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What is the most important word in historical scholarship today?

SoulCycle. Juicing. The Making of a Murderer. Just as culture is beset by trends, so too is academia. For historians, trends can come in many forms, from growing fields of inquiry to new methods of analyzing well-trod scholarship. For example, while the Civil War is one hundred and fifty years behind us, scholars continue to unravel new findings by applying unique perspectives to issues long thought buried. To get a sense of where the field was going, we wanted see through the lens that historians are now using to evaluate the past. We asked historians to name one important word in historical scholarship today.

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