American Progressive History: An Experiment in Modernization / Edition 2

American Progressive History: An Experiment in Modernization / Edition 2

by Ernst Breisach
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226072770

ISBN-13: 9780226072777

Pub. Date: 06/28/1993

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

American Progressive History is the first book to relate the story of Progressive history through all its transformations from its emergence in the early 1900s to its demise in the 1940s.

Focusing his account on the work of the movement's most important representatives—including Charles Beard, James Harvey Robinson, and Carl Becker—Ernst

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American Progressive History is the first book to relate the story of Progressive history through all its transformations from its emergence in the early 1900s to its demise in the 1940s.

Focusing his account on the work of the movement's most important representatives—including Charles Beard, James Harvey Robinson, and Carl Becker—Ernst Breisach demonstrates that Progressive history is distinguished by its unique combination of beliefs in the objective reality of historical facts and its faith in the inevitability of the progress of the human race. And though he discusses at length Frederick Jackson Turner's contributions to the creation of a modern American historiography, Breisach sets him apart from the scholars who shaped Progressive history.

While Progressive history is usually treated in isolation from simultanieous movements in European historiography, Breisach shows how it was formulated in the face of the same cultural pressures confronting European historians. Indeed, it becomes clear that until the 1930s the Progressive historians' confidence in the validity of historical investigation and the progress of civilization shielded American historians from the skepticism and cultural pessimism which characterized many of their European contempories.

Breisach's exceptionally broad and subtle analysis reveals American Progressive history to be an important and innovative experiment in the international quest for a New History, as well as a coherent school of thought in its own right.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226072777
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/28/1993
Edition description:
1
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. 1The Path to Progressive History, 1890-1904
1The American Sense of History and the Uncertainties of Modernity7
2A Temporary Reassurance: Scientific History14
3The Young Turner's Quest for a New History21
4The Prelude to Progressive History29
Pt. 2The Making of Progressive History, 1904-1917
5Putting a Progressive Accent on Encompassing History41
6The Redefinition of History's Truth and Usefulness50
7The Fragile Alliance between Progressive History and the Social Sciences66
8Sorting Out History's Grand Forces78
9Beard's Economic Interpretation of History88
10A Sense of Triumph100
Pt. 3A Decade of Fruition and Stagnation, 1920-1929
11A Defiant Reaffirmation117
12The Quasi Alliance with the Social Sciences130
13The Battle for Progress141
14The Twilight of Certainty154
Pt. 4The Relativist Experiment and Its Reassessment, 1929-1948
15Collapse in a Triumphant Mode165
16Becker's Struggle for Usefulness179
17Beard and Post-1935 Reality189
18Heritage and Assessment204
Notes215
Bibliographic Note241
Index249

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