Category Archives: Publications

The National History Center’s newsletters and Reinterpreting History book series published by the Oxford University Press.

Center Opens an “E-Store”

The National History Center has opened a virtual E-store with the help of Amazon.com.

In the E-Store, the books recommended from the various programs run by the Center are listed by topic and available through Amazon for purchase.  By buying books through the National History Center’s e-store, you can help support the programs the Center runs, as Amazon donates a percentage of the purchase back to the Center.

The recommendations include books from the congressional briefings series, the Oxford University Press Series Reinterpreting History, and the lecture series with the Council on Foreign Relations.   For the summer institutes, the e-store lists both the required and recommended reading for the participants.  Under the Decolonization subject, the books listed are decolonization seminar’s required reading for the participants and books authored by the leaders, but also books published as a result of the research undertaken during the seminar.

Patrons to the e-store can also shop for and purchase other books and products for sale at Amazon, including e-books, videos, clothing, or shoes.

Click here to enter the store and start collecting the recommended books.  The E-store is also available in the navigation bar.

“The Role of the History Major in Liberal Education” Report Turned into a AHA Pamphlet

The National History Center partnered with the American Historical Association to publish its report for the Teagle Foundation on “The Role of the History Major in Liberal Education” into a pamphlet for the AHA.

The pamphlet, entitled The History Major and Undergraduate Liberal Education, is the report prepared by the National History Center’s working group headed by Stanley N. Katz (Princeton University) and James R. Grossman (The Newberry Library).  The pamphlet urges history departments to reassess their curriculum for history majors, with an eye towards emphasizing the goals and values of liberal education.  A history major, the report argues, should “nurture [students’] liberal and civic capacities, in part by integrating disciplinary knowledge, methods, and principles into the broad experience of undergraduate education.”

It is available for purchase at the American Historical Association’s Pub Shop.

Second Volume in “Reinterpreting History” Focuses on Atlantic History



The second volume in the “Reinterpreting History” series is now available. Atlantic History: A Critical History  is edited by Jack P. Greene, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University, and Philip D. Morgan, Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University.

This book offers an incisive look at how interpretations of the Atlantic world have changed over time and from a variety of national perspectives. Atlantic history, which developed in the 1970s and has become very popular in the past several years, looks at the transnational interconnections between Europe, North America, South America, and Africa, particularly in the early modern/colonial period, rather than understanding nations/states absent a broader global context.

This volume discusses key areas of the Atlantic world, including the British, Dutch, French, Iberian, and African Atlantic, as well as the movement of ideas, peoples, and goods. It also offers critical perspectives of the concept itself, juxtaposing it with global and Continental history. The cast of contributors is stellar and international, including scholars who have been at the forefront of teaching and research in this area. Together they will create a volume that introduces inexperienced students and general readers to Atlantic history, as well as offers new perspectives for scholars. Atlantic history is taught as its own course at a variety of universities, and Atlantic perspectives are incorporated into courses on early modern Europe, British history, colonial America, colonial Latin America, and African history.

It and the first volume on Vietnam is available to purchase at the Oxford University Press.

This series of books is published by Oxford University Press. Each volume focuses on a historical topic that has been substantially reinterpreted as a result of recent scholarship. The series is designed to offer students and the public a better understanding of how and why historical thinking changes.