Written by some of the world’s leading historians and theorists of history, Manifestos for History draws together a series of manifestos that address the question of what kinds of histories we ought to be considering and making in and for the twenty-first century. With a foreword by Joanna Bourke and an afterword by Hayden White, these manifestos – critical, innovative, reflexive, inspirational – are absolutely essential reading, not just for those embarking on the study of history, but for all those who would think seriously about ‘the nature of history’ in its present and possible future forms. This collection establishes a benchmark for all future considerations upon the discourse of history.
Table of Contents
Notes on contributors. Foreword Joanna Bourke 1. Space for the Bird to Fly 2. History-Writing as Critique 3. Manifesto for a History of the Media 4. The Closed Space of Choice: A Manifesto on the Future of History 5.‘Humani Nil Alienum’: The Quest for ‘Human Nature' 6. History and the Politics of Recognition 7. The Gift of the Past: Towards a Critical History 8. Performing Cross-Culturally 9. Historical Fiction and the Future of Academic History 10. Alternate Worlds and Invented Communities: History and Historical Consciousness in the Age of Interactive Media 11. Being an Improper Historian 12. Resisting Apocalypse and Rethinking History 13. Manifesto for an Analytical Political History 14. Historiographical Criticism: A Manifesto 15. The Past of the Future: From the Foreign to the Undiscovered Country. Afterword
Keith Jenkins is Professor of Historical Theory at the University of Chichester. He is the author of six books on historical theory including Rethinking History (1991/2003 – a Routledge Classic) and Refiguring History (2003).
Sue Morgan is Reader in Women’s and Gender History at the University of Chichester. She is the author of several works on the history of gender and religion and feminist historiography. Her most recent book is The Feminist History Reader (Routledge, 2006).
Alun Munslow is UK Editor of Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice and the author of several books on the nature of history. His most recent is Narrative and History (2007). He is Visiting Professor of History and Historical Theory at the University of Chichester.