Friday, June 19, 2009

June 2009 Historically Speaking On-line

Randall Stephens

The new issue of Historically Speaking (June 2009) was mailed out a couple weeks back. And now it's up on Project Muse. This issue includes several authors who have not appeared in our pages before--Wendy Moore, Mary Beard, Mike Bowen, Brenda Wineapple (whose recent book, White Heat, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), Steven Ward, and others. It also features interviews, letters, two essays on literary history, and a lively lead piece by Peter Coclanis, which has my vote for best title. And . . . to top it off, Chris Beneke returns with a provocative piece about progress in history.

"Two Cheers for Revolution: The Virtues of Regime Change in World Agriculture"
Peter A. Coclanis

"Love and Marriage in 18th-Century Britain"
Wendy Moore

"Adam’s Ancestors: An Interview with David N. Livingstone"
Conducted by Donald A. Yerxa

"Nelson: Searching for the Sublime"
Andrew D. Lambert

"Rome Unearthed: An Interview with Mary Beard on Pompeii and the Ancient World"
Conducted by Randall J. Stephens

"Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson"
Brenda Wineapple

"The Fictive Transformation of American Nationalism after Sir Walter Scott"
David Moltke-Hansen

"The Spartacus War: An Interview with Barry Strauss"
Conducted by Donald A. Yerxa

"America’s Whiggish Religious Revolution: An Instance in the Progress of History"
Chris Beneke

"From Gentleman’s Club to Professional Body: The Evolution of the History Department in the United States"
William G. Palmer

"Religious History and the Historian’s Craft: An Interview with Amanda Porterfield"
Conducted by Randall J. Stephens

"Iran’s Challenging Victory Narrative"
Steven Ward

"The Lessons of 1948"
Michael Bowen



Jonathan Dresner said...

The cover gave me such hope, but I can't for the life of me figure out why there's a Japanese actor print on the cover. I suppose the "farmer" theme could tie in to that agriculture revolutions article, but that never mentions Japan, hardly mentions Asia at all except to dismiss Asian agricultural creativity as somehow not really historically interesting or to show Asia as a recipient of Western innovation. So it doesn't seem appropriate, somehow.

Randall said...

Have to say that I just loved the look of that print. And since Coclanis's lead article was on global agriculture, it seemed appropriate. I guess I like to stretch the images we use a bit. Plus, it's hard to find free, full-color, public domain prints.