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Paperback The Degradation of American History Book

ISBN: 0226316173

ISBN13: 9780226316178

The Degradation of American History

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American historical writing has traditionally been one of our primary forms of moral reflection. However, David Harlan argues that in the disillusionment following the 1960s, history abandoned its redemptive potential and took up the methodology of the social sciences. In this provocative new book, Harlan describes the reasons for this turn to objectivity and professionalism, explains why it failed, and examines the emergence of a New Traditionalism...

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A well-reasoned, if unabashedly passionate, contribution.

Harlan lucidly outlines the current status of historiography, particularly American, in light of the persistent influence of post-structuralism. Leading historians, such as Joyce Appleby, would do well to learn from his observations, suggestions, and style.
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