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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.
|Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition|
|Foreword to the 1992 Edition|
|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|