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History and Morality

Donald Bloxham


Against majority opinion within his profession, Donald Bloxham argues that it is legitimate, often unavoidable, and frequently important for historians to make value judgements about the past. History and Morality draws on a wide range of historical examples, and its author’s insights as a practising historian. Examining concepts like impartiality, neutrality, contextualization, and the use and abuse of the idea of the past as a foreign country, Bloxham’s book investigates how the discipline has got to the point where what is preached can be so inconsistent with what is practised. It illuminat ... More

Keywords: Morality, historiography, theology, relativism, historical identity, historicism, moral judgement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198858713
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198858713.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Bloxham, author
Richard Pares Professor of History, University of Edinburgh