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The Purposes of the Past

Gordon Wood talked about the concept of “presentism", or the tendency of historians to view the past from the perspective of the present. He also talked… read more

Gordon Wood talked about the concept of “presentism", or the tendency of historians to view the past from the perspective of the present. He also talked about the gap between "popular” and “academic” history, cultural criticism, and theories of history education. He answered questions from the audience.

Gordon Wood is the author of The Purposes of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History published by Penguin. This book is a collection of reviews and essays that explore the study of studying history. close

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The Purposes of the Past

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Program ID:
281368-3
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Sep 27, 2008 | 11:02pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Feb 02, 2009 | 6:14am EST | C-SPAN 2

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  • Sep 27, 2008 | 11:02pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Oct 13, 2008 | 3:57am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Oct 19, 2008 | 8:29pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 02, 2009 | 6:14am EST | C-SPAN 2
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