That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 30, 1988 - History - 648 pages
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The aspiration to relate the past "as it really happened" has been the central goal of American professional historians since the late nineteenth century. In this remarkable history of the profession, Peter Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity was elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the past century. Drawing on the unpublished correspondence as well as the published writing of hundreds of American historians, this book is a richly textured account of what American historians have thought they were doing, or ought to be doing, when they wrote history--how their principles influenced their practice and practical exigencies influenced their principles. Published with the support of the Exxon Education Foundation.

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novick is a huge negative nancy but the amount of work that went into this is incredible; aside from Appleby, Hunt, and Jacob's far more optimistic approach, this is probably one of the best historiographical works out there Read full review

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novick is a huge negative nancy but the amount of work that went into this is incredible; aside from Appleby, Hunt, and Jacob's far more optimistic approach, this is probably one of the best historiographical works out there Read full review

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Peter Novick is professor emeritus of history at the University of Chicago. He is the author of "The Resistance Versus Vichy" & "That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' & the American Historical Profession.

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