- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1 edition (May 29, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 025207288X
- ISBN-13: 978-0252072888
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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The Mormon History Associations Tanner Lectures: The First Twenty Years 1st Edition
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The lectures are organized under topical headings within three broad categories. Richard Bushman introduces six lectures under the rubric "Beginnings," Thomas Alexander introduces eight lectures related to the theme "Establishing Zion," and Jan Shipps introduces seven lectures on the topic "Mormonism Considered from Different Perspectives." As is often the case with such anthologies, the lectures as a whole are uneven. Some, however, are outstanding and have consequently drawn considerable attention. The intriguing lecture by Martin Marty, read at the 1983 MHA meetings in Omaha and titled "Two Integrities: An Address to the Crisis in Mormon Historiography," has now been published in various versions four times. Because this material has been published before, the general introductions stood to enhance the anthology's value for readers. Unfortunately, the introductions are uneven and bland, enough so that little would have been lost if the lectures had been reprinted in chronological order without editorial commentary.