A Quick Word About the Future of Civil War History

As many of you know I recently shared an announcement concerning the decision on the part of the Society For Civil War Historians to end their 2-year relationship with Kent State and Civil War History in favor of a new journal to be sponsored by the University of North Carolina Press.  I want to make it clear that I am confident that Civil War History will have little difficulty organizing a new editorial staff to take over the journal.  I speak for many in the field when I say that CWH has been indispensable in furthering our understanding of the period and I have every expectation that it will continue to do so.

Will Underwood, who is the director of Kent State University Press, sent along the following comment:

As the publisher of Civil War History, we naturally regret the surprise decision of the Society of Civil War Historians to sever its ties with our journal in favor of another. However, the addition to the field of a second journal can only benefit study of the Civil War era.

For more than 50 years Civil War History has served the field by bringing to scholars, institutions, and the interested public the best in provocative and groundbreaking Civil War era scholarship. It will continue to do so for as long as the study of America’s greatest national crisis endures.

As Mr. Underwood noted, the journal has been in continuous publication for five decades.  All but two of those years have been without a relationship with an academic organization.  It goes without saying that the journal will continue.  In fact, I am looking forward to seeing who takes over and how that shapes its particular focus.

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4 comments… add one
  • markrcheathem Feb 26, 2010 @ 16:54

    I agree with your previous recommendation that John Neff and Ole Miss should jump on this opportunity.

    • Kevin Levin Feb 26, 2010 @ 17:54

      Ole Miss would be ideal.

      • Ken Noe Feb 26, 2010 @ 18:35

        Speaking of Ole Miss, looks like a new kind of Rebel may be on the horizon. My Civil War Memory class students really wanted to talk about this yesterday:


        • Kevin Levin Feb 26, 2010 @ 21:28

          I think it's a wonderful choice and demonstrates once and for all that Ole Miss students have embraced diversity on a universal scale.

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