Yet another edited collection
So what does it say about EMEMH that the subfield publishes extremely few journal articles (and there are extremely few journals in which to publish them), while we publish numerous chapters in edited collections? The edited collections tend to develop from conference proceedings, so clearly we have a fair number of specialized conferences, but why so few journal articles? Is this indicative of the small number of publishing EMEMHians? That there are few EMEMHians at research institutions with the time to publish a lot? That EMEMH is even more cliquish than other subfields? That there isn’t a major historical debate to engage in? That we tend to focus on our country-specific historiographies instead of banding together as EMEMHians? Something else?
Part of it may have to do with the small size of the discipline. Awhile back I tried to estimate the number of academics publishing EMEMH over the past decade – for the US, Britain, France and the Netherlands I only counted less than 100. Sometime (probably next year) I’ll try to analyze EMEMH articles and book chapters over the past decade.
The prompt for this reflection? Yet another edited collection now available:
Schneid, Frederick C., ed. The Projection and Limitations of Imperial Powers, 1618-1850. Leiden: Brill, 2012.
Since the Brill website doesn’t have the Table of Contents for some reason, here are the chapters that are of interest to EMEMH:
Peter H. Wilson, “Meaningless Conflict? The Character of the Thirty Years War”
Jeremy Black, “War and Warfare in the Age of Louis XIV: The Global Context”
John Lynn, “The Other Side of Victory: Honorable Surrender during the Wars of Louis XIV”
Ciro Paoletti, “Italy, Piedmont and French Anti-Habsburg Strategy, 1690-1748”
Dennis Showalter, “Reform and Stability: Prussia’s Military Dialectic from Hubertusberg to Waterloo”
Janet Hartley, “Russia as a Great Military Power, 1762-1825”
I’m noticing a pattern here…
[There are a couple other chapters that deal with the Revolutionary/Napoleonic period.]