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Why History?: A History

Donald Bloxham


What is the point of history? Why has the study of the past been so important for so long? Why History? A History contemplates two and a half thousand years of historianship to establish how very different thinkers in diverse contexts have conceived their activities, and to illustrate the purposes that their historical investigations have served. At the core of this work, whether it is addressing Herodotus, medieval religious exegesis, or twentieth-century cultural history, is the way that the present has been conceived to relate to the past. Alongside many changes in technique and philosophy, ... More

Keywords: historiography, historical identity, historical consciousness, hermeneutics, historicism, genealogy, philosophy of history, history of history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198858720
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198858720.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Bloxham, author
Professor of Modern History, University of Edinburgh