The third national conference of The Historical Society will meet in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 16-19, 2002. The Program Directors welcome proposals from individuals active in all fields of historical inquiry regardless of their formal credentials. Academic historians, public historians, independent scholars, graduate students, high school teachers, and others engaged in historical inquiry are invited to submit brief abstracts of their proposals.
The theme of the conference will be "Historical Reconstructions." We seek to understand how elites, social groups, and individuals have tried to reconstitute and strengthen their crushed societies after defeat in war, ensuing turmoil, or social upheaval. "Reconstructions" need to be understood in a wide context that embraces political, military, economic, social, institutional, and intellectual history.
We here list some subjects intended as suggestive and by no means exhaustive:
Ancient Israel, Judea, and the empires of the Near East in the wake of foreign conquest;
Greece in the 4th and 5th centuries B.C.;
The Roman Republic and Empire ĘC e.g., 5th century B.C. and late 2nd century A.D.;
Western and Eastern Europe after the decline of the Roman Empire in the West;
The ancient and medieval empires in Asia, Africa, and Meso-America in the wake of precolonial wars, invasions, and conquests;
The adjustment of medieval societies to Islamic conquest and the adjustment of Islamic societies to the rising power of Christian Europe;
The European state system after the Thirty Year's War;
Germany and Central Europe after wars of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars;
The American South and the nation after the Civil War;
China after the Japanese invasion and the civil war of 1937-1949;
The restructuring of the world economy after World War I;
Germany and Japan under the military occupations after World War II;
The social and state systems of Russia, Yugoslavia, and other eastern European countries after the fall of communism.
The Program Directors welcome papers comparative in scope or that may be combined to create sessions that shed light on the bearing of some historical experiences on others.
The Directors extend a special invitation to those whose principal concern is teaching in schools at all levels.
Those whose expertise lies outside the immediate subject are invited to comment formally, or participate from the floor. To illustrate: papers on the scope and effects of the military regime imposed in the South after the Civil War should profit from criticism by those who know about military occupations in other times and places.
Please send five copies of your paper proposal, a brief abstract no more than two pages in length, to: 2002 Program Directors, The Historical Society, 656 Beacon Street, Mezzanine, Boston, MA 02215-2010. Submissions sent to other addresses will not be accepted. E-mail attachments will also not be accepted. The deadline for submission is April 3, 2001.
William W. Freehling, University of Kentucky
Robert Herzstein, University of South Carolina
The Historical Society
656 Beacon Street, Mezzanine
Boston, MA 02215-2010
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