There is also an introductory section by Carr obviously written for another purpose and two appendices on the chronology of his life and work and his papers. The product of a decade of intrepid research, Stalin is a landmark achievement, a work that recasts the way we think about the Soviet Union, revolution, dictatorship, the twentieth century, and indeed the art of history itself. Carr at The Times , 1940-46; C. Disparaged by some as a mere parlor game, counterfactual history is seen by others as an indispensable historical tool. In other words, Carr was moving toward the view that meaning is not given to us through an empirical knowledge of the past event.
Professor Cox's collection is timely. To my mind this is an early and telling engagement with the complexities of what historians do. Carr 1892-1982 was born into security but lived a life of controversy. Carr 1892-1982 was born into security but lived a life of controversy. The coming of the Second World War as he said 'numbed the thinking process' p.
The collection is divided into four sections dealing each in turn with Carr's life and times, the Russian question, international relations and What is History? To my mind this is an early and telling engagement with the complexities of what historians do. Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at Ohio State University, a Fellow of the British Academy, and author of The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800, winner of two book prizes. The historian must also recognise there are no absolutes in doing history apart from the certainty that all is relative. While still building his power base within the Bolshevik dictatorship, he embarks upon the greatest gamble of his political life and the largest program of social reengineering ever attempted: the collectivization of all agriculture and industry across one sixth of the earth. Carr 1892-1982 was born into security but lived a life of controversy. It seems to me this can only refer to his mature ideological position as a sort of humanist anti-Positivist Marxist. But equally Carr understood that realism was and is? By allowing readers to share in the doubts and epiphanies that lead up to the authors' epistemological revelations, the volume allows readers to grasp the rich potential of approaching their own research from a counterfactual perspective.
But he was not intellectually equipped to face what was about to happen to historical studies, viz. For those seriously interested in understanding the life and times of this most English of establishment radicals this is the place to begin. The study of international relations will undoubtedly be enriched by his return. In these terms I would warmly recommend all historians who care about historical thinking and practice to read this collection. Carr' in The Routledge Companion to Historical Studies, Routledge, 2000.
Carr and the Historical Mode of Thought; R. This is evidenced by the variety of ways in which he has been evaluated and consistently vilified by hard-core and unthinking empiricists. Cox et al have provided the strongest argument yet for leaving What is History? We see a man inclined to despotism who could be utterly charming, a pragmatic ideologue, a leader who obsessed over slights yet was a precocious geostrategic thinker—unique among Bolsheviks—and yet who made egregious strategic blunders. He couples the historian to the foundation of international relations as an academic discipline. Attacked for appeasing both Hitler and Stalin, he was not only one of the most productive writers of the twentieth century but one of its most provocative as well.
Availability based on publisher status and quantity being ordered. Porter 'An Active Danger': E. This is not to suggest every interpretation is as good as any other, but that each can only be judged by the 'sense of direction' of the historian producing it What is History? In this book--the first ever to deal critically but fairly with Carr's contribution to international relations, Soviet Studies and the study of history--sixteen internationally respected authors grapple with his complex intellectual legacy. This book will certainly help its readers to make up their own minds unless they are already made up? This is a point also noted by several of the contributors to this collection. They point up his outcast nature and career. Having said that, the vitriol still poured on Carr's head by the likes of Arthur Marwick in the latest incarnation of his book on the nature of history, reveals that Carr the philosopher of history remains a dangerous thinker. With the rise of the Churchill-inspired Cold War Carr produced a series of Oxford lectures later published as The Soviet Impact on the Western World 1946.
As Jenkins points out in this collection and in his own On 'What is History? The Global 1989 challenges these ideas. It is this that makes Carr still worthy of collections such as Professor Cox's. To my mind this is an early and telling engagement with the complexities of what historians do. Carr, who emerges in these highly readable pages as a more complex, ambiguous and difficult figure than perhaps many of us had hitherto realized. Carr 1892-1982 was born into security but lived a life of controversy. He connects the passion and the history written. The first glimmerings of socialism if not Marxism were apparent.
When the band seizes control of the country in the aftermath of total world war, the former seminarian ruthlessly dominates the new regime until he stands as absolute ruler of a vast and terrible state apparatus, with dominion over Eurasia. Cox has assembled a variety of scholars to allow for a comprehensive assessment of Carr's intellectual biography. Carr's life is well recorded. Rethinking the contemporary value of E. In this gripping account of the ideological clash between two of the most influential scholars of Cold War politics, David Caute uncovers a hidden story of passionate beliefs, unresolved antagonism, and the high cost of reprisal to both victim and perpetrator. Attacked for appeasing both Hitler and Stalin, he was not only one of the most productive writers of the twentieth century but one of its most provocative as well. Carr Notes on the Contributors An Autobiography; E.