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Alan Nevins a reputable Civil War Historian?

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  • walterchr2002
    I was just wondering whether this very knowledgeable group considered Alan Nevins a reputable Civil War historian. I have read on another discussion board
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 27, 2002
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      I was just wondering whether this very knowledgeable group considered
      Alan Nevins a reputable Civil War historian. I have read on another
      discussion board where Dr. Nevins was refered to as a non-Civil War
      specialist and not all that creditable. I was just wondering what the
      opinion is here?
    • aot1952
      I hesitated to respond, because I have no idea what the context may have been on another board where this issue was discussed. Yeah I confess that I really do
      Message 2 of 5 , Jul 28, 2002
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        I hesitated to respond, because I have no idea what the context may
        have been on another board where this issue was discussed. Yeah I
        confess that I really do not read most other CW discussion boards.
        However, having said that and at the risk of bringing some other
        board's unknown fight here I for one can not imagine how anyone with
        a straight face could even suggest that Nevins was not a
        creditable 'CW historian'. My guess would be that if a poll was taken
        of present day academics (you know the folks teaching at the major
        Universities) of who was the most respected and influencial CW
        historian my guess would be that Nevins, Donald (maybe not because he
        might be viewed as just a Lincoln scholar) and McPherson would all be
        ranked in the top five.
        Just my two cents-
        Wakefield


        --- In civilwarwest@y..., "walterchr2002" <walterchr2002@y...> wrote:
        > I was just wondering whether this very knowledgeable group
        considered
        > Alan Nevins a reputable Civil War historian. I have read on another
        > discussion board where Dr. Nevins was refered to as a non-Civil
        War
        > specialist and not all that creditable. I was just wondering what
        the
        > opinion is here?
      • M. E. Heatherington
        IMO, Nevins is a whole lot more creditable than, say, Shelby Foote. FWIW, when asked by interested neophytes for two or three people to read so as to learn a
        Message 3 of 5 , Jul 28, 2002
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          IMO, Nevins is a whole lot more creditable than, say, Shelby Foote. FWIW,
          when asked by interested neophytes for two or three people to read so as to
          learn a little more about the CW, I send them to McPherson first
          (scholarship A, writing B+), Catton second (scholarship C [derivative],
          writing A+), and Nevins (scholarship A+, writing B). This is for an
          intelligent but uninformed reader. Calling Nevins "not all that
          creditable," depending upon the context of the remark, to me suggests a
          potential lack of credibility on the part of the speaker. Just my two
          cents, of course.
          ~Madelon



          >From: "aot1952" <wakefield1952@...>
          >Reply-To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
          >To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
          >Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: Alan Nevins a reputable Civil War Historian?
          >Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2002 12:25:51 -0000
          >
          >I hesitated to respond, because I have no idea what the context may
          >have been on another board where this issue was discussed. Yeah I
          >confess that I really do not read most other CW discussion boards.
          >However, having said that and at the risk of bringing some other
          >board's unknown fight here I for one can not imagine how anyone with
          >a straight face could even suggest that Nevins was not a
          >creditable 'CW historian'. My guess would be that if a poll was taken
          >of present day academics (you know the folks teaching at the major
          >Universities) of who was the most respected and influencial CW
          >historian my guess would be that Nevins, Donald (maybe not because he
          >might be viewed as just a Lincoln scholar) and McPherson would all be
          >ranked in the top five.
          >Just my two cents-
          >Wakefield
          >
          >
          >--- In civilwarwest@y..., "walterchr2002" <walterchr2002@y...> wrote:
          > > I was just wondering whether this very knowledgeable group
          >considered
          > > Alan Nevins a reputable Civil War historian. I have read on another
          > > discussion board where Dr. Nevins was refered to as a non-Civil
          >War
          > > specialist and not all that creditable. I was just wondering what
          >the
          > > opinion is here?
          >




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        • dmsmith001
          I particularly like his work on the antebellum era. Concerning the military period of the Civil War, it s pretty clear Dr. Nevins was not a military historian.
          Message 4 of 5 , Jul 29, 2002
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            I particularly like his work on the antebellum era.

            Concerning the military period of the Civil War, it's pretty clear
            Dr. Nevins was not a military historian. He also wrote 40-plus years
            ago, and reflects many of the biases of that time.

            Dave

            --- In civilwarwest@y..., "walterchr2002" <walterchr2002@y...> wrote:
            > I was just wondering whether this very knowledgeable group
            considered
            > Alan Nevins a reputable Civil War historian. I have read on another
            > discussion board where Dr. Nevins was refered to as a non-Civil
            War
            > specialist and not all that creditable. I was just wondering what
            the
            > opinion is here?
          • Jfepperson@aol.com
            ... I completely agree with both of Dave s points. A minor quibble: I think Nevins did not have a doctorate, although his corpus of work is far superior to
            Message 5 of 5 , Jul 29, 2002
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              In a message dated Mon, 29 Jul 2002 11:49:42 AM Eastern Standard Time, dmsmith001@... writes:

              > I particularly like his work on the antebellum era.
              >
              > Concerning the military period of the Civil War, it's pretty clear
              > Dr. Nevins was not a military historian. He also wrote
              > 40-plus years
              > ago, and reflects many of the biases of that time.


              I completely agree with both of Dave's points. A minor quibble: I
              think Nevins did not have a doctorate, although his corpus of
              work is far superior to many who did (and do).

              JFE
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