The New History and the Old: Critical Essays and Reappraisals, Revised Edition / Edition 2

The New History and the Old: Critical Essays and Reappraisals, Revised Edition / Edition 2

by Gertrude Himmelfarb
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674013840

ISBN-13: 9780674013841

Pub. Date: 05/30/2004

Publisher: Harvard

For this updated edition of her acclaimed work on historians and the writing of history, Gertrude Himmelfarb adds four insightful and provocative essays dealing with changes in the discipline over the past twenty years.

In examining the effects of postmodernism, the illusions of cosmopolitanism, A. J. P. Taylor and revisionism, and Francis Fukuyama's "end of

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For this updated edition of her acclaimed work on historians and the writing of history, Gertrude Himmelfarb adds four insightful and provocative essays dealing with changes in the discipline over the past twenty years.

In examining the effects of postmodernism, the illusions of cosmopolitanism, A. J. P. Taylor and revisionism, and Francis Fukuyama's "end of history," Himmelfarb enriches her illuminating exploration of the myriad ways--new and old--in which historians make sense of the past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674013841
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
05/30/2004
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
806,358
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the revised edition1
Introduction to the first edition3
1The new new history : postmodernism15
2The old new history : "history with the politics left out"31
3Psychohistory and quantohistory51
4The historian as sociologist : two nations or five classes65
5The historian as Marxist : the "group"88
6The historian as psychoanalyst112
7Social history in retrospect126
8Is national history obsolete?139
9Who now reads Macaulay?166
10Revisionism revisited : Taylor-made history178
11History and the idea of progress195
12Does history talk sense?211
13The end of history?226
Notes235
Acknowledgments261
Index of names263

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