Political History: An Exchange

The New York Times Opinion Pages sent shock waves through the historical community last August with "Why Did We Stop Teaching Political History?" In their essay, Fredrik Logevall (Harvard Univ.) and Kenneth Osgood (Colorado School of Mines) defined political history as "a specialization in elections and elected officials, policy and policy making, parties and party politics," and argued that the field had fallen "out of favor with history departments." The January issue of Perspectives is honored to host an exchange in which political historian Marc Stein (San Francisco State Univ.) presents a countervailing perspective and Logevall and Osgood respond to critiques of their essay for the first time in public. Finally, we provide a short rejoinder from Stein.

Political History: An Exchange