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Nationalism, Regionalism, and Intellectual History in the MVHA

To honor the centennial of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and its predecessor, the Mississippi Valley Historical Association (MVHA), Richard Kirkendall put together a volume in 2011, titled The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History. This sheaf of essays included two about the place of intellectual history within the century-long career of the organization, by David Hollinger and James Kloppenberg, respectively.[1] They are fascinating to read together in part because they disagree with one another rather directly, but in a way that is difficult to adjudicate or resolve. Read more