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E. H. Carr's What Is History?, a classic introduction to the field that has held sway for a generation, may now give way to a worthy successor. In his compact, spirited survey, Richard Evans shows us how historians manage to extract meaning from the recalcitrant past. To materials that are frustratingly meager, or overwhelmingly profuse, they bring an array of tools that range from agreed-upon rules of documentation and powerful computer models to the skilled investigator's sudden insight, all employed with the aim of reconstructing a verifiable, usable past. Grounded in practice, Evans's defense of history as a distinctive type of knowledge will stand as "essential reading for coming generations" (Keith Thomas in New Statesman and Society).

Book News Annotation:

Evans (modern history, Cambridge U.) addresses postmodernist proclamations that history is complacent, endangered, or dead. He describes history as a distinctive type of knowledge, elaborating its processes and boundaries and reassessing standard views on historiography. This edition is modified for an American readership.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393046878
Author:
Evans, Richard J.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Study & Teaching
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
History -- Philosophy.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
American ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
January 1999
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.51x6.43x1.18 in. 1.37 lbs.

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