Publication Date

October 1, 1989

Perspectives Section


World History Association

World History Association (WHA) announces a new scholarly publication, The Journal of World History, designed to encourage systematic study and research in world history and serve as a forum for historical scholarship undertaken from a global point of view. The Journal will be published biannually beginning in 1990 and will be available to members of the WHA. Inquiries and submissions may be sent to the editor, Professor Jerry H. Bentley, Department of History, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Other news from the Association was the announcement of the WHA’s $200 prize at this year’s National History Day competition this past June. The winner was Christopher Sakellis, a high school student from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, for Junior Historical Paper entry, “Shaka Zulu: Influence on African History.”

WHA and the Rocky Mountain Regional World History Association jointly sponsored a three-day conference in Aspen, Colorado, this past June on the theme “Revolutions in World History.” The highly successful conference was attended by 120 people, including a representative from the Soviet Academy of Sciences Institute of History.

In July 1989, WHA President Professor Arnold Schrier, University of Cincinnati, was a member of the American delegation to the Joint US-USSR Textbook Study Commission, which met in Moscow for six days to discuss current developments in the writing and publishing of high school history textbooks in their respective countries.

The World History Association, with a current membership of 700 , was founded in 1982. Its mission is to advance teaching and research in global, comparative, and cross-cultural history. It is also dedicated to nurturing cooperation between secondary and college teachers in developing world history and global studies curricula. The Association publishes the World History Bulletin, the forthcoming The Journal of World History, sponsors conference panels at AHA annual meetings (there are three sessions planned for the 1989 annual meeting in San Francisco) as well as regional conferences, and serves as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of syllabi and other materials for courses in world history. Membership is open to persons interested in world history. For more information on membership please write to Professor Richard Rosen, Executive Director, WHA, Department of History and Politics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Membership dues are $25.00 per year.

AHA Pacific Coast Branch

The American Historical Association’s Pacific Coast Branch (PCB) announced at its annual meeting that the winner of its 1989 Book Award is David Montejano, associate professor of sociology, University of New Mexico. His prizewinning book is entitled Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836–1986, University of Texas Press, 1987 and uses the methods of sociology and history to illuminate patterns of ethnicity, ethnic relations, social change, and economic development. Twenty-two publishers submitted forty-five entries in this year’s competition.

The PCB’s annual meeting was held in Portland, Oregon this past August.

Society for History in the Federal Government

The Society for History in the Federal Government announced the winners of its book prizes at its awards ceremony held during its annual meeting this past April 25. In addition to the usual certificate, the awards also carried a cash prize of $100 each.

The Henry Adams Prize for a book that makes a significant contribution to understanding the history of the federal government went to Senator Robert Byrd and the staff of the Senate Historical Office for the work The Senate, 1789–1989: Addresses on the History of the United States Senate, Vol. 1, Bicentennial Edition.

The Thomas Jefferson Prize for excellence in the fields of documentary editing and historical reference books was awarded to The Diary of William Maclay, Vol. 9 of The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, edited by Kenneth R. Bowling and Helen R. Viet.

Sylvia Fries was awarded the James Madison Prize for a published article that illuminates federal history in a superior manner. Her winning article is entitled, “2001 to 1994: Political Environment and the Design of NASA’s Space Station System,” Technology and Culture, 1988.