“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.
About a week ago, the Oxford University Press blog published a fascinating post by professors Saladin Ambar (Lehigh University) and Stephen Tuck (Pembroke College, Oxford) on Malcolm X’s 1964 visit to Oxford, where he was invited as guest speaker for the December 3 Oxford Union “Queen and Country” debate. Fifty years later, the OUPblog reflected on the significance of the event.
Ambar and Tuck, who both published books on this event, discuss how British media had long depicted racial strife as a feature primarily of southern US and South African society.
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.
The October issue of the American Historical Review is now online, and will soon appear in member’s mailboxes.Below is an excerpt from AHR editor Robert A. Schneider’s article for Perspectives on History.
Who will play the largest role shaping the discipline of history in the United States in the next few years?
Through email conversation, from February 20-May 15, 2013, the Council of the American Historical Association made the following decisions:
The June issue of the American Historical Review is now online, and will soon appear in member’s mailboxes. Below is an excerpt from AHR editor Robert A. Schneider’s In This Issue article: