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The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History

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In The Purpose of the Past, historian Gordon S. Wood examines this sea change in his field through consideration of some of its most important historians and their works. He offers wonderful insight into what great historians do, how they can stumble, and what strains of thought have dominated the marketplace of ideas in historical scholarship. The result is a history of American history, as well as an argument for its ongoing necessity.

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The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History
2009, Penguin Group

ISBN-13: 9780143115045

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The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History
2008, Penguin Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9781594201547

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The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History
2008, Blackstone Audiobooks

ISBN-13: 9781433210068

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The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History
2008, Blackstone Audiobooks

ISBN-13: 9781433210044

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