The Use and Abuse of History: Or How the Past is Taught to Children

2nd Edition

Marc Ferro

Routledge
Published August 21, 2003
Reference - 416 Pages
ISBN 9780415285926 - CAT# RU24791
Series: Routledge Classics

USD$25.95

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Summary

Use and Abuse of History has become a key text of current historiography; this is a book that poses fundamental and disturbing questions about the use and abuse of history. Engaging and challenging, this book confronts the reader with the many 'histories' that exist and have existed around the world, from the Zulu kingdoms to Communist China.

This title has now been extensively revised by Marc Ferro, a well respected historian, and presents the different narratives that constitute the histories of countries as diverse as India, Iran, Trinidad and the United States makes for fascinating reading in their own right. What makes this book so valuable, though, is what these narratives tell us about the societies which create them – how much is history distorted in order to condition the minds of those who are taught it?

Use and Abuse of History appeals to anyone with a general interested in history.

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