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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Joyce Oldham Appleby; Lynn Hunt; Margaret C Jacob
|ISBN:||0393036154 9780393036152 0393312860 9780393312867|
|Description:||322 p. ; 22 cm.|
|Contents:||The heroic model of science --
Scientific history and the idea of modernity --
History makes a nation --
Competing histories of America --
Discovering the clay feet of science --
Postmodernism and the crisis of modernity --
Truth and objectivity --
The future of history.
|Responsibility:||Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt, Margaret Jacob.|
This new book by three of our most accomplished historians engages the various criticisms that have fragmented the authority of historical knowledge. Although acknowledging degrees of legitimacy in the criticisms, the authors launch a pragmatic response that supports the historian, as they put it, in her long climb, notebook computer in tow, up the 300 stairs to the archives in Lyon. Even if historical truth is an ever-receding goal, the effort to approach it, they show, is legitimate, worthy, and governed by agreed-upon rules. And while affirming the claims of women and ethnic minorities to a rightful place in any narrative of American history, the authors insist on the accountability of history. They outline a coherent narrative of the American past that incorporates its multicultural dimension without special pleading.