Reconstructing History: The Emergence of a New Historical Society

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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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These 25 essays were contributed by some of the self-confident founders of the Historical Society, begun in 1997 by a group disillusioned with the two major historical associations and determined to distinguish itself by its focus: a self-conscious condemnation of the dominance of the historical profession by social and political trendiness and a call for a return to disciplinary basics. Although unified by the editors' recurring statements of dissatisfaction with history as practiced by most of today's historians, the book proves incredibly uneven in both presentation and quality. In content, it ranges from reprints of brief newspaper op-ed pieces to longer essays with source notes such as those in professional journals. It is the uneven quality of the offerings, however, that proves most troublesome. While some selections demonstrate considerable thought about the discipline and practice of history, others reveal emotions that may prove as counterproductive as the trends they condemn. Academic libraries may want to add the volume for its perspective on the current state of the profession.--Charles K. Piehl, Mankato State Univ., MN Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415922791
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Emory University and a member of the executive board of the Historical Society. Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn is Associate Professor of History at Syracuse University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I The Imperative: The Historical Society as a Critique and a New Ideal 1
1 A New Departure 6
2 The Past under Siege: A Historian Ponders the State of His Profession - and What to Do about It 9
3 The Future of History in an Increasingly Unified World 12
4 Politics and Multiculturalism 18
5 Democracy in the Ivory Tower? Toward the Restoration of an Intellectual Community 23
Pt. II History and the Contemporary Intellectual Milieu 35
6 History in a Postmodern World 40
7 On the Obsolescence of "Puritanism" as an Epithet 56
8 Postmodernist History 71
9 A New Intellectual History? 94
10 Henry Louis Gates, Sterling Brown, and the Professional Languages of African American Literary Criticism 119
Pt. III Meditations on the Practice of History 139
11 Confessions of an Accidental (or Perhaps Overdetermined) Historian 143
12 Living in the Scottish Record Office 164
13 Writing the History of Practice: The Humanities and Baseball, with a Nod to Wrestling 176
14 The Dilemmas of the Contemporary Military Historian 189
15 Aristotle and the Study of History: A Manifesto 202
16 What Is a Liberal Education? 214
17 The Death of Jane Addams 226
Pt. IV An Educational Mission: Standards for the Teaching of History 237
18 The Controversy over National History Standards 242
19 The National History Standards 253
20 Clio Banished? Battles over History in the Schools 276
21 Whose History? Whose Standards? 282
Pt. V Historians at Work 299
22 Capitalism and Socialism in the Emergence of Modern America: The Formative Era, 1890-1916 304
23 Center and Periphery in the History of Science 322
24 Work in the Moctezuma Brewery 347
25 Faulkner's South: Is There Truth in Fiction? 361
Contributors 371
Permissions 375
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