Partisan Historiography: The 1940s and Beyond

Yoav Di Capua

in Gatekeepers of the Arab Past

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257320
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944817 | DOI:
Partisan Historiography: The 1940s and Beyond

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This chapter shows how and why contemporary history became the exclusive realm of party politics. In doing so, it discusses two forms that partisan historiography embraced: the national allegory and Marxist historiography. The first was extremely powerful and popular. The second was an innovative fringe movement. Both, however, were politically conditioned and thus permitted a rather narrow range of historical interpretation.

Keywords: contemporary history; party politics; partisan historiography; Marxist historiography; national allegory

Chapter.  12427 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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