Visions of History

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Pantheon Books, 1983 - History - 323 pages
"The collection begain in 1976 when the editors of Radical History Review decided to interview first Edward Thompson and then a number of other prominent historians on the left. ... All those interviewed explore the ways in which their politics inform their practice as historians. Many emphasize that the subject of their study is the oppressed--plebeians, workers, Afro-Americans, women. They go on to say that they see the oppressed not only as victims, but also as actors in their own right, individuals and groups who resisted oppression courageously and creatively and, in so doing, created cultures of their own. Many of these historians also reflect upon the historical and political context from which their own work emerged; they discuss how their experience and the political struggles or issues that engaged them shaped the historical questions they asked. All have had to contend with the difficulties that arise from the narrow boundaries of academic history; all believe that historical knowledge is far too important to be restricted to the university."--Introduction, pages ix-xi

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SHEILA ROWBOTHAM
51
NATALIE ZEMON DAVIS
97
WILLIAM APPLEMAN WILLIAMS
123
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