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The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History$
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Richard S. Kirkendall

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.001.0001

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The Challenges to Traditional Histories

The Challenges to Traditional Histories

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(p.111) 11 The Challenges to Traditional Histories
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The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History
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Joan Hoff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.003.0011

This chapter discusses how general readers admire the traditional fields of political, economic, military, and diplomatic history more than professional historians do. It identifies a systematic crisis in the profession and questions how the discipline as a whole has dealt with the powerful challenge to the traditional fields from postmodern theories and deconstructionist methodologies. It shows that within the field of U.S. foreign policy, the basis for a mediating role lies between the challengers and the traditionalists, and the chapter ends with a call for more analysis of a traditional kind of American domestic and foreign policy.

Keywords:   American history, political history, economic history, military history, diplomatic history, foreign policy, historians

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