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. Along the way, 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--and 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.
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GORDON S. WOOD is the Alva O. Way University Professor and a professor of history at Brown University. His 1992 book, The Radicalism of the American Revolution, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Emerson Prize. He contributes regularly to the New Republic and New York Times Review of Books.From AudioFile:
Wood, a professor of history at Brown University, and that rare gem of an academic who can write for a general audience, gives a critique of the current state of the discipline of history. This collection of his essays and book reviews balances Wood's view of what is good about the new trendsthe inclusion of heretofore largely ignored demographic groupswith his view of what is hurting the professionrelativism. Malcolm Hillgartner gives a superb performance in narrating this work. His reading sounds effortless, making it appear that he's delivering all of the material from memory, without any pause or hesitation. The listener is quickly engaged by Hillgartner, and he doesn't let go. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine
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Descripción Penguin Press, New York, New York, U. S. A., 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. First Edition. The Purpose of the Past is both a history of American history and a testament to its ongoing necessity. Hailed by the Washington Post as "the preeminent historian of the Revolution, " Pulitzer and Bancroft prizewinner Gordon S. Wood also happens to be one of America's great critics of history. In this volume, he examines the radical changes in the field over the past few decades by considering the work of some of its most important historians. By illuminating the craft of history, and reflecting on its evolving role in our culture, Wood surveys the landscape of our past. Not a crotchety book, it is, finally, a passionate defense of history's continuing relevance. Index included. ; 8vo - over 7Â¾ - 9Â¾" tall. Nº de ref. de la librería 003759
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