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That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession (Ideas in Context)

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The aspiration to relate the past "as it really happened" has been the central goal of American professional historians since the late nineteenth century. In this remarkable history of the profession, Peter Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity was elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the past century. Drawing on the unpublished correspondence as well as the published writing of hundreds of American historians, this book is a richly textured account of what American historians have thought they were doing, or ought to be doing, when they wrote history--how their principles influenced their practice and practical exigencies influenced their principles. Published with the support of the Exxon Education Foundation.

Synopsis:

In this remarkable history of the profession, Peter Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity were elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the last century.

Synopsis:

The evolution of the "idea" and "ideal" of objectivity is traced over the past century from a selection of unpublished as well as published writings of hundreds of American historians.

Synopsis:

The aspiration to relate the past' as it really happened' has been the central goal of American professional historians since the late nineteenth century. In this remarkable history of the profession, Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity were elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the last century.

Synopsis:

Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity were elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the last century.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction: nailing jelly to the wall; Part I. Objectivity Enthroned: 1. The European legacy: Ranke, Bacon, Flaubert; 2. The professionalization project; 3. Consensus and legitimation; 4. A most genteel insurgency; Part II. Objectivity Besieged: 5. Historians on the home front; 6. A changed climate; 7. Professionalism stalled; 8. Divergence and dissent; 9. The battle joined; Part III. Objectivity Reconstructed: 10. The defense of the West; 11. A convergent culture; 12. An autonomous profession; Part IV. Objectivity in Crisis: 13. The collapse of comity; 14. Every group its own historian; 15. The center does not hold; 16. There was no king in Israel; Appendix: manuscript collections cited; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521357456
Editor:
Skinner, Quentin
Editor:
Tully, James
Editor:
Skinner, Quentin
Editor:
Tully, James
Author:
Ross, Dorothy
Author:
Tully, James
Author:
Daston, Lorraine
Author:
Novick, Peter
Author:
Skinner, Quentin
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
Objectivity
Subject:
Historiography -- United States.
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Historiography--United States Historiography-
Subject:
World history -- Historiography.
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Ideas in Context
Series Volume:
13
Publication Date:
19880931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
662
Dimensions:
8.93x5.97x1.26 in. 1.92 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this remarkable history of the profession, Peter Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity were elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the last century.
"Synopsis" by , The evolution of the "idea" and "ideal" of objectivity is traced over the past century from a selection of unpublished as well as published writings of hundreds of American historians.
"Synopsis" by , The aspiration to relate the past' as it really happened' has been the central goal of American professional historians since the late nineteenth century. In this remarkable history of the profession, Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity were elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the last century.
"Synopsis" by , Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity were elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the last century.
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