The <i>MVHR</i>, the <i>JAH</i>, and Intellectual History

David A. Hollinger

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:
The MVHR, the JAH, and Intellectual History

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This chapter shifts the focus of the book to intellectual history, a field that was integrated into the mainstream of the discipline in the 1950s. Scholars outside the historical profession did most of the early writing on the history of thinking, but the demonstration that ideas could be studied in their social contexts made the field attractive to American historians. Early on, the intellectual historians split, with one group emphasizing popular ideas, the other, sophisticated ones, but in time, the latter approach came to dominate the field. Over the past half century, the Mississippi Valley Historical Review and the Journal of American History have published many important essays on intellectual history, most of them in recent years written from an internationalist perspective.

Keywords: American history; intellectual history; historians; Mississippi Valley Historical Review; Journal of American History

Chapter.  4212 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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