Recent Themes on Historians and the Public: Historians in Conversation

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Donald A. Yerxa
Univ of South Carolina Press, 2009 - History - 142 pages
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Recent Themes on Historians and the Public represents some of the best recent writing on the public role of historians. These articles and interviews from Historically Speaking examine the relationship between historians and their audiences. Award-winning "popular historian" Adam Hochschild begins by discussing the relationship between popular and academic history. An all-star cast of historians and editors offer their responses, forming a fascinating extended conversation. This forum addresses questions such as what the public role of the historian should be and whether practicing history requires a license. In addition the book contains a candid exchange about the state of the history profession at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Designed to engage both students and general readers, Recent Themes on Historians and the Public illuminates the controversy over the role of historians in the public sphere.

 

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Contents

Historys Past and Present
13
Premature Obituraies Abiding Laments
27
The Future of the Profession
41
Comment on Kuklick
54
Practicing History without a License
68
Response to Hochschild
78
Response to Hochschild
91
Response to Hochschild
106
Response to Hochschild
119
Further Readings
133
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Donald A. Yerxa is codirector of the Historical Society and an editor of its bulletin, Historically Speaking. A professor of history at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts, Yerxa is the author of The Burning of Falmouth, 1775 and Admirals and Empire: The United States Navy and the Caribbean, 1898-1945 and coauthor of Species of Origins: America's Search for a Creation Story. His articles and interviews have appeared in Military Affairs, the Naval War College Review, Mariner's Mirror, Fides et Historia, Books Culture, Science Spirit, Historically Speaking, and other publications.

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