The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past




Author: John Lewis Gaddis
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2002
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 208
Isbn10 Code: 0195066529
Isbn13 Code: 9780195066524


From Two classics of historiography, The Historian's Craft by Marc Bloch (1953) and What Is History? by E. H. Carr (1961), have prompted notable cold war historian Gaddis to offer his own abstract of what historians do. Does the methodology of historians captivate readers of popular history? Those sensitive to a historian's attitudes might be intrigued by this disquisition into the "ductwork" installed in every piece of historical writing. In discussing ductwork, the concepts by which a historian selects facts, comprehends time and space, and ultimately presents the past, Gaddis hews to two central tenets: that there is, somewhere, an objective truth in history, and that history is a science. Those ideas have been severely challenged, especially by social scientists enamored of quantitative methods. Gaddis dismisses quantification alone as unworkable and inappropriate and says historians must combine the techniques of many disciplines. A technical but provocative inquiry for sophisticated history readers. Gilbert TaylorCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved Review "An urbane and eloquent little volume that... might even be what Bloch himself would have written had he lived." -- The New York Times, October 30th, 2002

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