Why History?

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Routledge, Nov 18, 2005 - History - 248 pages
Why History is an introduction to the issue of history and ethics. Designed to provoke discussion, the book asks whether a good knowledge and understanding of the past is a good thing to have and if so, why. In the context of postmodern times, Why History suggests that the goal of 'learning lessons from the past' is actually learning lessons from stories written by historians and others. If the past as history has no foundation, can anything ethical be gained from history?
Why History presents liberating challenges to history and ethics, proposing that we have reached an emancipatory moment which is well beyond the 'end of history'.
 

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Contents

Living in time but outside history living in morality but outside ethics
1
On the end of metanarratives
26
On the end of proper history
68
Beyond histories and ethics
119
Promisings
150
Notes
154
Further reading
168
Index
173
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About the author (2005)

Keith Jenkins is Reader in History at the Chichester Institute and author of Rethinking History (1991) and On "What is History?": From Carr and Elton to Rorty and White (1995).

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