Book Review | The History Manifesto
Jo Guldi and David Armitage argue that instead of chroniclers, historians should be arbiters and referees of public policy, even policy shapers
This is a bit of a well-argued whinge for the loss of primacy of historians in the Age of Big Data. As well as an exhortation to claim the terrain lost to the reigning queen, Economics. History in the 21st century has been relegated to a handmaiden sweeping uncomfortably behind both Science and Economics. Part of this is in response to fact-fetishism and polycentric data centres. The other is history’s own abdication of its space by not devising forms appropriate to new tools of evaluation.
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