History, as radical historians have long observed, cannot be
severed from authorial subjectivity, indeed, from politics. Po-
litical concerns animate the questions we ask, the subjects on
which we write. For over thirty years the Radical History Re-
view has led in nurturing and advancing such engaged histori-
cal research. Radical Perspectives seeks to further the jour-
nal’s mission: any author wishing to be in this 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 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 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 inter-
section 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 intel-
lectual 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 privilege alter-
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