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In Defence of History

In Defence of History

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Perhaps the main difficulty for the historian in rebutting relativism is that there is no clear positive statement that can be made about the successes of the profession. Menurut Ranke, tugas sejarahwan adalah untuk memahami masa silam sebagaimana difahami oleh mereka yang hidup di masa tersebut; dokumen-dokumen atau artifak-artifak yang menjadi sandaran kepada pembangunan teori-teori baru perlu ditentu-sahkan dengan jitu sebelum dimanfaatkan sebagai sumber sejarah. This is proved once again by the massive controversy this book has aroused amongst British historians. And if you do come across an argumentative post-modernist at a party telling you that you don’t know anything, you will have plenty of arguments to try to convince them otherwise! However, the withering afterword, when he demolishes the critics of the first edition of the book, makes it worthy of four stars!

What should be happening is that great books like Richard Evans In Defense of History should be mandatory reading for university courses and studied in great detail, and postmodernist theories only brushed upon. Steve Smith, 'Truth in an age of challenge', The Times Higher Educational Supplement, 28 November 1997, p.

This seems to be fine with some people, and fine with the postmodernist theorist, however some, like Richard Evans, believe that there are serious problems with the above type of passivity. The most serious new movement in these four decades is the advent of post-modernism, which has gone so far as to deny the possibility of writing history at all (on the grounds that the past is a construct of the present). Evans is Regius Professor Emeritus of History at Cambridge University, and Provost of Gresham College in the City of London. It admits that there is more than one kind of postmodernism ('there are many different varieties', p.

Enjoyable romp through different contemporary approaches to history writing, pitching itself as follow-up/reappraisal of E. Given the topic one might have expected a serious and sustained discussion of Foucault's account of history - we get a paragraph on pp. But Evans’s primary project in this book isn’t to argue with his well-known predecessors, but with his contemporizes, especially those who fly the flag of postmodernism.Lalu: ketahuilah bahawasanya tiada fakta di dalam sejarah, yang ada hanyalah hasil-hasil tafsiran ahli sejarah! Proses pembuktian dan peranan fakta perlu diketengahkan di dalam mana-mana perbincangan historiografi.

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