The Journal of Modern History

The Journal of Modern History  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
J. Mod. Hist.
Discipline History
Language English
Edited by John W. Boyer, Jan E. Goldstein
Publication details
University of Chicago Press (United States)
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0022-2801
LCCN 31005078
OCLC no. 263589299
JSTOR 00222801

The Journal of Modern History is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal covering European intellectual, political, and cultural history, published by the University of Chicago Press in cooperation with the Modern European History Section of the American Historical Association.[1] The journal covers events from approximately 1500 to the present, with a geographical scope extending from the United Kingdom through the European continent, including Russia and the Balkans.

Editors and editorial board

The Journal of Modern History is coedited by John W. Boyer and Jan E. Goldstein (University of Chicago). Previous editors include Sheila Fitzpatrick, Hanna Gray, William Hardy McNeill, and Bernadotte Schmitt.

Format and contents

The journal publishes articles and book reviews. On occasion, it has published special issues focusing on specific topics.

The Chester Penn Higby Prize

Chester Penn Higby served on the history faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1927 to 1956, and was one of the founders of the Journal of Modern History. Upon his retirement, several of his former students established a trust fund to provide a cash prize for the best article published in the journal. The prize is awarded during even-numbered years, and past winners have included Jan E. Goldstein, William W. Hagen, Susan Pedersen, and Heinrich August Winkler.


  1. "The Journal of Modern History". JSTOR. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
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