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The pursuit of truth : a historian's memoir

Author: William Hardy McNeill
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"William H. McNeill's seminal book The Rise of the West A. History of the Human Community (1963) received the National Book Award in 1964 and was later named one of the 100 best nonfiction books of the twentieth century by the Modern Library. From his post at the University of Chicago, McNeill became one of the first contemporary North American historians to write world history, seeking a broader interpretation of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: William Hardy McNeill; William Hardy McNeill; William Hardy McNeill; William Hardy McNeill
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Hardy McNeill
ISBN: 0813123453 9780813123455
OCLC Number: 56805667
Description: viii, 189 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: From childhood to World War II, 1917-1941 --
From basic training to the rise of the West, 1941-1963 --
From the rise of the West to plagues and peoples, 1963-1976 --
From plagues and peoples to retirement, 1976-1987 --
Retirement in Colebrook, 1987-
Responsibility: William H. McNeill.
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"William H. McNeill's seminal book The Rise of the West A. History of the Human Community (1963) received the National Book Award in 1964 and was later named one of the 100 best nonfiction books of the twentieth century by the Modern Library. From his post at the University of Chicago, McNeill became one of the first contemporary North American historians to write world history, seeking a broader interpretation of human affairs than that which prevailed in his youth." "A candid, intellectual memoir from one of the most famous and influential historians of our era. The Pursuit of Truth charts the development of McNeill's thinking and writing over seven decades. At the core of his worldview is the belief that historical truth does not derive exclusively from criticizing, paraphrasing, and summarizing written documents, nor is history merely, a record of how human intentions and plans succeeded or failed." "Over the course of his career as a historian, teacher, and mentor, McNeill expanded the range of history and integrated it into an evolutionary worldview uniting physical, biological, and intellectual processes, Accordingly, The Pursuit of Truth explores the personal and professional life of a man who affected the way a core academic discipline has been taught and understood in America."--BOOK JACKET.

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"A candid, intellectual memoir from one of the most famous and influential historians of our era." -- History News Network

 
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