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 2020 Issue

Current Issue: December 2020 - Vol. 125, No.5

In This Issue 

This past year has been deeply marked by a global pandemic of proportions not seen in a century and by mass antiracist demonstrations that have brought the question of racial equity and justice before the law into the international court of opinion. Whether through foresight or serendipity, this issue of the AHR considers both these matters in depth. We feature a pair of articles on the epidemiological history of Yersinia pestis and the plague, a History Unclassified essay on illness and mortality, and an AHR Conversation on the theme of Black internationalism. Read more...

From the Editor's Desk

As a historian, I know better than to declare anything "unprecedented." If one rummages around enough in the attic of history, a precedent for current events is never far at hand. Read more...


"The Four Black Deaths," by Monica H. Green

"The Justinianic Plague and Global Pandemics: The Making of the Plague Concept," by Merle Eisenberg and Lee Mordechai

"Writing Apartheid: Ethnographic Collaborators and the Politics of Knowledge Production in Twentieth-Century South Africa," by Joel Cabrita

AHR Conversation  

"Black Internationalism," by Monique Bedasse, Kim D. Butler, Carlos Fernandes, Dennis Laumann, Tejasvi Nagaraja, Benjamin Talton, and Kira Thurman

History Unclassified

"A Shared Toxic History," by Heather F. Roller

AHR Roundtable: Jill Lepore's These Truths


"The Iron Cage of Erasure: American Indian Sovereignty in Jill Lepore's These Truths," by Ned Blackhawk

"Truths . . . Audacious and Flawed," by Mary Beth Norton

"Lepore's America, "Our America"?," by Matt Garcia

"A Civics Primer for American History" by Paul Ortiz

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