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Journal of World History

ISSN: 1045-6007
E-ISSN: 1527-8050
Frequency: Quarterly

The Journal of World History publishes research into historical questions requiring the investigation of evidence on a global, comparative, cross-cultural, or transnational scale. It is devoted to the study of phenomena that transcend the boundaries of single states, regions, or cultures, such as large-scale population movements, long-distance trade, cross-cultural technology transfers, and the transnational spread of ideas. Individual subscription is by membership in the World History Association.

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Book series: Perspectives on the Global Past

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    Migration and Mobility in the Modern Age: Refugees, Travelers, and Traffickers in Europe and Eurasia ed. by Anika Walke, Jan Musekamp, and Nicole Svobodny, and: Placing Empire: Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial Japan by Kate McDonald (review)
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    A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780–1950 by Fahad Ahmad Bishara (review)
    Posted on Tuesday March 19, 2019

    Histoire mondiale de la France ed. by Patrick Boucheron (review)
    Posted on Tuesday March 19, 2019

    Managing Frontiers in Qing China: The Lifanyuan and Libu Revisited ed. by Dittmar Schorkowitz and Chia Ning (review)
    Posted on Tuesday March 19, 2019

    Asiatische Revolutionen: Europa und der Aufstieg und Fall asiatischer Imperien (1600–1830) / Asian Revolutions: Europe and the Rise and Fall of Asian Empires (1600–1830) by Sven Trakulhun (review)
    Posted on Tuesday March 19, 2019

    An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World: Benguela and its Hinterland by Mariana P. Candido, and: The Atlantic Slave Trade from West Central Africa, 1780–1867 by Daniel B. Domingues da Silva (review)
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    Posted on Tuesday March 19, 2019

    Desertion in the Early Modern World: A Comparative History ed. by Matthias van Rossum and Jeannette Kamp (review)
    Posted on Tuesday March 19, 2019

    Global Historical Sociology ed. by Julian Go and George Lawson (review)
    Posted on Tuesday March 19, 2019

    Reformation Thought: An Anthology of Sources transed. by Margaret L. King (review)
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    Posted on Tuesday March 19, 2019

    Shadowlands: Memory and History in Post-Soviet Estonia by Meike Wulf (review)
    Posted on Tuesday March 19, 2019

    Biography of an Empire: Governing Ottomans in an Age of Revolution by Christine M. Philliou, and: The Circassian: A Life of Eşref Bey, Late Ottoman Insurgent and Special Agent by Benjamin C. Fortna, and: The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant by Dana Sajdi (review)
    Posted on Tuesday March 19, 2019

    Rogue Empires: Contracts and Conmen in Europe's Scramble for Africa by Steven Press (review)
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  • Author Guidelines
  • The Journal of World History publishes research into historical questions requiring the investigation of evidence on a global, comparative, cross-cultural, or transnational scale. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically via the new web portal (; emailed and mailed article submissions are no longer accepted. Please create an account at this web portal, login, and follow instructions.

    Manuscripts should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010). All text, including quotations and footnotes, should be 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced with generous margins, and of no more than 12,000 words (including notes). All citations and references should appear in consecutively numbered footnotes, not endnotes. Articles must be anonymous as all articles considered by the editors to have potential for publication will be subject to blind peer review by at least two scholars in the field. Please remove any name, title, or other identifying text from your article that might reveal your identity as an author. Acknowledgements should not appear in the manuscript but can be added to the text later if the article is accepted for publication. A brief (150-word) abstract should be submitted with the original manuscript.

    Submission of a manuscript to the Journal of World History indicates that the material is unpublished and is not being considered concurrently for publication elsewhere, even in a language other than English. (Requests for exceptions for an article that has already appeared in a language other than English can be made to the Journal editor.) Work that will soon be published in substantially the same form as part of a book or made available on the Internet should not normally be submitted. Articles that have been distributed on the Internet via a non-peer-reviewed platform may be considered for publication at the discretion of the editor.

    Please see for detailed manuscript submission guidelines and instructions.

    Books for review should be sent to:

    Book Reviews Coordinating Editor, Wensheng Wang
    Journal of World History, Department of History
    University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
    2530 Dole Street
    Honolulu, HI 96822-2383, USA.

    Publishers wishing to have books that are published in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish considered for review should send a notice to the appropriate Book Reviews Associate Editor as listed. We do not accept unsolicited book reviews.

    Book Review Associate Editors:

    Books published in Arabic: John-Paul Ghobrial (Oxford University)
    Books published in Chinese: Wensheng Wang (University of Hawai‘i)
    Books published in Dutch: Eric Mielants (Fairfield University)
    Books published in French: C. Kieko Matteson (University of Hawai‘i)
    Books published in German: Alan Rosenfeld (University of Hawai‘i)
    Books published in Italian: Fabio López Lázaro (University of Hawai‘i)
    Books published in Japanese: Yukiko Koshiro (Nihon University)
    Books published in Portuguese: Filipa Ribeiro da Silva (International Institute of Social History)
    Books published in Russian: Ilya Vinkovetsky (Simon Fraser University)
    Books published in Spanish: Fabio López Lázaro (University of Hawai‘i)
    Books published in Turkish: John-Paul Ghobrial (Oxford University)

