Truth In History

Truth In History

by Oscar Handlin
     
 

A Pulitzer Prize winner and mentor for more than a generation of American historians, Handlin instructs his readers in the fundamentals of his field. He tells us how to deal with evidence, how to discern patterns amid flux, how to situate ourselves in history, and how to recognize where fact shades subtly into opinion. As he pursues broad definitions of history and… See more details below

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A Pulitzer Prize winner and mentor for more than a generation of American historians, Handlin instructs his readers in the fundamentals of his field. He tells us how to deal with evidence, how to discern patterns amid flux, how to situate ourselves in history, and how to recognize where fact shades subtly into opinion. As he pursues broad definitions of history and its uses, he also attends to specific subjects, showing how they bear directly on each other and on his concerns.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674910263
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/12/1979
Series:
Harvard Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
450
Product dimensions:
0.91(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Preface. The Abuses of History

Personal Reflections on a Calling

1. A Discipline in Crisis

2. Living in a Valley

The Central Themes of American History

3. A History of American History

4. Theories of Historical Interpretation

5. Historical Criticism

6. An Instance of Criticism

Dealing with the Evidence

7. How to Read a Word

8. How to Count a Number

9. Seeing and Hearing

10. History in a World of Knowledge

Persistent Themes and Hard Facts

11. Political Theory and Popular Thought

12. Man and Magic

13. Good Guys and Bad

14. The Two-Party System

The Uses of History

15. The Diet of a Ravenous Public

16. Ethnicity and the New History

17. The Uses of History

Acknowledgments

Index

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