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We are pleased to announce that not one, but two of our recent article authors have won the 2014 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' Article Prize! One article, written by Carina Ray, was published in the February 2014 issue of the American Historical Review. Read this article. The second, written by Julia Phillips Cohen, was published in the April 2014 issue. Read this article. Click on each link to read the articles! Congratulations to Carina and Julia!
Latest Issue: June 2015 - Vol. 120, No. 3
The June issue contains two articles-one on ancient history, the other on the Caribbean in the seventeenth century-followed by an AHR Roundtable, "The Archives of Decolonization," consisting of seven essays. Five featured reviews, all on World War I, precede our usual extensive book review section. "In Back Issues" offers readers a glance at issues from one hundred, seventy-five, and fifty years ago. Read more...
The Roundtable, "The Archives of Decolonization," presents seven essays that interrogate the special challenges of making history out of the decolonizing past in several different contexts. In her introduction, Farina Mir, a historian of colonial and postcolonial South Asia, places the somewhat recent interest in the archival sources of decolonization not only in the wider scholarly context of the history of decolonization, but also, more pointedly, in the contemporary understanding of this phenomenon as a process and not simply an event-not simply a "transfer of power." As a "capacious" process, it largely shapes the world we live in, and its effects live on. But understanding it as a process and not an event only begins the interrogation of understanding it in all its varied forms and contexts. Like other contemporary approaches to history, this subject forces us to think about the question of scale. As Mir notes, "There is the broad and shared history of decolonization that spans empires and continents, and there are the local histories that simultaneously constitute it." The six essays that follow, which she crisply summarizes, pursue their investigations on both of these scales. Read more...
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