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The Postmodern History Reader

1st Edition

Edited by Keith Jenkins


464 pages

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Paperback: 9780415139045
pub: 1997-07-10
Hardback: 9780415139038
pub: 1997-07-10

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The Postmodern History Reader is the most comprehensive collection of influential texts on historiography and postmodernism yet compiled. Keith Jenkins expertly selects from the books and journal articles across the whole historiographical range that have been key to the transforming debates.

This unique reader is a clear introduction to the impact of postmodernism on historical debate, allowing easy access to one of the more stimulating and exciting areas of current history. It provides:

* extracts from influential historians, such as Barthes, Joyce, White, Foucault and Baudrillard

* individual introductions to each carefully defined debate

* many thoroughly up-to-date as well as 'classic' pieces

* texts from a range of subdisciplines in history and theory

* arguments both for and against postmodernism

* advice on further reading

* access to key writings which are not normally readily available.

Presented in a format that is both easy to use and challenging, The Postmodern History Reader will serve as an invaluable course text and reference tool for students and postgraduates.


'With clarity of purpose and a discerning eye for the apt text, Keith Jenkins has pulled together major postmodernism themes for adventurous historians.' - Joyce Appleby, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

'The main strengths are the wide range of views reproduced and the debates reproduced from journals - these make it invaluable as a reader.' - Patrick Finney, University of Wales

'This is substantial contribution in clarifying the central debates in History today. It is essential reading for all Historians' - Alun Munslow, Staffordshire University

University of Manchester

Table of Contents

Introduction: On Being Open About Our Closures Part 1: On History in the Upper Case: For and Against Postmodern Histories Part 2: On History in the Lower Case: For and Against the Collapse of the Lower Case Part 3: Nuanced or Ambiguous Others Part 4: Debates from the Journals: Past and Present, Journal of Contemporary History, Social History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General