Fine, like new copy with only small bump to open lower corner of cover; o/w wrappers are clean and free of creases and tears; pages are clean, crisp, bright and free of marks and creases; edges of pages are clean; bindind is tight. Octavo in b&w and gilt wrappers (mostly gilt spine); 648 pp.; 24 cm. In English. || Series: Ideas in context; Abstract: "The aspiration to relate the past "as it really happened" has been the central goal of American professional historians since the late nineteenth century. In this remarkable history of the profession, Peter Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity was elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the past century. Drawing on the unpublished correspondence as well as the published writing of hundreds of American historians, this book is a richly textured account of what American historians have thought they were doing, or ought to be doing, when they wrote history--how their principles influenced their practice and practical exigencies influenced their principles." Contents: The European legacy: Ranke, Bacon, Flaubert--The professionalization project--Consensus and legitimation--A most genteel insurgency--Historians on the home front--A changed climate--Professionalism stalled--Divergence and dissent--The battle joined--The defense of the West--A convergent culture--An autonomous profession--The collapse of comity--Every group its own historian--The center does not hold--There was no king in Israel.