Local history: a view from the bottom
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While the impact of ranking history journals has recently occupied the minds of scholars there is a vast subterranean history industry out there that is largely invisible to academics. Scholars might pontificate on history journal rankings for their CVs, yet many widely read local history publications are not peer reviewed, do not make university lists and are not ranked. Further, the armies of very active local history enthusiasts are unlikely to read a scholarly history journal, visit a university library or attend events at a university history department. As I have written elsewhere there is a yawning gap between the scholar or professional historian and the keen amateur. Unfortunately little has changed.