  • Editorial Board
  • Editor-in-Chief

    Fabio López Lázaro, University of Hawai‘i


    Cátia Antunes, Leiden University

    Kerry Ward, Rice University

    Managing Editor

    Michele L. Louro, Salem State University

    editorial assistant

    Benjamin Fairfield, University of Hawai‘i

    advisory board

    Shigeru Akita, Osaka University

    Lauren Benton, Vanderbilt University

    Alfred W. Crosby, University of Texas, Emeritus

    Prasenjit Duara, Duke University

    Ross E. Dunn, San Diego State University, Emeritus

    Felipe Fernández-Armesto, University of Notre Dame

    Dirk Hoerder, Arizona State University and University of Bremen

    E. L. Jones, La Trobe University

    Daniel W. Y. Kwok, University of Hawai‘i, Emeritus

    Liu Jiahe, Beijing Normal University

    Craig A. Lockard, University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, Emeritus

    Patrick Manning, University of Pittsburgh, Emeritus

    John R. McNeill, Georgetown University

    Prasannan Parthasarathi, Boston College

    Peter Perdue, Yale University

    Kenneth Pomeranz, University of Chicago

    Arthur E. Tiedemann, Columbia University, Emeritus

    Ian Tyrrell, University of New South Wales

    Peer Vries, International Institute of Social History, Netherlands

    Judith P. Zinsser, Miami University

    editorial board

    Clare Anderson, University of Leicester

    Alison Bashford, Cambridge University

    Roger B. Beck, Eastern Illinois University

    Antoinette Burton, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Elton L. Daniel, University of Hawai‘i

    Carter V. Findley, The Ohio State University, Emeritus

    Gladys Frantz-Murphy, Regis College

    Marilynn Jo Hitchens, Wheat Ridge School

    Diego Holstein, University of Pittsburgh

    David Kopf, University of Minnesota

    Laura Mitchell, University of California, Irvine

    Kevin Reilly, Raritan Valley Community College

    Giorgio Riello, University of Warwick

    Morris Rossabi, Queens College

    Glenda Sluga, University of Sydney

    Eric Tagliacozzo, Cornell University

    Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University

    Josefina Zoraida Vázquez, El Colegio de Mexico

    Kären Wigen, Stanford University

    book reviews coordinating editor

    Wensheng Wang, University of Hawai‘i


    Books published in Chinese:

    Wensheng Wang, University of Hawai‘i

    Books published in Dutch:

    Eric Mielants, Fairfield University

    Books published in German:

    Alan Rosenfeld, University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu

    Books published in French:

    C. Kieko Matteson, University of Hawai‘i

    Books published in Italian, and Spanish:

    Fabio López Lázaro, University of Hawai‘i

    Books published in Russian:

    Ilya Vinkovetsky, Simon Fraser University

    Books published in Portuguese:

    Filipa Ribeiro da Silva, International Institute of Social History, Netherlands

    Books published in Japanese:

    Yukiko Koshiro, Nihon University

    Books published in Arabic and Turkish:

    John-Paul Ghobrial, Oxford University

  • Indexes
  • Articles appearing in Journal of World History are indexed and/or abstracted in:

    Book Review Index

    Canada in Context, 03/2000-

    Clarivate Analytics–
    Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    Current Contents
    Web of Science

    De Gruyter Saur–
    Dietrich’s Index Philosophicus
    IBZ – Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
    Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur

    Academic Search Alumni Edition, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search Complete, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search Elite, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search Premier, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search Ultimate, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search: Main Edition, 3/1/1992-
    Advanced Placement Source, 1/1/2001-
    America: History and Life, 3/1/1990-
    Current Abstracts, 1/1/2001-
    Historical Abstracts (Online), 3/1/1963-
    History Reference Center, 1/1/2001-
    Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson), 1/1/1965-1/4/1972
    Humanities Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson), 1/1/1965-1/4/1972
    Humanities International Complete, 1/1/2001-
    Humanities International Index, 1/1/2001-
    Humanities Source, 1/1/1965-
    Humanities Source Ultimate, 1/1/1965-
    Library & Information Science Source, 1/2/1966-1/2/1966
    MainFile, 3/1/1992-
    MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    Political Science Complete, 3/1/1992-
    Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies
    Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1983 (H.W. Wilson), 1965/01-1972/12
    SocINDEX, 1/1/1993-
    SocINDEX with Full Text, 1/1/1993-
    Sociological Collection, 1/1/2001-
    TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 1/1/2001-

    Elsevier BV–
    Scopus, 1990-

    Academic OneFile, 03/2000-
    Advanced Placement Global History Collection, 03/2000-
    Book Review Index Plus
    Diversity Studies Collection, 03/2000-
    Educator’s Reference Complete, 03/2000-
    Expanded Academic ASAP, 03/2000-
    General OneFile, 03/2000-
    General Reference Center, 03/2000-
    General Reference Center Gold, 03/2000-
    General Reference Centre International, 3/2000-
    InfoTrac Custom, 3/2000-
    InfoTrac Student Edition, 03/2000-
    MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    Student Resources in Context, 03/2000-
    US History in Context, 03/2000-
    World History Collection, 03/2000 –
    World History in Context, 03/2000-
    World Scholar: Latin America & the Caribbean, 3/2000-

    ArticleFirst, vol.11, no.1, 2000-vol.22, no.4, 2011
    Electronic Collections Online, vol.11, no.1, 2000-vol.22, no.4, 2011
    Sociological Abstracts (Online), Selective

    International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, Core
    Military Database, 4/1/1998-
    MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    Periodicals Index Online, 4/1/1992-10/1/2000
    Professional ProQuest Central, 04/01/1998-
    ProQuest 5000, 04/01/1998-
    ProQuest Central, 4/1/1998-
    Research Library, 04/01/1998-
    SciTech Premium Collection, 4/1/1998-
    Social Services Abstracts, Selective
    Sociological Abstracts (Online), Selective
    Technology Collection, 4/1/1998-
    Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Selective