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 a70s 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 fieldsaincluding womenas and gender history, social history, and public historyathat cleared paths in the academy and made the study of the past more capacious and broadly relevant. In these storiesaskillfully compiled and introduced by James Banner and John Gillisaaspiring 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 todayas 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.
|Author||:||James M. Banner, Jr., John R. Gillis|
|Publisher||:||University of Chicago Press - 2009-08-01|