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Style in History

Gay, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0465083048 / ISBN 13: 9780465083046
Published by Basic Books, New York, 1974
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Style in History

Publisher: Basic Books, New York

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hard Bound

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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“Peter Gay’s Style in History has the great merit to show that in a work of history its style is not a decorative addition to the historian’s narration but an integral element of the story through which its facts become alive and real. Reading Gay’s analysis of Gibbon and Ranke, Macaulay and Burckhardt, we understand better why they have become and are the admired masters of the historical craft.” ―Felix Gilbert, School of Historical Studies, The Institute for Advanced Study

What does an historian’s style reveal? In this original and lucid guide to the proper reading of Gibbon, Ranke, Macaulay, and Burckhardt―great historians who were also great stylists―Peter Gay demonstrates that, style is an invaluable clue to the historian's insight. Thus, for Peter Gay, style is the key to culture, and the “truth” of history―as it helps to define that culture―can only be fully understood through an objective and thorough analysis of all its elements.

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Peter Gay (1923―2015) was the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time.

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