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The “Futures” of American Intellectual History (Guest Post by Angus Burgin)

(Editor’s Note: I’m delighted to post this report on the Futures of American Intellectual History conference, held earlier this year in Cambridge, England.  It comes to us from Angus Burgin, Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins and author of The Great Persuasion, winner of this year’s Merle Curti Award in Intellectual History from the OAH.– Ben Alpers) Since developing a self-conscious identity in the interwar years, American intellectual historians have occasionally entered into waves of heightened self-reflection.  The first of these began at midcentury, when the rapid ascendance of the subfield inspired some of its practitioners to explain their Read more