February 12, 2012
What's Been Lost in History
Douglas Paulin for The Chronicle Review
I want to pose a question to historians, as a profession: Did we make a decision in the past that has had consequences, presumably not positive ones, for our present and future? The question invites looking backward as a way to think about the future. Were there possibilities we missed? Did we lose part of ourselves sometime in the past?
The question is related to the plea recently made by the president and the executive director of the American Historical Association to consider