The Historian's Conscience: Australian Historians on the Ethics of History

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Exploring pivotal questions of their profession, this collection of essays by 13 well-known Australian scholars presents the ethical challenges of researching and writing history. Including contributions from Alan Atkinson, Graeme Davison, Greg Dening, John Hirst, Beverley Kingston, Marilyn Lake, and Iain McCalman, this personally revealing and intellectually provocative introspection discusses such dilemmas as how to handle emotional investments in the subject, control sympathies and biases, and address the ...

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Overview

Exploring pivotal questions of their profession, this collection of essays by 13 well-known Australian scholars presents the ethical challenges of researching and writing history. Including contributions from Alan Atkinson, Graeme Davison, Greg Dening, John Hirst, Beverley Kingston, Marilyn Lake, and Iain McCalman, this personally revealing and intellectually provocative introspection discusses such dilemmas as how to handle emotional investments in the subject, control sympathies and biases, and address the responsibilities historians have to both their subject and their audience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780522851397
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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Stuart Macintyre is the Ernest Scott Professor of History, the dean of arts, and a laureate professor at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of A Colonial Liberalism, A History for a Nation, The History Wars, The Oxford History of Australia, Volume Four, and The Reds.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Do good historians have feelings? 17
2 The emotions of history 28
3 Living with and in deep time 40
4 A historian in the museum : the ethics of public history 49
5 Inclusive histories 64
6 A plea from the peripheries for modesty 75
7 Changing my mind 84
8 On history and politics 94
9 Almost believing : the ethics of historical imagination 106
10 Discoveries made in the archives 118
11 Whose history? 126
12 History and global identity 139
13 Flirting with fiction 151
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