History: Its Purpose and Method

1st Edition

G. J. Renier

Routledge
Published March 20, 2018
Reference - 270 Pages
ISBN 9781138645042 - CAT# Y228003
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Historiography

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Summary

This treatise of historical methodology, originally published in 1950 is based upon a liberal conception of history which excludes no narrator of past events from the ranks of historians. It defines history as the accurate story which preserves the memory of the past experiences of human societies. The functionof history determines its method and provides the answer to the question: how secure is our knowledge of the past? In the author’s view, history is empirical and its results are for ever provisional. The relative merits of dogmatism and scepticism are examined and several interpretations among English historians are scrutinized.

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