Peter Novick: American historian (1934 - 2012)
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Peter Novick
American historian

Peter Novick

Peter Novick
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Intro American historian
Was Historian Professor Educator
From United States of America
Field Academia Social science
Gender male
Birth 26 July 1934, Jersey City, USA
Death 17 February 2012, Chicago, USA (aged 77 years)
Star sign Leo
Columbia University
Notable Works
The Holocaust in American Life  
Ralph Waldo Emerson Award 2000
Beveridge Award 1989
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Peter Novick (July 26, 1934, Jersey City – February 17, 2012, Chicago) was an American historian, and Professor of History at the University of Chicago. He was best known for writing That Noble Dream: The "Objectivity Question" and the American Historical Profession and The Holocaust in American Life. The latter title has also been published as The Holocaust and Collective Memory, especially for non-US anglophonic markets.

Though deemed a precursor, Novick was a sharp critic of Norman Finkelstein, but also of his opponent Alan Dershowitz. He died in 2012 in Chicago of lung cancer.

Novick earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University, in 1957 and 1965 respectively.


That Noble Dream

That Noble Dream: The "Objectivity Question" and the American Historical Profession questions the origins and prevalence of the notion of objectivity in current and 20th century history. It focuses on developments in university history departments within the United States, though it traces the concept of objectivity in history's origins back to 19th century Germany and Leopold von Ranke.

The Holocaust in American Life

Jeffrey C. Alexander has examined Novick's "particularization of the Holocaust" in The Holocaust in American Life, he has contrasted his universalizing view of the Holocaust (that it can be a lesson for all peoples), versus what he perceives as Novick's inextricable connection of the genocide with nationalism and Jewish identity politics.

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