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Debates with Historians
Pieter Geyl
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Debates with Historians

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Paperback, 112 pages
Published March 1st 1974 by Plume (first published January 1st 1958)
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This was one of several books for a historiography class. I found it to be fascinating as well as enlightening. I loved learning how different historians viewed historical events (their premises, prejudices, and presumptions), focused on certain elements (personal preferences, personal prejudices, personal agenda), and gave differing interpretations (ideological, economical, Hegelian, humanistic, marxistic, etc.). History is infinite and unfixable according to Geyl. Ranke is the founder of "obje ...more
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His take on Macaulay is spot on.
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Dutch historian and Historiographer. His main focus was Dutch history and the birth of the Dutch as a nation.

Geyl also was one of the first promoters of the "Greater-Netherlands" idea, which goal is a unification of the Netherlands and Flanders in one country.

During the second world war he was forbidden to publish and was interned for a couple of years.