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The Hand of History (Hardback)

An Anthology of Quotes and Commentaries

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Frontline Books
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781848326231
Published: 8th August 2011



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As featured by The Times newspaper. ‘Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter’ - Nigerian proverbrnrn ‘This proverb undermines the idea of “objective” history. It’s all too easy to think that bias in history is bad, and that objectivity is good. But objectivity is usually a euphemism for the history of the victors, or the history of the hunters. What would an objective history of the Iraq war look like? rn- Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at Cambrige University.

For this fund-raising book famous writers from around the world have selected their favourite quotes about history . Each has selected a quote and provided an original commentary explaining why it strikes a chord with them.

The long list of more contributors includes: Juliet Barker, Antony Beever, Dan Mills, Saul David, Harold Holzer, Conrad Black, Michael Bliss, Asa Briggs, Richard Cohen, Carlo D'Este, Terry Deary, Charles Esdaile, Richard Evans, Juliet Gardiner, Martin Gilbert, Charlotte Gray, Philip Haythornthwaite, James Holland, Eric Hobsbawm, Richard Holmes, Terry Jones, Arthur Keaveney, Ian Kershaw, Robert J. Kershaw, Joyce Appleby, Ian Knight, Phillip Knightly, Guido Knopp, Andrew Lambert, Paul Lay, Quentin Letts, Allan Mallinson, John Man, Hilary Mantel,Melissa Muller, Roger Moorhouse, Bill Nasson, David Nicolle, Charles von Onselen, Richard Overy, Laurence Rees, Andrew Roberts, Trevor Royle,James Shapiro, Gary Sheffield, Dennis Showalter, Dan Snow, Hew Strachan, Roy Strong, Claire Tomalin, Gerhard Weinberg, Keith Windschuttle and Efraim Zuroff.


More than one hundred historians worldwide have contributed to this book. Hopefully, therefore, it is an international view of the writing of history and a collection that shows the great range of interests that it encompasses.

Military History Monthly

The Hand of History is a compulsively readable compendium of memorable words.

Book of the Month Club, USA

The Hand of History is an intriguing collection of thoughts and observations by an equally intriguing collection of individuals. Free reign has been given to the writers and historians who have contributed to this anthology, and the result is as diverse as the individuals themselves.
From the brief quotes of fifteenth century statesmen to lengthy expositions on the political ideology of Canada’s Pierre Trudeau, this book is, if nothing, wholesome food for thought.

John Grehan, Britain at War Magazine
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