Series: Reputations

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Disraeli (Reputations Series) by Edgar Feuchtwanger
Edward IV by Michael Hicks
Gorbachev: Man of the Twentieth Century? (Reputations Series) by Mark Sandle
Louis XVI by John Hardman
Napoleon (Reputations) by Michael Broers
Neville Chamberlain (Reputations) by David Dutton
Nixon by Iwan Morgan
Oliver Cromwell (Reputations Series) by J. C. Davis
Thatcher (Reputations S.) by E. H. H. Green
Thomas Becket by Anne Duggan
Thomas More by John A. Guy

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Hero or villain? Charlatan or true prophet? Sinner or saint? The volume in the Reputations series examine the reputations of some of history's most conspicuous, powerful and influential individuals, considering a range of representations, some of striking incompatibility. The aim is not merely to demonstrate that history is indeed, in Pieter Geyl's phrase, 'argument without end', but that the study of even contradictory conceptions can be fruitful: that the jettisoning of one these or presentation leaves behind something of value. [...]

There is a commitment in each volume to showing how understanding of an individual develops (sometimes in uneven and divergent ways), whether in response to fresh evidence or waning of dominant ideologies, changing attitudes and preoccupations of the age in which an author writes, or the creation of new historical paradigms. [..]
[taken from the "General editorial preface", in Edward IV]

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