Keith Jenkins – Re-thinking
History, Routledge, (1991). 70 pages of polemic that has
produced a wide-range of often very emotional responses from the
historical community. As a student, I loved the informal,
idiosyncratic style; most people I know hate it.
John Warren – History and
Historians, Hodder and Stoughton, (1999). A wonderfully
concise history of history, very accessible; includes a very
clear, relatively sympathetic overview of recent developments in
the study of what is history?
Richard J Evans – In
Defence of History, Granta Books, (1997). A highly respected
historian takes time out to research and take seriously the
post-modern attack on history. This is his often brilliant
David Lowenthal – The Past
is a Foreign Country, Cambridge, (1985). A highly
entertaining book that provides an encyclopaedic overview of how
the past is used and abused and interestingly, why?
Margaret Macmillan – The
Uses and Abuses of History, Profile Books (2009). Based on a
series of recent lectures given by the widely respected Canadian
historian, provides many good up-to-date examples of uses and
Mark Donnelly and Claire
Norton - Doing History, Routledge, (2011)
Published just after I finished writing this chapter.
Brilliantly serves the same purpose as this site but designed
for history students at university.