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That noble dream : the "objectivity question" and the American historical profession

Author: Peter Novick
Publisher: Cambridge [England] : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
Series: Ideas in context.
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The aspiration to relate the past "as it really happened" has been the central goal of American professional historians since the late nineteenth century. In this remarkable history of the profession, Peter Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity was elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the past century. Drawing on the unpublished correspondence as well as the published writing of hundreds  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Novick
ISBN: 0521343283 9780521343282 0521357454 9780521357456 968691465X 9789686914658
OCLC Number: 17441827
Description: xii, 648 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The European legacy : Ranke, Bacon, Flaubert --
The professionalization project --
Consensus and legitimation --
A most genteel insurgency --
Historians on the home front --
A changed climate --
Professionalism stalled --
Divergence and dissent --
The battle joined --
The defense of the West --
A convergent culture --
An autonomous profession --
The collapse of comity --
Every group its own historian --
The center does not hold --
There was no king in Israel.
Series Title: Ideas in context.
Responsibility: Peter Novick.
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The aspiration to relate the past "as it really happened" has been the central goal of American professional historians since the late nineteenth century. In this remarkable history of the profession, Peter Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity was elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the past century. Drawing on the unpublished correspondence as well as the published writing of hundreds of American historians, this book is a richly textured account of what American historians have thought they were doing, or ought to be doing, when they wrote history--how their principles influenced their practice and practical exigencies influenced their principles.

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