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:

March: Issue 1

Current Issue: Vol. 126, No. 1

In This Issue

Fittingly enough, volume 126 of the American Historical Review opens with a plea for "slow history," AHA President Mary Lindemann's (University of Miami) entreaty, given virtually as her AHA Presidential Address in January, for taking a deep breath "to consider what benefits going slow offers." Lindemann cautions that the amazing professional gains made by new digital tools, for instance, might be beneficially tempered by recalling that "the historian's slowness derives from the very doing of history, in research, writing, and teaching." In his editor's column, Alex Lichtenstein (Indiana University) similarly weighs the perils and possibilities of the speeded-up production process for scholarly journals, made possible by editorial management systems and digital platforms. Read more...

From the Editor's Desk

Since I am of a certain age, I once consumed my music through a twentieth-century medium know as the "record album." Read more...


"Befeathering the European: The Matter of Feathers in the Material Renaissance," by Ulinka Rublack
"Rabbis of the (Scientific) Revolution: Revealing the Hidden Corpus of Early Modern Translations Produced by Jewish Religious Thinkers," by Iris Idelson-Shein
"Mold's Dominion: Science, Empire, and Capitalism in a Globalizing World," by Gerard Sasges
"Cuban Racial Politics in Nineteenth-Century New York: A Critical Digital Approach," by Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof
"Sounds of February, Smells of October: The Russian Revolution as Sensory Experience," by Jan Plamper

History Unclassified

"Archiving the Chilean Revolution," by José Ragas
"Deep Play? Video Games and the Historical Imaginary," by Andrew Denning

AHA Presidential Address

"Slow History," by Mary Lindemann

AHR Review Roundtable

"The Wiley Blackwell History of Islam," by Hatsuki Aishima, Hayrettin Yücesoy, R. Michael Feener, Osamu Otsuka, Satoshi Ogura, Kenji Kuroda, and Hilary Kalmbach, with Armando Salvatore

Video Game Reviews

"Video Game Reviews: Introduction"
"Assassin's Creed III." By Michael D. Hattem
"Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag." By Christopher P. Magra
"Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry." By Julien Bazile

Film Reviews

"Film Reviews: Introduction"
"Mike Leigh, director. Peterloo." By James Epstein
"Kasi Lemmons, director. Harriet." By Kellie Carter Jackson
"Ava Duvernay, director. When They See Us." By Carl Suddler
"Renee Tajima-Peña, series producer. Asian Americans." By William Gow
"Jeffrey Gould, director. Port Triumph." By Aviva Chomsky
"Catherine Meyburgh and Richard Pakleppa, directors. Dying for Gold." By Rosalind C. Morris

Featured Reviews

"Alexander Bevilacqua and Frederic Clark, editors. Thinking in the Past Tense: Eight Conversations." By Surekha Davies
"Debjani Bhattacharyya. Empire and Ecology in the Bengal Delta: The Making of Calcutta; Sudipta Sen. Ganges: The Many Pasts of an Indian River; Sunil Amrith. Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia's History." By Sujit Sivasundaram
"Maya K. Peterson. Pipe Dreams: Water and Empire in Central Asia's Aral Sea Basin." By Artemy M. Kalinovsky
"Jill E. Kelly. To Swim with Crocodiles: Land, Violence, and Belonging in South Africa, 1800-1996." By Anne Mager
"Elizabeth A. Foster. African Catholic: Decolonization and the Transformation of the Church." By Harry Gamble
"Tanya Sheehan. Study in Black and White: Photography, Race, Humor." By Chris Dingwall
"Erika Lee. America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States." By Kristofer Allerfeldt
"Pekka Hämäläinen. Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power." By David W. Grua
"Olivier Wieviorka. The Resistance in Western Europe, 1940-1945." By Megan Koreman
"Tamar Herzog. A Short History of European Law: The Last Two and a Half Millennia." By Malick W. Ghachem

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