We are pleased to announce that Holly Brewer's article "Slavery, Sovereignty, and 'Inheritable Blood': Reconsidering John Locke and the Origins of American Slavery" has been awarded the 2018-2019 Srinivas Aravamudan Prize by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. The article was in the October 2017 issue of the American Historical Review.

June 2019 Issue

Current Issue: June 2019 - Vol. 124, No. 3

In This Issue 

The June issue brings back a feature absent in our pages since February 2017, the AHR Exchange. Jonathan Dewald(State University of New York at Buffalo) takes up the question of why ruling classes fail, with a reconsideration of the classic example of the French Revolution. Can a class apparently secure in its power and legitimacy suddenly be swept from the scene without warning by revolutionary transformation? In "Rethinking the 1 Percent," Dewald argues that, in fact, the French nobility's social and economic position in the eighteenth century was much more precarious than has been suggested in recent historical writing. Read more...

From the Editor's Desk: Secrecy and Confidentiality

When Julian Assange first hit the headlines in November of 2010, with his massive dump of secret government documents into the open digisphere, like many on the left I found myself cheering him on. Surely secrecy was a bad thing, designed to shield powerful state actors from public accountability, corrosive of democracy, and the handmaiden of authoritarianism and dictatorship. Read more...


"Communicable Disease: Information, Health, and Globalization in the Interwar Period," by Heidi J.S. Tworeki

"The Global Authoritarian Moment and the Revolt against Empire," by David Motadel

"Colonial Coups and the War on Popular Sovereignty," by Abdel Razzaq Takriti

Exchange: Why Ruling Classes Fail


"Rethinking the 1 Percent: The Failure of the Nobility in Old Regime France," by Jonathan Dewald

"Violence and the 1 Percent: The Fall of the Medieval Chinese Aristocracy in Comparison to the Fall of the French Nobility," by Nicolas Tackett

"The Nobility and the Long-Term Origins of the French Revolution," by Timothy Tackett

"The Nobility's Demise: Institutions, Status, and the Role of the State," by Gail Bossenga

"Rethinking the 1 Percent: A Response," by Jonathan Dewald

Roundtable: Re-creating the "Bisbee Deportation" on Film

Introduction, by Benjamin H. Johnson

"Reliving Hard History," by Rebecca Orozco 

"Haunted by Trauma," by Elliott Young

"Specters of Bisbee '17: Deportees and Outside Agitators," by Kenyon Zimmer

"Bisbee '17: Performance through History," by Desirée J. Garcia

"Advising Bisbee '17," by Katherine Benton-Cohen

History Unclassified

"Frantz Fanon and the CIA Man," by Thomas Meaney

"Not Quite Postcolonial Paris: Imperial Voices, a Kiwi Café, and Black Panther," by Rachel Gillett

Historical Fiction Reviews

Introductory Note

Wiley Cash, The Last Ballad, by Beth English

Rachel Seiffert, A Boy in Winter, by Elana Jakel

Peter Kimani, Dance of the Jakaranda, by Sana Aiyar


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