Politics, Citizenship, National Identity
Political action, ideas, and institutions have long been major concerns of historians, and members of the University of Minnesota history faculty address the politics of many lands and eras from a variety of perspectives. In recent years our teaching and research about politics has focused in particular on the construction and performance of political loyalties and identities, whether by popular or elite elements, and on the social, economic, and cultural factors that have shaped political processes. Examining the development of political life, structures, loyalties, and identities as dynamic and contingent phenomena offers a rich field of inquiry. Studies of the historical development of citizenship have expanded as well, embracing issues of inclusion and exclusion and citizens' empowerment, agency, and claims on government.