Recapturing the Oval Office: New Historical Approaches to the American Presidency by Brian BaloghRecapturing the Oval Office: New Historical Approaches to the American Presidency by Brian Balogh

Recapturing the Oval Office: New Historical Approaches to the American Presidency

EditorBrian Balogh, Bruce J. Schulman

Paperback | November 6, 2015

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Several generations of historians figuratively abandoned the Oval Office as the bastion of out-of-fashion stories of great men. And now, decades later, the historical analysis of the American presidency remains on the outskirts of historical scholarship, even as policy and political history have rebounded within the academy. In Recapturing the Oval Office, leading historians and social scientists forge an agenda for returning the study of the presidency to the mainstream practice of history and they chart how the study of the presidency can be integrated into historical narratives that combine rich analyses of political, social, and cultural history.The authors demonstrate how "bringing the presidency back in" can deepen understanding of crucial questions regarding race relations, religion, and political economy. The contributors illuminate the conditions that have both empowered and limited past presidents, and thus show how social, cultural, and political contexts matter. By making the history of the presidency a serious part of the scholarly agenda in the future, historians have the opportunity to influence debates about the proper role of the president today.Contributors: Brian Balogh, University of Virginia; Michael A. Bernstein, Tulane University; Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Purdue University; N. D. B. Connolly, The Johns Hopkins University; Frank Costigliola, University of Connecticut; Gareth Davies, University of Oxford; Darren Dochuk, Washington University; Susan J. Douglas, University of Michigan; Daniel J. Galvin, Northwestern University; William I. Hitchcock, University of Virginia; Cathie Jo Martin, Boston University; Alice O'Connor, University of California, Santa Barbara; Bruce J. Schulman, Boston University; Robert O. Self, Brown University; Stephen Skowronek, Yale University

Brian Balogh is the Compton Professor at the Miller Center and the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of A Government Out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America and editor of Integrating the Sixties: The Origins, Structure and Legacy of a Turbulent Decade. B...
Title:Recapturing the Oval Office: New Historical Approaches to the American PresidencyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.72 inPublished:November 6, 2015Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Confessions of a Presidential Assassin
by Brian BaloghPart I. Balancing Agency and Structure1. The Unsettled State of Presidential History
by Stephen Skowronek2. Personal Dynamics and Presidential Transitions: The Case of Roosevelt and Truman
by Frank Costigliola3. Narrator-in-Chief: Presidents and the Politics of Economic Crisis from FDR to Obama
by Alice O'ConnorPart II. The Social and Cultural Landscape Presidents Confront4. The Reagan Devolution: Movement Conservatives and the Right’s Days of Rage, 1988–1994
by Robert O. Self5. There Will Be Oil: Presidents, Wildcat Religion, and the Culture Wars of Pipeline Politics
by Darren Dochuk6. Ike’s World: Ideology and Power in Eisenhower’s National Strategy
by William I. Hitchcock7. Black Appointees, Political Legitimacy, and the American Presidency
by N. D. B. Connolly8. Presidents and the Media
by Susan J. Douglas9. The Making of the Celebrity Presidency
by Kathryn Cramer BrownellPart III. The Presidency and Political Structure10. Stand by Me: Coalitions and Presidential Power from a Cross-National Perspective
by Cathie Jo Martin11. Taking the Long View: Presidents in a System Stacked against Them
by Daniel J. Galvin12. American Presidential Authority and Economic Expertise since World War II
by Michael A. Bernstein13. The Changing Presidential Politics of Disaster: From Coolidge to Nixon
by Gareth DaviesConclusion: The Perils and Prospects of Presidential History
by Bruce J. SchulmanNotes
List of Contributors

Editorial Reviews

"A much-needed and altogether excellent effort at addressing a major question in U.S. historical scholarship: where did the presidency go? A stellar cast of contributors take to the task with vigor and skill, and succeed ably in bridging the gap between presidential agency and the structural forces that have long been the primary concern of professional historians." - Fredrik Logevall, Harvard University, author of Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam