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Description - Historians in Public by Ian R. Tyrrell

From lagging book sales and shrinking job prospects to concerns over the discipline's "narrowness," myriad factors have been cited by historians as evidence that their profession is in decline in America. Ian Tyrrell's "Historians in Public" shows that this perceived threat to history is recurrent, exaggerated, and often misunderstood. In fact, history has adapted to and influenced the American public more than people - and often historians - realize. Tyrrell's elegant chronicle of the practice of American history traces debates, beginning shortly after the profession's emergence in American academia, about history's role in school curricula. He also examines the use of historians in and by the government and whether historians should utilize mass media such as film and radio to influence the general public. As "Historians in Public" shows, the utility of history is a distinctive theme throughout the history of the discipline, as is the attempt to be responsive to public issues among pressure groups. A superb examination of the practice of American history since the turn of the century, "Historians in Public" uncovers the often tangled ways history-makers make history - both as artisans and as actors.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226821948
ISBN-10: 0226821943
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 182mm x mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 11-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ian R. Tyrrell

Ian Tyrrell is professor in the School of History at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of five previous books, including Sobering Up: From Temperance to Prohibition in Antebellum America.

Books By Ian R. Tyrrell

Absent Marx, The by Ian R. Tyrrell
Hardback, April 1986
Historians in Public by Ian R. Tyrrell
Hardback, November 2005
Sobering Up by Ian R. Tyrrell
Hardback, October 1979
Deadly Enemies by Ian R. Tyrrell
Paperback, November 1999