The Resource The landscape of history : how historians map the past, John Lewis Gaddis

The landscape of history : how historians map the past, John Lewis Gaddis

Label
The landscape of history : how historians map the past
Title
The landscape of history
Title remainder
how historians map the past
Statement of responsibility
John Lewis Gaddis
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
What is history and why should we study it? Is there such a thing as historical truth? Is history a science? One of the most accomplished historians at work today, John Lewis Gaddis, answers these and other questions in this short, witty, and humane book. The Landscape of History provides a searching look at the historian's craft, as well as a strong argument for why a historical consciousness should matter to us today. Gaddis points out that while the historical method is more sophisticated than most historians realize, it doesn't require unintelligible prose to explain. Like cartographers mapping landscapes, historians represent what they can never replicate. In doing so, they combine the techniques of artists, geologists, paleontologists, and evolutionary biologists. Their approaches parallel, in intriguing ways, the new sciences of chaos, complexity, and criticality. They don't much resemble what happens in the social sciences, where the pursuit of independent variables functioning with static systems seems increasingly divorced from the world as we know it. So who's really being scientific and who isn't? This question too is one Gaddis explores, in ways that are certain to spark interdisciplinary controversy. Written in the tradition of Marc Bloch and E.H. Carr, The Landscape of History is at once an engaging introduction to the historical method for beginners, a powerful reaffirmation of it for practitioners, a startling challenge to social scientists, and an effective skewering of post-modernist claims that we can't know anything at all about the past. It will be essential reading for anyone who reads, writes, teaches, or cares about history
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
901
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
D16.8
LC item number
.G23 2002eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The landscape of history : how historians map the past, John Lewis Gaddis
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Chaos and complexity
  • 6.
  • Causation, contingency, and counterfactuals
  • 7.
  • Molecules with minds of their own
  • 8.
  • Seeing like a historian
  • 1.
  • The landscape of history
  • 2.
  • Time and space
  • 3.
  • Structure and process
  • 4.
  • The interdependency of variables
Control code
ocm77846078
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 192 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781280759758
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b35874090
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)77846078
  • pebcs0195362055

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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