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The Killing of History by Keith Windschuttle

The Killing of History (1996)

by Keith Windschuttle

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There are many excesses and absurdities in postmodern theory, as there are in any other academic movement or endeavor. However, Windshuttle in this book merely shows himself either disingenuous or incapable of reading. If you were to follow his prescriptions to their logical extent, no historian's work would ever be acceptable. ( )
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A critique of social and historical theory written from the right.
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Australian scholar Keith Windschuttle is one of the fieriest participants in the debate about the practice of history. In The Killing of History he decries the growth of so-called cultural studies in place of the old-fashioned facts-and-chronologies approach. Windschuttle's passion sometimes carries him a bit too far, but he lands many solid punches, such as when he takes on the heavily published French scholar Michel de Certeau, who has called writing a tool of the power elite. "For someone who thinks writing is a form of oppression," Windschuttle twits, "he has done a lot of writing." Elsewhere Windschuttle attacks efforts to explain away such matters as human sacrifice among the Aztecs, saying that to accept such behavior is akin to "accepting the cultures of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia as equal but different."

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