The American Historical Review – October Issue Online

October 2007 American Historical ReviewThe October issue of the American Historical Review can now be found online at its new home with the University of Chicago Press. Transition to the new site is still underway, and at this point articles are available only in PDF format. In the near future, however, they will be available in both PDF and html format. Until December 2007, the AHR is also available at the History Cooperative.

The delay in the posting was a result of the transition of our content to the web site of the University of Chicago Press. In the future, print and digital versions of the journal will appear simultaneously.

This issue of the AHR contains three articles and two review essays. The articles take us from the early Islamic world, then to 17th-century England, and finally to Africa and the U.S. South in the 19th century:

  • "’Do Prophets Come with a Sword?’ Conquest, Empire and Historical Narrative in the Early Islamic World," by Thomas Sizgorich, delves into the conflict between Imperial Rome and emergent Islam.
  • Phil Withington, in "Public Discourse, Corporate Citizenship, and State Formation in Early Modern England," engages with Jurgen Habermas’s influential thesis on the emergence of the public sphere during the Enlightenment, but does so from the perspective of 16th- and 17th-century England.
  • In "The Claims of Slaves and Ex-Slaves to Family and Property: A Transatlantic Comparison," Dylan C. Penningroth offers a comparison between the U.S. South and the southern Gold Coast in the 19th century.

The review essays examine recent military history and the League of Nations:

  • "Military Histories Old and New: A Reintroduction," by Robert M. Citino, reminds us of the burgeoning output of scholars in this field, a field that has long been considered of marginal interest by many historians.
  • "Back to the League of Nations," by Susan Pedersen explores how the study of international networks and organizations has revised and expanded our appreciation of the significance of the League of Nations.

Also in the issue are six featured reviews, and the usual extensive book review section. December’s issue will include, along with several articles and the book review section, the AHR Conversation on "Religious Identity and Violence."

This post is based on AHR editor Robert A. Schneider’s e-mail to the AHA membership.

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