Why Bother with History?: Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Motivations

1st Edition

Beverley C. Southgate

Routledge
Published November 28, 2000
Textbook - 198 Pages
ISBN 9780582423909 - CAT# Y159074

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Why Bother With History?
argues for an increasingly important role for a revitalised historical study. Examining the motivations of past historians, the author rejects the ancient aspiration to a 'history for its own sake' and argues that historians' importance lies in their own adoption of a moral standpoint, from which a story of the past can be told, that facilitates the attainment of a future we desire.
Inevitably controversial, in that it challenges many of the assumptions of modernist history, this is an interdisciplinary book, which draws in particular on psychology and literature.

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