What Is History Now?
by David Cannadine , Richard J. Evans , Paul Anthony Cartledge , Susan Pederson , Olwen H. Hufton , Miri Rubin , Alice Kessler-Harris , Annabel S. Brett , more…Linda Colley , Felipe Fernández-Armesto …less
E.H. Carr's What is History?, first published in 1961, was the most influential book to examine writing and thinking about history this century. To commemorate the book's forthieth anniversary, David Cannadine has gathered an all-star cast of contributors to ask and seek answers to E.H. Carr's classic question for a new generation of historians: what does it mean to study...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 16th 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published 2002)
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I read this book for a graduate level class about the reading and writing of history. We read it in conjunction with parts of E.H. Carr's original. I enjoyed Carr, but the Cannadine collection was fairly dreadful. It's most of the things that people HATE about history... lots of intellectual terms that aren't explained, authors using fancy vocabulary when a simple word would do the job much better and references to dozens of authors whom I will never read (especially if they are as stuffy and in...more
I love, love, love that this book talks about all the different paradigms in which to study history. I will admit that the writing is a little dense and it takes some thought to get through. But, I think that this is one of the very few history "textbooks" I have enjoyed because it taught me something about how to *do* history and not *about* history.
I found this book interesting in that it said it criticized English history as being self-centered, yet the whole book was about English history. I do not think Carr would have been too happy with this book as he wanted history to move beyond England to the world.