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Important aspects of historical study are not being dealt with effectively by academic historians.
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Important aspects of historical study are not being dealt with effectively by academic historians.
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A series of essays on academic historical study, in sections on common confusions from a historical perspective and the relationship between historians and nations, local communities, and communication. Examines inconsistent views about the role of the government in economy, religion, and equality, and discusses the importance of local communities to historians. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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DAVID J. RUSSO is a Professor of U.S. History at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Common Confusions from a Historical Perspective
1 Identities 7
2 Inconsistencies 11
3 Traditions 21
II Historians and Nations
4 The True Nature of Nations and Nationalism 29
5 The Limitation of National Histories as Fields of Study 41
III Historians and Local Communities
6 "Prehistorical" Definitions of Local Communities 53
7 A Historical Definition of Local Communities 61
8 Current Definitions of Community 83
IV Historians and Generalizations
9 Problems in Historical Synthesizing 91
10 False Generalizations in Historical Writing 109
V Historians and Communication
11 History as Writing 119
Notes 131
Bibliography 143
Name Index 151
Subject Index 153
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