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Publisher Comments:

One of the most eminent historians of our time offers here a perceptive guide to the study of history. Truth in History teaches how to read, how to analyze, how to discriminate. It is as helpful to the reader whose history is created daily in the news as it is to the professional historian whose field is in a crisis of disarray.

A Pulitzer Prize winner and mentor for more than a generation of American historians, Oscar Handlin instructs his readers in the fundamentals of his field. He tells us how to deal with evidence, how to discern patterns amid flux, how to situate ourselves in history, and how to recognize where fact shades subtly into opinion. He combines a historian's knowledge with a historiographer's breadth and a philosopher's temperament. He is concerned with a historian's limitations and with the ways one can operate honestly within those limitations. He brings a full appreciation of the past to his evaluation of what is modern. And while carefully examining recent developments in his discipline, he culls genuine achievements from the trends that confuse originality with true worth.

Handlin everywhere enlivens his discussion with brilliant details. As he pursues broad definitions of history and its uses, he also attends to specific subjects, showing how they bear directly on each other and on his concerns. He deals with Populism, capitalism, laissez faire, the two-party system, the New History, ethnicity, and roots, treating all with the flair of an accomplished man of letters. Only a scholar of Handlin's experience and expertise could have brought such a wealth of particular facts to an issue of such general importance--truth in history.

Synopsis:

A Pulitzer Prize winner and mentor for more than a generation of American historians, Handlin instructs his readers in the fundamentals of his field. He tells us how to deal with evidence, how to discern patterns amid flux, how to situate ourselves in history, and how to recognize where fact shades subtly into opinion. As he pursues broad definitions of history and its uses, he also attends to specific subjects, showing how they bear directly on each other and on his concerns.

About the Author

Oscar Handlin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, was Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He was the editor of This Was America.

Table of Contents

Preface. The Abuses of History

Personal Reflections on a Calling

1. A Discipline in Crisis

2. Living in a Valley

The Central Themes of American History

3. A History of American History

4. Theories of Historical Interpretation

5. Historical Criticism

6. An Instance of Criticism

Dealing with the Evidence

7. How to Read a Word

8. How to Count a Number

9. Seeing and Hearing

10. History in a World of Knowledge

Persistent Themes and Hard Facts

11. Political Theory and Popular Thought

12. Man and Magic

13. Good Guys and Bad

14. The Two-Party System

The Uses of History

15. The Diet of a Ravenous Public

16. Ethnicity and the New History

17. The Uses of History

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674910263
Author:
Handlin, Oscar
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World history -- Historiography.
Subject:
History-Historiography
Subject:
History-Study & Teaching
Copyright:
Series:
Harvard Paperbacks
Publication Date:
December 1979
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
452
Dimensions:
9.22x6.15x1.05 in. 1.43 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A Pulitzer Prize winner and mentor for more than a generation of American historians, Handlin instructs his readers in the fundamentals of his field. He tells us how to deal with evidence, how to discern patterns amid flux, how to situate ourselves in history, and how to recognize where fact shades subtly into opinion. As he pursues broad definitions of history and its uses, he also attends to specific subjects, showing how they bear directly on each other and on his concerns.
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