Truth in History

Truth in History

by Oscar Handlin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560009519

ISBN-13: 9781560009511

Pub. Date: 01/01/1998

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Like scholars in other fields, historians have long occupied themselves in self-justification. In a society which calibrates all measures by a single standard, the proof of scientific worth became relevance, which in turn was interpreted as a search not for truth but for political correctness. In a blistering professional critique of this tendency in academic

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Like scholars in other fields, historians have long occupied themselves in self-justification. In a society which calibrates all measures by a single standard, the proof of scientific worth became relevance, which in turn was interpreted as a search not for truth but for political correctness. In a blistering professional critique of this tendency in academic scholarship, perhaps the first of its kind, Oscar Handlin offers an analysis that, if anything, has grown more pertinent over the past decade.

In seventeen chapters, written with the brilliant assurance of a master craftsman, Handlin shows why the turn to partisanship and meaning has undermined the calling of historical research. As his new introduction makes clear, partisanship has taken the best and brightest from the field into different callings. Both widely heralded upon its initial appearance as well as attacked with vigor, Truth in History emanates from a half-century’s experience of reading, writing, teaching, researching, and publishing in history and related disciplines. The passage of time has only confirmed the concerns of Handlin and the accuracy of his predictions for the field. This book will be valuable for sociologists, economists, political scientists, and historians. It is a must read for those who contemplate a life of scholarship in liberal arts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560009511
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Pages:
437
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface: The Abuses of History
Personal Reflections on a Calling1
1A Discipline in Crisis3
2Living in a Valley25
The Central Themes of American History41
3A History of American History43
4Theories of Historical Interpretation85
5Historical Criticism111
6An Instance of Criticism145
Dealing with the Evidence163
7How to Read a Word165
8How to Count a Number194
9Seeing and Hearing227
10History in a World of Knowledge252
Persistent Themes and Hard Facts291
11Political Theory and Popular Thought293
12Man and Magic316
13Good Guys and Bad332
14The Two-Party System353
The Uses of History369
15The Diet of a Ravenous Public371
16Ethnicity and the New History383
17The Uses of History403
Acknowledgments417
Index 421

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