The Modern Idea of History and its Value
The Modern Idea of History and its Value

The Modern Idea of History and its Value

An Introduction

Chiel van den Akker

Paperback / Ingenaaid | Engels
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This is an original and accessible introduction to the modern idea of history and its value, and an indispensable companion to the study of history and its philosophical underpinnings.

The book answers two basic questions: What is history? And what is its value? It also shows how the answers to these questions are mutually dependent. The old view that history is the teacher of life, for instance, assumes that the past is a reservoir of examples from which moral lessons for the present can be drawn.

The subjects discussed include history as the teacher of life, the need for truth and objectivity, the moral standards of the historian, realism and the value of historical insight, historical explanation and understanding, the intelligibility of the historical process, the tragedy of history, the politics of history-writing, and the close connection between history, narrative, and the desire for justice.

These topics are discussed with the help of inspiring and influential historians and philosophers such as Thucydides, Ranke, Hegel, Nietzsche, Collingwood, Arendt, White, Hunt, and Ankersmit.

  • Uitgever
    Amsterdam University Press
  • Druk
  • Verschenen
    aug. 2020
  • Bladzijden
  • Genre
    Theoretische geschiedenis
  • Afmetingen
    210 x 135 x 17 mm
  • Gewicht
    248 gram
  • EAN
  • Bindwijze
    Paperback / Ingenaaid
  • Taal

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