Detachment And The Writing Of History: Essays And Letters by Carl L. BeckerDetachment And The Writing Of History: Essays And Letters by Carl L. Becker

Detachment And The Writing Of History: Essays And Letters

byCarl L. BeckerEditorPhil L. SnyderIntroduction byGeorge H. Sabine

Paperback | May 1, 1968

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First published in 1958, Detachment and the Writing of History collects essays and letters by Carl L. Becker in which the noted historian outlines his views on the study of history, the craft of the historian, the art of teaching, and the historical evolution of the idea of democracy. Together, these invaluable writings demonstrate Becker's conviction of the moral seriousness of the historian's calling and of the importance of history as a factor, at once intellectual and artistically imaginative, in the life of society.

Few historians of the United States have written as well as Carl Becker, Cornell University's famous professor of modern European history. Becker was born in Iowa and studied at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1907. His study The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth-Century Philosophers (1932), is a classic, as is ...
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Title:Detachment And The Writing Of History: Essays And LettersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 1, 1968Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801490596

ISBN - 13:9780801490590

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"In this collection of Becker's articles, essays, reviews, and literary fragments, Professor Snyder has placed us in his debt by assembling a number of the most valuable scholarly and literary remains of one of the more fertile, illuminating, and witty minds among American historians. . . . In only a few pages of cogent and witty example and analysis, Becker amply demonstrated that no historian, however learned, well equipped, and painstaking, can ever reconstruct the past as it actually happened. He thus torpedoed for all time what had been the veritable cornerstone of traditional historical science."—Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science