Truth in History

Truth in History

by Oscar Handlin
     
 

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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.

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

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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