The New Nature of History: Knowledge, Evidence, Language / Edition 1

The New Nature of History: Knowledge, Evidence, Language / Edition 1

by Arthur Marwick
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0925065617

ISBN-13: 9780925065612

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press

questions essential to the student of history-What is history?; Why do History?; and How does one do history? Marwick has totally recast and rewritten the first version of the book, published in 1970, and given it a new coherence and a new dynamic thrust derived from the three words of the subtitle, "knowledge, evidence, language." Using these categories,

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questions essential to the student of history-What is history?; Why do History?; and How does one do history? Marwick has totally recast and rewritten the first version of the book, published in 1970, and given it a new coherence and a new dynamic thrust derived from the three words of the subtitle, "knowledge, evidence, language." Using these categories, he presents the first clear and comprehensive expression of the case against postmodernism in an undergraduate textbook. Arguing that the substance of history is evidence, not speculation, Marwick explicates the production of history as a body of knowledge. He outlines the actual activities of a working historian in discussions on the necessity of precise language, the analysis and interpretation of primary and secondary sources, and the vital distinctions between the "witting" and "unwitting" testimony of primary sources. This volume, written deftly in explicit and precise language and including a thorough index, is an ideal companion for students and writers of history at all levels.

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ISBN-13:
9780925065612
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction: The Battle of Basic Assumptions
2. History: Essential Knowledge about the Past
3. How the Discipline of History Evolved: From Thucydides to Langlois to Seignobos
4. How the Discipline of History Evolved: Through the Twentieth into the Twenty-First Century
5. The Historian at Work: Forget 'Facts', Foreground Sources
6. The Historian at Work: The Communication of Historical Knowledge
7. Theory, the Sciences, the Humanities
8. Conclusion: Crisis, What Crisis?
Appendix A: An Example of Learning Outcomes for a History Degree
Appendix B: Examples of Aims and Objectives
Appendix C: Writing History
Appendix D: Glossary
Further Reading
Index

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