KEITH JENKINS RETHINKING HISTORY PDF

Jump to navigation Jump to search Keith Jenkins is a British historiographer. Jenkins studied medieval and modern history as well as political theory at The University of Nottingham. This means that different historians will inevitably ascribe different meanings to the same historical events. Nevertheless, all historians are constrained by the common body of historical evidence or "artifacts". Jenkins consistently works to undercut and move readers beyond "traditional" and "moribund" histories.

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Shelves: post-modernism , history Brief and polemic, this is a fascinating read that will definitely be on my mind as I read other history texts and works. It challenges the work of historians not as studying scientifically the past to get to some sort of true interpretation which is stated to be a contradiction itself that could be called History.

Jenkins starts by making this distinction between past and history to show that the discipline of history is actually historiography as it deals with creating interpretations from Brief and polemic, this is a fascinating read that will definitely be on my mind as I read other history texts and works.

Jenkins starts by making this distinction between past and history to show that the discipline of history is actually historiography as it deals with creating interpretations from texts and traces from the past. He brings up the epistemological and ideological issues about this work but also the real human issues that show up as this historiography is made by humans.

The book explores how ideology and power is used to determine which is the valid interpretation. This work also approaches questions about empathizing with past peoples, the nature of Truth and how far back you have to go to actually form a discourse of cause and effect.

It ends on the matter of how to make history in this post-modern world. Was it a philosophical territory or should it lies in the terrain of social Researching some stuff on the historiographical debates in SEA has brought me to this book. Was it a philosophical territory or should it lies in the terrain of social theory? Or should it be another form of historical inquiry? Jenkins does not situate this clearly, but he heavily relies upon European philosophical tools to construct his anti-essentialist arguments.

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Keith Jenkins

Shelves: post-modernism , history Brief and polemic, this is a fascinating read that will definitely be on my mind as I read other history texts and works. It challenges the work of historians not as studying scientifically the past to get to some sort of true interpretation which is stated to be a contradiction itself that could be called History. Jenkins starts by making this distinction between past and history to show that the discipline of history is actually historiography as it deals with creating interpretations from Brief and polemic, this is a fascinating read that will definitely be on my mind as I read other history texts and works. Jenkins starts by making this distinction between past and history to show that the discipline of history is actually historiography as it deals with creating interpretations from texts and traces from the past.

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Keith Jenkins – Re-thinking History.

On the contrary, as he explains in the introduction to At the Limits of History, in the late s, when he first became acquainted with the postmodern critique of history, he chose merely to distance himself from those historians who ignored or challenged it. The outcome was an at times furious and prolonged debate, in which there were numerous accusations of insane individualism, solipsism, fantasy-mongering, left-wing posturing and hectoring authoritarianism — a debate which no self-respecting historian could easily ignore; though it has to be said that many did. It was no doubt this last qualification that eventually led to his appointment as a lecturer in history at Chichester. In the space of 30 years or so, he believes, these and many other thinkers so deconstructed the foundational and essentialist presumptions of the Western tradition as to leave it entirely bereft of all intrinsic meaning and value. In Rethinking History , a remarkable bestseller, much translated, Jenkins argues compellingly that the conventional view of academic history — that it enjoys the benefits of a uniquely effective epistemology and methodology which enables it to discover from historical facts, properly established, some sort of historical truth, a truth, moreover that can be conveyed to a willing audience by way of historical narrative — is fundamentally flawed.

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