107
7 Michel Foucault and history 129
8 Hayden White and deconstructionist history 149
9 Conclusion 175
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