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Shapers of Southern History: Autobiographical Reflections Paperback – November 3, 2004
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The essays are engaging for their personal tones as well as how the work of any historian is prompted and molded by his or her penchants, experiences, and mentors and associates. . . . The varied personal paths into the discipline evidence why history is so informative and germane. It is because identity and memories are bound into it that it is able to speak about human affairs.(Midwest Book Review)
The autobiographical essays in Shapers of Southern History prove that the history of the historians is as colorful and meaningful as the history of the region they study. The stories told are amazingly varied. Indeed, the only thing uniform in this collection is the high quality of the writing.(Charles Reagan Wilson Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi)
No historian of the South matches John Boles’s capacity to persuade scholarly friends to tell about themselves and their region. Shapers of Southern History contains the autobiographical reflections of fifteen of the South’s finest historians and will be an indispensable resource. Perhaps the best part of the volume is how marvelously most of these historians write when unharnessed from the burden of documentation and historical interpretation. Southern history simply doesn’t get much better than this.(Wayne Flynt author of Alabama in the Twentieth Century)
Provide[s] an interesting read about the enthusiasms and challenges of being a historian in changing times . . . a page turner.(American Historical Review)
Novice scholars and historians regardless of field of specialization would do well to peruse this monograph.(Arkansas Review)
Boles's work is not merely a collection of personal memories―it is also a fairly decent recounting of southern history that adds significantly to our understanding of the region and its kaleidoscopic past.(Florida Historical Quarterly)
This comprehensive collection of essays by 15 Southern historians will interest not only aficionados of the South's history, but will be enjoyed by history buffs in general.(Macon Magazine)
A delightful foray into the lives of fifteen people, a set of stories that together present an eclectic selection of roads taken . . . This book, with its varied authors and multiple perspectives, presents much more to its readers than I can hope to encompass in this review. . . . Its multilayered offerings make it as flexible for classroom use as it is readable for pleasure.(Journal of Southern History)
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