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The New History and the Old
by Gertrude Himmelfarb
Harvard University Press, 2004
Cloth: 978-0-674-01384-1
Library of Congress Classification D13.H445 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 907.2

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
For this updated edition of her acclaimed work on historians and the writing of history, Gertrude Himmelfarb adds four insightful and provocative essays dealing with changes in the discipline over the past twenty years. In examining the effects of postmodernism, the illusions of cosmopolitanism, A. J. P. Taylor and revisionism, and Francis Fukuyama's "end of history," Himmelfarb enriches her illuminating exploration of the myriad ways--new and old--in which historians make sense of the past.

Reviews of this book:
Himmelfarb has an intellect of steel as sharp as a razor. For those who enjoy intellectual debate and a concern for the value of the past, The New History and the Old is as splendid as an Olympic fencing match.
--J. H. Plumb, Wall Street Journal

Reviews of this book:
One can only share Ms. Himmelfarb's hope that we shall soon be allowed to 'find a renewed excitement in the drama of events, the power of ideas, and the dignity of individuals'...[The New History and the Old] will serve as a powerful corrective to many unquestioned assumptions.
--Neil McKendrick, New York Times Book Review

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