History for history’s sake
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History for history’s sake book
The world-weary character in Aldous Huxley's novel, quoted above, would presumably have had little difficulty in responding to the central ques tion to be considered in this book, of why we should be bothered with history - bothered, that is, both with the past and with our attempted representations of that past. 'Why indeed?' might well have been his rejoinder: In our brave new World, and poised as we are on the threshold of a new millennium, we have no occasion at ali for being bothered with it. We should ali be focusing firmly on the future, so if the past ever does seem to intrude, we should try even harder and more carefully to avoid being bothered with it.'