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. 

October 2018 Issue

Current Issue: October 2018 - Vol. 123, No. 4

In This Issue

As the striking caricature on the front cover indicates, the October issue features an AHR Roundtable on the vexed history of anti-Semitism. Initiated by Jonathan Judaken (Rhodes College) in partnership with the International Consortium for Research on Antisemitism and Racism (ICRAR) at Birkbeck, University of London, the eight-part roundtable reflects ICRAR's ongoing effort to overcome the isolation and politicization of the study of anti-Semitism. This is necessarily a controversial topic, and some of the essays are sure to generate heated debate; given recent developments in the U.S., Eastern Europe, and of course the Middle East, the task of historicizing anti-Semitism seems even more relevant now than it did when first initiated several years ago. The roundtable offered the occasion to confine our four featured reviews to recent monographs in Jewish history. Read more...

From the Editor's Desk

If you are holding this journal in your hand as a printed object (a big if), and if you pay attention to such things, you may have noticed a change in our paper stock from previous issues. For many years the AHR has been printed on Domtar Antique paper. But severe "disruptions" in the paper market have made that stock unavailable, forcing upon the journal a change we did not wish to make, especially in the middle of a volume. Read more...

AHR Article

"Perversion by Penumbras: Wolfenden, Griswold, and the Transatlantic Trajectory of Sexual Privacy," by David Minto

AHR Roundtable: Rethinking Anti-Semitism

Introduction: In his introduction, Jonathan Judaken surveys theories and debates about anti-Semitism. He makes three salient observations about what hampers the field. First, it lacks agreed-upon definitions of its central concepts and terms. Second, how anti-Semitism compares to Islamophobia, anti-black racism, and other forms of oppression is unresolved. Third, periodization of anti-Semitism remains vague. In particular, he underscores and counters eternalist and teleological narratives, claims about uniqueness, and apologetics. Read more of the introduction and the seven Anti-Semitism articles...

AHR Reappraisal

"Homoeroticism in Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Acts, Identities, Cultures," by Mathew Kuefler
(Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century, by John Boswell)

AHR Museum Reviews

Introductory Note

Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, by Janine Holc

Liliesleaf, by Dawne Y. Curry

The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration; The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, by Jason Morgan Ward

Two Mississippi Museums: Museum of Mississippi History; Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, by Glenn T. Eskew

AHR Interview

Listen to the next episode of AHR Interview:

For more episodes, check out AHR Interview on SoundCloud.

Published on behalf of

American Historical Association logo

The AHA is the largest professional organization devoted to the discipline of history in all fields. Membership dues support the publication of the AHR. Join today!

Perspectives on History logo

Perspectives on History is the newsmagazine of the American Historical Association. Since 1962, we have been the principal source for news and information about the discipline of history. We offer articles and commentary on research and archives, teaching, digital projects, new books of note, history in the media, public history and museum exhibitions, and more.

Our print edition is published monthly and online during the academic year, with online-only articles in Perspectives Daily updated regularly all year round. A print subscription is available only with AHA membership.

Read Perspectives on History