March: Issue 1

Current Issue: Vol. 127, No. 1

From the Editor's Desk

The March 2022 issue of the American Historical Review brings a completely new look to the journal in what marks its first major redesign in fifty years. Readers will see a variety of changes in the print journal and its digital platforms, including a new cover, new typography, a refresh of our web and social media sites, the launch of a rebranded podcast, and a fundamental reconceptualization of how we present articles and reviews. This redesign also brings with it the establishment of the AHR History Lab, an experimental space in the middle of the journal featuring collective projects that seek to reimagine how we approach historical practice in terms of content, form, and method.

Why so much change? As editor I am committed to two central elements of the American Historical Review that have made it the leading historical journal in the world today: publishing field-transforming articles that represent the most original and innovative approaches to doing history and reviewing historical scholarship across multiple geographies, chronologies, methods, and topical areas. At the same time I also want to open up the pages of the AHR beyond the article and the monograph to the many ways of doing history in our present moment, whether in the form of the digital humanities, intersections between history teaching and research, or through public-facing interventions. Here I am keen to find pathways for the journal and our readers to engage with and learn from practitioners of history who are creating new knowledge in and outside of the academy, including teachers, community activists, public historians, archivists, museum curators, visual artists, composers, and writers. In doing so, I hope the AHR can model an inclusivity for the discipline that mirrors the diverse lives and experiences of practicing historians in the early twenty-first century. Read more...

Presidential Address

"Historians and Their Publics, Then and Now"


"Wartime Dollars and the Crowning of China’s Hog Bristle King: The Dubious Legacies of American Aid, 1938–1949"

"Blood and Bone, Tears and Oil: Climate Change, Whaling, and Conflict in the Seventeenth-Century Arctic"

"'That City Af loat': Maritime Dimensions of Ireland’s Great Famine Migration"

"Empire on the Edge: Desert, Nomads, and the Making of an Ottoman Provincial Border"

“'Do You Call Yourself a White Man?': Nationalism, Criminalization of Interracial Sex, and the Policing of White Male (Hetero)sexuality in South Africa during Apartheid"

“Slavery and Interethnic Sexual Violence: A Multiple Perpetrator Rape in Seventeenth-Century Livorno"

“Fiduciary Colonialism: Annuities and Native Dispossession in the Early United States"

A Note From the AHR Associate Editor: Reviewing History

"Reviewing History: A Note from the AHR Associate Editor"

History in Focus

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