The Social Sciences in Historical Study: A Report

The Social Sciences in Historical Study: A Report

The Social Sciences in Historical Study: A Report

The Social Sciences in Historical Study: A Report

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As explained at greater length in the introductory chapter, the present volume had its origin in the reception accorded the published report of the Council's earlier Committee on Historiography, 1943-45. The stimulating discussion of that report, Theory and Practice in Historical Study, Social Science Research Council Bulletin 54, in critical reviews; the initiative of Jeannette P. Nichols in arranging for intensive consideration of the Bulletin's contributions and implications for future historical research, at a session of the 1947 annual meeting of the American Historical Association; the comparable programs at meetings of that Association's Pacific Coast Branch and of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association in 1948 -- all these confirmed the judgment of the Council that the interest of historians in extending and improving their methods and approaches deserved further encouragement and support.

It is gratifying to present this report of the Council's second Committee on Historiography, prepared wholly through the voluntary efforts of its individual members, past and present. In the words of Dr. Nichols, concluding her introductory chapter, the Council like the Committee makes "no claim to significant originality, far less to finality," in the conclusions presented. The report is offered for consideration by historians "in the hope that, like its predecessor, it will stimulate serious thought, fruitful discussion, and constructive criticism."

PENDLETON HERRING

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