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From: IN%"H-SHGAPE@msu.edu" "H-Net Gilded Age and Progressive Era List" 11-MAY-1997 23:05:24.10 To: IN%"H-SHGAPE@msu.edu" "Recipients of H-SHGAPE digests" CC: Subj: H-SHGAPE Digest - 10 May 1997 to 11 May 1997 Date: Sun, 11 May 1997 09:05:02 -0500 From: "Ballard C. Campbell, Northeastern University"
Subject: GAPEBIB: Troesken, "Economists and Regulation..."
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Subj: H-SHGAPE Digest - 18 Nov 1997 to 19 Nov 1997 Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 14:51:55 -0500 From: "Ballard Campbell, H-SHGAPE" <CAMPBELL@neu.edu> Subject: Review of Williams, "The Politics of the Gilded Age"
Editor's note: this review differs from the customary form of our bibliographical essays on the GAPE. In this instance I want to call attention to R. Hal William's essay, which recently appeared in print, but which fits admirably into our GAPEBIB series.
R. Hal Williams, "The Politics of the Gilded Age" in John F. Marzalek and Wilson D. Miscamble, eds., American Political History: Essays on the State of the Discipline (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1997), 108-142.
R. Hal Williams has undertaken a stock-taking of writing about "The Politics of the Gilded Age." The subject, he notes, "has been known to empty a room in a matter of seconds." But perhaps not as often these days as formerly, for Williams reports a revival of interest in the topic in recent years. The new scholarship in the field, he contends, "has almost completely revised our view of the politics of the Gilded Age."
To illustrate the point Williams surveyed recent works on elections, voters and parties, governing activities (especially at the state and local levels), gender and politics, and social issues in politics and policy. He ended the piece with musings about the unfinished agenda in the field. His citations to his text represent an comprehensive guide to the literature on these topics. The article and its notes can serve as the place to start in identifying important titles in the field.
Williams argues that doubt has surfaced regarding the traditional, one-sided indictments of late nineteenth century politics. He acknowledges that venal dimensions of civic life in the period existed, as indeed, they are hard to miss. "But the pendulum of Gilded Age political historiography has clearly swung."
One wonders whether the statement is a reflection on how the majority of historians currently view the period or a brave prediction. If Williams' sense of the profession's mind is accurate, he has detected a sea change historical interpretation.
The other essays in the volume also warrant reading. They are:
Ballard C. Campbell
November 20, 1997
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