Telling the Truth About History by Joyce Oldham Appleby

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"A fascinating historiographical essay. . . . An unusually lucid and inclusive explication of what it ultimately at stake in the culture wars over the nature, goals, and efficacy of history as a discipline."—Booklist

 

About Joyce Oldham Appleby

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Joyce Appleby, Professor of History Emerita at UCLA, was awarded the 2009 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Prize for distinguished writing in American history from the Society of American Historians. She lives in Los Angeles. Lynn Hunt lives in Los Angeles and is the Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History at UCLA. She is the author of many works and the coauthor of Telling the Truth About History. Margaret Jacob is an author and UCLA professor. Her writings and lectures focus on the work of Newton's immediate followers, and on the British radicals and romantics of the 1790s.
 
Published February 14, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 336 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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The virtue of this book is that it makes a history of the study of history, particularly as it applies to the United States, more accessible to the general reader by turning a relatively dispassionate eye on the various schools of history that have prevailed: the protagonists of history as a scie...

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Three historians here team up for a worthy, demanding foray into the battle over the academy, taking on ``both the relativists on the left and the defenders of the status quo ante on the right.'' The

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Three historians here team up for a worthy, demanding foray into the battle over the academy, taking on ``both the relativists on the left and the defenders of the status quo ante on the right.'' The authors argue that skepticism and relativism about truth, in science, history and politics, stems...

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London Review of Books

Rarely has the study and teaching of history been the subject of such intense public debate as in the United States today.

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