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History Wars

Professional Historical Societies and the History Curriculum

In a recent Chronicle essay, Thomas Bender asked whether historians “still have a public audience.” Although Bender appreciates all that academic historians have done in the last half-century to broaden the scope of historical inquiry beyond elite political figures, he laments that the larger public ignores us, and claims that the fault is partly our own because we no longer write accessible narratives about the nation. Bender believes that we need our public because “the scholarship of the past couple of generations is too valuable to keep to ourselves.” Bender’s essay is familiar. Historians have been writing similar jeremiads for Read more