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History's Babel : scholarship, professionalization, and the historical enterprise in the United States, 1880-1940

Author: Robert B Townsend
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the late nineteenth century until World War II, competing spheres of professional identity and practice redrew the field of history, establishing fundamental differences between the roles of university historians, archivists, staff at historical societies, history teachers, and others. In History's Babel, Robert B. Townsend takes us from the beginning of this professional shift-when the work of history included  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Electronic book
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert B Townsend
ISBN: 9781283847490 1283847493 0226923940 9780226923949
OCLC Number: 819816767
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Building the historical enterprise, 1880 to 1910. Establishing a framework for "scientific" history scholarship ; Developing the tools and materials of history research ; Defining a profession of history teaching --
Cracks appear in the edifice of history, 1911 to 1925. Seeking refuge in professionalized scholarship ; Placing the tools and materials of research in "other hands" ; History teaching finds its own voice --
Scattering the historical enterprise, 1926 to 1940. The crisis of the "research men" ; Handing tools and materials over to others ; Teaching goes its own way, 1925-1940.
Responsibility: Robert B. Townsend.

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Drawing on extensive research among the records of the American Historical Association and a multitude of other sources, the author traces the slow fragmentation of the field from 1880 to the  Read more...

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