Taking the Long Way from Euterpe to Clio

Dwight T. Pitcaithley

in Becoming Historians

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226036564
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226036595 | DOI:
Taking the Long Way from Euterpe to Clio

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This chapter presents historian Dwight T. Pitcaithley's memoirs, which trace how he became interested in public history. Pitcaithley was not a very good student, but he was a dedicated reader who read a lot of history books during his last year at the Marine Corps where he served for the United States during the Second World War. His decision to take history as a college major was only accidental, and his decision to become a historian has been a journey of shifting perceptions of what historians do and how they function in our society.

Keywords: historian; memoirs; Dwight T. Pitcaithley; public history; history books; Marine Corps; United States; Second World War

Chapter.  9440 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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