Telling the Truth about History (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 14, 2011 - History - 336 pages
12 Reviews

"A fascinating historiographical essay. . . . An unusually lucid and inclusive explication of what it ultimately at stake in the culture wars over the nature, goals, and efficacy of history as a discipline."óBooklist

  

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User Review  - Dan Gorman - Goodreads

Not the most exciting book ever, but the prose is very clear, and the authors give a good overview of the various stages of evolution in historical research. They're writing just as postmodernism ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Hankins - Goodreads

This book is an attempt to clarify postmodern thinking and merge it with a more traditional mindset about history, creating a view the authors call "practical realism." Although Appleby are trying to ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
3
Intellectual Absolutisms
13
The Heroic Model of Science
15
Scientific History and the Idea of Modernity
52
History Makes a Nation
91
Absolutisms Dethroned
127
Competing Histories of America
129
Discovering the Clay Feet of Science
160
Postmodernism and the Crisis of Modernity
198
A New Republic of Learning
239
Truth and Objectivity
241
The Future of History
271
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About the author (2011)

Joyce Appleby is a professor of history emerita at UCLA and the author of The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism and coauthor of Telling the Truth about History, among many other works. A former president of the American History Association, she was awarded the 2009 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Prize for distinguished writing in American history from the Society of American Historians. She lives in Taos, New Mexico.

Lynn Hunt is Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA, former president of the American Historical Association, and author of numerous works, including Writing History in the Global Era, Inventing Human Rights and Telling the Truth about History. She lives in Los Angeles.

Margaret Jacob is an author and UCLA professor. Her writings and lectures focus on the work of Newton's immediate followers, and on the British radicals and romantics of the 1790s.

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