Driven by the increasing importance of discussions around 'impact' and its meaning and implications for history, The Impact of History? brings together established and new voices to raise relevant questions, issues and controversies for debate. The chapters are articulated around the themes of public history, the politics of history, the role of history in the shaping of learning and the situation of history in the changing world of education. While this subject is driven differently by the research bodies and councils of different countries, similar debates about the value and place of the academy in society are taking place in the UK, the USA and Europe as well as in other parts of the world.
Chapters cover diverse areas of history from this perspective including:
- public history
- national histories
- new technologies and the natural sciences
- campaigning histories
- the impact agenda.
This collection is a political and intellectual intervention at a time when scholars and readers of history are being asked to explain why history matters and it seeks to intervene in the debates on ‘impact’, on education and on the role of the past in the shaping of our future. Bringing together leading authors from a wide range of fields, The Impact of History? is an accessible and engaging yet polemical and thought-provoking overview of the role of history in contemporary society.
List of figures. List of tables. Preface and Acknowledgements. List of contributors. 1. History in Public? Historians in the Age of Impact Bertrand Taithe and Pedro Ramos Pinto 2. The Genealogy Boom: Inheritance, Family History, and the Popular Historical Imagination Jerome de Groot 3. History 2.0: History, Publics and New Technologies Toby Butler 4. The Humanities And Public Service Broadcasting: A History Film Maker's View Michael Wood 5. From Roy Jenkins downwards: the historian/journalist and journalist/historian in 21st Century Britain Scott Anthony 6. The Return of National History Stefan Berger 7. History, Memory and Civic Education Françoise Vergès 8. "Different and Better Times"? History, Progress and Inequality Emily Robinson 9. Campaigning Histories Peter Yeandle 10. History, Science and Environment Policy Paul Warde 11. History and practitioners: the use of history by humanitarians and potential benefits of history to the humanitarian sector John Borton and Eleanor Davey 12. The Impact of the State Peter Mandler
"This book is history here, now and out loud. It buzzes, capturing the energy and discomforts of making history in a world where more is said about the past outside of universities than in."
Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Australian National University, Australia
"This is an original, timely and thought-provoking intervention into contemporary discussions on the 'impact' of academic history, and into broader debates about the value of the humanities. The editors have assembled a strong cast of contributors who write accessibly and authoritatively. Essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of history."
Patrick Finney, Aberystwyth University, UK