ISBN-10:
0821409271
ISBN-13:
9780821409275
Pub. Date:
07/01/1989
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Changing Past: Trends In S. African Historical Writing / Edition 1

Changing Past: Trends In S. African Historical Writing / Edition 1

by Ken Smith

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Changing Past: Trends In S. African Historical Writing / Edition 1

E.H. Carr said: “Before you study the history, study the historian.” Written history often tells us more about the historian’s own times than it does of the times about which he is writing. The historians and the way in which each generation has rewritten history in the light of its own preoccupations is the subject of The Changing Past. This is the first book-length survey in English that covers all the main trends in South African historiography. Starting with the first documents and histories, it goes on to trace the 19th century. British and settler “schools,” Afrikaans historiography from its pre-academic 19th century phase to the present, and the liberal historians who struck out in a new direction from the 1920s. The book highlights the break with the past that historians of the “new radical school” have made in the last 15 years, and surveys the position of historical writing to the present.

The canvas is delineated in bold strokes that sketch in the main outlines rather than seek an exhaustive treatment of all existing literature. This, together with a conscious effort to minimize theoretical discussion, makes it a highly readable text.

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ISBN-13: 9780821409275
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 07/01/1989
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.70(d)

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