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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (6 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415304431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415304436
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Far and away the best introduction to the state of the question currently available.' - Hayden White, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA

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Keith Jenkins (1943-). Professor of Historical Theory, University College Chichester, UK

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In this chapter I want to try and answer the question 'what is history?' Read the first page
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Bde Wall on 15 Dec 2009
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Jenkins post-modern critique of the discipline of historiography is interesting, but a bit over the top. His approach speaks of narratives constructing ways of seeing the past. This is the condition of perceiving history - we see the past through the 'thought style' of the present. Fair enough, but Jenkins fails to distinguish between history written by historians and personal histories - is our own relations to people in the past a more accurate description of real events? What about historians writing in their own age about first hand events? This isn't very clear. He was trying to break with the dominant historical discourse, to allow a bit more room for historical exploration, which is fair enough, but he does go a bit far, abandoning the notion that their could be more or less adequate approaches to the study of history. I, however, do agree with his distinction between the past and history, and I thought the use of Steiner, Eagleton and Barthes work was good, thinkers I feel are perhaps more subtle and complex than Jenkins, at least in this text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Shadbolt on 30 Sep 2013
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A short, pithy and very learned text. Read when sitting beside Google or a v. good dictionary as there is often a need (for me at any rate) to reference some terms.

Cannot rate highly enough. Superb and is on my re-read list immediately.
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An engaging explanation of the subject of political history and its writing. All communication including that we use ourselves everyday is through the wearing of various masks for different situations that which is situated for the political requirements of the time. We are all political animals, all creatures included, and as such we engage in compromise, cooperation and conflict. When are masks slip or are perceived to have slipped by others we become the subject of political histories. As Keith Jenkins says these are all subjective interpretations. All any of us are trying to do is survive. Although we live in an unstable world I do not believe in the Postmodern idea that it is increasingly fragmented. The world has always been fragmented. It is just its type, variance and extent that have been constantly changing across the ages. What I do agree with is the difference between perception and reality which can only be achieved through test or Science. Though such experiment has to meet with ethical standards. This book widened the reflection on the subject of my thought to new and interesting areas.However I would highly recommend this read for anyone interested in history writing, history theory, the history of ideas, politics, philosophy, psychology and sociology.
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