Edward Channing and the Great Work

  • Authors
  • Davis D. Joyce

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. The Great Channing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Davis D. Joyce
      Pages 3-15
    3. Davis D. Joyce
      Pages 16-34
  3. The Great Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Davis D. Joyce
      Pages 37-57
    3. Davis D. Joyce
      Pages 58-75
    4. Davis D. Joyce
      Pages 76-95
    5. Davis D. Joyce
      Pages 96-114
    6. Davis D. Joyce
      Pages 115-135
  4. Other Works

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Davis D. Joyce
      Pages 167-178
    3. Davis D. Joyce
      Pages 179-188
  5. An Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Davis D. Joyce
      Pages 191-212
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 213-231

About this book


Twenty years after Edward Channing's death in 1931, historians differed rather widely in their evaluation of his work. A British author, surveying American historiography since 1890, was quite critical of Channing's major contribution, the six-volume History of the United States, contending that it "won only a contemporary reputation which is not wearing well. "l Referring specifically to the second volume of the History, this writer stated his feeling that it "added little of substance to what was to be found in earlier works," and that it "was so partisan as sometimes to be quite misleading. "2 Quite a different view was expressed by an American historian writing in the same year. He felt that Channing seemed "assured of a niche in the his­ torians' Hall of Fame as one of the giants of American historiography. "3 Many of Channing's findings were new, this writer emphasized, and had been useful to other historians. He concluded that Channing's History "wears well twenty years after his death," and, indeed, "remains one of the major accomplishments in the field of American historical writing. '" Some support is given to the latter interpretation by a poll of historians, once again dated 1952, to determine preferred works in American history published between 1920 and 1935. Channing's History finished eighth, fol­ lowing only the works of Parrington, Turner, Webb, Beard, Andrews, 5 Becker, and Phillips.


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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-247-1634-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-2061-9
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