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What Is History?
     

What Is History?

by Edward Hallet Carr, George Macaulay Trevelyan Lectures (Other)
 

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Who is to say how things really were? In formulating a modern answer to the question 'What is History?' Professor Carr shows that the 'facts' of history are simply those which historians have selected for scrutiny. Millions have crossed the Rubicon, but the historians tell us that only Caesar's crossing was significant. All historical facts come to us as a result of

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Who is to say how things really were? In formulating a modern answer to the question 'What is History?' Professor Carr shows that the 'facts' of history are simply those which historians have selected for scrutiny. Millions have crossed the Rubicon, but the historians tell us that only Caesar's crossing was significant. All historical facts come to us as a result of interpretative choices by historians influenced by the standards of their age. Yet if absolute objectivity is impossible, the role of the historian need in no way suffer; nor does history lose its fascination. 

With lucidity, Carr casts a light on the proper function of the historian and the vital importance of history in modern society.
 
“This is an admirably stimulating and intrepid book, a bold excursion into a region of central importance where most contemporary philosophers and historians, unaccountably, either fear or disdain to tread.”—Isaiah Berlin, New Statesman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394703916
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1967
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
343,500
Product dimensions:
4.33(w) x 7.26(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

Edward Hallett Carr was an English diplomat, historian, writer, journalist, and international relations theorist. He opposed empiricism within historiography. He was best known for his fourteen-volume history of the Soviet Union and his rejection of traditional historical methods and practices. He died in 1982 at the age of ninety.

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