About the series
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 engaged
historical research. Radical Perspectives seeks to further the journal’s mis-
sion: 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 his-
torian 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 post-
colonial move to “provincialize Europe”; studies of the public in and of the
past, including those that consider the commodification of the past; histo-
ries 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 dis-
cursive community to explore the very issue of what constitutes radical his-
tory. Within this context, some of the books published in the series may privi-
lege alternative and oppositional political cultures, but all will be concerned
with the way power is constituted, contested, used, and abused.
“Speaking truth to power” is a political strategy long celebrated by his-
torians of radical and oppositional movements, and it is at the very heart
of James N. Green’s gripping study of opposition to the Brazilian military
dictatorship, starting with the title: We Cannot Remain Silent. Chronicling the
emergence of a hemispheric human- rights discourse and activism in re-
sponse to illegal detentions and torture by the military regime that ruled
Brazil from 1964 to 1985, Green gives particular attention to a diverse group
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