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The Historian and His Day

by J.H. Hexter

Introduction by Gertrude Himmelfarb

Deceptively mild and modest in tone, J. H. Hexter's "The Historian and His Day" is bold in conception and execution.  Hexter was venturing upon a subject—the nature of the historical enterprise—that has engaged the most eminent historians, raising the perennially vexing question of  past- and present-mindedness in the writing of  history.  It is also memorable because it addresses that issue in a notably down-to-earth, commonsensible, personal manner.  Hexter counteracts the present-minded relativism that is subversive of truth, while reasserting the history-mindededness that can aspire to truth—not to a final, definitive truth but to the incremental truths that historians have always sought and often achieved.

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ISBN: 978-1-937853-16-7

Words: 5,738

Pages: 12

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