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History . . . as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do. It could scarcely be otherwise, since it is to history that we owe our frames of reference, our identities, and our aspirations. 

James Baldwin, 1965

 

 

 
 

"If I were an antiquarian," answered his friend, "I would have eyes only for old stuff, but I am an historian. Therefore, I love life." The love of life, Bloch concluded, is the master quality of the historian. In other words, the historian’s ability to understand the living, to understand his or her contemporary world, is the essential or fundamental quality that historians possess.

mark bloch, 1945

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REFRACTION MAGAZINE

A Journal of History and Today

 

 

editors

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TREVOR GOWAN

Trevor is Social Media Editor at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

FRANCIS RUSSO

Francis is a Ph.D. student in American History at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

ROHAN SHAH

Rohan is a Ph.D. student in International History at Columbia University.  


 

contributing editors

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amanda JOYCE hall

PhD student at Yale University


 Lotte Houwink ten Cate

lotte houwink ten cate

PhD student at Columbia University


nicholas forteck

PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania


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cathi choi

JD candidate at Harvard Law School


Tucker Kuman

PhD student at University of Virginia


 
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Paige Pendarvis

PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania



 
 
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History . . . as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do. It could scarcely be otherwise, since it is to history that we owe our frames of reference, our identities, and our aspirations. 

James Baldwin, 1965

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