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David McCullough: Intellectual Historian?

It appears that David McCullough will soon produce a work of intellectual history. The book is tentatively titled The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, 1830-1900 and set to be published by Simon and Schuster in May.

According to AP, the work will be “a history of American artists and intellectuals in Paris.” A dead Publishers Weekly link from 2007 at Wikipedia—it’s relatively innocuous, so I don’t feel uncomfortable relaying it here—reports that McCullough will span “multiple topics and people…touch[ing] on achievements in literature, medicine, art, architecture, music, and dance.”

Color me intrigued. I’ll be interested to see how much, and in what ways, he engages the subfield’s historiography. And I wonder how much philosophy will make it into the book?

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  1. I’ve never read anything by McCullough, but is it likely that in a book of this kind he will engage the historiography in the sense of discussing its debates? Did he do that in his other books?

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