The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History

The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History

by Gordon S. Wood, Malcolm Hillgartner
     
 

ISBN-10: 1433210045

ISBN-13: 9781433210044

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

An erudite scholar and an elegant writer, Gordon S. Wood has won both numerous awards and a broad readership since the 1969 publication of his widely acclaimed The Creation of the American Republic. With The Purpose of the Past, Wood has essentially created a history of American history, assessing the current state of history vis-à-vis the work

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An erudite scholar and an elegant writer, Gordon S. Wood has won both numerous awards and a broad readership since the 1969 publication of his widely acclaimed The Creation of the American Republic. With The Purpose of the Past, Wood has essentially created a history of American history, assessing the current state of history vis-à-vis the work of some of its most important scholars-doling out praise and scorn with equal measure. In this wise, passionate defense of history's ongoing necessity, Wood argues that we cannot make intelligent decisions about the future without understanding our past. Wood offers a master's insight into what history-at its best-can be and reflects on its evolving and essential role in our culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433210044
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
9
Product dimensions:
6.72(w) x 6.22(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
"Influence" in History     17
Anachronism in History     30
Narrative History     40
The Lessons of History     62
Continuity in History     73
History and the New Historicism     85
History as Fiction     94
History as High Politics     110
Microhistory     119
Truth in History     133
History Versus Political Theory     146
History Without Ideas     164
History and Heritage     180
Comparative History     196
Postmodern History     212
Satirical History     227
Multicultural History     234
History and Myth     249
History as Cultural Criticism     264
Race, Class, Gender and History Writing     277
Presentism in History     293
Index     309

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