Reviews in History
"A thoughtful, comprehensive and much needed introduction to thework of White. It is not only well argued and researched, but alsoreadable and accessible. It should be required reading not only forundergraduate and postgraduate students, but all historians whowant to understand how the discipline of history changed over thetwentieth century."
International Network for Theory of History
"Paul has accessibly, lucidly and systematically analysed thedevelopment of White’s thought in such a way as to challengethe common understanding of White as a poststructuralist andpostmodernist. He has, in short, produced a fineintroduction."
European Review of History
"Warmly recommended to every historian as a reliable roadmapinto the highly relevant quest of this philosopher."
"Should be applauded for bringing to bear a much-neededphilosophical perspective on Hayden White’s influential andextensive oeuvre."
Philosophy of the Social Sciences
"This study is unlikely to be surpassed in the near future in itsscholarly attention to detail."
"A useful, and in many ways exemplary, introduction toWhite’s legacy."
History and Theory
"A sharp book on an American intellectual whose work was not thatof an outsider throwing rocks at a profession. This essay-reviewapplauds Paul's endeavor."
"The most balanced introduction to White’s philosophy ofhistory available."
Torbjörn Gustafsson Chorell, Uppsala University
"This book both attests to the importance of Hayden White as ametahistorian and provides a lucid account of his life and thought.It is a well-deserved tribute to the work and the man - a reliableintroduction and an invitation to join in the critical dialogue histhought encourages."
Dominick LaCapra, Cornell University
"In this deeply researched and probing analysis of Hayden White,Herman Paul offers a strikingly novel interpretation of the goalsand significance of his theories of historical writing. In contrastto virtually all previous commentators, Paul argues that the coreof White's work is not principally concerned with rhetoric andnarratology as such but seeks, instead, to offer a form of'liberation historiography' that can free historians of the 'burdenof history,' a concern stemming from White's lifelong embrace ofexistentialist humanism. Narratology, in Paul's view, achievedprominence in White's thinking because it offered a way to contestpositivist history and thus unburden historians of their espousalof naïve realism and fantasies of objectivity."
Gabrielle M. Spiegel, Johns Hopkins University