The Use and Abuse of History: Or How the Past is Taught to Children / Edition 2

The Use and Abuse of History: Or How the Past is Taught to Children / Edition 2

by Marc Ferro
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415285925

ISBN-13: 9780415285926

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Use and Abuse of History has become a key text of current historiography; this is a book that poses fundamental and disturbing questions about the use and abuse of history. Engaging and challenging, this book confronts the reader with the many 'histories' that exist and have existed around the world, from the Zulu kingdoms to Communist China.

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Use and Abuse of History has become a key text of current historiography; this is a book that poses fundamental and disturbing questions about the use and abuse of history. Engaging and challenging, this book confronts the reader with the many 'histories' that exist and have existed around the world, from the Zulu kingdoms to Communist China.

This title has now been extensively revised by Marc Ferro, a well respected historian, and presents the different narratives that constitute the histories of countries as diverse as India, Iran, Trinidad and the United States makes for fascinating reading in their own right. What makes this book so valuable, though, is what these narratives tell us about the societies which create them - how much is history distorted in order to condition the minds of those who are taught it?

Use and Abuse of History appeals to anyone with a general interested in history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415285926
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
Routledge Classics Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition
Preface
Foreword to the 1992 Edition
Acknowledgments
1'White history', a vestige: Johannesburg1
2'Decolonized history': Black Africa21
3Some remarks on a variant: Trinidad and the exorcist reaction40
4India: history without identity48
5The history of Islam or the history of the Arabs76
6The Persian and Turkish variants112
7From Christ the King to the nation-state: history in European eyes135
8Aspects and variations of Soviet history163
9History: the safeguard of national identity in Armenia210
10History in profile: Poland245
11A note on the history of China268
12History in Japan: a code or an ideology?285
13Deconstructing 'white history': the USA305
14'Forbidden history': Chicanos and Aborigines333
15Analysis of a crisis: 1939-1945 revisited344
Conclusion356
Bibliography364
Index377

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