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History's Babel : Scholarship, Professionalization, and the Historical Enterprise in the United States, 1880 - 1940 / Robert B. Townsend.

Author/Creator:
Townsend, Robert B. author., Author,
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2013]
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Book
1 online resource (256 p.) : 15 line drawings
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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In English.
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Summary:
From the late nineteenth century until World War II, competing spheres of professional identity and practice redrew the field of history, establishing fundamental differences between the roles of university historians, archivists, staff at historical societies, history teachers, and others. In History's Babel, Robert B. Townsend takes us from the beginning of this professional shift-when the work of history included not just original research, but also teaching and the gathering of historical materials-to a state of microprofessionalization that continues to define the field today. Drawing on extensive research among the records of the American Historical Association and a multitude of other sources, Townsend traces the slow fragmentation of the field from 1880 to the divisions of the 1940s manifest today in the diverse professions of academia, teaching, and public history. By revealing how the founders of the contemporary historical enterprise envisioned the future of the discipline, he offers insight into our own historical moment and the way the discipline has adapted and changed over time. Townsend's work will be of interest not only to historians but to all who care about how the professions of history emerged, how they might go forward, and the public role they still can play.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I. Building the Historical Enterprise, 1880 to 1910
Part II. Cracks Appear in the Edifice of History, 1911 to 1925
Part III. Scattering the Historical Enterprise, 1926 to 1940
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780226923949
OCLC:
819816767
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226923949 doi
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