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The Unpredictable Past: Explorations in American Cultural History

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"The future is certain," according to an old Soviet joke, "it is only the past that is unpredictable." But it is not solely in totalitarian societies that the past is contested terrain. Disagreements about the meaning and significance of past events and people have been part of the landscape in our own society from its inception. To the historian, therefore, the unpredictability of the past is no laughing matter. Indeed, so protracted have historical disputes become in recent years that there has been a growing conviction ...

The Unpredictable Past: Explorations in American Cultural History 1993, Oxford University Press, USA, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780195082968

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