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How Discipline Change Happens

Thomas Bender

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/9780199790562.003.0021
How Discipline Change Happens

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This chapter speculates about the course of the field of history since 1907. Attempting to explain why historical specialties gain recognition at different times, it suggests that a field needs more time to become ready for publication in a broad journal compared to a specialized one, and champions of new fields must persuade others that their subjects are historically significant and capable of reshaping the mainstream narrative. After expressing concern about a weakening of the Organization of American Historians' connection with the study of institutional power, the chapter concludes that the preceding chapters offer a starting point for discussion of how learned societies change and grow.

Keywords: American history; historical specialties; Organization of American Historians; learned societies

Chapter.  3020 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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