Daniel Larison has a new post addressing a comment made by former President George W. Bush about how future historians will come to view his legacy. According to the former commander-in-chief, â€œI wonâ€™t be around, because it will take a while for the objective historians to show up.â€ Larison correctly notes that the historical profession has never been a fully objective enterprise. For instance, in That Noble Dream, his excellent study of the American historical profession and the role objectivity played in its development, Peter Novick traces the way â€œobjectiveâ€ history became a professional norm among historians . . .
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