Historics: Why History Dominates Contemporary Society

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Taylor & Francis, 2006 - History - 287 pages
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From an author at the forefront of research in this area comes this provocative and seminal work that presents a unique and fresh new look at history and theory.

Taking a broadly European view, the book draws on works of French and German philosophy, some of which are unknown to the English-speaking world, and Martin L. Davies spells out what it is like to live in a historicized world, where any event is presented as historical as, or even before, it happens.

Challenging basic assumptions made by historians, Davies focuses on historical ideas and thought about the past instead of examining history as a discipline. The value of history in and for contemporary culture is explained not only in terms of cultural and institutional practices but in forms of writing and representation of historical issues too.

Historics stimulates thinking about the behaviours and practice that constitute history, and introduces complex ideas in a clear and approachable style. This important text is recommended not only for a wide student audience, but for the more discerning general reader as well.


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MARTIN L. DAVIES is Reader in the History of the European Enlightenment, University of Leicester with an international reputation for his work on Jewish Intellectual History. He has contributed to several volumes on German-Jewish History, and is the author of" Historics: the Domination of Historical Knowledge in Comtemporary Society" (2005)
CHRIS SZEJNMANN is Reader in Modern European History at the University of Leicester and has published extensively on Nazism and Modern German History, including" Nazism in Central Germany: the Brownshirts in 'Red' Saxony" (1999) and "Vom Traum zum Alptraum: Sachsen wahrend der Weimarer Republik" (2000).

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