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date: 30 November 2021

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Disability history has many strengths as well as aspects that require further investigation. The field of disability history is capacious, primarily because “disability” itself is difficult to define. Notions of disability change over time and vary from culture to culture. Yet, important commonalities exist. The twenty-seven chapters contained within the Handbook help to create a methodological and historiographic foundation for a field that, while it continues to evolve, is critical to explaining the human experience and holds tremendous import for other areas of historical study. The Handbook provides students and researchers at many levels with a well-informed basis from which to explore their own interests.

Keywords: historiography, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Victor (Vic) Finkelstein, Henri-Jacques Stiker, Michel Foucault, Nora Groce, Robert Bogdan, Paul Longmore, Douglas Baynton, disability, intellectual disability, madness, deafness, public history, usable past

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