1st Edition

The Logic of History
Putting Postmodernism in Perspective

ISBN 9780415223997
Published December 17, 2003 by Routledge
224 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

The Logic of History reveals the rational basis for historians' descriptions, interpretations and explanations of past events. C. Behan McCullagh defends the practice of history as more reliable than has recently been acknowledged. Historians, he argues, make their accounts of the past as fair as they can and avoid misleading their readers. He explains and discusses postmodern criticisms of history, providing students and teachers of history with a renewed validation of their practice. McCullagh takes the history debate to a new stage with bold replies to the major questions historians face today.


'A meticulous exposition, primarily aimed at students, of 'the logic of history' ... rarely less than lucid.' - History

'A useful guide ... [that] will make [a] useful addition to principles and methods of history reading lists.' - Literature and History

'An ideal explanation of what history is all about.' - Midwest Book Review