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Collects twelve formerly unpublished essays through one in all Britain's most outstanding historians, David Cannadine, including his inaugural and valedictory lectures on the Institute of historic study. a special quantity discussing the examine and nature of heritage itself and a variety of key subject matters and sessions in British and Imperial heritage.

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8 According to Gertrude Himmelfarb, it has been ruined twice-over, by the sixties generation in thrall to Marx and the social sciences, and by the post-modernists no less in thrall to Foucault and Derrida: but this is little more than ignorant and paranoid ranting, not least because political history remains indestructibly alive and well. 9 According to Francis Fukuyama, history had come to an end with the global triumph of liberalism and democracy: but even before 9/11 in 2001, this was an implausibly parochial and naively optimistic view of human nature and world affairs.

Perhaps, then, we ought to think about what history is now, and about where history is going in the future, in this more positive and nuanced way. In seeking to survey the present historical scene, and to offer some speculations as to possible future developments, some caution and circumspection are both in order. 48 Our present approaches to the past may seem self-evidently good and right and sensible and true, and better than anything that has gone before: but it is highly unlikely that historians writing fifty years from now, let alone one hundred, will share that view.

41 The same conclusion suggests itself if we examine another familiar Manichean formulation, that between high and low, elite and popular, be it in politics, society, culture or anything else. Those who concern themselves with the doings of the elite rightly insist that we cannot understand the past if we ignore those people who were in power, made the rules, possessed the wealth, and set the tone. 42 It is also sometimes (though not always) the case, that those on the right prefer to study people in authority, within the confines of the nation state, while those on the left are more interested in people lower down the social and political scale, and have a more internationalist outlook.

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