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The Undivided Past

History Beyond Our Differences

Mr David Cannadine

(author)

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Great works of history have so often had at their heart a wish to sift people in ways that have been profoundly damaging and provided intellectual justification for terrible political decisions. This title presents an agonised attempt to understand how so much of the writing of history has been driven by a fatal desire to dramatize differences.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

David Cannadine's impassioned, controversial plea for us to recognise the importance of both equality and history

Great works of history have so often had at their heart a wish to sift people in ways that have been profoundly damaging and provided intellectual justification for terrible political decisions. Again and again, categories have been found--religion, nation, class, gender, race, 'civilization'--that have sought to explain world events by fabricating some malevolent or helpless 'other'.

The Undivided Past is an agonised attempt to understand how so much of the writing of history has been driven by a fatal desire to dramatize differences - to create an 'us versus them'. Is is above all an appeal to common humanity.

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Book publisherPenguin Books Ltd
Publication date14 May 2006
FormatPaperback
Pages352
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