The new edition of G. R. Elton's classic work is a wide-ranging, succinct and practical introduction for all students and general readers of history. It makes a major contribution to the question "what is history?."...
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Practice of History Reviews
A historiographical classic. Elton's ideas, though now widely rejected, were a testament to the old model of history writing. He may take some solace from the fact that even if he is now currently deshelved from more popular, postmodernist idea's, he still holds the odd old fan like myself. Long live G.R. Elton! Though he is dead!
Outstanding and insightful examination of history by a former Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University. I love his views concerning historiography.
It is sometimes said that historians and historiographers are like a married couple who lived together but speak to each other. Elton was a respected historian who blieved in marshalling the historical facts. Historiography was little more than ascertaining those facts and placing them in a logical order. It is all apparently very rational. What is excluded from this paradigm is any scholarly understanding of the politics and culture of the historian. It's as if the historian is seen as someone outside history itself looking in, but not acutally part of history or shaped by it.
I read this to understand the side of historiography that has pretty much lost out -- the idea that "real" history is the study of what states and politicians do, and that it is possible to study these things objectively, without the values of one's own society influencing how one selects evidence. Elton is an excellent writer, and he presents his points cogently, but there were several bits that had me shaking my head at what he takes for granted. I was very glad for the afterword by Richard Evans that put Elton's work in context.
G.R.Elton is a towering figure in historiography. This book records the author's views on the writing and understanding of History. The daddy of History books. Short but dense.
A funny but dense read! Necessary for all history students!