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Book Cover -- Half-Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Notes on contributors -- Introduction -- Part One Historical Controversies -- Chapter One French Resistance: a few home truths -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Two Ordinary Germans as Hitler's willing executioners? The Goldhagen controversy -- Success… -- …and savage criticism -- The reception in Germany -- Goldhagen's German critics -- German praise -- Police battalions -- The labour camps -- The death marches -- The problem -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Three Unreliable memories? The use and abuse of oral history -- The voice of the past -- "Old men forget" -- Anzac memories: gone for a soldier -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Four The English reputations of Oliver Cromwell 1660-1900 -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Five Histories of the welfare state -- "Whig Histories?" -- From "welfare state" to "welfare system" -- Women and welfare -- Welfare before the welfare state -- The persistence of the Poor Law -- "Consensus" in "the best welfare state in the world" -- Welfare spending and the economy -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Six Placing "race" in South African history -- Introduction -- Race and class -- The ideology of race in colonial times -- Imperialism and scientific racism -- Racial segregation -- Apartheid -- Conclusion -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Seven Agrarian histories and agricultural revolutions -- Suggestions for further reading -- Part Two Historians -- Chapter Eight The Weber thesis: "unproven yet unrefuted" -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Nine R.H.Tawney: "Who did not write a single work which can be trusted"? -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Ten Lawrence Stone and interdisciplinary history -- Suggestions for further reading.
Chapter Eleven Jacob Burckhardt: romanticism and cultural history -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Twelve Anthony Blunt and Lucien Goldmann: Christianity, Marxism and the ends of history -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Thirteen Bernard Bailyn and the scope of American history -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Fourteen Writing women in: the development of feminist approaches to women's history -- Introduction -- A brief history of women's history -- Women's history and poststructuralism: a current debate -- Conclusion -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Fifteen The new history: the Annales school of history and modern historiography -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Sixteen Opiate of the people and stimulant for the historian?-some issues in sports history -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Seventeen E.P.Thompson: witness against the beast -- Class and culture -- Suggestions for further reading -- Chapter Eighteen Soviet historians and the rediscovery of the Soviet past -- Suggestions for further reading -- Index.
For students new to the subject of history there are many books on the "theory" of writing history but fewer on how history is actually "practised". This work by a team of historians from the University of Sussex fills this gap. The first half of the book examines a number of notable controversies that have been, and still are, the subject of historical debate - for example, race in South Africa, the legacy of the French Resistance, the origins of the Welfare State. These illustrate the issues involved in "doing" history. The second half of the book focuses upon the historians themselves - such as Tawney, Carr, Buckhardt, Weber, Thompson - and demonstrates how the historian puts his/her own spin on historical interpretation. Together the study of controversies and historians shows with clarity the practical issues of historical method. "Historical Controversies and Historians" should be a useful primer for any student embarking on a course in history.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2019. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.