An Intelligent Person's Guide to History (Intelligent Person's Guide Series)

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9780715626825: An Intelligent Person's Guide to History (Intelligent Person's Guide Series)

John Vincent has often been accused of political incorrectness in his writings about history. In this controversial study of history, Professor Vincent goes to the very heart of the complex issues raised by the subject. In 1928 Bernard Shaw wrote his "Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism". Nearly 70 years later, in a simliarly poelmical tract, Vincent makes no such concessions to feminist sensibilities or to the politics of the left. The text provides a comprehensive examination of the philosophy and evolution of history. It explores notions of historical evidence, meaning, the concept of historical imagination, morality and history, causality and bias, and hindsight. This expanded paperback edition includes an account by the author of the critical reception that greeted the book's original publication, and the controversy that it generated

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John Vincent has been Professor of History at the University of Bristol since 1970. Educated at Bedales and Christ's College, Cambridge, he was formerly Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Cambridge. Among his many acclaimed and influential publications are The Formation of the Liberal Party (1966), Gladstone and Ireland (1979) and a masterly short biography of Disraeli (1990). Professor Vincent is also widely known as a journalist and controversialist.

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"'a clever, wilful, self-consciously quirky little book' - Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph; 'The sheer effrontery of the tone gives the book a clear edge over much of the competition...' - Michael Bentley, TLS; 'A good book to give anyone thinking of reading history, or fed up with the way it is studied or written' - The Spectator"

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Published by Duckworth, London (1995)
ISBN 10: 0715626825 ISBN 13: 9780715626825
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Book Description Duckworth, London, 1995. Cloth on Board. Book Condition: NEW. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. First Edition. NEW BOOK, providing a comprehensive examination of the philiosophy and evolution of history; pp 122. Bookseller Inventory # 004422

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