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Review: LET MANY FLOWERS BLOOM: Historical Knowledge, Historical Error: A Contemporary Guide to Practice by Allan Megill

Reviewed Work: Historical Knowledge, Historical Error: A Contemporary Guide to Practice by Allan Megill
Review by: Raymond Martin
History and Theory
Vol. 49, No. 3 (October 2010), pp. 426-434
Published by: Wiley for Wesleyan University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40864501
Page Count: 9
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LET MANY FLOWERS BLOOM
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Abstract

In this rich and sensible assessment of historians' practice and prospects, Allan Megill focuses on the obligation that historians have to support their accounts with evidence. He does this, first, by illustrating the difference between real and merely claimed evidence and, then, by giving an analysis of the underlying nature of evidence in historical accounts. Turning later to the question of how historians and their public should feel about diminishing unity (fragmentation) in historiography and the practices that generate it, Megill explains the sources of fragmentation and then argues that it doesn't matter whether historians are doing the same thing and/or doing it in the same way. What matters, rather, is whether they are doing interesting things and doing them well.

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