The Professionalization of History in English Canada (Paperback)
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The Professionalization of History in English Canada (Paperback)

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Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 18/05/2015
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The study of history in Canada has a history of its own, and its development as an academic discipline is a multifaceted one. The Professionalization of History in English Canada charts the transition of the study of history from a leisurely pastime to that of a full-blown academic career for university-trained scholars - from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth century. Donald Wright argues that professionalization was not, in fact, a benign process, nor was it inevitable. It was deliberate. Within two generations, historians saw the creation of a professional association - the Canadian Historical Association - and rise of an academic journal - the Canadian Historical Review. Professionalization was also gendered. In an effort to raise the status of the profession and protect the academic labour market for men, male historians made a concerted effort to exclude women from the academy. History's professionalization is best understood as a transition from one way of organizing intellectual life to another. What came before professionalization was not necessarily inferior, but rather, a different perspective of history. As well, Wright argues convincingly that professionalization inadvertently led to a popular inverse: the amateur historian, whose work is often more widely received and appreciated by the general public.

Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442629295
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'[Wright presents] thoughtful comparative analyses and intriguing paradoxes that bring us closer to understanding what was at stake in the making of the historical profession in Canada ... A compelling history.' -- Jarrett Rudy Labour/Le Travail 'A contribution to the considerable literature on the professionalization of history ... Wright employs significant archival research and interviews with a small but significant group of individuals to describe a process characterized by change rather than progress.' -- Ronald Rudin Canadian Historical Review 'A thoughtful history of the historical profession.' -- Catherine Gidney Urban History Review

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