about the series
history, as radical
historians have long observed, can-
not be severed from authorial subjectivity, indeed from politics.
Political concerns animate the questions we ask, the subjects on
which we write. For more than thirty years the Radical History
Review has led in nurturing and advancing politically engaged
historical research. Radical Perspectives seeks to further the
journal’s mission: any author wishing to be in the series makes
a self-conscious decision to associate her or his work with a rad-
ical perspective. To be sure, many of us are currently struggling
with the issue of what it means to be a radical historian in the
early twenty-first century, and this series is intended to provide
some signposts for what we would judge to be radical history.
It will offer innovative ways of telling stories from multiple
perspectives; comparative, transnational, and global histories
that transcend conventional boundaries of region and nation;
works that elaborate on the implications of the postcolonial
move to “provincialize Europe”; studies of the public in and
of the past, including those that consider the commodification
of the past; histories that explore the intersection of identities
such as gender, race, class, and sexuality with an eye to their
political implications and complications. Above all, this series
seeks to create an important intellectual space and discursive
community to explore the very issue of what constitutes radi-
cal history. Within this context, some of the books published in
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