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:

October 2019 Issue

Current Issue: October 2019 - Vol. 124, No. 4

In This Issue 

I think it would be fair to call this October issue of the AHR the "nuclear issue." The lead research article, "Anticipating Armageddon: Nuclear Risk and the Neoliberal Sensibility in Thatcher's Britain," by Ellen Boucher (Amherst College), reexamines popular anxieties about nuclear annihilation in late Cold War Britain. Rather than understanding this moment as defined by "fear," Boucher shifts attention to discussions of "risk." In Thatcher's Britain, she argues, the British state and public sought to cope with the potential threat of nuclear Armageddon by seeking ways to manage-and privatize-risk, often in concert with neoliberal ideas of self-reliance and state abdication from the public sphere. Read more...

From the Editor's Desk: Outrages

I do not mean to pile on, but I keep finding myself returning to the brouhaha occasioned by the planned publication and then temporary withdrawal of Naomi Wolf's book Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love. As is well known, Wolf's account of the life and times of the homosexual Victorian-era poet John Addington Symonds also ventures a set of historical claims about the criminalization of same-sex relations in Victorian England. Some of those claims, it turns out, were rather off the mark, although the jury remains out on just how fatal such fallacies are to her overall argument.  Read more...


"Anticipating Armageddon: Nuclear Risk and the Neoliberal Sensibility in Thatcher's Britain," by Ellen Boucher

Roundtable: Unsettling Domesticities: New Histories of Home in Global Contexts

Introduction, by Annelise Heinz, Elizabeth LaCouture 

"Reconsidering Domesticity through the Lens of Empire and Settler Society in North America," by Kathryn Kish Sklar

"Fractured Domesticity in the Old Regime: Families and Global Goods in Eighteenth-Century France," by Julie Hardwick

"Translating Domesticity in Chinese History and Historiography," by Elizabeth LaCouture

"Domesticating Colonizers: Domesticity, Indigenous Domestic Labor, and the Modern Settler Colonial Nation," by Victoria Haskins

"The Materials of Home: Studying Domesticity in Late Colonial India," by Abigail McGowan

""Maid's Day Off": Leisured Domesticity in the Mid-Twentieth-Century United States," by Annelise Heinz

"Toward Unsettling Histories of Domesticity," by Antoinette Burton

AHR Reappraisal 

"Metahistory and the Resistance to Theory," by Carolyn J. Dean

(Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe, by Hayden White)

History Unclassified

"Freedom Summer "Homos": An Archive Story," by Charles Francis

"The Trail from Fukushima" by Harry Bernas

Reviews of HBO's Chernobyl

Introductory Note

Kate Brown review

Yuliya Komska review

Alex Wellerstein review


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