Stuart Macintyre reviews 'The Undivided Past: History Beyond our Differences' by David Cannadine

Stuart Macintyre reviews 'The Undivided Past: History Beyond our Differences' by David Cannadine

The Undivided Past: History Beyond our Differences

by David Cannadine

Penguin, $45 hb, 340 pp, 9781846141324

David Cannadine is a distinguished transatlantic historian, the author of books on modern Britain and its empire, the biographer of G.M. Trevelyan and Andrew Mellon, and he recently wrote a perceptive account of the persistent anxiety over school history. An iconoclastic thinker and urbane stylist, Cannadine excels in the extended essay that overturns a conventional interpretation. These qualities are evident in this book, which derives from the Trevelyan Lectures he delivered at Cambridge in 2007.

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Stuart Macintyre

Stuart Macintyre

Stuart Macintyre is the Ernest Scott Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. He is a co-editor of The Oxford History of Historical Writing: Volume 4, 1800–1945, which is to appear later this year, and is currently working on a history of postwar reconstruction.

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