History Journals

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History Journals

The library I selected to conduct my search for History journals was at the University of Buffalo, Amherst Campus. Having made trips there on two separate occasions and having skimmed quickly through perhaps twenty or so different journals I eventually selected a handful that I felt were a good representation of what to expect in a history journal.

These were soft or hard cover ranging from a lean 100 pages to a robust 500 page book. Also I conducted further research on the internet by examining at least thirty promising history sites to finally select a half dozen that I felt what be a good approximation of a book-form history journal. Here I had many problems obtaining information as many of the sites were password protected and subscription access only, and there were many dead ends, however I was able to obtain information. A lot of these journals are published by people associated with the History departments of universities, while others were published by History organizations. I also found that many magazine or book-form journals also had internet sites and those that did had some form of the journal there for viewing, either abstracts, highlights, or full text articles. Consequently my descriptions for Internet journals are more limited.

History Workshop Journal, Issue 50, Autumn 2000

This particular journal is published through Oxford University press and abstracts are available online at www.hwj.oupjournals.org. The journal is in book form, soft cover, and approximately 320 pages. The inside cover page gives publisher’s information while the contents are listed on the first and second pages. The journal is divided into sections called: editorial, articles and essays, feature history and bibliography, archives and sources, history on the line, history workshop history, reviews, report back, obituaries, and notes on contributors. The editorial is short and discusses why the current issue is special (fifty years old) and gives one or two sentence statements about certain articles contained therein or the authors. The articles and essays section has six essays by six authors. Some of these have very long titles like “Francois Bernier and the Invention of Radical Classification” by Siep Stuurman, or “Common Sense in Shanghai: the Shanghai General Chamber of Commerce and political Legitimacy in Republican China” by Josephine...

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...es” and “Evidence of Bishop’s Murder Emerges”.

Other articles discuss all sorts of historical events such as “1921 Tulsa Race riot Probed” and “Jefferson Davis farewell to the U.S. Senate”. There is a monthly feature essay and a section on world news as well as a research section. Past issues can be readily accessed and the style of writing is non technical. These articles make for first-class informative trouble-free reading. Furthermore this journal is the only one I have discovered that is compiled and produced in Buffalo, N.Y.

Conclusions

All the historical journals I have survey are informative. Many of these are geared mainly for scholars and researchers however there are some that are not. There is a great range in type of articles and essays. Some of the journals are quite lengthy in contents while others are very brief, only having a few submissions. A lot of journals are published by historical and or university associations. Nearly each journal surveyed had a specific theme, be it religious, ethnic, philosophical, or otherwise. All journals catered to a select group of readers depending on their interests. And all contained very thorough references and sources.

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