Deconstructing History

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Taylor & Francis, 2006 - History - 248 pages
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In Deconstructing History, Alun Munslow examines history in the postmodern age. He provides an introduction to the debates and issues of postmodernist history. He also surveys the latest research into the relationship between the past, history and historical practice as well as forwarding his own challenging theories.

The book discusses issues of both empiricist and deconstruction positions and considers the arguments of major proponents of both stances, and includes:

  • an examination of the character of historical evidence
  • exploration of the role of historians
  • discussion of the failure of traditional historical methods
  • chapters on Hayden White and Michel Foucault
  • an evaluation of the importance of historical narrative
  • an up to date, comprehensive bibliography
  • an extensive and helpful glossary of difficult key terms.

Deconstructing History maps the philosophical field, outlines the controversies involved and assesses the merits of the deconstructionist position. He argues that instead of beginning with the past history begin with its representation by historians.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The Past in a Changing Present
19
3 History as ReconstructionConstruction
39
4 History as Deconstruction
61
5 What is Wrong with Deconstructionist History?
82
6 What is Wrong with ReconstructionistConstructionist History?
107
7 Michel Foucault and History
129
8 Hayden White and Deconstructionist History
149
9 Conclusion
175
Glossary
192
Guide to Further Reading
207
Notes
216
Index
241
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About the author (2006)

Alun Munslow is principal lecturer in History, University of Staffordshire and editor of Rethinking History.

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