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The Unpredictable Past

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"The future is certain," according to an old Soviet joke, "it is only the past that is unpredictable." But it is not solely in totalitarian societies that the past is contested terrain. Disagreements about the meaning and significance of past events and people have been part of the landscape in our own society from its inception. To the historian, therefore, the ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 3rd 1993 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Jul 28, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
If you are interested in studying not just the history of the intellect, but the history of men thinking, this book offers thoughtful insight. Brilliant collection of essays written over the course of several decades, this book offers timeless contemplation of the effects of culture and social status upon historical academia.

Fantastic read, I would recommend this book to anyone looking to go beyond the rote and often boring insight of American contributions to cultural history.
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Excellent - this volume begins with the chapter 'thinking about history' which seeks to reevaluate the dominant historiographical paradigms. Levine's analysis of political vs. social history is considered and sharp, before he turns his attention to African American history, slave culture, and the Great Depression. For my purposes, the latter half of the book, dealing with Great Depression popular culture, political film and documentary photography was highly useful for my project.
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Lawrence William Levine was a celebrated American historian. He was born in Manhattan and died in Berkeley, California.

A model of the engaged scholar throughout his life, Levine lived both his scholarship and his politics. From the very outset, he immersed himself in the political life of Berkeley – in, for example, a sleep-in in the rotunda of the state capitol in Sacramento to press for fair hou
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