Few historians now maintain that they write the truth about the past. Deconstructive readings of history and sources have changed the entire discipline of history. In Deconstructing History, Alun Munslow examines history in the postmodern age. He provides an introduction to the debates and issues of postmodernist history. He also survey the latest research into the relationship between the past, history and historical practice as well as forwarding his own challenging theories.
The author details both empricist and deconstructionist issues and considers the arguments of major proponents of both schools. He includes:
- an examination of the character of historical evidence
- chapters on Hayden White and Michel Foucault
- exploration of the role of historians
- discussion of the limits of traditional historical methods
- an evaluation of the importance of historical narrative
- an up-to-date , comprehensive bibliography
- an extensive glossary of key terms.
Deconstructing History map the philosophical field, outlines the controversies involved and assesses the merits of the deconstructionist position. Alun Munslow debates the importance of history as the textual product of historians. He argues that instead of the beginning with the past, history begins with its representation.
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