We have two recent prize winners to announce! Noam Maggor has won the 2018 William Nelson Cromwell Article Prize from the American Society for Legal History for his article "To Coddle and Caress These Great Capitalists: Eastern Money, Frontier Populism, and the Politics of Market-Making in the American West," which was published in the February 2017 issue of the American Historical Review. Also, Marc A. Hertzman has won the 2018 Kimberly Hanger Article Prize from The Latin American and Caribbean Section (LACS) of the Southern Historical Association for his article "Fatal Differences: Suicide, Race, and Forced Labor in the Americas," which was published in the April 2017 issue. Help us congratulate Maggor and Hertzman on winning their prize for their article! 

December 2018 Issue

Current Issue: December 2018 - Vol. 123, No. 5

In This Issue

The December issue reflects our ongoing effort to incorporate a wide variety of scholarly expression in the pages of the AHR. To make room for other material, we include only a single research article. We devote the remaining space to a historiographic essay on the rapidly expanding literature in U.S. queer history; a review essay focusing on a pair of pessimistic-not to say apocalyptical-titles in "deep history"; a featured review considering six recent works in Palestinian history; a cluster of five reviews of "graphic histories" (or what might be colloquially called comic books), a genre never before treated in the journal's pages; and a reappraisal of Gerda Lerner's 1967 classic of feminist historiography The Grimké Sisters of South Carolina. In addition, there is our regular December feature, the AHR Conversation. Read more...

From the Editor's Desk

The recent academic "scandal" prompted by the efforts of a trio of scholars to discredit "grievance studies" (their word) by submitting twenty fraudulent articles (seven were accepted) to a range of journals in such "subdomains of thought" as "gender studies, masculinities studies, queer studies, sexuality studies, psychoanalysis, critical race theory, critical whiteness theory, fat studies, sociology, and educational philosophy" has set me to thinking: Would the American Historical Review be able to spot such a fraud? Or are we similarly vulnerable to fake scholarship playing to our preconceived ideas and designed to reveal the bankruptcy of our peer review process, not to mention our entire intellectual endeavor? Read more...

AHR Article

""Life Is Movement, Movement Is Life!" Mobility Politics and the Circulatory State in Nazi Germany," by Andrew Denning

AHR Conversation: Each Generation Writes Its Own History of Generations

At my instigation, the 2018 Conversation takes as its subject the concept of "generations." In part, this derived from the fact that I kept stumbling over this intriguing analytical term without fully knowing how much purchase it had, or in what fields. Read more...

AHR Reappraisal

"Living the Examined Life in the Antebellum North, and in the Post-World War II United States," by Jacqueline Jones
(The Grimké Sisters from South Carolina: Pioneers for Women's Rights and Abolition, by Gerda Lerner)

AHR Review Essays

"The Power of Queer History,"  by Regina Kunzel

"It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," by Michael J. Watts

AHR Graphic History Reviews

Introductory Note

Getting Serious about Comic Historiesby Trevor R. Getz

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. March, by Eric Arnesen

Ari Kelman and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War, by Joshua Brown

Michael G. Vann and Liz Clarke. The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Empire, Disease, and Modernity in French Colonial Vietnam, by Thuy Linh Nguyen

Spain Rodriguez. Che: A Graphic Biography; Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel. Cuba: My Revolution, by Louis A. Pérez, Jr.

Joe Sacco. Footnotes in Gaza, by Mary N. Layoun

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