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  • Kevin Levin Dec 6, 2006 @ 6:50

    Richard, — Thanks for the vote of confidence, but if you would like to judge my qualities as a historian I would suggest that you read my published work.

    Chris, — I think I’ve said enough about this, but if I respond to anything it will be Brian Dirck’s post on Foner which is first-rate.

  • chris Dec 5, 2006 @ 22:10

    Kevin, I have been awaiting your post about emotional rants on this thread:

    I could not agree more with Mr. Dirck, as I am sure you know…

    Merry Christmas, I mean, Happy Holidays!



  • Richard Dec 5, 2006 @ 11:20

    Well that is darn interesting. My estimation of your qualities as a historian have now risen a notch. There is, however, one important point missing with Dirck’s position on historians commenting on current events in a comparative manner. Where he says “Worse, I think it risks turning our profession into nothing more than a witting tool for the political exigencies of the moment.” he should have mentioned that most commentary of the kind that he is speaking of is mainly eisegesis.

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