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The Challenges to Traditional Histories

Joan Hoff

in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790562
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.003.0011
The Challenges to Traditional Histories

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This chapter discusses how general readers admire the traditional fields of political, economic, military, and diplomatic history more than professional historians do. It identifies a systematic crisis in the profession and questions how the discipline as a whole has dealt with the powerful challenge to the traditional fields from postmodern theories and deconstructionist methodologies. It shows that within the field of U.S. foreign policy, the basis for a mediating role lies between the challengers and the traditionalists, and the chapter ends with a call for more analysis of a traditional kind of American domestic and foreign policy.

Keywords: American history; political history; economic history; military history; diplomatic history; foreign policy; historians

Chapter.  6354 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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