Recent Themes in Historical Thinking: Historians in Conversation

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Donald A. Yerxa
Univ of South Carolina Press, 2008 - History - 141 pages
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Described as "the New York Review of Books for history," Historically Speaking has emerged as one of the most distinctive historical publications in recent years, actively seeking out contributions from a pantheon of leading voices in historical discourse from both inside and outside academia. Recent Themes in Historical Thinking represents some of the best writing on historiography to appear in the past five years. The prominent historians featured in this collection of essays and interviews drawn from Historically Speaking comment on such wide-ranging topics as the impact of postmodernism on the field, the relationship between professional and popular history, the importance of historical consciousness, and the limitations of the field in its current state.
  

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Contents

What Is History Now? An Interview with David Cannadine
17
The Public Use of History
51
Postmodernism and Historiography
69
Is the Dark Light Enough?
85
Counterfactuals and the Historical Imagination
98
Counterfactualism Defended
111
Further Readings
131
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About the author (2008)

Donald A. Yerxa is the program leader for the Historical Society's Religion and Innovation in Human Affairs project. He is also a senior editor of the Society's bulletin, Historically Speaking, and the editor of the Conference on Faith and History's journal, Fides et Historia. An emeritus professor of history at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts, Yerxa is the author, coauthor, or editor of ten books on a wide variety of historical topics. His articles and interviews have appeared in Military Affairs, Naval War College Review, Mariner's Mirror, Fides et Historia, Books & Culture, Historically Speaking, and elsewhere.

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