History, as radical historians have long observed, cannot be severed from
authorial subjectivity—indeed, from politics. Political concerns animate the
questions we ask, the subjects on which we write. For over thirty years, the
Radical History Review has led in nurturing and advancing politically en-
gaged historical research. Radical Perspectives seeks to further the journal’s
mission: Any author wishing to be in the series makes a self-conscious deci-
sion to associate her or his work with a radical 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 pro-
vide some signposts for what we would judge to be radical history. It offers
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 post-
colonial move to ‘‘provincialize Europe’’; studies of the public in and of the
past, including those that consider the commodification of the past; and his-
tories 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 book 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 the series
may privilege alternative and oppositional political cultures, but all will be
concerned with the way power is constituted, contested, used, and abused.
Florencia Mallon’s pathbreaking contributions to the field of postcolonial
Latin American history have consistently placed the question of commu-
nity at the heart of her narrative and analysis. Writing from an explicitly
radical perspective, she has sympathetically reconstructed the remarkable
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