Is History Fiction?

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READHOWYOUWANT, Oct 1, 2010 - History - 684 pages
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The relationship between history and fiction has always been a controversial one. Can we ever know that a historical narrative is giving us a true account of what actually happened? Provocative and fascinating, this book is an original and insightful examination of the ways in which history is - and might be - written. It traces History's doubleness and divided nature, beginning with its founding figures, Herodotus and Thucydides, right up to the key figures of historical reflection, such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Benedetto Croce, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault and Hayden White. The authors explore the challenges posed by postmodernism to history and the literary conventions of most historical writing. In this second edition they bring their history of history up to the present in their study of the History Wars and new approaches to world history and environmental history.

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User Review  - Brad - Goodreads

A good read for university and looks at how history is interpreted and the History Wars as well that were fought in Australia and other countries. Read full review

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

This is an interesting book. As the title obviously suggests, the thesis of the work is history fictional and can we get truth out of it. To learn the answer you will have to read it yourself ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Ann Curthoys is a professor of history at the Australian National University. She is the author of Writing Histories.

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