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Telling the truth about history

Author: Joyce Appleby; Lynn Hunt; Margaret C Jacob
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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We have lost our grip on historical truth. Popular films depict subterranean conspiracies that shape historical events and public knowledge of those events. Best-selling narrative histories dissolve the border between fact and fiction, allowing the author's imagination to roam freely. Influential critics dissolve the author herself into one among many sources of meaning, reducing historical knowledge to a series of
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joyce Appleby; Lynn Hunt; Margaret C Jacob
ISBN: 0393036154 9780393036152 0393312860 9780393312867
OCLC Number: 28377649
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.

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