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|Named Person:||Michael A Bellesiles; Doris Kearns Goodwin; Stephen E Ambrose; Joseph J Ellis|
|Material Type:||Biography, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Peter Charles Hoffer
|Description:||xiv, 287 p. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||Introduction : two-faced history --
Ch. 1. The rise of consensus history --
Ch. 2. Professions of history --
Ch. 3. The new history and its promoters --
Ch. 4. In the eye of the storm --
Ch. 5. Falsification : the case of Michael Bellesiles --
Ch. 6. Plagiarism : the cases of Stephen Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwin --
Ch. 7. Fabrication : the case of Joseph Ellis --
Conclusion : the future of the past.
|Responsibility:||Peter Charles Hoffer.|
"That flaw would become a fissure and eventually a schism. A new history arose which, written in part by radicals and liberals, had little use for the noble and the heroic, and rankled many who wanted a celebratory rather than a critical history. To this combustible mixture of elements was added the flame of public debate. History in the 1990s was a minefield of competing passions, political views, and prejudices. It was dangerous ground, and, at the end of the decade, four of the nation's most respected and popular historians were almost destroyed on it: Michael Bellesiles, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Stephen Ambrose, and Joseph Ellis." "This is their story, set against the wider narrative of America's history. It may be, as Flaubert put it, that "Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times." To which he could have added: falsify, plagiarize, and politicize, because that's the other story of America's history."--Jacket.
- Bellesiles, Michael A.
- Goodwin, Doris Kearns.
- Ambrose, Stephen E.
- Ellis, Joseph J.
- Historiography -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- Historiography -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- Historians -- United States -- Biography.
- Professional ethics -- United States -- Case studies.
- United States -- Historiography.
- United States -- History -- Philosophy.