“In most of today’s university disciplines, professional training serves to distance an individual from the public, to refine them into an ‘expert’ whose speech and writing are marked by incomprehensible formulae and keywords. But history-telling came out of an age before the era of experts, and its form is inherently democratic.”

Jo Guldi and David Armitage, The History Manifesto (2014; Cambridge UP, 2015), 56.