Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Historical Society Membership and Publications

Randall Stephens

If you are not already a member of the Historical Society, you are missing out! Members receive five issues of Historically Speaking and four issues of the Journal of the Historically Society. The latter "supports the Historical Society's mission to revitalize and reorient the study and teaching of history away from fragmentation and over-specialization toward a universally accessible, fully integrated approach. The Journal presents fresh historical research in a non-pedantic way and provides a genuine opening to worldwide trends in historical research. By publishing scholarly articles that are readily accessible, the Journal reaches out to a broad audience of specialists and non-specialists, professional historians and history enthusiasts alike."

Each issue of Historically Speaking is packed with lively forums, interviews, essays, and reviews. David Hackett Fischer calls it “The most interesting historical journal that is being published today.” Bruce Kuklick says “I read the whole issue cover to cover, as I do every one of them. In fact, it is the only professional publication I really read at all with any consistency.”

A variety of historians, representing a range of specialties, have appeared in the pages of HS, including: Danielle Allen, Mary Beard, David Cannadine, David Brion Davis, John Demos, Richard Evans, Niall Ferguson, David Hackett Fischer, Ellen Fitzpatrick, Rhys Isaac, Michael Kammen, Jill Lepore, John Lukacs, Pauline Maier, William McNeill, Joseph C. Miller, Robert Orsi, Geoffrey Parker, Theodore Rabb, Joyce Seltzer, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Gordon Wood, and Bertram Wyatt-Brown.

It's easy to subscribe to Historically Speaking by using the Johns Hopkins University Press website. The same is true of becoming a member of the Society. Just sign up here.

Finally, here's a look at what will be in the September 2011 issue of HS. In the coming weeks I'll post excerpts on the blog.

Historically Speaking (September 2011)

An Innocuous Yet Noxious Text: Tacitus’s Germania
Christopher B. Krebs

History over the Water: The King James Bible Turns 400
Derek Wilson

The Bible and the Victorians: An Interview with Timothy Larsen
Conducted by Donald A. Yerxa

Assessing Kenneth Pomeranz’s The Great Divergence:
A Forum

Ten Years After: Reflections on Kenneth Pomeranz’s The Great Divergence
Peter A. Coclanis

The Great Divergence after Ten Years: Justly Celebrated yet Hard to Believe
Jan de Vries

Comment on Ken Pomeranz’s The Great Divergence
Philip T. Hoffman

Economic History in the Decade after The Great Divergence
R. Bin Wong

Ten Years After: Responses and Reconsiderations
Kenneth Pomeranz

The Real Herbert Hoover
Glen Jeansonne

Whose Choir? Which Gospel?
Christopher Shannon

Erik Larson on Historical Non-Fiction and In the Garden of Beasts
Conducted by Philip White

Carthage: A Mediterranean Super-Power
Richard Miles

An Interview with Richard Miles
Conducted by Donald A. Yerxa


LD said...

Does membership expire/renew on a rolling basis, or is it a January - December kind of thing?

Randall said...

LD: It's a rolling basis.