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Killing of History: How a Discipline i/Windschuttle, /Hardb/0646265067/S011-G
One of the most controversial and best-selling Australian works of recent years, this book has been highly praised in Australia, the USA and the UK. It is a critique of the influence of postmodernism, poststructuralism and cultural studies on the writing of history and a defence of traditional, empirical scholarship.
Professor Hugh Lloyd-Jones in the Times Literary Supplement named it one of the two best books of 1997, calling it "a masterly refutation of the pretentious theorising of the enemies of the notion of historical truth and the traditional discipline of history."
Roger Kimball in the Wall Street Journal described it as "the most important and sobering new book of cultural criticism since Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind. It is also one of the most compelling books I have read all year."
Hilton Kramer in the Washington Times said: "The Killing of History is that rare thing in contemporary criticism: a book that makes a significant difference in the way we think about a difficult and important subject. In style as well as substance, this book is a masterly critique. Mercifully, it is very well written. Amazingly, it is calmly argued."