Fame, fortune, and footnotes

The next issue of The American Historical Review, out in April, will contain an exchange concerning the History Manifesto; it is already available on the American Historical Association website. To my surprise (and I am grateful to Brodie Waddell for noticing this), one of the footnotes cites my review of the Manifesto on this blog from October last year. That review is my most popular post to date, no doubt helped by links to it appearing on the Manifesto website, and David Armitage’s webpage about the book. Even so, when I started this blog I never thought it would be mentioned in a serious historical journal dating back to 1895, which has the highest ‘impact factor’ of any journal in the field, according to Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Reports. Nor did I foresee that it would lead to my name being immortalised in print (which is still more permanent than online content) next to the word ‘historywomble’. Though that should perhaps have been more predictable.

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Some Thoughts on the History Manifesto

Just over a week ago, Cambridge University Press launched their first Open Access book, The History Manifesto by David Armitage and Jo Guldi. This is clearly intended to provoke discussion, as the book’s webpage has a forum section with the tagline ‘Join the Debate’. It’s been the topic of some excited conversations with the new colleagues I’ve been meeting in Oxford this past week (and with some old friends, too).
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