Truth in History

Truth in History

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This is a work in both the social history of professional historians, and a sociology of knowledge study of how and why a discipline surrenders the search for truth in favor of assertions of ideological purity. In a frenzied effort to cope with exaggerated claims that the study of history is the high road to statesmanship, citizenship, and good neighbors, historians struggled to innovate. Some became radicalized and threatened to tear the world apart, but the more common response was the assertion that the subject would equip citizens to solve current and future policy problems.... it fudges or obscures an issue by a smoke screen of language. Sometimes it lends dramatic, even sensational, weight to an otherwise simple event. Stretching for a catchy title, authors take leave of their subject matter and refer to a nationalanbsp;...

Title:Truth in History
Publisher:Transaction Publishers - 1980


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