Historical Evidence And Argument

Hardcover | September 19, 2005

byDavid Henige

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Historians know about the past because they examine the evidence. But what exactly is “evidence,” how do historians know what it means—and how can we trust them to get it right? Historian David Henige tackles such questions of historical reliability head-on in his skeptical, unsparing, and acerbically witty Historical Evidence and Argument. “Systematic doubt” is his watchword, and he practices what he preaches through a variety of insightful assessments of historical controversies—for example, over the dating of artifacts and the textual analysis of translated documents. Skepticism, Henige contends, forces us to recognize the limits of our knowledge, but is also a positive force that stimulates new scholarship to counter it.

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Historians know about the past because they examine the evidence. But what exactly is “evidence,” how do historians know what it means—and how can we trust them to get it right? Historian David Henige tackles such questions of historical reliability head-on in his skeptical, unsparing, and acerbically witty Historical Evidence and Argu...

David Henige is the African studies bibliographer at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and editor of several national series on African history.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:340 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:September 19, 2005Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299214109

ISBN - 13:9780299214104

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“There is no other book like this one in its breadth and scope. . . . A deftly acerbic series of sketches of the many ways that historians misread and misuse evidence.”—Eric Gable, Mary Washington College