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The Resource Making history : the storytellers who shaped the past, Richard Cohen

Making history : the storytellers who shaped the past, Richard Cohen

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Making history : the storytellers who shaped the past
Title
Making history
Title remainder
the storytellers who shaped the past
Statement of responsibility
Richard Cohen
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"A fascinating, epic exploration of who gets to record the world's history -- from Julius Caesar to William Shakespeare to Ken Burns -- and how their biases influence our understanding about the past. There are many stories we can spin about previous ages, but which accounts get told? And by whom? Is there even such a thing as "objective" history? In this lively and thought-provoking book, Richard Cohen reveals how professional historians and other equally significant witnesses, such as the writers of the Bible, novelists, and political propagandists, influence what becomes the accepted record. Cohen argues, for example, that some historians are practitioners of "Bad History" and twist reality to glorify themselves or their country. Making History investigates the published works and private utterances of our greatest chroniclers to discover the agendas that informed their -- and our -- views of the world. From the origins of history writing, when such an activity itself seemed revolutionary, through to television and the digital age, Cohen brings captivating figures to vivid light, from Thucydides and Tacitus to Voltaire and Gibbon, Winston Churchill and Henry Louis Gates. Rich in complex truths and surprising anecdotes, the result is a revealing exploration of both the aims and art of history-making, one that will lead us to rethink how we learn about our past and about ourselves." --
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1947-
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Cohen, Richard
Dewey number
907
Index
no index present
LC call number
D
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Historians
  • World history
Label
Making history : the storytellers who shaped the past, Richard Cohen
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1259400918
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 753 pages:
Isbn
9781982195786
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1259400918
Label
Making history : the storytellers who shaped the past, Richard Cohen
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1259400918
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 753 pages:
Isbn
9781982195786
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1259400918

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