Campus News

History without scholarly standards?

The Boston Globe reviewed Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, Fraud-American History from Bancroft and Parkman to Ambrose, Bellesiles, Ellis and Goodwin, the latest book by UGA historian Peter Charles Hoffer, in an extensive analysis of the book’s argument. Hoffer contends that his profession “has fallen into disarray” and that his professional colleagues condone sloppy scholarship and ignore ethics.

Hoffer’s book was also reviewed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun.

The Chronicle of Higher Education covered the issue of academic fraud in a special multi-part report, quoting Hoffer’s assessment of the frequency of plagiarism. “It’s like cockroaches,” he said. “For every one you see on the kitchen floor, there are a hundred behind the stove.” Hoffer also led an online discussion about plagiarism in academe for the Chronicle‘s Web site.