The following short guest post is by Mark Edwards.
The title of this post is a bit of a joke. Are the 1990s REALLY history yet? As a twenty-something during that era, I’d have to say no. But what about for my students? To them, the 1990s are like what the 1960s were for me in the 1980s. So, whether or not I (or we) “feel” like the 1990s are historical, they are; and we have to get busy making sense of them.
This is an especially timely issue for me as I begin work on a historiographical essay for the 1991-2001 era. When first offered this assignment, I thought I had no clue where to begin. The recent AHA panel (and blog series here) on the culture wars then came to mind. I realized I might know more about this time than I had initially thought. In fact, writing on the 1990s would give me the chance to work out some unanswered questions I have about the culture wars. Continue reading