Clio's favorites: leading historians of the United States, by Robert Rutland

By Robert Rutland

Even though historians speak about every one other's paintings regularly, they've been reluctant to checklist their suggestions in regards to the top practitioners of U.S. heritage. Robert Allen Rutland makes an attempt to treatment this nation of items with this assortment named for Clio, the Greek muse vested with the inspirations of background. the amount bargains a glimpse of the lives and paintings of historians who has to be thought of one of the such a lot extraordinary from the final 1/2 the 20th century. The roll name of excellence for Clio's Favorites used to be validated after Rutland informally polled a few twenty-five historians, asking them to call the exceptional staff within the box of U.S. heritage because the finish of global conflict II. one of the standards for choice have been: caliber (not quantity) of the historian's paintings; impact within the box of analysis; significance of his or her graduate and undergraduate educating; and the figure's public personality as mirrored by means of awards, honors, and involvement in public carrier. The historians profiled in Clio's Favorites, such a lot of whom broke new flooring, met and exceeded those criteria. The record may have long past on, yet Rutland believes those twelve symbolize the cream of the crop. simply because the topic of every essay in Clio's Favorites is a remarkably exotic historian, the authors of those twelve essays are finished historians themselves. stable old writing is rarely outmoded, Rutland argues. The wide paintings of the students profiled right here has persisted and should proceed to undergo. Likewise, the writing in Clio's Favorites, via twelve professional historians, will live to tell the tale. This booklet might be an enduring checklist of the contributions made by way of the simplest U.S. historians working towards their craft over the past fifty years.

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Almost all his former friends and colleagues, the boys of his youth, were now gone. I last talked to Curti, by telephone, about a year before his death. He reported, with great sadness, that he had just returned from the funeral of one of his two daughters. Such is one of the costs of living so long. Curti was intellectually active throughout his long retirement. He continued to read what seemed almost every book published in American history, corresponded widely, attended the First Unitarian Society and as many cultural and musical events as he could, and became what he had so often written about—a philanthropist.

In retrospect, most historians list Curti among a somewhat vague group called the “progressive” historians. What best exemplified the usual definition of “progressive” was the class bite in his early books, his commitment to reform, his investment in a more complete democracy, and his moral passion. Yet, Curti once told me he did not like this label, possibly because it placed him in too narrow a cubbyhole. It did. His most enduring influence was on a new and rather amorphous field Merle Curti, by Paul K.

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