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Journal of Applied History

Editors-in-Chief: Harm Kaal and Jelle van Lottum
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JOAH has published several COVID19-related articles. These articles are freely available. See the latest selection here.

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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Latest Articles

Globalization, Geopolitics, and the U.S.–China Rivalry after Covid-19
Historical References in Flemish News Media at the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Author: Bram De Ridder
Revisiting the Cutter Polio Vaccine Incident during Operation Warp Speed
Why Do States Cooperate in Transboundary Crises? An Applied History Perspective
Meiji Japan