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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 Drawing on the unpublished correspondence as well as the published writing of hundreds  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Novick, Peter, 1934-2012.
That noble dream
(DLC) 88002606
(OCoLC)17441827
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Novick
ISBN: 9781107266773 1107266777
OCLC Number: 861693011
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 648 pages).
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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In this remarkable history of the profession, Peter Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity were elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the last century.  Read more...

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