The Last Word?: Essays on Official History in the United States and British Commonwealth (Google eBook)
Official history is a misunderstood genre of historical writing, which attracts much negative comment from (non-official) historians but about which very little detail is actually known. This book examines the development of official history programs in Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand over the course of the twentieth century, looking at the ways in which they developed and the contributions each made to their respective national historiography. The second part of the work develops some themes from the first and takes the official histories of the Second World War as case studies.
Drawing on programs in Australia, Britain, and the United States, these essays examine the relationship between the histories, the historians, and their sponsoring institutions. They assess the impact of the histories on historical understanding of the Second World War. They also consider the impact that contemporary events during the Cold War had on the writing of the official history.
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Canadian Official Military History The End of an Era?
Contested Histories Official History and the South African Military in the Twentieth Century
Something of Them Is Here Recorded Official History in New Zealand
Continuity and Change in the Australian Official History Tradition
ASPECTS OF OFFICIAL HISTORIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Change Becomes Continuity The Start of the US Armys Green Book Series
Gavin Long and History at the Australian War Memorial
Exploiting Enemy Records The Enemy Documentation Section and the Official Histories of the Second World War
British Official Histories of the Air War
Setting the Historical Agenda Webster and Frankland and the Debate over the Strategic Bombing Offensive against Germany 19391945
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