History: What and Why?: Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Perspectives
Taylor & Francis, 1996 M09 1 - 184 pages
History: What and Why? is an introductory survey of the nature and purpose of history.
Beverley Southgate argues that the traditional model of the subject as a re-discovery of the past `as it was' has now been superseded. It has been successfully challenged by developments in other disciplines, such as linguistics, psychology and philosophy, together with the work of Marxist, feminist and post-colonial historians.
This book combines a historical perspective with a clear guide to current debates about the nature of history. It proposes a positive role for historical study in the postmodern era.
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