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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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How Discipline Change Happens

How Discipline Change Happens

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(p.228) 21 How Discipline Change Happens
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The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History
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Thomas Bender

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.003.0021

This chapter speculates about the course of the field of history since 1907. Attempting to explain why historical specialties gain recognition at different times, it suggests that a field needs more time to become ready for publication in a broad journal compared to a specialized one, and champions of new fields must persuade others that their subjects are historically significant and capable of reshaping the mainstream narrative. After expressing concern about a weakening of the Organization of American Historians' connection with the study of institutional power, the chapter concludes that the preceding chapters offer a starting point for discussion of how learned societies change and grow.

Keywords:   American history, historical specialties, Organization of American Historians, learned societies

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