The Purpose of the Past

The Purpose of the Past

Reflections on the Uses of History

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History is to society what memory is to the individual. Without it, we don't know who we are and we can't make wise decisions about our future. But while the nature of memory is constant, the nature of history has changed radically over the past forty years. In The purpose of the past, historian Gordon S. Wood examines this sea change in his field through consideration of some of its most important historians and their works. He offers wonderful insight into what great historians do, how they can stumble, and what strains of thought have dominated the marketplace of ideas in historical scholarship. The result is a history of American history, as well as an argument for its ongoing necessity. A commanding assessment of the field by one of its masters, The purpose of the past will enlarge every reader's capacity to appreciate history.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, 2008
ISBN: 9781433242137
1433242133

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AL_HOLLYR Aug 31, 2017

A collection of 21 book reviews that sometimes feel dated or out of touch with contemporary historical trends. Best for those who prefer traditional, politically-oriented histories of the United States.

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