The Professionalization of History in English Canada

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University of Toronto Press, 01.01.2005 - 270 Seiten
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The study of history in Canada has a history of its own, and its development as an academic discipline is a multifaceted one. The Professionalization of History in English Canada charts the transition of the study of history from a leisurely pastime to that of a full-blown academic career for university-trained scholars - from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth century.

Donald Wright argues that professionalization was not, in fact, a benign process, nor was it inevitable. It was deliberate. Within two generations, historians saw the creation of a professional association - the Canadian Historical Association - and rise of an academic journal - the Canadian Historical Review. Professionalization was also gendered. In an effort to raise the status of the profession and protect the academic labour market for men, male historians made a concerted effort to exclude women from the academy.

History's professionalization is best understood as a transition from one way of organizing intellectual life to another. What came before professionalization was not necessarily inferior, but rather, a different perspective of history. As well, Wright argues convincingly that professionalization inadvertently led to a popular inverse: the amateur historian, whose work is often more widely received and appreciated by the general public.

 

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Inhalt

Introduction
3
History as avocation
8
From avocation to vocation the beginnings
28
The post1918 generation professionalization continued
52
Mr Newman manifestly is not a historian the amateurization of history
82
The importance of being sexist the masculinization of history
97
Protecting scholarly independence a professional imperative
121
History cannot be too much professionalized professionalization reconsidered
147
Conclusion
171
NOTES
175
BIBLIOGRAPHY
243
INDEX
253
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Donald Wright is an assistant professor in the Department of History and the Centre for Canadian Studies at Brock University.

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