On the Teaching and Writing of History: Responses to a Series of Questions

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Bailyn, a professor at Harvard and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, writes of the impossibility of teaching history without bias, and that history itself is constantly open to new interpretations and viewpoints.

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5 1/4 x 8 trim. Frontis. LC 95-62168

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This slender volume is based on two tape-recorded interviews with the renowned Harvard historian conducted in 1991 while he was a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College. This "conversation" provides a fascinating if somewhat rambling account of Bailyn's views of the nature of historical writing and teaching. Although specialists will find little that is new here, two points stand out: his concern that testing students in history courses overemphasizes historiography at the expense of "History," and his fierce belief that written history, in spite of its lack of pure objectivity, is not just another fiction, as some postmodernists would have us believe. An interesting series of ruminations that should be required reading for all beginning history majors and teachers.?Anthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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