"Professional historians, especially young [youth and wisdom seldom sit on the same shoulders] ones, Rable says, are expected to write about social movements or intellectual trends [i.e., fads, popular culture, vogue, fashion] or economic classes of people at a particular moment in history. Rable himself, though he's quick to argue that he doesn't share that bias, nonetheless says he tends to steer his graduate students, for the sake of their careers, [contrasted with "the sake of truth and history"] away from writing biography." (My emphasis)
So much for intellectual honesty. At least someone admits the obvious. See full story here. With this story and the Gallagher controversy, does anyone else see old-fashioned "snobbish elitism" as part of the problem? Maybe it's just me.
*"That is one of the great lessons of history. It is simply that in the providence of God, ordinary people are ultimately the ones who determine the outcome of human events." —George Grant
Biography not history? Amazing.