Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Interview with Donald Yerxa on Historically Speaking

Randall Stephens

Johns Hopkins University Press is now in the business of podcasts. You can listen to my interview with Historically Speaking senior editor Donald Yerxa here. (That page also includes interviews with Adeed Dawisha, Journal of Democracy, and Michael D. Wiatrowski and Jack A. Goldstone, Journal of Democracy.)

In the interview, I talk to Yerxa about our recent neglected fields forums, and the September naval history forum in particular. Yerxa also describes some of the ways that Historically Speaking has changed since he and senior editor Joseph Lucas came on board in fall 2001. HS aims for the general, educated reader, and tries to avoid jargon or the insider language of subfields, says Yerxa. He reflects on the niche the magazine fills and offers some examples of its success.

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