The Historian and His Day –

Deceptively Mild And Modest In Tone, J H Hexter S The Historian And His Day Is Bold In Conception And Execution Hexter Was Venturing Upon A Subject The Nature Of The Historical Enterprise That Has Engaged The Most Eminent Historians, Raising The Perennially Vexing Question Of Past And Present Mindedness In The Writing Of History It Is Also Memorable Because It Addresses That Issue In A Notably Down To Earth, Commonsensible, Personal Manner Hexter Counteracts The Present Minded Relativism That Is Subversive Of Truth, While Reasserting The History Mindededness That Can Aspire To Truth Not To A Final, Definitive Truth But To The Incremental Truths That Historians Have Always Sought And Often Achieved