Popular Forms of History
Primary sources are written by people who were interested in the history of a certain time, place or person. Secondary sources range in quality, from highly specialised, research-based works to simple textbooks. Some secondary sources are personal research, while others are written to satisfy the interests of the author. In this article, we will discuss some of the most popular forms of history and their differences. We'll also discuss how these different types differ in terms of content and style.
Berkhofer, Robert F.
Robert F. Berkhofer was born on June 25, 1931, in Teaneck, New Jersey. His parents, Swiss-German immigrants, had recently moved to a dairy farm in Greeneville, New York, southwest of Albany. At age thirteen, Berkhofer contracted polio, which left him with a lifelong dislike for mud, manure, mosquitoes, and insects. Despite the medical treatments he received, his mother continued to give him physical therapy, and he spent three years at home. When the war ended, he went to the University of California, Santa Cruz, and was freed from the hospital on VJ Day, his parents' anniversary.
Ankersmit, F. R.
Frank Ankersmit is a philosopher who was active during the twentieth century. He has influenced postmodernity, the philosophy of history, and continental European traditions. He also became a public intellectual, working on issues relevant to the Dutch community. However, the historicalist tradition remains a crucial source of his work. His work has been the subject of many critical interpretations. In this article, we provide a contextual reading of Ankersmit's work, based on Dutch-language sources, some of which may be unknown even in the Netherlands. Ankersmit's work reveals a strong connection between political philosophy and historical analysis, despite its historical relativity.
Ankersmit's work is based on readings of Hayden White, Arthur Danto, and Hans-Georg Gadamer. He also considers issues of historical representation, metaphor in the description of history, and the relation between historicism and postmodernism. He has a masterful command of the European tradition and incorporates many concepts from other disciplines into his own work. Ankersmit's book will be of interest to students of historical theory, literary history, and the theory of history.
Aesthetic Politics and Political Representation are two books that Ankersmit wrote and published in 2002. Another book by Ankersmit is De historische ervaring, which was published by North-Holland Publishing. The other two books are Hermeneutik and Cultuur and De macht van representatiek, published by Kok Agora. Ankersmit, F. R. publishes articles in the Journal of History, Kok Agora, and The History of the Dutch Nation, which include The Netherlands.
Professor of political science at Hebrew University, Israel, Shlomo Avineri is one of the most respected political scientists in the country. His research spans Marx, Hegel, Herzl, Zionism, and colonialism. Avineri has won numerous awards and been a visiting professor at Cornell, Yale, and Oxford universities. In addition to publishing dozens of books, he is also a prolific writer of articles and other writings.
The book begins with a detailed account of Herzl's life, which he concludes with a statement on the failure of the German Emperor to recognize the Jewish people's potential. Then he moves on to analyze his relationship with Hegel and the idea of totalitarianism. Avineri ends the first chapter by explaining how Herzl's ideas evolved over the course of his life. In the end, Avineri has given us a compelling read that should be shared with all Jews.
The book is framed through the lens of the 'Jewish Question' that accompanied Marx throughout his life. The book explores the impact of Marx's Jewish heritage on his philosophical outlook. As part of the Yale Jewish Lives Series, Avineri's biography makes a compelling read. While many of us are familiar with Marx's legacy, this book examines Marx's personal history from a different angle.