A Restless Past: History and the American Public (Hardback)
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A Restless Past: History and the American Public (Hardback)

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Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 17/12/2004
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Distinguished historian Joyce Appleby has been at the forefront of many of the recent debates about historians and the public's history. In this engaging work, she brings together her most important reflections on the historian's craft and its importance. A Restless Past carefully examines the ways in which the dynamic events of the second half of the twentieth century have significantly altered the way historians approach the past and highlights the incredible power they hold in shaping a national identity.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742542525
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 223 x 146 x 22 mm


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This fine book showcases Joyce Appleby's trademark blend of ambitious arguments, meticulous scholarship, and sound judgment. Addressing controversial and important topics ranging from the shaping of popular memory and the uses of scholarship to the proper historical understanding of early American culture, capitalism, and postmodernism, these essays will delight and enlighten Appleby's many admirers and earn her plenty of new ones. -- James T. Kloppenberg, Harvard University
A marvelous collection of essays. Joyce Appleby brings her remarkable intelligence to bear on a number of important issues in American historiography. -- Gordon S. Wood, Brown University
This superb collection of previously published and unusually thoughtful and well-informed essays represents an impressive exploration of the interactions between historians and the cultures in which they lived by one of the most penetrating historical analysts of the generation that dominated historical scholarship during the last quarter of the twentieth century. -- Jack P. Greene, Johns Hopkins University
Among Joyce Appleby's largest gifts is her unsurpassed skill as a historical essayist, who says more in a few pages than most historians say in hundreds. This splendid collection shows her at her best, taking on huge themes in American history with great lucidity as well as learning-and with her singular mix of fierce intelligence and wise humanity. -- Sean Wilentz, Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History, Princeton University
Appleby casts intriguing light on the Founding Fathers, in particular the capacious and often contradictory mind of Thomas Jefferson, and presents a provocative comparison between the election of 1800 and that of 2000. . . . Throughout she offers a spirited defense against critics who envision American history as an heirloom to be passed down through the generations in mint condition, and historians as the glorified butlers in charge of keeping it polished. -- Amanda Heller, Boston Globe
Joyce Appleby's timely new collection of essays addresses controversial issues facing historians and citizens alike at a critical time in American history as well as in the history of American history-writing. A Restless Past displays the penetrating intelligence and generosity of spirit that we have come to expect from one of our most distinguished historians. -- Peter S. Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor, University of Virginia, and author of Jefferson's Empire: The Language of American Nat
A valuable contribution to the discourse about the public role of history and historians. * Bridges *

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