H-POL is dedicated to enhancing scholarly communication on the history of politics, with a special interest in the history of politics in the United States. H-POL fosters productive exchange of ideas and materials among historically-oriented scholars of a social scientific or humanistic perspective -the list is not limited to professional, academic historians. Archivists, librarians, public historians, and students at any level with a mature interest in the craft of political history are also welcome. Through this list, subscribers and moderators communicate current research and research interests; discuss new articles, books, papers, approaches, methods and tools of analysis; test new ideas and share comments and tips on teaching.
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H-POL is co-edited by Peter Knupfer (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Robert P. Forbes (email@example.com), both PhDs in political history. The moderators serve two-year renewable terms, with the approval of the Executive Committee and rotate their duties. The current moderator is identified in all messages coming from the list. The moderators solicit postings (by email, phone and even by regular mail), assist people in subscribing and setting up options, handle routine inquiries, and consolidate some postings.The moderators solicit and post newsletter type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) They also commission book and article reviews, and post book announcements from publishers. Anyone with suggestions about what H-POL can and might do is invited to send in ideas.
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