The Future of History

The Future of History: Historians, Historical Organizations, and the Prospects for the Field

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Front cover the book The Future of HistoryEdited by Conrad Edick Wright and Katheryn P. Viens

National leaders in the fields of academic and public history offer wide-ranging commentary on the current challenges and opportunities in the field as we strive to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and networked society. In 14 short opinion pieces, an Introduction, and Afterword they explore the options available to us and stake out potential paths for the field in the coming years.

 

This collection is informed by a unique conversation that the Massachusetts Historical Society initiated among more than 50 university professors, museum directors, documentary editors, archivists, and others. The Society convened these colleagues for a workshop in September 2016, during its 225th anniversary year, and all of the contributors to the essay collection were active participants in that event.

© 2017, MHS | 176 pages | ISBN: 9781936520114 (paperback)

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