An example of why reading theory can be a hindrance. Its all about interpretation. A lot of people wouldnt describe Carr's book as rubbish, some elements have importance today, although it many ways written in the 1960's it was 'of its time.' Also many people wouldnt describe Evans work as that great. I personally cant stand the man, he is very egotistical, for example he spent a whole lecture which should have been a basic introduction to Postmodernism, bigging himself up about his work on the case of holocaust denial, I must admit fascinating, but he ruined it by coming across so self satisfied, his book is very average.(Original post by Mib)
Argh! That book is awful! Hard to read, let alone understand!
I'd recommend -
What is History? – EH Carr
This seems so simple and wonderful when you read it! But don’t be fooled, it’s rubbish! Reading Elton and Evans will set you straight.
In Defence of History – Richard J Evans
Evans tackles the postmodernist position brilliantly in what can only be described as one of the best books ever written.
Hope this helps, sorry if it's a bit long
Good mix of books though
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- 07-08-2005 11:42