Reinterpreting History

This book series, published by Oxford University Press in cooperation with the National History Center of the American Historical Association, explores the ways interpretations of historical events change over time. Edited volumes originate in Center sessions at the annual meetings of the American Historical Association.

Two sessions at the 2013 meeting are slated for the series: “New Perpectives on the ‘Progressive Era'” and “Theorizing the History of War and the Environment.”

Program History

The first volume, Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars, appeared in 2008. Edited by Marilyn B. Young and Mark Philip Bradley, it includes essays examining scholarship not only from U.S. and Vietnamese perspectives, but from the viewpoints of researchers from the former Soviet Union, China, Eastern Europe, France and Great Britain. Reviewers called it “path-breaking,” “exceptionally well-researched and “a crucial addition to the library of anyone interested in the histories of the Vietnam Wars.”

Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal was published in 2009. Edited by Jack Greene and Philip Morgan, its essays compare the Atlantic history model with other approaches, including continental history, hemispheric history, and global history. They focus on an array of early modern experiences, including those of Africans and indigenous peoples of the Americas, as well as the Spanish, Portuguese, British, French, and Dutch. It has already proven popular as a text for college courses.

The third volume, The Human Rights Revolution: An International History, was published in January 2012. Edited by Akira Iriye, Petra Goedde, and William Hitchcock, it has been heralded by critics as “a quantum leap forward,” providing “an engaged, critical perspective on the most important issue of our time.”

Volumes in the pipeline include studies of the Cold War in the Third World, the role of exploration in history, the Jacksonian Era , and the dawning of a post-Cold War world. For more detail, please see “Reinterpreting History: The NHC-OUP Collaboration Continues,” by series editor Susan Ferber of OUP in the October 2011 issue of Perspectives.