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The Massachusetts Historical Review (MHR) publishes essays, photo-essays, historical documents, and review articles each autumn. Every issue offers pieces rich in narrative detail and thoughtful analysis, prepared for all readers interested in the history of the Commonwealth, from its settlement to the 21st century.
Beginning with a new series in 2021, each issue of the MHR will focus on a specific theme connected with Massachusetts history, although essays in the volume need not be limited to Massachusetts or New England topics. See Submissions at bottom of page for more information.
Deadline: 15 June 2021
The publication of the third volume of the new series will coincide with the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. On the evening of 16 December 1773, American colonists opposed to the Tea Act seriously escalated their decade-long protest against the authority of Parliament to make laws that affected the North American colonies. Having chanted “no taxation without representation” through several legal and economic clashes with Parliament, the Sons of Liberty led this raid on ships carrying British East India Company tea anchored in Boston Harbor. Heaving hundreds of chests of tea into the murky water, these individuals took matters into their own hands, setting the colonies and the metropole on a course that would culminate in revolution and war. In the decades and centuries since, the Boston Tea Party has become a productive image, used in support of numerous demands for representation in other times and contexts.
Using the Boston Tea Party as a starting point, volume 3 of the MHR’s new series will focus on the theme of representation, broadly conceived. Essays may address the theme in a variety of ways, including but not limited to political representation, cultural representation, and historical representation. However, the idea of representation must be integral to the material examined and must be addressed directly as a key aspect of the analysis/argument.
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Beginning with volume 20, new volumes of the MHR will not be available at JSTOR until one year after print publication. If you would like to switch your electronic subscription to print, please contact the publications office.
Beginning with the first volume of the new series in 2021, each volume of the MHR will present essays on a topic chosen for that year. Before inquiring about submission for an upcoming volume, please check the call for papers (Call for Papers - NOW CLOSED), keeping in mind that each new CFP will be posted in the spring.
Manuscript submissions will not be considered without an initial proposal, as outlined in the CFP.
Director of Research and MHR Editor, Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai
Ford Editor of Publications, Ondine Le Blanc