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August 16, 2017

Professionalizing History

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Professionalizing History 10: The Humanities and The Sciences

On January 9th, 2016, I found myself sitting in a class titled the exact same name as this series: Professionalizing History. The professor started the very first class with a shocking statement: “What’s wrong with all of you?” followed up with “Why on earth would you all decide to waste your lives on a subject

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Professionalizing History 8: Historiography and Relative Significance

Historiography is a fundamental part of any historian’s life. Whether they be a professional professor, a public researcher, or a simple hobbyist, understanding the history of historical writing is a rather foundational aspect of the job title. It’s also, unfortunately, where many students of the subject get discouraged. The two of the most ‘daunting’ obstacles

Professionalizing History 7: Academic History and the Institution That Thinks Inside the Box

In the last installment of Professionalizing History, we talked about the world of public history  – one that is oftentimes overshadowed by the looming world of academia. While academic history seems to be everyone’s “go-to” history job, we must not forget the museums, historical organizations, archiving industries, government positions, and library systems that make up

Professionalizing History 6: The Public History of Our Community

In the last installment of Professionalizing History, we talked about the new age question of whether or not it’s important to apologize for mistakes we’ve made in the past. I highly recommend reading this series in order by publish date in order to fully understand what it means to professionalize history. This time around, I’d like to

Professionalizing History 5: Is it Justifiable to Apologize for History?

In the last installment of Professionalizing History, I discussed the war on American history – the nationalistic, patriotic, oftentimes conservative-based ideology that prefers to ignore the dark side of history. We talked about Howard Zinn, a name I’ll oftentimes refer to in later installments, and what he did to contribute to this so-called war against

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Professionalizing History 3: Empathizing and Sympathizing

In the last installment of Professionalizing History, I answered the question of what it truly means to be a historian and broke down the 2013 version of the American Historical Association’s Tuning Project. I highly recommend reading this series in order by publish date in order to fully understand what it means to professionalize history. A couple of

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Professionalizing History 2: What Does it Mean to be a Historian?

In the last installment of Professionalizing History, I talked about the importance of discussing history and put down the foundation of this entire series. I highly recommend reading this series in order by publish date in order to fully understand what it means to professionalize history. Unlike many other careers, history doesn’t really have an elitist corporation dictating what’s important

Professionalizing History 1: Why Study History?

As a child, I oftentimes found it difficult to grasp what the present actually was. I don’t know why, or how, but it was almost impossible to figure out how the present even existed if every previous moment bled into the past and ever future moment lay in uncertain shadows. People live in a world – the present – that they