Becoming Historians

Becoming Historians

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In this unique collection, the memoirs of eleven historians provide a fascinating portrait of a formative generation of scholars. Born around the time of World War II, these influential historians came of age just before the upheavals of the 1960s and a€™70s and helped to transform both their discipline and the broader world of American higher education. The self-inventions they thoughtfully chronicle led, in many cases, to the invention of new fieldsa€”including womena€™s and gender history, social history, and public historya€”that cleared paths in the academy and made the study of the past more capacious and broadly relevant. In these storiesa€”skillfully compiled and introduced by James Banner and John Gillisa€”aspiring historians will find inspiration and guidance, experienced scholars will see reflections of their own dilemmas and struggles, and all readers will discover a rare account of how todaya€™s seasoned historians embarked on their intellectual journeys.... rather than merely a group that flourished in Biblical times, until I was in the seventh grade in California and met a boy ... to the writing of history that I had not felt in reading library books, or even the few history books owned by my parents.

Title:Becoming Historians
Author:James M. Banner, Jr., John R. Gillis
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2009-08-01


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