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In The Historian's Conscience, Stuart Macintyre and thirteen other Australian historians put history and the history profession under the microscope. When MUP released The History Wars in 2003, it rapidly became a best seller. Now, its principal author, award-winning historian Stuart Macintyre, returns with a new book about historical controversy. In The Historian's Conscience, Macintyre and thirteen other Australian historians put history and the history profession under the microscope. Eminent contributors include Alan Atkinson, Graeme Davison, Greg Dening, John Hirst, Beverley Kingston, Marilyn Lake, and Iain McCalman. They t only ask but answer the hard questions about writing and researching history. How do historians choose their histories? What sort of emotional investment do they make in their subjects, and how do they control their sympathies? How do they deal with unpalatable discoveries? To whom are historians responsible? And for whom are they entitled to speak? Intellectually provocative, often personally revealing, always engaged, The Historian's Conscience is a 'must read'.
Stuart Macintyre is Ernest Scott Professor of History, Dean of Arts and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. His books include The History Wars; A Colonial Liberalism; A History for a Nation (MUP); The Oxford History of Australia, vol. 4; and The Reds: The Communist Party of Australia from Origins to Illegality.