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.

part 1|53 pages

What Is Post-Truth?

part 2|133 pages

Case Studies of Post-Truth

chapter 5|16 pages

Pinkersonian Post-Truth

History, Ideology, and Postmodernism

chapter 6|18 pages

Denying the Stolen Generations

What Happens to Indigenous History in a Post-Truth World?

chapter 7|21 pages

The Oldest Post-Truth?

The Rise of Antisemitism in the United States and Beyond

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

chapter 9|24 pages

The Post-Truth Environment

Indian Politics and History Education

chapter 10|16 pages

Business as Usual

Feminist History in a Post-Truth World

chapter 11|19 pages

‘I’m Not Even Making That Up’

Myths About Moriori and Denials of Indigeneity in New Zealand

part 3|89 pages

The Truth About “Post-Truth”

chapter 13|16 pages

Decolonising Historiography in South Africa

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

chapter 15|24 pages

Academic Activism in the Age of Post-Truth

How Do Genocide Scholars Respond to Denial?