A groundbreaking collection from a diverse mix of historians, both bestselling names and emerging voices, addressing the burning issue of what history means today. Featuring Peter Frankopan, Simon Schama, Bettany Hughes and more.
This groundbreaking new collection addresses the burning issue of how we interpret history today. What stories are told, and by whom, who should be celebrated, and what rewritten, are questions that have been asked recently not just within the history world, but by all of us. Featuring a diverse mix of writers, both bestselling names and emerging voices, this is the history book we need NOW.
WHAT IS HISTORY, NOW? covers topics such as the history of racism and anti-racism, queer history, the history of faith, the history of disability, environmental history, escaping imperial nostalgia, hearing women's voices and 'rewriting' the past. The list of contributors includes: Justin Bengry, Leila K Blackbird, Emily Brand, Gus Casely-Hayford, Sarah Churchwell, Caroline Dodds Pennock, Peter Frankopan, Bettany Hughes, Dan Hicks, Onyeka Nubia, Islam Issa, Maya Jasanoff, Rana Mitter, Charlotte Riley, Miri Rubin, Simon Schama, Alex von Tunzelmann and Jaipreet Virdi.
What is History, Now? demonstrates how our constructs of the past are woven into our modern world and culture, and offers us an illuminating handbook to understanding this dynamic and shape-shifting subject. A thought-provoking, insightful and necessary re-examination of the subject for all students and lovers of history, which brings the past into the present ― Hallie Rubenhold, author of The Five
The importance of history is becoming more evident every day, and this humane book is an essential navigation tool. Urgent and utterly compelling
― Sathnam Sanghera, author of Empireland
Important and exciting ― Kate Williams, author of Rival Queens
THE history book for now. This is why and how historians do what they do. And why they need to. ― Dan Snow
Engaging and personal ― Spectator
A timely collection, varied and thought-provoking ― New Statesman
What is excellent about this collection is the passion with which it champions pluralism of historical study, as well as the sheer quality of the writing... the essays in this collection are models of lucidity and literary skill. ― The Critic
Simple yet intellectually sharp . . . The new volume is an active realization of the trajectory Carr proposes in What is History?, a filling of the archival gaps ― Retrospect Journal
I recommend this book for tutors seeking to provoke critical thinking in their students or general readers . . . Ultimately, Lipscomb and Carr's editing shows diversity in history. It is contentious, diverse, intimate, and public, a space that contains gatekeepers and anarchists ― Australian Policy and History
Fascinating ― BBC History Magazine
About the Author
Professor Suzannah Lipscomb is an award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster. She is Professor of History at the University of Roehampton, a Fellow of the Royal Historical History, and a columnist for History Today. She is the author of five books on the sixteenth century and has written and hosted over 40 hours of historical documentaries for TV.
Helen Carr is a medieval historian, documentary history producer and is currently researching her PhD in emotional history. Helen is the author of The Red Prince, a biography of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, and regular contributor for BBC History Magazine and the New Statesman. Helen produces and presents the podcast, Hidden Histories. E.H. Carr was her great-grandfather.