“Values are often transmitted and shared through icons which come in many forms. A whole city can be an icon…In the layout of their streets, in the shape of their buildings, in the way they commemorate collective memories, in their historic links to the master narratives of people, and in many other ways, cities have been symbols of implicit values.”

“Holistic history is not monistic history. It embraces pluralisms by finding the frame of reference within which pluralisms are interrelated.”

“In the past, Americans have dealt with the potential force of beauty by suppressing it or ignoring its possibilities. As the inchoate need for beauty, the yearning for its magic, for its doorway to eternal and mysterious things, bubbles up in the body politic, then is felt a more direct need to control it by naming it and seeming to sponsor it, to control it by co-opting it.”

“Stages of wandering, of cosmopolitanism, of localism, of nationalism, and concomitant changes in urban systems either toward emphasis on seaports or conversely toward heartland emphasis…all are expressions of self-space worked out over the plains and plateaus of history, the process never complete within a single person’s lifetime but taken up anew—with suitable revisions—by each new generation…The self-space of the individual is the cell both of historical change and of historical continuity.”

The Odyssey of an Interdisciplinary Historian

by Corinne Lathrop Gilb

ISBN 0-9672671-4-5
487 pages

“…far-reaching ideas about the
interconnectedness of life on Earth…”
Los Altos Town Crier


Corinne Lathrop Gilb received her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Radcliffe-Harvard and taught history at the university level for 37 years, retiring as Professor Emeritus at Wayne State University in 1994. The first director of UC Berkeley's Regional Cultural Oral History Project, her interviews with early Teamster leaders and key figures in the 1934 San Francisco labor riots remain seminal research sources in libraries throughout the country. As Planning Director for the City of Detroit under Coleman Young, she produced the 1985 Master Plan for the City's future. She also served as consultant to the California legislature, delegate to NGO meetings at the United Nations, and Vice President of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations. A dynamic public speaker who had an international following, Dr. Gilb is best known as the author of Hidden Hierarchies: The Professions and Government, originally published by Harper & Row and currently available from Amazon.

The Corinne Lathrop Gilb Collection of her papers and unpublished manuscripts can be found at the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University. To learn more about the life and work of Corinne Lathrop Gilb and additional information about collections of her papers, please visit www.corinnelathropgilb.com.

“In an era of increasing fragmentation, it is refreshing, enlightening, and inspiring to find a book…written by a
generalist who has risen far above the ordinary limitations
of discipline and period.”

TransAction: Social Science and Modern Society
Bertram M. Gross review of Corinne Lathrop Gilb’s
Hidden Hierarchies: The Professions and Government

Toward Holistic History is available in libraries throughout the country, and as PDF files at corinnelathropgilb.com/toward-holistic-history.html.

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