The New Nature of History: Knowledge, Evidence, Language by Arthur MarwickThe New Nature of History: Knowledge, Evidence, Language by Arthur Marwick

The New Nature of History: Knowledge, Evidence, Language

byArthur Marwick

Paperback | June 15, 2015

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This book questions essential to the student of history - What is history?; Why do History?; and How does one do history? Marwick has totally recast and rewritten the first version of the book, published in 1970, and given it a new coherence and a new dynamic thrust derived from the threewords of the subtitle, "knowledge, evidence, language." Using these categories, he presents the first clear and comprehensive expression of the case against postmodernism in an undergraduate textbook. Arguing that the substance of history is evidence, not speculation, Marwick explicates theproduction of history as a body of knowledge. He outlines the actual activities of a working historian in discussions on the necessity of precise language, the analysis and interpretation of primary and secondary sources, and the vital distinctions between the "witting" and "unwitting" testimony ofprimary sources. This volume, written deftly in explicit and precise language and including a thorough index, is an ideal companion for students and writers of history at all levels.
Arthur Marwick is Professor of History at the Open University and an internationally known writer of both history and historiography. His many books include British Society since 1945 (1996) and The Sixties (1998).
Title:The New Nature of History: Knowledge, Evidence, LanguageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:334 pages, 8.9 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:June 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190615761

ISBN - 13:9780190615765


Editorial Reviews

"...passionate rebuttal of postmodernist criticisms of the mainstream positivist movement in historical science..." --International Review of Social History