Journal of Applied History

Editors-in-Chief: Harm Kaal and Jelle van Lottum
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The Journal of Applied History (JOAH) offers a platform for historians to bring the results of their historical research to bear on the present, on the issues that (should) concern us today. It seeks to promote historical thinking as an essential element of discussions about the challenges that our societies are now confronted with. Historical thinking involves first and foremost a keen eye for context in the broadest sense: an awareness of the social, economic, cultural, political, demographic, and environmental conditions within which the historical process unfurls, which prompts us to move beyond easy, rhetorically appealing, but often lazy analogies between past and present that obscure the complexity and idiosyncrasy of discrete events. By acknowledging the similarities and differences between seemingly analogous events, we can achieve a better understanding of the situations before us today. If we want to mine the past as a reservoir of “good” and “bad” practices from which to draw inspiration, a critical historical approach is needed. Furthermore, historical thinking is necessary if we are to get to the root of the issues, concerns, crises, and narratives that are shaping contemporary society, as well as to develop informed speculations about what may lie ahead. Finally, historical thinking, particularly in the form of comparisons between past and present, can help interrogate those key assumptions that might seem self-evident today and to illuminate the striking features, struggles, and challenges facing our contemporary societies.

We encourage contributions from specialists in all branches of the humanities and social sciences who adopt historical approaches: from historians and anthropologists to political scientists and sociologists, from experts in the history of antiquity to those working on the very recent past. Thus the journal aims to bring together various time frames and a full gamut of approaches and methodologies.

The journal seeks to inform scholars and policy makers interested in connecting past and present through publishing relatively short articles with a length between 4,000 and 7,000 words (annotation excluded). Longer articles can be accepted after consultation with the editors.
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Harm Kaal, Radboud University
Jelle van Lottum, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands / Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Editorial Board:
David Armitage, University of Harvard
Arnd Bauerkämper, Freie Universität Berlin
Stefan Berger, Ruhr University Bochum
Arndt Brendecke, Ludwig Maximilian Universität Munich
Deborah Coen, Yale University
Stefan Couperus, University of Groningen
Niall Ferguson, Stanford University
Carine Germond, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Stuart Gietel-Basten, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Alix Green, University of Essex
Claire Holleran, University of Exeter
Jenny Leigh Smith, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
David Lowe, Deakin University, Australia
Matthias Middell, University of Leipzig
Diana Mishkova, Centre for Advanced Study Sofia
Kevin O’Rourke, All Souls, University of Oxford
Bo Poulsen, Aalborg University
Bernd Roeck, University of Zürich
Osamu Saito, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo
Charlotte Sleigh, University of Kent
Simon Szreter, University of Cambridge