That Noble Dream

The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession

by Peter Novick

Series: Ideas in Context (No. 13)

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  • 9780521343282
  • 9781139240024
  • 9781107263604
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. Drawing on the unpublished correspondence as well as the published writings of hundreds of American historians from J. Franklin Jameson and Charles Beard to Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Eugene Genovese, That Noble Dream is a richly textured account of what American historians have thought they were doing, or ought to be doing, when they wrote history - how their principles influenced their practice and practical exigencies influenced their principles.

  • Cambridge University Press; September 1988
  • ISBN: 9781139240024
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  • Title: That Noble Dream
  • Series: Ideas in Context (No. 13)
  • Author: Peter Novick
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521343282
  • 9781139240024
  • 9781107263604

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'A brilliant and fascinating book.' Laurence Veysey

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521343282
  • 9781139240024
  • 9781107263604