Posted by: aboutalbion | May 31, 2012

What is History? (9)

Carr’s last chapter, ‘The Widening Horizon’, is an invitation to English historians not to be left behind.  ‘The history of the English-speaking world in the last 400 years has beyond question been a great period of history.  But to treat it as the centre-piece of universal history, and everything else as peripheral to it, is an unhappy distortion of perspective. It is the duty of a university to correct such popular distortions.’ (p145f)

For me living in the UK, this is an invitation to examine the claims of world history to be at the centre of a sustainable international subject called ‘History’.

[Carr, E H (2001) What is History? Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.]


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