Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

War and Peace: Possibilities for a New History
by Thrift, Daniel John, M.A., Clemson University, 2019, 137; 22587469
Abstract (Summary)

By piggybacking on the critiques of the historical discipline provided by Leo Tolstoy in his momentous novel, War and Peace, I assert that history may undergo a reconstruction. By ridding the historical discipline of the self-interest that has atrophied its ability to make a significant, positive impact on the world, and installing a metaphysics devoted to equality, freedom, and universality, I believe that it may be revitalized as a profession. I call for a new history, one built in the Hegelian-Marxist tradition, which will lead humanity into a future defined by love and self-sacrifice. It is a history explicitly opposed to neutrality; love is not neutral.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Meng, Michael
Commitee: Coombs, David, Barczewski, Stephanie
School: Clemson University
Department: History
School Location: United States -- South Carolina
Source: MAI 81/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Slavic literature, World History
Publication Number: 22587469
ISBN: 9781088349878
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