The New Mormon History: Revisionist Essays on the Past

Signature Books, 1992 - 310 Seiten
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"New Mormon History" is the banner under which professional historians today approach Latter-day Saint historiography. Rather than bracketing data that challenges traditional assumptions, these scholars go where the evidence takes them, sometimes contextualizing what has been assumed to be supernatural and other times qualifying the presumably mundane.

For instance, it is said that sea gulls saved Mormon settlers' crops. New Mormon Historians approach this faith statement by asking whether anyone at the time reported it as a miracle, whether the event was a recurring expectation of farmers or an anomaly, and how it differed from the same incident reported among Catholics in southern California. On the other hand, considering the coincidence of the gold rush following the devastatingly low crop yields the first few years in Utah, scholars acknowledge the providential nature of this event for Latter-day Saints.

D. Michael Quinn has selected fifteen essays for this collection, each of which demonstrates the methods of this new history. Participants offer new ideas and give readers the opportunity to determine for themselves the relative successes of these interpretive approaches.

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Review: The New Mormon History: Revisionist Essays on the Past

Nutzerbericht  - Jenny - Goodreads

I didn't make it through the whole thing before it was due back at the library, but of the essays I did read, my reaction was mixed. They seemed a bit uneven—some were really well written, researched ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Review: The New Mormon History: Revisionist Essays on the Past

Nutzerbericht  - Tyler - Goodreads

There are a number of reasons why this book is worthwhile. It's authors, all of which come from a variety of faith traditions, are well-qualified to write on their respective subjects. I especially ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (1992)

D. Michael Quinn(Ph.D., history, Yale University) is an Affiliated Scholar at the University of Southern California’s Center for Feminist Research. He has been a full-time researcher and writer, a professor of history at Brigham Young University, and a visiting professor of history (2002-03) at Yale. His accolades include Best Book awards from the American Historical Association and the Mormon History Association.

His major works include Early Mormonism and the Magic World ViewElder Statesman: A Biography of J. Reuben Clark, the two-volume Mormon Hierarchy series (Origins of PowerExtensions of Power), and Same-Sex Dynamics among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example. He is the editor of The New Mormon History: Revisionist Essays on the Past and a contributor to American National Biography;Encyclopedia of New York StateFundamentalisms and Society: Reclaiming the Sciences, the Family, and Education; the New Encyclopedia of the American WestUnder an Open Sky: Rethinking America’s Western Past; and others.

He has also received honors—fellowships and grants—from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Henry E. Huntington Library, Indiana-Purdue University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition, he has been a keynote speaker at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, the Chicago Humanities Symposium, Claremont Graduate University, University of Paris (France), Washington State Historical Society, and elsewhere, and a consultant for television documentaries carried by the Arts and Entertainment Channel, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the History Channel, and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

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