The American Historical Review has created a new section of the journal called "History Unclassified," with Kate Brown as Consulting Editor. This section will feature unusual and surprising contributions that do not fit our usual article format. We conceive of this new format as capacious and experimental in approach and content. Read what we've cultivated so far:

February 2020 Issue

Current Issue: February 2020 - Vol. 125, No. 1

In This Issue 

As is our custom, the February issue opens with the most recent AHA Presidential Address. In "Peak Document and the Future of History," John R. McNeill (Georgetown University) playfully contemplates the flood of new information about the past disclosed by the natural sciences and archaeology rather than written documents. In the tradition of the best presidential addresses, McNeill's essay looks not only to the past, but with one eye to the potential future of historical practice. Read more...

From the Editor's Desk: 1619 and All That

On Thanksgiving Day, I trekked up the highest hill in Brooklyn, the peak of which happens to be the site of a Civil War memorial in Green-Wood Cemetery. Two things struck me about the inscription on the Civil War Soldiers' Monument, which was erected in 1869. The first was that an astounding 148,000 residents of New York City (17 percent of the city's 1860 population) served in the Union's military forces during the Civil War. The second was the statement that they did so to defend the Union and preserve the Constitution. The inscription contains not a word about slavery or emancipation, let alone black military service. Read more...

AHA Presidential Address

"Peak Document and the Future of History," by J. R. McNeill


"Greek in Their Own Way: Writing India and Japan into the World History of Architecture at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," by Sebastian Conrad 

"Saving the Vicuña: The Political, Biophysical, and Cultural History of Wild Animal Conservation in Peru, 1964-2000," by Emily Wakild

"Offshoring Migration Control: Guatemalan Transmigrants and the Construction of Mexico as a Buffer Zone," by Ana Raquel Minian

History Unclassified

"Archive Fever: Literature, Illegibility, and Historical Method," by Argyro Nicolaou

"On Acknowledgments," by Emily Callaci

AHR Reappraisal

"Political Theology and the Metamorphoses of The King's Two Bodies," by Brett Edward Whalen

(The King's Two Bodies: A Study in Mediaeval Political Theology, by Ernst H. Kantorowicz)

AHR Reviews of Role-Playing Classroom Games: Reacting to the Past


Josiah Ober, Naomi J. Norman, and Mark C. Carnes, The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 BCE, by Saundra Schwartz

Daniel K. Gardner and Mark C. Carnes, Confucianism and the Succession Crisis of the Wanli Emperor, 1587, by Rebecca Ard Boone

Bill Offutt, Patriots, Loyalists, and Revolution in New York City, 1775-1776, by M. Alison Kibler

Marsha Driscoll, Elizabeth E. Dunn, Dann Siems, and B. Kamran Swanson, Charles Darwin, the Copley Medal, and the Rise of Naturalism, 1861–1864, by James A. Secord

Gretchen K. McKay, Nicolas W. Proctor, and Michael A. Marlais, Modernism versus Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888–1889, by David Pace

Mary Jane Treacy, Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman, by Suzanne M. Marilley

Ainslie T. Embree and Mark C. Carnes, Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945by Yidi Wu

John C. Eby and Fred MortonThe Collapse of Apartheid and the Dawn of Democracy in South Africa, 1993, by Jessica Blatt and Sean Jacobs

Graphic History Reviews


Marcelo D'Salete, Cumbe and Angola Janga: Uma história de Palmaresby Flávio dos Santos Gomes

David F. Walker, The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave's Journey rom Bondage to Freedomby Julian C. Chambliss

Paul Buhle, Steve Max, and Dave Nance, Eugene V. Debs: A Graphic Biographyby Peter Cole

Frédéric Chabaud, Histoire des tirailleurs sénégalais, by Sarah J. Zimmerman

Kate Evans, Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburgby Amy Elizabeth Robinson

Jason Lutes, Berlinby Daniel H. Magilow

Kazuto Tatsuta, Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plantby Andrew Kirk

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