"The Idea of History" is a philosophical examination of the concept of history, exploring its nature, the different methods of historical study, and its importance and role in society. The author asserts that history is not just a chronicling of past events, but a complex interaction between the historian and the facts, where the historian is not merely a passive recorder of facts, but an active participant in shaping the interpretation of those facts. The book also delves into the philosophy of history, discussing the idea of historical truth, the problem of historical causation, and the nature of historical evidence.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 98th on The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century (National Review)
- The Hundred Most Influential Books Since The War (WW2) (Central and East European Publishing Project)