From LRC, does the past have a future? It turns out h-i-s-t-o-r-y can be spelled many different ways. Perry Anderson reviews Threads and Traces: True False Fictive by Carlo Ginzburg (and more). As the social science model of history has been overtaken by events, biography has grown as a serious discipline; this is welcome, says Jonathan Steinberg: after all, people make history (but not in the circumstances of their choosing). A review of The Future of History by Alun Munslow. From TED, what can mathematics say about history? According to Jean-Baptiste Michel, quite a lot. From The Historical Society, when is it time to stop teaching something? Jonathan Rees wonders. From PhD to BBC: Are academic historians too hungry for fame? A review of Herbert Butterfield: History, Providence, and Skeptical Politics by Kenneth McIntyre. Raiders of the lost archives: Although progress has many advantages, John Sutherland laments the end of the scholar-adventurer and the thrill of discovery amid dusty, uncatalogued manuscripts. And the worst book of history is.

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