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The Idea of History: With Lectures 1926-1928 (1946)

by R. G. Collingwood

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Collingwood's "The Idea of History" is arguably one of the most important books in the 20th Century on history and the study of. The author attempts to get at what exactly it means when refers to "studying history" and what the heck history is in the first place. The first section, after briefly touching on the aforementioned topics, dives into the history of history: how everyone from the ancient Greeks to his contemporaries (~1930s) view history and what are the problems with those views. The next section consists of Collingwood outlining his very convincing argument of what history is and why it is so important that history is studied. While it can ramble on a bit, it is a fascinating book that is still important to read if you are interested in the study of history. ( )
  Kordo | Sep 29, 2009 |
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The Idea of History is the best-known work of the great Oxford philosopher, historian, and archaeologist R.G. Collingwood. It was originally published posthumously in 1946, having been mainly reconstructed from Collingwood's manuscripts, many of which are now lost. This important work examines how the idea of history has evolved from the time of Herodotus to the twentieth century, and offers Collingwood's own view of what history is. For this revised edition, Collingwood's most important lectures on the philosophy of history are published here for the first time. These texts have been prepared by Jan van der Dussen from manuscripts that have only recently become available. The lectures contain Collingwood's first comprehensive statement of his philosophy of history; they are therefore essential for a full understanding of his thought, and in particular for a correct interpretation of The Idea of History itself. Van der Dussen contributes a substantial introduction in which he explains the background to this new edition and surveys the scholarship of the last fifty years.

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