Anne Eller has won the 2018 Mattei-Neville Hill article prize for her article "Rumors of Slavery: Defending Emancipation in a Hostile Caribbean," which was published in the June 2017 issue of the American Historical Review. Help us congratulate Eller on winning this prize from the Association of Caribbean Historians. 

June 2018 Issue

Current Issue: June 2018 - Vol. 123, No. 3

In This Issue

As the hard-working AHR staff has reminded me more than once, the June issue contains a record number of individual pieces in the articles section: our inaugural "History Unclassified" essay, thirteen short reflections on the events and memory of "1968," an AHR Forum with four separate contributions, a reappraisal of historical anthropologist Eric Wolf's Europe and the People without History, and three special reviews of recent volumes in the Foreign Relations of the United Statesdocumentary series published by the U.S. State Department's Office of the Historian. I think that makes twenty-two; getting these all ready for publication on time represents a heroic effort on everyone's part. Read more...

From the Editor's Desk: All Apologies

We live in the age of apologies. National Geographic magazine recently commissioned historian John Edwin Mason to comb through its back pages, concluding in its April 2018 issue that "For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It." Historians will not be surprised to learn that Mason discovered that "until the 1970s National Geographic all but ignored people of color who lived in the United States, rarely acknowledging them beyond laborers or domestic workers." The magazine treated indigenous peoples elsewhere as exotics or "noble savages," denying them any place in the making of modernity or, indeed, of history.1 (See Pekka Hämäläinen's reappraisal of Eric Wolf's classic work on this problem in this issue.) Read more...

History Unclassified

"What Form Can History Take Today? New Voices in the AHR"
"Cities, Time, and the Backward Glance," by Taymiya R. Zaman

AHR Reflections: 1968

Introduction: On June 26, 1968, Hannah Arendt wrote to her friend Karl Jaspers, speculating in light of the tumultuous events of the preceding six months "that children in the next century will learn about the year 1968 the way we learned about the year 1848." Arendt, famously, had insisted in her book On Revolution (1963) that "revolutions are the only political events which confront us directly and inevitably with the problem of beginning."1 But in imagining that 1968-like 1848, like 1917-might come to constitute such a historical rupture, a kind of Year Zero of revolt, did her power of prognostication fail her? Read more of the introduction and the 13 Reflections articles...

AHR Forum: Vernacular Ways of Knowing

"Introduction: Breaking the Law of the Preservation of Energy of Historians," by Camilla Townsend
"Bereft, Selfish, and Hungry: Greater Luhyia Concepts of the Poor in Precolonial East Africa," by Rhiannon Stephens
"Written into Submission: Reassessing Sovereignty through a Forgotten Eurasian Dynasty," by James Pickett
"The Waves of Heterotopia: Toward a Vernacular Intellectual History of the Indian Ocean," by Nile Green

AHR Reappraisal

"Crooked Lines of Relevance: Europe and the People without History, by Eric R. Wolf," by Pekka Hämäläinen

AHR Documentary History Reviews

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954, Iran, 1951-1954 (retrospective volume). Editor: James C. Van Hook, by Malcolm Byrne
Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980. Volume XV: Central America, 1977-1980. Editor: Nathaniel L. Smith, by Kirsten Weld
Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980. Volume XVI: Southern Africa. Editor: Myra F. Burton, by Nancy Mitchell

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