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The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History$
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Richard S. Kirkendall

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.001.0001

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How Discipline Change Happens

How Discipline Change Happens

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

Thomas Bender

Oxford University Press

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

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