Telling the Truth about History

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 14, 2011 - History - 336 pages
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"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."—Booklist


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“What historians do best,” argue Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt, and Margaret Jacob in their 1995 book Telling the Truth About History, “is make connections with the past in order to illuminate the problems ... Read full review

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In this work Appleby, Hunt, and Jacob have assembled a collection of essays in modern historiography that raises important issues for consideration. Excellent text for anyone interested in history as a general study. Read full review

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Intellectual Absolutisms
The Heroic Model of Science
Scientific History and the Idea of Modernity
History Makes a Nation
Absolutisms Dethroned
Competing Histories of America
Discovering the Clay Feet of Science
Postmodernism and the Crisis of Modernity
A New Republic of Learning
Truth and Objectivity
The Future of History

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About the author (2011)

Joyce Appleby (1929—2016) was 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.

Lynn Hunt is Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA, former president of the American Historical Association, and author of numerous works, including 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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