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The Killing of History

The Killing of History

How Literary Critics and Social Theorists Are Murdering Our Past
February 2000
Trade Paperback · 298 Pages
$15.95 U.S. · $20.95 CAN
ISBN 9781893554122
Encounter Books

 

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Description

A huge success in hardcover, The Killing of History argues that history today is in the clutches of literary and social theorists who have little respect for or training in the discipline. He believes that they deny the existence of truth and substitute radically chic theorizing for real knowledge about the past. The result is revolutionary and unprecedented: contemporary historians are increasingly obscuring the facts on which truth about the past is built. In The Killing of History, Windschuttle offers a devastating expose of these developments. This fascinating narrative leads us into a series of case histories that demonstrate how radical theory has attempted to replace the learning of traditional history with its own political agenda.

About the Author

Keith Windschuttle has been a lecturer in history, social policy, sociology, and media studies at a number of Australian academic institutions. He is author of five other books on issues in Australian society and lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.