Dreadfully Ever After Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
  1. $11.20 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

    Sherwood Nation

    Benjamin Parzybok 9781618730862

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$4.50
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Western Civilization- Historiography

This title in other editions

Why History Matters: Life and Thought

by

Why History Matters: Life and Thought Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"All human beings are practicing historians," writes Gerda Lerner. "We live our lives; we tell our stories. It is as natural as breathing." It is as important as breathing, too. History shapes our self-definition and our relationship to community; it locates us in time and place and helps to give meaning to our lives. History can be the vital thread that holds a nation together, as demonstrated most strikingly in the case of Jewish history. Conversely, for women, who have lived in a world in which they apparently had no history, its absence can be devastating. In Why History Matters, Lerner brings together her thinking and research of the last sixteen years, combining personal reminiscences with innovative theory that illuminate the importance of history and the vital role women have played in it.

Why History Matters contains some of the most significant thinking and writing on history that Lerner has done in her entire career--a summation of her life and work. The chapters are divided into three sections, each widely different from the others, each revelatory of Lerner as a woman and a feminist. We read first of Lerner's coming to consciousness as a Jewish woman. There are moving accounts of her early life as a refugee in America, her return to Austria fifty years after fleeing the Nazis (to discover a nation remarkable both for the absence of Jews and for the anti-Semitism just below the surface), her slow assimilation into American life, and her decision to be a historian. If the first section is personal, the second focuses on more professional concerns. Included here is a fascinating essay on nonviolent resistance, tracing the idea from the Quakers (such as Mary Dyer), to abolitionists such as Theodore Dwight Weld (the "most mobbed man" in America), to Thoreau's essay Civil Disobedience, then across the sea to Tolstoy and Gandhi, before finally returning to America during the civil rights movement of the 1950s. There are insightful essays on "American Values" and on the tremendous advances women have made in the twentieth century, as well as Lerner's presidential address to the Organization of American Historians, which outlines the contributions of women to the field of history and the growing importance of women as a subject of history. The highlight of the final section of the book is Lerner's bold and innovative look at the issues of class and race as they relate to women, an essay that distills her thinking on these difficult subjects and offers a coherent conceptual framework that will prove of lasting interest to historians and intellectuals.

A major figure in women's studies and long-term activist for women's issues, a founding member of NOW and a past president of the Organization of American Historians, Gerda Lerner is a pioneer in the field of Women's History and one of its leading practitioners. Why History Matters is the summation of the work and thinking of this distinguished historian.

Synopsis:

In "Why History Matters", Lerner sums up her thinking and research of the last 16 years, combining personal reminiscences with innovative theory that illuminates the importance of history and the vital role women have played in it. "Lerner has set a standard that few of her fellow scholars will ever match".--John Demos, "The New York Times Book Review".

About the Author

Gerda Lerner is Robinson-Edwards Professor of History, Emerita, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195122893
Author:
Lerner, Gerda
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Gerda
Location:
New York
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
History, Other | History of Women
Subject:
Western Civilization-Historical Reference
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Series Volume:
v.12
Publication Date:
19980231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 illus.
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.3 x 0.7 in 0.5 lb

Other books you might like

  1. Thinking Back: The Perils of Writing... Used Hardcover $6.50
  2. The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at... Used Hardcover $4.50
  3. Feeding the Eye Sale Trade Paper $1.00
  4. To Believe in Women: What Lesbians... Used Trade Paper $5.95
  5. Steps and exes :a novel of family Used Hardcover $9.95
  6. Pauli Murray: The Autobiography of a... Used Trade Paper $7.95

Related Subjects

» History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
» History and Social Science » Sociology » General
» History and Social Science » US History » General
» History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Historical Reference
» History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Historiography
» History and Social Science » World History » General
» History and Social Science » World History » Historiography

Why History Matters: Life and Thought Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$4.50 In Stock
Product details 272 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195122893 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In "Why History Matters", Lerner sums up her thinking and research of the last 16 years, combining personal reminiscences with innovative theory that illuminates the importance of history and the vital role women have played in it. "Lerner has set a standard that few of her fellow scholars will ever match".--John Demos, "The New York Times Book Review".

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.