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Frontiers of Historical ImaginationNarrating the European Conquest of Native America, 1890-1990$
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Kerwin Lee Klein

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780520204638

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520204638.001.0001

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The Language of History

The Language of History

(p.13) Book One The Language of History
Frontiers of Historical Imagination

Kerwin Lee IZlein

University of California Press

This chapter examines modernist philosophy and history's attempt to rationalize language in relation to the history of the American frontier. It explains that efforts of historians and philosophers to escape myth, metaphor, and emotion and formalize historical explanations resulted into disputes over the ways and means of the scientific method. The chapter also provides commentaries on Frederick Jackson Turner's hypothesis that frontier expansion created American democracy.

Keywords:   American frontier, modernist philosophy, modernist history, historical explanations, scientific method, Frederick Jackson Turner, frontier expansion, American democracy

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