Modern American History (MAH) showcases top-quality, emerging research on the history of the United
States since the 1890s. Establishing a long-overdue meeting place for
scholars and practitioners working in this vibrant and expansive field,MAH
aims to stimulate debate, make meaningful connections between
subspecialties, and advance understanding about an era of continuing
For all the variety found in United States
history since the late nineteenth century, an overarching set of
developments and key problems now animate the field, setting it apart
from earlier eras and making the prospect of a dedicated journal
especially timely. Such themes include, though are not limited to, the
creation of a modern state; the rise and decline of an industrial
political economy; the emergence of the U.S. as a world power; rising
consumer expectations and life expectancy; accelerating technological
and environmental change; the transformation of urban, suburban, and
regional landscapes; mass migration amid new legal regulations and
border regimes; and the elaboration of modern forms of political rights
and personal identity, including beliefs about how race, gender, class,
religion, health, and sexuality inform the national experience. MAH creates a “big tent” arena for broadly inclusive and trailblazing conversations about this recent past.
authors the journal provides the opportunity to reach an audience
beyond particular subfields. Contributors benefit from a close,
personalized editorial process and individual promotion of their work.
They also have the freedom to retain copyright and satisfy their
institutions’ open access requirements. Attuned from the outset to 21stcentury
possibilities, the journal offers online ahead of print publication and
encourages the use of multimedia and other dynamic, supplementary
Readers can expect compelling, eloquent articles of lasting importance.
In addition to presenting an array of the field’s best new scholarship,
carefully chosen through a rigorous peer-review process, each issue
also carries substantial review essays, forums, and innovative special
features. This “below-the-fold” section enables readers to engage with
the big questions driving the field, and to enjoy pieces that are
concise, provocative, smart, and sometimes even playful.
editors welcome both article submissions and proposals for forums and
special features. They encourage work that extends beyond the topics
listed above, proposes different chronologies or geographies, straddles
the methods of more than one subfield, or otherwise bridges traditional
Modern American History (MAH) showcases top-quality, emerging research on the history of the United States since the 1890s. Aiming to stimulate debate and make meaningful connections between the subfields of this vibrant and expansive field, the journal publishes compelling peer-reviewed articles as well as substantial review essays, forums, and other special features.
For the latest entry of our blog series introducing the board members of the new Cambridge University Press journal, Modern American History, Brian Balogh shares this thoughts on the big issues that affect how we understand modern American history.…...