This week, Process, the blog of the Organization of American Historians, The Journal of American History, and The American Historian, published a five-part series deciphering the legacy of Henry Kissinger.
As one of the most influential diplomats in modern American history, Kissinger has long provoked interest and controversy, adulation and protest. Most recently, the near-simultaneous publication of Greg Grandin’s Kissinger’s Shadow and the first volume of Niall Ferguson’s biography, Kissinger: The Idealist led our editors to ask how two historians can approach the same archive and come to wildly divergent conclusions. If historians rarely, anymore, claim objective access to historical truth, what practices and ethics guide our interpretive inquiry into the past?
The entire series can be read on the Process blog website and consists of essays by scholars well known to many SHAFR members:
- "The Kissinger Wars" by Barbara Keys, reprinted from the Nov. 2016 issue of The American Historian
- "Perilous Polarities: A Defense of Historical Ecumenism" by Jeremi Suri
- "History As It Really Wasn’t" by Bruce Cumings
- "Comments on 'The Kissinger Wars'" by Fredrik Logevall