On 'what is History?': From Carr and Elton to Rorty and White

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Psychology Press, 1995 - History - 200 pages
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Jenkins provides a student introduction to contemporary historiographical debates. Through its radical critique of Carr and Elton, he embraces the postmodern-type approaches of thinkers such as Richard Rorty and Hayden White.On 'What is History?' provides a student introduction to contemporary historiographical debates.Carr and Elton are still the starting point for the vast majority of introductory courses on the nature of history. Building on his highly successful Rethinking History, Keith Jenkins explores in greater detail the influence of these key figures. He argues that historians need to move beyond their 'modernist' thinking and embrace the postmodern-type approaches of thinkers such as Richard Rorty and Hayden White.Through its radical critique of Carr and Elton and its championing of Rorty and White, On 'What is History'? represents a significant development for introductory studies on the nature of history.
 

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Contents

History today
15
On Edward Carr
43
On Geoffrey Elton
64
On Richard Rorty
97
On Hayden White
134
Notes
180
Further Reading
195
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Keith Jenkins is Reader in History at the Chichester Institute and author of Rethinking History (1991) and On "What is History?": From Carr and Elton to Rorty and White (1995).

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