The Nature Of History - Arthur MarwickMacMillan, 1971, Paperback ..
From the cover: “What is the use of history? A society without history would be as helpless as an individual without memory. In this book Professor Marwick describes the nature of history and its place in modern society. Older societies had their bards, their Keepers of the Records: modern society requires more sophisticated techniques to get as near as possible to the objective reality of the past. In discussing the development of the modern academic discipline in Europe and North America Professor Marwick emphasises the basic unity of purpose shared by historians, despite their public quarrels. He goes on to analyse the relationships between history and the natural and social sciences, and the problems of historical research and writing. Finally he illustrates his themes by reference to various contemporary historians and some important historical controversies. Good history can be presented at various levels (including that of the television film) — this book explains for both the student and the general reader the basis upon which good history is written.”
Number of Pages: 272
Cover Art By: Diana Ryder
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