© 2002

What is History Now?

  • Editors
  • David Cannadine

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Richard J. Evans
    Pages 1-18
  3. Paul Cartledge
    Pages 19-35
  4. Susan Pedersen
    Pages 36-56
  5. Olwen Hufton
    Pages 57-79
  6. Miri Rubin
    Pages 80-94
  7. Alice Kessler-Harris
    Pages 95-112
  8. Annabel Brett
    Pages 113-131
  9. Linda Colley
    Pages 132-147
  10. Felipe Fernández-Armesto
    Pages 148-161
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 162-172

About this book


E. H. Carr's What is History? was originally published by Macmillan in 1961. Since then it has sold hundreds of thousands of copies throughout the world. In this book, ten internationally renowned scholars, writing from a range of historical vantage points, answer Carr's question for a new generation of historians: What does it mean to study history at the start of the Twenty-first century? This volume stands alongside Carr's classic, paying tribute to his seminal enquiry while moving the debate into new territory, to ensure its freshness and relevance for a new century of historical study.


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About the authors

FELIPE FERNANDEZ ARMESTO Professor of History, Queen Mary, University of London. His many books include Truth: A History and a Guide for the Perplexed, Bantam Press, 1997 ANNABEL BRETT Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Her publications include Liberty, Right and Nature, Cambridge University Press, 1997 PAUL CARTLEDGE Professor of Ancient History, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Clare College. He has edited the Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece, Cambridge University Press, 1997 LINDA COLLEY Leverhulme Research Professor in History, London School of Economics and Political Science. Among her many publications includes the bestselling Britons: Forging a Nation, 1707-1837, Vintage, 1996, which won the Wolfson Prize RICHARD J. EVANS Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge, and fellow of Gonville and Caius College. He is the author of In Defence of History, Granta, 2000 ALICE KESSLER HARRIS Professor of History, Columbia University. She is co-editor of U.S. History as Women's History, University of North Carolina Press, 1995 OLWEN HUFTON Leverhulme Research Professor, University of Oxford and a fellow of Merton College. Her many publications include The Prospect Before Her. A History of Women in Western Europe, I: 1500-1800, Alfred A Knopf Inc, 1996 SUSAN PEDERSEN Professor of History, Harvard University. Her publications include Family Policy and the Origins of the Welfare State: Britain and France, 1914-45, Cambridge University Press, 1993 MIRI RUBIN Professor of European History and Director of Research, Queen Mary, University of London. Her publications include Corpus Christi: The Eucharist in Late Medieval Culture, Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Bibliographic information


'...he has assembled a distinguished team who convey, with spirit and lucidity, the scale and excitement of discovery that 40 years of specialization has produced.' - Blair Worden, Sunday Telegraph

'...should prove invaluable to graduate students and scholars...' - Claude Ury, History: Reviews of New Books

'Readers will find reliable and insightful information presented without recourse to jargon.' - E. A. Breisach, Choice

Reviews of the Hardback edition:

'What is History? strongly influenced the generation of professional historians who came to maturity in the following decades. 'What is History Now?' presents a timely review of the debate forty years on and an expert examination of present trends and anxieties.' - Norman Davies

'What is History Now? presents the ideal solution to the dilemma of how to reappraise Carr's book without burying it. If anyone were to provide an equivalent to What is History? for the early twenty-first-century, it would surely be David Cannadine.' - David Armitage

'At last, What is History? gets the successor it deserves...extremely readable and highly stimulating.' - Roy Porter

'...destined to become a must-have text for today's history students.' - Tristram Hunt, BBC History Magazine

'[Cannadine] has assembled a distinguished team who convey, with spirit and lucidity, the scale and excitement of [historical] discovery.' - Blair Worden, The Sunday Telegraph