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Postmodernism and History

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Willie Thompson offers a clear, jargon-free introduction to postmodernist theory and its significant impact on the study of history. This is a hotly-debated topic, and much of the literature is both polemical and inaccessible to the novice. Thompson, however, presents key ideas in a straightforward way, making these debates relevant to students' own work.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 12th 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 2004)
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Jul 12, 2014 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thompson’s book on postmodernism and history is a well-written introduction to the subject, best suited to those unfamiliar with the concepts. The irony of being easy-to-read was not lost on the author when discussing postmodernism. The author explains its often techy relationship with history with aplomb.
Apr 14, 2014 Miss rated it did not like it
This book might give you an acceptable idea of what postmodernism means to historiography but it is written from a very biased perspective which sometimes even gets into sarcastic modes where certain concepts get ridiculed.
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Willie Thompson was until his retirement Professor of Contemporary History at Glasgow Caledonian University. His books, published by Pluto Press, include The Good Old Cause: British Communism 1920-1991 (1992), What Happened to History? (2000) and Ideologies in the Age of Extremes: Liberalism, Conservatism, Communism, Fascism 1914-91 (2011).
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