Experiments in Rethinking History

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Psychology Press, 2004 - History - 245 pages
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From two of the world's leading postmodern historians, this thoroughly original collection of articles allows students and researchers to understand and learn important new ways of thinking and writing about the past.

This book includes a thorough two-part introduction on theory and practice as well as introductory material in each section that allows the reader to fully engage with the theoretical aspects of the book. It provides a deeper understanding of how to engage with the past today.

Fourteen thought-provoking experimental pieces of historical writing tackle subjects as diverse as lynching in South Carolina, the life of an eighteenth-century Marquise, and a journey to a string of Pacific islands, and demonstrates how little-considered factors such as the impact of emotions, authorial subjectivity, the confining character of boundaries, and even a sense of boredom with conventional historical writing practices, can intrude on historical practice

This text works as a Reader companion alongside the Routledge best-seller Rethinking History and provides students with an innovative, engaging and easy-to-read research tool to enhance all history-related course studies.

 

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Contents

practice and theory
1
theory and practice
7
Selfreflexive
13
When I was a child I danced as a child but now that I am old I think about salvation Concepcion Gonzalez and a past that would not stay put
17
Writing rewriting the beach an essay
30
Reconditioning history adapting knowledge from the past into realities of the present
56
Not a Kodak moment picturing Asian Americans
77
New voices
85
Reconstructing the voice of a noblewoman of the time of Peter the Great Daria Mikhailovna Menshikova an exercise in pseudoautobiographical writi...
183
A prologue for La Dame dEsprit the biography of the marquise Du Chatelet
195
Blackout
209
Miniatures
223
Dictator in a dumpster thoughts on history and garbage
225
The abattoir of the prairie
228
Liberace behind the music
231
Rethinking Charles Atlas
234

Impressions of the Somme an experiment
89
Antonio Foscarini in the City of Crossed Destinies
124
Narrating a southern tragedy historical facts and historical fictions
156

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Alun Munslow is Professor of History and Historical Theory at Staffordshire University. He is the author of Deconstructing History, The Routledge Companion to Historical Studies and most recently The New History and is the UK editor of Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice.

Robert A. Rosenstone, Professor of History at the California Institute of Technology, is author of six books, including Romantic Revolutionary: A Biogrpahy of John Reed, Mirror in the Shrine: American Encounters with Meiji Japan, Visions of the Past: The Challenge of Film to Our Idea of History and King of Odessa. Currently he serves as Founding Editor of Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice.

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