Alex Lichtenstein began a four year term as the editor of the American Historical Review (AHR) last month. His first issue as editor will be out October 1st. In honor of Peer Review Week, Alex and I had an email exchange regarding some of his thoughts on peer review.
The American Historical Association (AHA) has appointed Alex Lichtenstein as editor of the American Historical Review (AHR), beginning August 2017. “Professor Lichtenstein brings energy and insight to the editorial direction of the American Historical Review,” AHA president Pat Manning said of the appointment. “The AHA Council looks forward to working with him, the journal staff, and [the AHR editorial] board in charting the future of the premier historical journal.”
The AHA is pleased to announce that as of June 2016, Oxford University Press (OUP) has taken over distribution of AHA books and pamphlets. Many titles from AHA’s backlist and all forthcoming publications will be available on the OUP Academic website. AHA members will continue to receive a discount on all of our titles and can access discounted titles through the AHA’s member portal.
The April issue of the American Historical Review inaugurates a new listing of digital primary sources. This feature serves as a preliminary guide to freely accessible online collections that will grow with each issue. We encourage readers to use this form to submit their own favorite digital primary-source archival collections for listing in future issues. As Lara Putnam argues in her article “The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast” in the same issue, historians should be more aware of the implications of using these kinds of sources for the stories we tell about the past.
“A spectre is haunting our time: the spectre of the short term.” This sentence, echoing one of the most influential texts of the modern world, is how historians Jo Guldi and David Armitage begin their own manifesto calling for historians to return to the longue durée. Only this approach, the authors argue, will enable us to engage in current debates and counter the short-term horizons that characterize so much discourse in the public sphere.
Since its publication last year, The History Manifesto has elicited numerous responses and provoked impassioned debate.
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The February issue includes the 2013 Presidential Address, followed by articles on gender and soldiering in the Mexican-American War, humanitarian responses to the Armenian Genocide, interracial sex in twentieth-century Africa, and Spanish shipping in the Atlantic borderlands during the Second World War.
The American Historical Review invites applications for the position of reviews editor.