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That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession
     

That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession

by Peter Novick, James Tully, Quentin Skinner
 

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ISBN-10: 0521343283

ISBN-13: 9780521343282

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The evolution of the idea and ideal of objectivity is traced over the past century from a selection of unpublished as well as published writings of hundreds of American historians.

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The evolution of the idea and ideal of objectivity is traced over the past century from a selection of unpublished as well as published writings of hundreds of American historians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521343282
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
Ideas in Context Series , #13
Pages:
664
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.61(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction: nailing jelly to the wall; Part I. Objectivity Enthroned: 1. The European legacy: Ranke, Bacon, Flaubert; 2. The professionalization project; 3. Consensus and legitimation; 4. A most genteel insurgency; Part II. Objectivity Besieged: 5. Historians on the home front; 6. A changed climate; 7. Professionalism stalled; 8. Divergence and dissent; 9. The battle joined; Part III. Objectivity Reconstructed: 10. The defense of the West; 11. A convergent culture; 12. An autonomous profession; Part IV. Objectivity in Crisis: 13. The collapse of comity; 14. Every group its own historian; 15. The center does not hold; 16. There was no king in Israel; Appendix: manuscript collections cited; Index.

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