How should historians speak truth to power - and why does it matter? Why is five hundred years better than five months or five years as a planning horizon? And why is history - especially long-term history - so essential to understanding the multiple pasts which gave rise to our conflicted present?
The History Manifesto is a call to arms to historians and everyone interested in the role of history in contemporary society. Leading historians David Armitage and Jo Guldi identify a recent shift back to longer-term narratives, following many decades of increasing specialization, which they argue is vital for the future of historical scholarship and how it is communicated. This provocative and thoughtful book makes an important intervention in the debate about the role of history and the humanities in a digital age. It will provoke discussion among policymakers, activists and entrepreneurs as well as ordinary listeners, viewers, readers, students and teachers.
"A compelling argument for the relevance of history"
Daniel Woolf, Queen's University, Ontario
"Will invite controversy and instantly invigorate class-room debates with a double shot."
Ulinka Rublack, University of Cambridge, and editor of A Concise Companion to History
"An important attempt to make history relevant to a broad public."
Georg G. Iggers, University of Buffalo, The Sate University of New York
"An exhilarating anticipation of a digitised and globalised future, in which historians will assume the role of critical problem-solver."
John Tosh, University of Roehampton
Jo Guldi is Hans Rothfels Assistant Professor of History, Brown University. She is the author of Roads to Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State and What is the Spatial Turn?
David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University.
He is the author or editor of thirteen books, including The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (2000), Foundations of Modern International Thought (2013), Milton and Republicanism (co-edited, 1995), Bolingbroke: Political Writings (edited, 1997), British Political Thought in History, Literature and Theory (co-edited, 2006), and Shakespeare and Early Modern Political Thought (co-edited, 2009), all from Cambridge University Press.