In Defence Of History (Paperback)Richard J. Evans (author)
'Should be read by anyone who cares about the past and the way we think and write about it' Independent on Sunday
At a time when fact and historical truth are under unprecedented assault, historian Richard Evans shows us why history is necessary. Taking us into the historians' workshop to show us just how good history gets written, he demolishes the wilder claims of postmodern historians, who deny the possibility of any realistic grasp of the subject.
In one of the most important lessons for today he explains the deadly political dangers of losing a historical perspective on the way we live our lives. With wit, wisdom and incisive insight, this is a book to inspire faith in the practice of historians and the worth of learning from the past. In Defence of History is the definitive argument for the craft of history and the vital worth of historians to civilization.
'A subtle, engaged, brilliantly barbed and often amusing case for historical truth...' Sunday Times
'Brilliantly readable' Antonia Fraser
'Arguably the most talented social historian of his generation' Niall Ferguson
'An excellent primer... A model of lucid and intelligent historiographical analysis' Guardian
Publisher: Granta Books
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
A magisterial polemic - Independent
Arguably the most talented social historian of his generation - Niall Ferguson
An excellent primer on central issues of historical practice ... exemplary in his handling of sensitive episodes...a model of lucid and intelligent historiographical analysis - Guardian
A subtle, engaged, brilliantly barbed and often amusing case for historical truth - Sunday Times
Brilliantly readable - Antonia Fraser
This is a wise and sensible book, which should be read by anyone who cares about the past and the way we think and write about it - Independent on Sunday
Richard Evans offers a spirited and elegant defence of the discipline...while demonstrating with wit and acumen that historians have never been quite so credulous as is sometimes suggested - Times
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