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Exemplary Historiographies

Fritzsche, Peter. "Did Weimar Fail?" The Journal of Modern History 68, no. 3 (1996): 629-56. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2946770.

"This essay exemplifies how a historiographic essay should do more than just summarize the contents and approaches of the books and articles under review. A review needs to stake a claim, to make an argument. In this essay Fritzsche uses work published in the early 1990s as a tool to critique the analytical questions that long drove scholarship on the rise of Nazism in Germany. Rather than detaching Nazism and its crimes from German democracy and German modernism, he argues that it emerged as one outcome, albeit an admittedly dark one, from the achievements that many have celebrated in looking back at interwar Germany. Thus, Fritzsche’s essay did more than catalog the evolving historiography; it helped push it along."
Paul Steege, Ph.D., Villanova University, Department of History

Towers, Frank. “Partisans, New History, and Modernization: The Historiography of the Civil War's Causes, 1861–2011.” The Journal of the Civil War Era  1, no. 2 (2011): 237-264. doi: 10.1353/cwe.2011.0025.

"In this historiography, Towers captures 150 years of interpreting the U.S. Civil War causes by helpfully pointing out a series of stages. I assign this in many of my classes."
Judith Giesberg, Ph.D., Villanova University, Department of History

Conway, Richard. "The Environmental History of Colonial Mexico." History Compass 15, no. 7 (2017). doi:10.1111/hic3.12388.

Threlkeld, Megan. "Twenty Years of 'Worlds of Women': Leila Rupp's Impact on the History of U.S. Women's Internationalism." History Compass 15, no. 6 (2017). doi:10.1111/hic3.12381.

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