About the Series
H
istory, as radical historians have long observed, cannot be se-
vered 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 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
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 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
book series seeks to create an important intellectual space and discursive
community to explore the very issue of what constitutes radical history.
Within this context, some of the books published in the series may priv-
ilege alternative and oppositional political cultures, but all will be con-
cerned with the way power is constituted, contested, used, and abused.
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