Friday, March 16, 2012

Interview with Renee C. Romano about the new book, Doing Recent History

DOING RECENT HISTORY, edited by Claire Bond Potter and Renee C. Romano, is the definitive guide to the practice of recent history. It explores the challenges of writing histories of recent events where visibility is inherently imperfect, hindsight and perspective are lacking, and historiography is underdeveloped.

SINCE 1970 focuses on U.S. history since the 1970s, with a particular emphasis on books that either connect that decade to a longer trajectory or focus entirely on the last quarter of the twentieth century.

In the video below, Renee Romano discusses the challenges of studying recent history. She explains that the very issues that make recent history challenging can also lead to exciting possibilities. DOING RECENT HISTORY will be available in April.