What Is History

Paperback | February 5, 1991

byE H Carr

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Who is to say how things really were? In formulating a modern answer to the question 'What is History?' Professor Carr shows that the 'facts' of history are simply those which historians have selected for scrutiny. Millions have crossed the Rubicon, but the historians tell us that only Caesar's crossing was significant. All historical facts come to us as a result of interpretative choices by historians influenced by the standards of their age. Yet if absolute objectivity is impossible, the role of the historian need in no way suffer; nor does history lose its fascination. This edition includes new material which presents the major conclusions of Professor Carr's notes for the second edition and a new preface by the author, in which he calls for ‘a saner and more balanced outlook on the future'.

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Who is to say how things really were? In formulating a modern answer to the question 'What is History?' Professor Carr shows that the 'facts' of history are simply those which historians have selected for scrutiny. Millions have crossed the Rubicon, but the historians tell us that only Caesar's crossing was significant. All historical ...

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’SIMPLY TO SHOW HOW IT REALLY WAS’Ranke, stating what he considered the proper aim of the historian, filled generations of historians after him with a burning zeal for objectivity.But who is to say how things were? In formulating a modern answer to the question ’What is History?’ Professor Carr shows that the ’facts’ of history are si...

Edward Hallett Carr (1892-1982) was a historian, journalist, and international relations theorist. He was a Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.75 × 5.1 × 0.49 inPublished:February 5, 1991Publisher:Penguin Uk

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ISBN - 10:0140135847

ISBN - 13:9780140135848

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