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The Question of Narrative

Should historians embrace the art of narrative, or treat it with more suspicion? In his review of Sven Beckert’s Empire of Cotton back in July, USIH’s Kurt Newman argued that “the book-length narrative” is not “the proper form for the presentation of a historical argument.” Narrative, he wrote, involves too much selection, too many authorial choices hidden from the reader. 596 more words


Finding Its Way: Gordon Wood and the William and Mary Quarterly

Gordon Wood’s essay, “History in Context,” published in The Weekly Standard in February 2015, whirled up a Twitterstorm. His thoughts on twenty-first-century historians’ scholarship were provocative, and many took umbrage at many of his points. 903 more words


The Origins of the American Revolution: Empire

Guest poster Jacqueline Reynoso is a PhD candidate at Cornell University. This is the sixth post in a weeklong roundtable about “The Origins of the American Revolution… 1,320 more words

American Revolution

The Origins of the American Revolution: Social Experience and Revolutionary Politics

This is the third post in our roundtable on the origins of the American Revolution. Tom Cutterham kicked things off on Monday with a post… 1,142 more words

American Revolution

Monroeville - what's in a name? Harper Lee's MAYCOMB

I recall a wonderful ‘facility’ called Book Drum when reading this article


Because – like literature – history is about telling tales from perspectives coloured by the teller’s personal experiences. 133 more words