New book: “Empathy and History" by Tyson Retz

Dr Tyson Retz is the author of a new book, published by Berghahn Books: “Empathy and History: The Context of Historical Understanding in Re-enactment, Hermeneutics and Education”.

Since empathy first emerged as an object of inquiry within British history education in the early 1970s, scholars have produced a rich literature concerning the concept’s influence on the teaching and learning of history. Yet over the years this scholarship has largely been confined to specialized education journals, while empathy’s broader significance for history and philosophy has too often gone unnoticed. Empathy and History is the first comprehensive account of empathy’s place in the practice, teaching, and philosophy of history. Beginning with the concept’s roots in nineteenth-century German historicism, the book follows its historical development, transformation, and deployment while revealing its relevance for practitioners today.

Dr Tyson Retz completed his PhD in History at the University of Melbourne in 2016. In 2017 he was SHAPS Gilbert Early Career Fellow.

More information can be found via Berghahn Books