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:

December 2019 Issue

Current Issue: December 2019 - Vol. 124, No. 5

In This Issue 

Despite occasional efforts, the promise of digital history in the pages of the American Historical Review has been long deferred. The December issue begins to redress this by featuring an interactive digital article based on the analysis of a database of more than 15,000 mid-nineteenth-century bank depositors whose assets were held by New York's Emigrant Savings Bank. In "Networks and Opportunities: A Digital History of Ireland's Great Famine Refugees in New York," Tyler Anbinder (George Washington University), Cormac Ó Gráda (University College Dublin), and Simone A. Wegge (College of Staten Island) scour these digitized records to show that even some of the most wretched of the refugees fleeing the Great Irish Famine (1845-1849) accumulated surprising savings and made strides up the American socioeconomic ladder. Read more...

From the Editor's Desk: How to read the AHR

I edit this journal in the throes of a delusion. Even though I know better, I continue to imagine that readers regard each issue as a coherent bound edition that arrives in the mail, containing between its covers a disparate collection of articles, reviews, and other types of material that somehow touch on common themes, even if only tangentially. Read more...


"Networks and Opportunities: A Digital History of Ireland's Great Famine Refugees in New York," by Tyler Anbinder, Cormac Ó Gráda, Simone A. Wegge

AHR Reflections: One Hundred Years of Mandates

Introduction: The League of Nations Mandates and the Temporality of Deferral, by Alex Lichtenstein, Michelle Moyd 

"An International Regime in an Age of Empire," by Susan Pedersen

"The Matter of Time," by Sherene Seikaly

"The French Mandate in Lebanon," by Carol Hakim

"The Ottoman Empire: The Mandate That Never Was," by Yiğit Akın

"Islands for an Anxious Empire: Japan's Pacific Island Mandate," by Tze M. Loo

"Betwixt and Between Colony and Nation-State: Liminality, Decolonization, and the South West Africa Mandate," by Molly McCullers

""Sons of the Soil": Cause Lawyers, the Togo-Cameroun Mandates, and the Origins of Decolonization," by Meredith Terretta, Benjamin N. Lawrance

"The British Cameroons Mandate Regime: The Roots of the Twenty-First-Century Political Crisis in Cameroon," by George N. Njung

"A League to Preserve Empires: Understanding the Mandates System and Avenues for Further Scholarly Inquiry," by Sean Andrew Wempe

History Unclassified

"In Living Color: Early "Impressions" of Slavery and the Limits of Living History," by Drew Swanson

"Steps in the Tumen River," by Nianshen Song

AHR Reappraisal

"'The Myth Is Dead! Give Us Our History!,' Reassessing Black Labor in African History," by T.J. Tallie

(The Moon Is Dead! Give Us Our Money! The Cultural Origins of an African Work Ethic, Natal, South Africa, 1843-1900, by Keletso E. Atkins)

AHR Roundtable: Reanimating the Great War on the Screen: Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old


"Colors of the Past: Archive, Art, and Amnesia in a Digital Age," by Santanu Das

"Who Gets to Be in the War Story? Absences and Silences in They Shall Not Grow Old," by Susan R. Grayzel

"Sound and Silence in Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old," by Jessica Meyer

"Age and Youth, Sound and Vision," by Catherine Robson

Museum Reviews


Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities (March-September 2019). HistoryMiami Museum, Miami, Fla., by Dan Royles

Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, by Nelly de Freitas

Museu do Aljube Resistência e Liberdade, Lisbon, Portugal, by Daniel B. Domingues da Silva

Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium, by Sarah Van Beurden

The Namibian Independence Memorial Museum, Windhoek, Namibia, by Christian A. Williams, Tichaona Mazarire

Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France, by Daniel J. Sherman

Museet for Søfart, Elsinore, Denmark, by Anders Ravn Sørensen

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