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The Language of History

Kerwin Lee IZlein

in Frontiers of Historical Imagination

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1997 | ISBN: 9780520204638
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924185 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520204638.003.0002
The Language of History

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This chapter examines modernist philosophy and history's attempt to rationalize language in relation to the history of the American frontier. It explains that efforts of historians and philosophers to escape myth, metaphor, and emotion and formalize historical explanations resulted into disputes over the ways and means of the scientific method. The chapter also provides commentaries on Frederick Jackson Turner's hypothesis that frontier expansion created American democracy.

Keywords: American frontier; modernist philosophy; modernist history; historical explanations; scientific method; Frederick Jackson Turner; frontier expansion; American democracy

Chapter.  18292 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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