History in a Post-Truth World: Theory and Praxis explores one of the most significant paradigm shifts in public discourse. A post-truth environment that appeals primarily to emotion, elevates personal belief, and devalues expert opinion has important implications far beyond Brexit or the election of Donald Trump, and has a profound impact on how history is produced and consumed. Post-truth history is not merely a synonym for lies. This book argues that indifference to historicity by both the purveyor and the recipient, contempt for expert opinion that contradicts it, and ideological motivation are its key characteristics.

Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this work explores some of the following questions: What exactly is post-truth history? Does it represent a new phenomenon? Does the historian have a special role to play in preserving public memory from ‘alternative facts’? Do academics more generally have an obligation to combat fake news and fake history both in universities and on social media? How has a ‘post-truth culture’ impacted professional and popular historical discourse? Looking at theoretical dimensions and case studies from around the world, this book explores the violent potential of post-truth history and calls on readers to resist.

chapter 1|29 pages

Who Controls the Past?

ByMarius Gudonis, Benjamin T. Jones

part 1|53 pages

What Is Post-Truth?

chapter 2|14 pages

Post-Truth as Crisis of Trust and Critical Source Assessment

ByJędrzej Czerep

chapter 3|19 pages

Post-Truth and Consequences

ByAdam Chmielewski

chapter 4|18 pages

The Post-Truth Condition and Social Distribution of Knowledge

On Some Dilemmas with Post-Truth Uses
ByRafał Paweł Wierzchosławski

part 2|133 pages

Case Studies of Post-Truth

chapter 5|16 pages

Pinkersonian Post-Truth

History, Ideology, and Postmodernism
ByAdrian Wesołowski

chapter 6|18 pages

Denying the Stolen Generations

What Happens to Indigenous History in a Post-Truth World?
ByBenjamin T. Jones

chapter 7|21 pages

The Oldest Post-Truth?

The Rise of Antisemitism in the United States and Beyond
ByGerald J. Steinacher

chapter 8|17 pages

Post-Truth and the Construction of Representations of the Past

The Theory of the Two Demons and the Case of Argentina
ByDaniel Feierstein

chapter 9|24 pages

The Post-Truth Environment

Indian Politics and History Education
ByBasabi Khan Banerjee, Georg Stöber

chapter 10|16 pages

Business as Usual

Feminist History in a Post-Truth World
ByAlana Piper, Ana Stevenson

chapter 11|19 pages

‘I’m Not Even Making That Up’

Myths About Moriori and Denials of Indigeneity in New Zealand
ByAndré Brett

part 3|89 pages

The Truth About “Post-Truth”

chapter 12|14 pages

Trump, Fascism, and Historians in the Post-Truth Era

ByBen Mercer

chapter 13|16 pages

Decolonising Historiography in South Africa

Reflecting on ‘Post-Truth’ Relevance 25 Years Since Mandela
ByJune Bam-Hutchison

chapter 14|15 pages

Museums as Critical Spaces for Alterity in a Post-Truth World

ByAndrea Gallardo Ocampo, Miguel A. Híjar-Chiapa

chapter 15|24 pages

Academic Activism in the Age of Post-Truth

How Do Genocide Scholars Respond to Denial?
ByMarius Gudonis

chapter 16|18 pages

Essence of Post-Truth History and Ways to Respond

ByMarius Gudonis, Benjamin T. Jones