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Brand new Book. The aspiration to relate the past 'as it really happened' has been the central goal of American professional historians since the late nineteenth century. In this remarkable history of the profession, Peter Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity were elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the last century.


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Synopsis About this title The aspiration to relate the past "as it really happened" has been the central goal of American professional historians since the late nineteenth century. Book Description : The evolution of the "idea" and "ideal" of objectivity is traced over the past century from a selection of unpublished as well as published writings of hundreds of American historians. From the Back Cover : The aspiration to relate the past' as it really happened' has been the central goal of American professional historians since the late nineteenth century.

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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.

The Objectivity Question

Historians on the home front-- 6. A changed climate-- 7. Professionalism stalled-- 8. Divergence and dissent-- 9. The battle joined-- Part III. Objectivity Reconstructed: The defense of the West--