THE CHANGING PAST, trends in South African historical writing

: Smith (K.)

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240pp., illus., paperback, small stain on fore edge, Johannesburg, 1988 


"Written history often tells us more about the historian's own times than it does of the times about which he is writing. The historians and the way in which each generation has rewritten history in the light of its own preoccupations is the subject of The Changing Past. This is the first book-length survey in English that covers all the main trends in South African historiography. The book highlights the break with the past that historians of the "new radical school" have made in the last 15 years, and surveys the position of historical writing to the present." Taken from the book.