The Future of Civil War History

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Civil War Institute


This second of two closing sessions brought together a wide variety of thoughts about the future of Civil War studies. Each panelist shared his/her own observations re: the future of the field, which ranged from a call to continue the turn toward cultural history to an observation that our interpretative ambitions still outpace our research and historical knowledge to a mutual acknowledgement that we must find ways to better integrate the questions and conundrums of Reconstruction scholarship with Civil War studies. Participants also reflected on the conference’s approach to exploring future directions for research, teaching, and public engagement.


This session was part of the Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th conference, which was jointly sponsored by the Civil War Institute, the Gettysburg Foundation, and Gettysburg National Military Park and held at Gettysburg College from March 14-16, 2013. The conference drew approximately 450 attendees from all walks of the historical profession, as well as members of the general public.

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