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Book Reviews

The Madison Historical Review accepts book reviews of historical monographs published within the last three years. You may only submit one book review for consideration. For the purposes of our journal, we define a historical monograph as a scholarly work written by a historian on a historic topic. This could be someone who specializes in public history, political history, intellectual history, etc.

Each book review should be double-spaced and no more than 1,000 words in length. Please use parenthetical citations for direct quotes from the work being reviewed. You may email submissions along with a current curriculum vitae or resume to mhr.jmu.edu. All submissions must be in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf

The heading of each review should conform to this format:

Title. Author’s first and last names. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year. Pages.


Guidelines:

  • All reviews should state the author’s thesis and how the argument is developed and supported throughout the work. 
  • Reviews should not be strictly summaries of the monograph but should include analysis of the author’s approach, use of sources, organization, intended audience, etc. 
  • If the book is an edited collection of essays, you may focus on specific chapters that you consider particularly important. You should also give readers an idea of the content and overall purpose. 
  • Inform the reader how the work being reviewed fits into a larger historiography. Does the author add to or change the existing knowledge of the subject?
  • Refrain from listing typographical or minor errors unless these significantly affect the quality of the work.