Writing a History of the Present in the Age of Donald Trump
Published: Monday 3rd April 2017
Modern historians have become accustomed to conventions that require them to leave events for the "canonical thirty years." Yet should it not be the responsibility of historians to also record the events they themselves have witnessed?
In a new feature essay in ABC Religion & Ethics, Associate Professor Mark Chou and Professor Michael Ondaatje of the National School of Arts argue that it is.
As a political scientist and historian bearing witness to the remarkable events of 2016 and 2017, when Donald Trump went from a joke and a ranked outsider to the Republican nominee and finally the President of the United States, they reflect on the scholarly duties and challenges faced by scholars seeking to write history in the present.