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Why Bother with History?
Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Motivations

ISBN 9781315837901
Published November 4, 2013 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description


Why Bother With History?
argues for an increasingly important role for a revitalised historical study. Examining the motivations of past historians, the author rejects the ancient aspiration to a 'history for its own sake' and argues that historians' importance lies in their own adoption of a moral standpoint, from which a story of the past can be told, that facilitates the attainment of a future we desire.
Inevitably controversial, in that it challenges many of the assumptions of modernist history, this is an interdisciplinary book, which draws in particular on psychology and literature.

Table of Contents

1. History for History's Sake.  2. History and Historical Examples.  3. History and Psychology. Identity: Memory and Forgetting; Meaning and Purpose.  4. History, Politics and Power.  5. History and Religion.  6. History and Education.
7. Postmodernism, History, and Values.  8. Postmodern History and the Future.

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Beverley Southgate is Reader Emeritus, University of Hertfordshire. His many publications include History- What and Why? (1996).