Mormon History

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University of Illinois Press, 2001 - History - 279 pages
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A companion volume to their massive bibliography Studies in Mormon History, 1830-1997, this descriptive history by a team of top Mormon scholars provides a comprehensive view of how the writing of Mormon history has evolved since the establishment of the church.

Mormon History offers an interpretive survey of Mormon historical writings, from the partisan and often ephemeral history of the nineteenth century through the shift in the first half of the twentieth toward a more balanced and professional approach to the "new Mormon history" that has emerged since World War II. In addition to laying out Mormon historiography, the authors examine Mormon biography and autobiography and discuss social science literature on the Mormons. Two valuable appendixes round out this volume, one on the development and nature of Mormon imprints, the other on conducting historical research in Mormon sources.


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NineteenthCentury Historical Writing
Traditionalism Meets Modernism 19001950
Historical Writing since 1950
The Challenge of Mormon Biography
The State of Social Science
A Guide to Reference Works

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About the author (2001)

Ronald W. Walker is a professor of history at Brigham Young University and author of Qualities that Count: Heber J. Grant as Businessman, Missionary, and Apostle and Wayward Saints.

David Whittaker is author of "The Terrorism Reader "(Routledge 2000).

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