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Imaginary Horses vs. Logic and Evidence

From: Historically Speaking
Volume 8, Number 2, November/December 2006
pp. 28-29 | 10.1353/hsp.2006.0022

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Imaginary Horses vs. Logic and Evidence
Thomas Bender

Thomas Bender is University Professor of the Humanities and professor of history at New York University. Awarded the Organization of American Historians' Frederick Jackson Turner Prize in 1975 for Toward an Urban Vision: Ideas and Institutions in Nineteenth-Century America, he is editor of Rethinking American History in a Global Age (University of California Press, 2002) and author of A Nation among Nations: America's Place in World History (Hill & Wang, 2006).


1. Thomas Bender, "No Borders Beyond the Nation State," Chronicle of Higher Education, April 7, 2006, B8.

2. See my "The New History—Then and Now," Reviews in American History 12 (1984): 612-622; "Making History Whole Again," New York Times Book Review, October 6, 1985, 1, 42-43; and "Wholes and Parts: The Need for Synthesis in American History," Journal of American History 73 (1986): 120-136.

3. Thomas Bender, Colin Palmer, and Philip M. Katz, The Education of Historians for the Twenty-First Century (University of Illinois Press, 2004), 18. For the same point repeated in slightly different language, see Thomas Bender, "Expanding the Domain of History," in Chris M. Golde and George E. Walker, eds., Envisioning the Future of Doctoral Education: Preparing Stewards of the Discipline (Jossey-Bass, 2006), 301.

4. Thomas Bender, "Historians, the Nation, and the Plenitude of Narratives," in Thomas Bender, ed., Rethinking American History in a Global Era (University of California Press, 2002), 12.