Monday, October 21, 2013

New Review of "Why Study History?"

Thanks to George Wood, a bibliophile, blogger, church leader, and webcast host, for his kind review of Why Study History?: Reflecting on the Importance of the Past.  Here is a taste:

Chapters 6 and 7 showed me how historians—and history-minded citizens—can positively influence civil society. There is an inherent tension between the desire to present the past without ideological blinkers and the desire for history to influence civil society. The way Fea resolves this tension is not by proposing this or that account of history but by emphasizing the virtues of historical consciousness. Studying the past in all its foreignness, seeking to understand it on its own terms and in its own context, draws students of history outside of themselves and their ideological commitments. It is, in other words, a powerful tonic for narcissism.