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What is History Now? [Hardcover]

David Cannadine
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5 July 2002
'Destined to become a must-have text for today's
history students'
- Tristram Hunt

'What is History Now? presents the ideal solution to
the dilemma of how to reappraise Carr's book without burying it. If anyone were to provide an equivalent to What is History? for the early 21st century, it would surely be David Cannadine.'
- David Armitage

'At last, What is History? gets the successor it deserves. . . . extremely readable and highly stimulating.'
- Roy Porter

'What is History? strongly influenced the generation of professional historians who came to maturity in the following decades. What is History Now? presents a timely review of the debate forty years on and an expert examination of present trends and anxieties.'
- Norman Davies

'The key word in this new book, stimulating and in places provocative, is Now. Various authors, drawing largely on their personal experiences as historians, explore the processes and implications of change.'
- Asa Briggs


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (5 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333986466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333986462
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 17.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,265,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'...he has assembled a distinguished team who convey, with spirit and lucidity, the scale and excitement of discovery that 40 years of specialization has produced.' - Blair Worden, Sunday Telegraph

'...should prove invaluable to graduate students and scholars...' - Claude Ury, History: Reviews of New Books

'Readers will find reliable and insightful information presented without recourse to jargon.' - E. A. Breisach, Choice

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'What is History? strongly influenced the generation of professional historians who came to maturity in the following decades. 'What is History Now?' presents a timely review of the debate forty years on and an expert examination of present trends and anxieties.' - Norman Davies

'What is History Now? presents the ideal solution to the dilemma of how to reappraise Carr's book without burying it. If anyone were to provide an equivalent to What is History? for the early twenty-first-century, it would surely be David Cannadine.' - David Armitage

'At last, What is History? gets the successor it deserves...extremely readable and highly stimulating.' - Roy Porter

'...destined to become a must-have text for today's history students.' - Tristram Hunt, BBC History Magazine

'[Cannadine] has assembled a distinguished team who convey, with spirit and lucidity, the scale and excitement of [historical] discovery.' - Blair Worden, The Sunday Telegraph

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''What is History?' strongly influenced a generation of professional historians. ...'What is History Now?' presents a timely review of the debate forty years on and an expert examination of the present trends and anxieties' - Norman Davies

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good update on Carr's `What is History?' 7 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in keeping up-to-date with the development of History as a discipline in last few decades. The book will never generate academic shockwaves on the scale of E. H. Carr's `What is History?', but it nonetheless gathers together and presents effectively the insights of today's experts on various sub-fields within the discipline.

The book begins with a general introduction by Richard Evans (author of `In Defence of History') on `What is History? - Now', followed by chapters by other historians discussing Social, Political, Religious, Cultural, Gender, Intellectual and Imperial History. The discussions are on the whole balanced, well-argued and served up in manageable chapter portions. I found the book extremely helpful as a historiographical overview both as a history undergraduate and graduate student.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Student savings 10 Sep 2013
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Great way to get those text books. Very good condition and cheap. Helps the budget while getting value for money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An Incredibly Difficult Read 12 Sep 2012
Format:Hardcover
The book has got to be one of the hardest reads available on the subject. compared, to say Richard Evans' book 'In Defense of History', it is almost impossible to read.
the book also fails to explain many of the key aspects used within it and has a fragmentary feel to it. on the key aspect there is most notably no explanation of post modernism or its heavy inpact on modern history. the books different writers also make it hard to read as no two have the same tone.
i would advise against buying this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Collected from lectures presented during a two-day symposium 12 Oct 2004
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Compiled, arranged, and edited by David Cannadine (Director of the Intitute for Historical Research at the University of London and editor of the scholarly journals, "Historical Research" and "Reviews in History", What Is History Now? provides the reader with erudite, well reasoned appraisals of what religious, social, political, cultural, gender, intellectual, and imperial histories are defined to be, in the modern day. Collected from lectures presented during a two-day symposium at the Institute of Historical Research in London, What Is History Now? is a crucial discussion especially for historians and educators seeking to establish a solid, baseline from which to study and teach.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good update on Carr's `What is History?' 7 Jun 2006
By T. P. Ang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in keeping up-to-date with the development of History as a discipline in last few decades. The book will never generate academic shockwaves on the scale of E. H. Carr's `What is History?', but it nonetheless gathers together and presents effectively the insights of today's experts on various sub-fields within the discipline.

The book begins with a general introduction by Richard Evans (author of `In Defence of History') on `What is History? - Now', followed by chapters by other historians discussing Social, Political, Religious, Cultural, Gender, Intellectual and Imperial History. The discussions are on the whole balanced, well-argued and served up in manageable chapter portions. I found the book extremely helpful as a historiographical overview both as a history undergraduate and graduate student.
5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once and future historiographies 4 Jan 2004
By John C. Landon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This interesting and topical upgrade to/commentary on Carr's classic _What is History?_ recaps the historiographical history of the sudden 'postmodern turn' that occurred in the wake of that book with its rapid proliferation of distinct new methodologies, or anti-methodologies. Thrown in relief by Carr's original question these gestures seem to be coming full circle at a moment when the nature of historical writing is once again under examination, as the 'now' in the title suggests. But historical theory is bedouin traveller, never content with itself. One might confound the triumph of the anti-theorists by contro-posing another question, What is evolution? The current paradigmatic has, in part, enforced the wrong answer to question, in the process enforcing the 'must remain muddled' regime of historical explanation. What is evolution and what is history and are the two questions the same and if not when did evolution become history?
These questions remain unanswered in a Darwinian age.
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