Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations)

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Publisher's Synopsis

On 13 September 1759, General James Wolfe, having led the British troops up the St Lawrence to victory in the Battle of Quebec, died on the Heights of Abraham. Schama examines this death, and how Wolfe was made to die again - through the spectacular painting by Benjamin West, and through the writings of the 19th-century historian Francis Parkman. Schama's second death concerns Parkman's uncle, George Parkman of Harvard Medical College, who disappeared in 1849 in mysterious circumstances and who was rumoured to have been murdered by a colleague. Through these incidents, Schama sheds light on the writing of history, the history of history, and the relationship of 'story' to 'history'.

Book information

ISBN: 9781847087324
Publisher: Granta Publications
Imprint: Granta Books
Pub date:
Edition: New edition
DEWEY: 974.461030922
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xviii, 333
Weight: 428g
Height: 234mm
Width: 156mm
Spine width: 22mm