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Author Appleby, Joyce, 1929-2016.

Title Telling the truth about history / Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt, Margaret Jacob
Edition First edition
Published United States : W W NORTON & CO (NY), 1994
New York : Norton, [1994]


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Description 322 pages ; 21 cm
Contents Pt. 1. Intellectual Absolutisms. 1. The Heroic Model of Science. 2. Scientific History and the Idea of Modernity. 3. History Makes a Nation -- Pt. 2. Absolutisms Dethroned. 4. Competing Histories of America. 5. Discovering the Clay Feet of Science. 6. Postmodernism and the Crisis of Modernity -- Pt. 3. A New Republic of Learning. 7. Truth and Objectivity. 8. The Future of History
Summary This new book by three of our most accomplished historians engages the various criticisms that have fragmented the authority of historical knowledge. Although acknowledging degrees of legitimacy in the criticisms, the authors launch a pragmatic response that supports the historian, as they put it, in her long climb, notebook computer in tow, up the 300 stairs to the archives in Lyon. Even if historical truth is an ever-receding goal, the effort to approach it, they show, is legitimate, worthy, and governed by agreed-upon rules. And while affirming the claims of women and ethnic minorities to a rightful place in any narrative of American history, the authors insist on the accountability of history. They outline a coherent narrative of the American past that incorporates its multicultural dimension without special pleading
We have lost our grip on historical truth. Popular films depict subterranean conspiracies that shape historical events and public knowledge of those events. Best-selling narrative histories dissolve the border between fact and fiction, allowing the author's imagination to roam freely. Influential critics dissolve the author herself into one among many sources of meaning, reducing historical knowledge to a series of texts engaged with each other, not with the past. Powerful constituencies call for histories that affirm more than inform
Analysis History
United States
United States
United States
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject History.
United States -- Historiography.
Author Hunt, Lynn, 1945-
Jacob, Margaret C., 1943-
LC no. 93011536
ISBN 0393036154
0393312860 (paperback)