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

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Marc Ferro is remarkable in writing history enjoyed both by scholars and by people curious about the world in which they live and its past.' - Natalie Zemon Davis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415285926
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Ferro (1924-) President of the Association of Research at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and co-director of the prestigious French review Annales.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition
Preface
Foreword to the 1992 Edition
Acknowledgments
1 'White history', a vestige: Johannesburg 1
2 'Decolonized history': Black Africa 21
3 Some remarks on a variant: Trinidad and the exorcist reaction 40
4 India: history without identity 48
5 The history of Islam or the history of the Arabs 76
6 The Persian and Turkish variants 112
7 From Christ the King to the nation-state: history in European eyes 135
8 Aspects and variations of Soviet history 163
9 History: the safeguard of national identity in Armenia 210
10 History in profile: Poland 245
11 A note on the history of China 268
12 History in Japan: a code or an ideology? 285
13 Deconstructing 'white history': the USA 305
14 'Forbidden history': Chicanos and Aborigines 333
15 Analysis of a crisis: 1939-1945 revisited 344
Conclusion 356
Bibliography 364
Index 377
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