How did meat provision work in the nineteenth-century city?

Supplying food presents a major problem for urban history, for cities, beyond a certain size, cannot feed themselves. Provisioning meat in particular represents a critical juncture, because no other food item was so deeply and, in so many ways, tied to urban modernity.…


Forgotten Geographies in Asian Studies

UC Irvine history professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom recently concluded his ten-year tenure as editor of the Journal of Asian Studies. One of the new practices that Wasserstrom introduced as editor was a “JAS-at-AAS” panel at the annual conference.


Special Forum: In Memory of the “Two Helmuts”: The Lives, Legacies, and Historical Impact of Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl

This blog post is taken from the ‘Introduction by Andrew I. Port’ on a special forum that looks at the lives and legacies of Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl.


A Response to Michael Sherry’s “War as a Way of Life”

A Response to Michael Sherry’s “War as a Way of Life” The United States never experienced sustained conflict on its mainland during the twentieth century.…


Industrial Manifest Destiny: American Firearms Manufacturing and Antebellum Expansion

Some of the United States’ most eminent arms manufacturers had their start in the middle of the nineteenth century. These were also the years that American industry began to surpass Europe’s, and that Americans’ belief in their right to “civilize” the continent became known as “Manifest Destiny.” The common link among these occurences was frontier violence.…


Imprensa Evangelica: forging new religious identities in nineteenth-century Brazil

Pedro Feitoza’s essay Experiments in Missionary Writing: Protestant Missions and the Imprensa Evangelica in Brazil, 1864-1892 is the inaugural winner of the World Christianities Essay Prize* It was in August 2008, in the countryside of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, that I first encountered volumes of Brazil’s first Protestant periodical, the Imprensa Evangelica (Evangelical Press, 1864-1892).…


NFL tells players patriotism is more important than protest – here’s why that didn’t work during WWI

The NFL is attempting to shut down protests like this one by members of the Cleveland Browns. AP Photo/David Richard Chad Williams, Brandeis University The recent decision by the NFL regarding player protests and the national anthem has yet again exposed the fraught relationship between African-Americans and patriotism.…


The Feminist Origins of the Midlife Crisis

This article tells the history of the midlife crisis, for the first time. The term “midlife crisis” conjures up the image of an affluent, middle-aged man speeding off in a red sports car with a woman half his age.…


Mutual Tolerance, Vivid Intellectual Intercourse, and Accountable Decision Making: The Mission of the Central European University

Part 3 from the introduction to the virtual special issue from Contemporary European History. We are accustomed to viewing 1989 as the end of state socialism.…


Common Beginnings with a Common Purpose: Contemporary European History and the Central European University

Part 2 from the introduction to the virtual special issue from Contemporary European History. In 1989 it seemed clear that glasnost in the Soviet Union had set in train unknown but certainly far-reaching changes in the Soviet Union and East Central Europe.…


Irish Historical Studies and Gender Balance

A recent discussion on social media has raised legitimate concerns about the gender imbalance in the May 2018 issue of Irish Historical Studies.…


Business History Review Editors’ Pick Article Collection

The Editors of Business History Review, Walter A. Friedman and Geoffrey Jones, have selected 10 papers for a new Editors’ Pick Article Collection.…