Adventures of a Postmodern Historian: Living and Writing the Past by Robert A. RosenstoneAdventures of a Postmodern Historian: Living and Writing the Past by Robert A. Rosenstone

Adventures of a Postmodern Historian: Living and Writing the Past

byRobert A. Rosenstone

Paperback | September 22, 2016

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Robert Rosenstone was among the first 'postmodern' historians, and remains one of the most renowned. In this honest, revealing and often funny memoir, he shows us how he got there and why. Adventures of a Postmodern Historian chronicles Rosenstone's research journeys over half a century. Beginning in the 1960s, his offbeat trajectory took him on adventures through the police states of Franco Spain and the Soviet Union, to the Shinto shrines and Zen temples of Japan and ultimately to Hollywood. Alongside his own memoirs, Rosenstone reflects upon developments and changes within the realm of professional history, which in turn reflect the social, cultural, and intellectual shifts of the late 20th century. A pioneer of experimental and creative history, he suggests how the experience of the historian can inflect the written history, and provides a defence of innovation in historical writing that is both intellectually rigorous and entertaining. In doing so he offers a window into the state of history today - and points to exciting new ways of writing the past. This is a book about the craft of history, about both doing research and writing it. It should be required reading for all historians.
Robert A. Rosenstone is Professor Emeritus of History at California Institute of Technology, USA.
Title:Adventures of a Postmodern Historian: Living and Writing the PastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.55 inPublished:September 22, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Before: Confessions 1 2. Spain: Crusade of the Left 3. Soviet Union: Romantic Revolutionary 4. Japan: Mirror in the Shrine 5. Hollywood: Visions of the Past 6. After: Confessions 2 Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

Just what is this thing called history? If you have ever wanted to know then this book is essential reading. Robert A. Rosenstone - novelist and experimental historian -- explains what it is in this fascinating personal account of his travels through time. His takes on life and philosophy offers a brilliantly illuminating insight into how we all voyage through time and places. As he says 'History does not exist until it is created'. This is a book that should be read if you want to understand your journey through time.