This is a dangerous moment, globally, for the liberal arts, education and research, for democratic values generally, and for history and history education specifically. The deep forces of destabilization include increasingly polarized wealth, migrations from desiccated equatorial regions, and new modes of communication that are increasingly rapid, accessible, dispersed and subject to manipulation.
A New Era
Perversely, ascendant ideologies foster policies that promote the acceleration of all of these trends. Whilst the threat to liberal traditions is global, nowhere is it more palpable than in the United States, after the surprise election of Donald Trump. “From this day forward,” he promised, “a new vision will govern our land.”
Many of the modern, liberal traditions that have been challenged by Trump and his fellow travelers were, until recently, so fundamental that history educators barely gave them a passing thought. …