Our nearly youthful protagonist entered graduate school in the mid-1990s to pursue a Ph.D. in history. Wide-eyed and nearly entirely unprepared for the tides and vicissitudes of the scholarly debates that had, unknown to him, swirled through the profession for decades, our hero discovers that he is part of a cusp generation of historians, standing between the roar of the 1960s and the unknown that lies beyond. He can only perceive that whatever the operative paradigm is, it has been profoundly shaped by the successes of the agenda of the social historians of the 1960s. But as that generation begins to pass, the outlines of whatever is to follow are still unclear; all he knows is that, having completed his degree in May of 2002, his search for a job had already begun.

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