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Histories of Nations: How Their Identities…

Histories of Nations: How Their Identities Were Forged

by Peter Furtado

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It was ok I guess. Several of the entries were more concerned about how that particular country saw its own past rather than a straightforward telling of that history and each one was written by a different author so you get a real mixed bag. After reading twenty-eight in such short order you come away with a vague depressing feeling of how unstable the world is and how you reap what you sow. ( )
  Lord_Boris | Feb 21, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0500251819, Hardcover)

Twenty-eight intimate and unconventional autobiographies of the nation/state, told by historians from their respective countries.

Global histories tend to be written from the narrow viewpoint of a single author and a single perspective, with the inevitable bias that it entails. But in this thought-provoking collection, twenty-eight writers and scholars give engaging, often passionate accounts of their own nation’s history. The countries have been selected to represent every continent and every type of state: large and small; mature democracies and religious autocracies; states that have existed for thousands of years and those born as recently as the twentieth century. Together they contain two-thirds of the world’s population. In the United States, for example, the myth of the nation’s “historylessness” remains strong, but in China history is seen to play a crucial role in legitimizing three thousand years of imperial authority. “History wars” over the content of textbooks rage in countries as diverse as Australia, Russia, and Japan. Some countries, such as Iran or Egypt, are blessed—or cursed—with a glorious ancient history that the present cannot equal; others, such as Germany, must find ways of approaching and reconciling the pain of the recent past. 202 illustrations, 157 in color

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Most books on the history of the world try to impose a uniform narrative, however Histories of Nations is different: it presents 28 essays written by leading historians as self-portraits of their native countries, defining the characteristics that embody a sense of nationhood.… (more)

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