History in Practice

Jordanova, Ludmilla
ISBN:
9780340663325

The study of history has changed dramatically in recent decades. The swiftness and scale of the shift is indisputable, but its precise nature as well as its implications remain hotly contested. This study by one of the liveliest and most acute practitioners in the field has a refreshing transparency, a determination to demystify what historians do, and in particular, why and how they have recently brought about such a sweeping change to their discipline. This thoroughly updated and more accessible edition incorporates recent world events such as 9/11 and the war in Iraq, and includes a new chapter on the relationships between religious, ethnic, and political identities, the history of international diplomacy, and how the world map gets reconfigured. Ludmilla Jordanova teaches cultural history at the University of East Anglia. The study of history has changed dramatically in recent decades. The swiftness and scale of the shift is indisputable, but its precise nature as well as its implications remain hotly contested. This study by one of the liveliest and most acute practitioners in the field has a refreshing transparency, a determination to demystify what historians do, and in particular, why and how they have recently brought about such a sweeping change to their discipline. This thoroughly updated and more accessible edition incorporates recent world events such as 9/11 and the war in Iraq, and includes a new chapter on the relationships between religious, ethnic, and political identities, the history of international diplomacy, and how the world map gets reconfigured. 'This brilliant essay abounds with penetrating yet down-to-earth insights about the practice of academic history. One of the last half-century's most insightful, level-headed, and humane reflections on the practice of history and its cultural significance...(to be) welcomed by professional historians...also accessible to general readers and undergraduates."-History Journal "Jordanova is brilliant in exposition...makes a fine case for the inescapability of the past and the absolute essentiality of studying it." -English Historical Review 'This brilliant essay abounds with penetrating yet down-to-earth insights about the practice of academic history. One of the last half-century's most insightful, level-headed, and humane reflections on the practice of history and its cultural significance...(to be) welcomed by professional historians...also accessible to general readers and undergraduates."-History Journal "Achieves what I had thought increasingly impossible in this congested field: it says something fresh, stimulating, and thought provoking. It is, to my mind, a very significant contribution to current debates about the nature of history in offering an account which is simultaneously rooted in practice and engaged with theoretical debates."-Patrick Finney, University of Wales "Jordanova succeeds admirably in her aim to place the practice of history in a wider disciplinary context. Not only is she alive to the constructed nature of subject boundaries and their porosity, but also to the relatively recent date of their institutionalization."-Reviews in History "A major, deeply reflective work upon the nature of studying and writing history....No other author has treated the subject in the same way." -Ronald Hutton, University of Bristol

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