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In Defence of History

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His satirical comments about a number of other historians (especially die-hard postmodernists) are hilarious; nevertheless, his work really is evenhanded. The copyright to all contents of this site is held either by Granta or by the individual authors, and none of the material may be used elsewhere without written permission. Aku perlu jujur untuk berkata ini: jikalau bukan kerana minatku kepada perbahasan historiografi, iaitu bidan sejarah kepada (penulisan) sejarah, buku ini adalah bernilai empat bintang paling tinggi. At a time when fact and historical truth are under unprecedented assault, Evans shows us why history is necessary.

Through the sources we use, and the methods with which we handle them, we can, if we are very careful and thorough, approach a reconstruction of past reality that may be partial and provisional, and certainly will not be objective, but is nevertheless true. Remembering Roderick's words, my immediate guess when I read this was that Evans relied on a secondary source rather than on Derrida himself, and indeed he refers in the first instance to a "useful summary account" in a book by David Lehman. Ini membolehkan Evans menumpukan perhatian kepada persoalan metodologikal dan teknikal sekaligus mengelak persoalan-persoalan yang melibatkan bentuk-bentuk pertentangan yang berskala kosmik. A classic of historiography, In Defence of History gives you an insight into the different ways a modern professional historian operates and what they are trying to achieve.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.

Evans is not simply assaulting postmodernism in an old fashioned attempt to keep the barbarians from the gates.Evans’ supposed caricaturing of the postmodern movement seems to be an attempt to continuously warn against the dangers of taking postmodernism to absurd extremes. In Defence of History seems to imply the first since it constantly reiterates a belief that history is 'objective' (see pp.

Evans is Regius Professor Emeritus of History at Cambridge University, and Provost of Gresham College in the City of London.Menduga dalamnya lautan Kebenaran dengan kail panjang sejengkal - aku kira, begitulah sumpah bagi manusia-manusia yang menghabiskan sisa hidupnya menyiasat perihal Kemanusiaan. 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.

The amendments and additions incorporated into this article in addition to the text of the first version (March 1998) take account of additional reviews and discussions of the British edition of the book, published by Granta Books in paperback in September 1998; the American edition, In Defense of History, published by W. His plea for a moderate application of classic historical methods brings him in conflict with postmodernism. Het bewandelt een genuanceerde middenweg, en onderneemt een gedegen poging om alle kanten te belichten. This is possibly what lead to Evans’ “Pointedly personalised style of argumentation” which though criticised by some, adds excitement to what could have been a dry discussion of linguistic and historical theory. In addition, this reply also considers some of the points raised in letters published in The Times Higher Educational Supplement on 19 and 26 September 1997 in reply to my article 'Truth Lost in Vain Views', published in the same periodical on 12 September 1997 (p.If history can become whatever your own political leanings and subjective feelings want it to be there is no longer any valid reason for opposing the works of people like David Irving. I tend to follow Evans in this, but I must admit that his presentation of the postmodernists regularly is very caricatured (although he admits postmodernists also have added valuable new insights), and his statements sometimes are worded rather vaguely. Evans discusses the drawback of postmodernism in history and its rejection of reason and progress as historical forces. However, the withering afterword, when he demolishes the critics of the first edition of the book, makes it worthy of four stars!

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