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fanastic start point for any student of history,
By A Customer
This review is from: In Defence of History (Paperback)
Evans book justifies the historical method of thinking about the evidence and sources a historian has in front of him to make a cognitive analysis of the past. A correct response to postmodernistist criticism of words being purely relative to the writer / reader. The only unfortunate point about the book is Evans failure to address whether history actually teaches tolerance or, as AJP Taylor says, reinforces prejudices. He provides countless examples of intolerant historians yet remains with the opinion that history teaches a person to examine another viewpoint - or are most historians, as I suspect, merely rearranging prejudices while seeming to listen?