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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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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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 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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