We are pleased to announce two recent prize winners for their articles in the American Historical Review! Michelle Tusan won the 2015 Walter D. Love Prize with her article, "Crimes Against Humanity," from the North American Conference on British Studies. Also, Jean Allman was awarded the 2015 Boahen-Wilks Prize with her article, "Phantoms of the Archive: Kwame Nkrumah, A Nazi Pilot Named Hannah, and the Contingencies of Postcolonial History-Writing," which appeared in the American Historical Review in 2013. Congratulations to Tusan and Allman!

December 2015 Issue

Latest Issue: December 2015 - Vol. 120, No. 5

In This Issue

The December issue opens with a pair of articles. The first considers the significant role played by astrological consultation in the fortunes of one noble family in eighteenth-century imperial Russia. It is followed by an Israeli scholar's account of the shifting place of Jerusalem's Western Wall in Zionist iconography. The rest of the articles section is taken up by an AHR Roundtable containing ten short essays and some general concluding remarks on the ever-pressing question of how civil wars end. Five featured reviews precede our usual extensive book review section. And in "In Back Issues," Interim Editor Alex Lichtenstein looks at treatments of the Arab-Israeli conflict-or the lack thereof-in past issues of the AHR.  Read more...

In Back Issues

The editor customarily devotes the "In Back Issues" section to material found in the rich archive of the American Historical Review. In this entry, however, I want to call attention to what I was not able to find in previous issues of the journal.

As I indicated in the October issue, my aim in writing "In Back Issues" is to mine previous issues of the journal for material that speaks "to contemporary matters of potential concern to the AHR's readership today." How fitting, then, that the December issue contains an article on a crucial symbol in the construction of Zionism and eleven essays on the intractable struggles known as "civil wars." It is only by happenstance that this issue appears at the very moment the AHA is grappling with whether the organization should take a position on academic freedom and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and as we are on the verge of witnessing a third intifada break out in East Jerusalem and the Occupied Territories. Read more...

Featured Articles

"On the Cusp: Astrology, Politics, and Life-Writing in Early Imperial Russia," Ernest A. Zitser and Robert Collis

"Wailing Walls and Iron Walls: The Western Wall as Sacred Symbol in Zionist National Iconography," Arieh Bruce Saposnik

AHR Roundtable

As armed conflicts that pit compatriot against compatriot, neighbor against neighbor, sibling against sibling, civil wars can be a uniquely intimate and yet deeply divisive form of the ubiquitous organized social violence we know as war. Initially conceived by former AHR Editor Robert Schneider and Rutgers University political scientist Roy Licklider, this AHR Roundtable looks not at why these wars break out or how they are fought, but rather at how they are brought to an end. As readers will quickly see, this is a much easier question to pose than to answer. Perhaps a better query is whether civil wars can ever be terminated. For, as David Armitage observes in his concluding essay, the Romans regarded civil wars as volcanoes, likely to erupt again at any time. Read more...


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