Date of Award

8-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

Committee Member

Michael Meng, Committee Chair

Committee Member

David Coombs

Committee Member

Stephanie Barczewski

Abstract

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.

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