What Is History Now?

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E.H. Carr's What is History?, first published in 1961, was the most influential book to examine writing and thinking about history this century. To commemorate the book's forthieth anniversary, David Cannadine has gathered an all-star cast of contributors to ask and seek answers to E.H. Carr's classic question for a new generation of historians: what does it mean to study history at the start of the twenty-first century? The contributors pose this question anew for the most important and lively subfields of history writing today. For example, Alice Kessler-Harris ponders "what is gender history now?" while Paul Cartledge asks "what is social history now?" This volume stands alongside E.H. Carr's classic, paying tribute to his seminal inquiry while moving the debate into new territory, ensuring its freshness and relevance for a new century of historical study.

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"Readers will find reliable and insightful information presented without recourse to jargon."—E.A. Breisach, Choice

"If anyone were to provide an equivalent to What is History? for the early twenty-first century, it would surely be David Cannadine...as balanced as [it is] indispensible."—David Armitage, Columbia University

"At last, What is History? gets the successor it deserves...extremely readable and highly stimulating."—Roy Porter, University College, London

"[Cannadine] has assembled a distinguished team who convey, with spirit and lucidity, the scale and excitement of [historical] discovery."—The Sunday Telegraph

"...should prove invaluable to graduate students and scholars..."—Claude Ury, History: Reviews of New Books

"Both the sense of the past and the strudy of history have changed significantly since E.H.Carr asked the question What is History? The key word in this new book, stimulating and in places provocative, is Now. Various authors, drawing largely on their personal experiences as historians, explore the processes and implications of change."—Asa Briggs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403933362
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/16/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,489,229
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

David Cannadine is Director of the Institute for Historical Research at the University of London, having returned to London from a Chair in History at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—D. Cannadine

• E.H. Carr andWhat is History ?—R.J. Evans

• What is Social History Now?—P. Cartledge

• What is Intellectual History Now?—A. Brett

• What is Imperial History Now?—L. Colley

• What is Political History Now?—S. Pedersen

• What is Religious History Now?—O. Hufton

• What is Cultural History Now?—M. Rubin

• What is Gender History Now?—A.K. Harris

• What is History Now?—F.F. Armesto

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