Long Time Coming, Long time Gone: the Past, Present and Future of Social History

Published: Mar 22, 2013
Social History Cultural History Microhistory Archaeology Anthropology
Thomas Gallant

This article traces the past, present and future of social history since the field’s emergence in the mid-1960s until the present. It examines the origin and developmental trajectory of the field, analyzing the various challenges it has faced and how it has responded to them. It ends by suggesting one possiblway forward for the field in the 21st century.

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Thomas Gallant, University of California, San Diego

Thomas Gallant holds the Nicholas Family Endowed Chair in Modern Greek History at the University of California, San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Cambridge in 1982. He has published five books and over forty articles; among his most recent books are Modern Greece, Experiencing Dominion: Culture, Identity and Power in the British Mediterranean and The 1918 Anti-Greek Riot in Toronto. His last book was made into a prize-winning documentary film called “Violent August.”At press is Πολιτισμός, ταυτότητα και εξουσία στα Επτάνησα, 1817-1864: Βιώματα αποικιακής κυριαρχίας (Athens: Alexandria, 2012) and forthcoming are Murder on Black Mountain: Love and Death on a 19th Cenury Greek Island and Greece’s Long Nineteenth Century. He is the editor-in-chief of the ten volume Edinburgh History of the Greeks. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, and is a past president of the Modern Greek Studies Association.

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