The Use and Abuse of History: Or How the Past is Taught to Children

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Routledge, Jun 1, 2004 - Education - 416 pages
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Use and Abuse of History has become a key text of current historiography; this is a book that poses fundamental and disturbing questions about the use and abuse of history. Engaging and challenging, this book confronts the reader with the many 'histories' that exist and have existed around the world, from the Zulu kingdoms to Communist China.

This title has now been extensively revised by Marc Ferro, a well respected historian, and presents the different narratives that constitute the histories of countries as diverse as India, Iran, Trinidad and the United States makes for fascinating reading in their own right. What makes this book so valuable, though, is what these narratives tell us about the societies which create them – how much is history distorted in order to condition the minds of those who are taught it?

Use and Abuse of History appeals to anyone with a general interested in history.

 

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Contents

PREFACE TO THE ROUTLEDGE CLASSICS EDITION PREFACE
FOREWORD TO THE 1992 EDITION
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Johannesburg
Black Africa
Trinidad and the exorcist reaction
history without identity
history in European eyes
Aspects and variations of Soviet history
the safeguard of national identity in Armenia
Poland
A note on the history of China
a code or an ideology?
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Marc Ferro (1924-) President of the Association of Research at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and co-director of the prestigious French review Annales.

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