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Sean Wilentz

The “New Political History” and U.S. Intellectual History

(Today’s guest post is from Mike O’Connor. It’s weird for me to call Mike a guest since he helped found this blog and S-USIH. I’m glad he came out of retirement for this one.)The introduction to Governing America: The Revival of Political History, the most recent book from Julian Zelizer, raises some really interesting issues that both highlight and challenge what we have been doing here at S-USIH. In his short introductory piece, Zelizer argues convincingly that political history is enjoying a resurgence. This might not seem controversial to anyone who has noted, for example, the outsize influence of Robert Read more