The Present as History

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 The Present as History

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This article considers the consideration of present political events as history. It discusses the speech given by former Vermont Governor Howard Dean after the 204 Iowa Caucuses and suggests that Dean's post-Caucus speech and the rapid production of its meaning illustrates that the issues of historical interpretation, well-known to historians, are by no means unique to occurrences taking place in the distant past. It argues that analyzing the cultural politics of eventing requires a detailed tracing of how historical and political mechanisms interact and concatenate to generate a specific outcome.

Keywords: present as history; political events; Howard Dean; post-Caucus speech; Iowa Caucuses; historical interpretation; cultural politics

Article.  7521 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Behaviour

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