From the Letters to the Editor column of the January 2007 Perspectives

Categorical Imperatives?

Peter Loewenberg, January 2007

To the Editor:

I am dismayed to learn that the AHA Council approved the deletion of psychohistory as a specialty choice for our members. The recognition of the valence of emotions as a factor in history is currently worldwide in our profession. Why should it be denied by the categories of the AHA? The tent of "history" should be ecumenical, embracing, and offer many options. If even a few of our members choose psychohistory, among others, as a specialty listing, it is legitimate and should not be excised as an area of interest to some members.

—Peter Loewenberg, UCLA