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Author: Arthur Marwick
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Title: The New Nature of History: Knowledge, Evidence, Language
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The New Nature of History: Knowledge, Evidence, Language by Arthur Marwick



Marwick makes several good points when it comes to criticizing certain aspects of postmodernism. Specifically, his insistence that historians do work with documents and are members of a scholarly community and therefore cannot simply create fictions is well worth noting. Marwick's greatest failure though is the Kuhnian dilemma he creates. Like the late philosopher of science, Thomas Kuhn, Marwick posits an objective reality to which we, as scholars, are trying to understand. Marwick openly admits that unlike scientists, historians are different and are therefore not interchangeable.

Author(s): Arthur Marwick. Publisher: Red Globe Press. New version of a bestselling classic (The Nature of History) by an esteemed author Controversial in its forceful attack on postmodernism The first clear expression of the alternative to postmodernism written for students Tackles key questions 'what is history?'; 'how to do history' in a direct and practical manner

The British social historian Arthur Marwick, the author of well over a dozen books and many articles is probably best known for The Nature of History first published in 1970. The book has had two re-prints in 1981 and 1989. This latest incarnation is, as he says, 'totally recast and re-written' with the aim of giving it 'a new coherence and a new dynamic thrust' (xiii).

Addressing the key questions of what history is, and why and how one studies it, this is a positive affirmation of the vital importance to society of the study of the past, and of the many crucial learning outcomes which accrue from historical study.

When Arthur Marwick sat down to draft The New Nature of History he likely thought back to a time three decades earlier, when he penned The Nature of History (Alfred A. Knopf, 1971) to confront the "historical relativists," with their "varieties of history, embodying the notion that all great historians are essentially equal, though they may find it impossible to agree upon any. one interpretation of the nature of history. p. 22) In that earlier work, Marwick cautioned that "to stress the variousness of history is to turn one's face in the wrong direction. Knowledge is essential to Marwick's view of history.

Marwick spends a chapter of The Nature of History dealing with historical problems, trying to disentangle the actual events from the historiography. history of technology and urban history (p. 266). Marwick wonders if there is a paradigm. shift from a numerical approach to a literary approach underway as he wrote the book. Although Marwick suspects a cynic would accuse a historian of. creating job security with the endless views of the past, he insists it is imperative based. on the philosophy, science, and new materials of the age. History, according to Marwick, must be for everyone and not remain locked behind the walls of academia.

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Using these categories, he presents the first clear and comprehensive expression of the case against postmodernism in an undergraduate textbook