About this Network


H-Socialisms is H-Net's Network for the international scholars network "History of Societies and Socialisms" (HOSAS).

I. The H-Socialisms Network: Scope, Content, Purpose

This is the H-Net network for the International Scholars' Network "History of Societies and Socialisms" (HOSAS). HOSAS was launched in 2009 to advance and connect fresh approaches to the study of socialism in history. The thematic core of the network is defined by a wide understanding of the term "socialism" as both a world of ideas and a family of social and political movements. Accordingly, the network's title uses the plural form "socialisms" to stress the plurality of possible perspectives on socialism and the need to differentiate its study as a historical subject.

The HOSAS-network – along with H-Socialisms – intends particularly to further the intellectual exchange among those working on the history of socialisms in the widest sense of the word, and to enhance their ability to jointly organize and realize specific projects such as workshops, conferences, panel proposals, research projects, and publications. Such networking may also have the welcome side effect of popularizing the study of socialisms in history and to raise the public awareness for this subject, its enduring and manifold impacts on the past and present, as well as its continuous relevance today and tomorrow.

We thus welcome scholars who deal with these phenomena in the widest possible sense. In order to inspire a trans- and interdisciplinary dialogue we very much hope to attract not only historians but also colleagues from other humanistic and social sciences. Their research perspectives can range from global to local, their chronological focus anywhere between the early 19th century and the present. We perceive ourselves as curious scholars seeking to cooperate and coordinate without having to create a rigid organizational structure. In November 2010 and in February 2013, we organized two meeting at the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam, providing a forum for interested network members and outside scholars to exchange ideas, projects and findings on the history of socialisms. HOSAS situates itself outside and beyond any political party affiliations. We believe that it remains necessary, especially today, to professionally address the history of socialism even though the historiography on the subject is vast and has a long tradition spanning more than a century.

Yet each generation raises their own questions, applies different theories and methods, and thus finds new or alternative answers to seemingly old questions. And it must not be forgotten that the historiography of socialism and the workers' movement has long been over-shadowed, sometimes even dictated, by dogmatism, ideological fervor and political interest. The "master narratives" about the origins, nature, theory, and practice, the costs and consequences of socialism, which have been drafted by older generations of scholars – whatever their political-ideological motives might have been – need to be critically revisited and, if prudent, even revised. Our network is dedicated to the integral study of the "history of societies and socialisms" and thus shall contribute to the mastering of this enormous challenge. With the H-Socialisms network we wish to widen and overcome our limited individual discursive spheres and research cabinets and to connect with others in the many fields of research involved without creating an esoteric circle of specialized freaks.

H-Socialisms’s new network format now also offers opportunities for exciting new forms of digital collaboration utilizing built in platforms and multiple forms of media.

II. Editors.

H-Socialisms is edited by field experts approved by the network board and certified by H-Net’s Executive Council.  The editors serve two-year renewable terms and rotate their duties. Editors are listed in the Network Staff List linked from the network’s front page. The editors will solicit postings through the Commons, will approve new subscriptions, will handle routine inquiries, and manage submissions. Anyone with suggestions about what H-Socialisms can and might do is invited to send in ideas by writing to the editorial address. The editors will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) Like all H-Net networks, H-Socialisms is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the network mission, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. Please read section III below for details about ownership, style, formatting, and content of your messages. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.02 of our council policies, located at:


For a list of current editors, visit: https://networks.h-net.org/node/11717/staffpage

III. Communicating Through the Network.

A. Copyright notice. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. H-Net considers all messages posted to its forums to be a form of publication. Unless otherwise arranged with H-Net, all contributions to H-Socialisms are subject to H-Net’s Terms of Use and its policies concerning copyright and intellectual property, Art. III, Sec. 3.01-3.08 of the H-Net Council Policies. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of H-Net's terms of use. Users of the site verify that they are authorized by copyright holders to submit content to H-Net for publication according to those terms of use, including the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License linked here http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/. Unless otherwise indicated, reviews commissioned by H-Net and published under its imprint are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

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B. Contributions: The tone and content of H-Socialisms depends directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be considerate of the needs of a busy audience of scholars, many of whom must pay for their access to the internet. A number of excellent guides to online behavior and style are available on the internet and we invite you consult them.

-- ALL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NETWORK MUST BE SIGNED. If your profile on the H-Net Commons is not filled out with a valid name and affiliation the editors will delay posting until authorship and email address are confirmed.

-- CONTENT: Editors retain the right to review material for its pertinence, tone, style, and relevance to the network's mission. Ad hominems, unattributed quotations or innuendo, private messages forwarded for posting without permission, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed as subscribers to the network.  H-Net permanently archives its content on the H-Net Commons.  Do not submit material that you consider to be of a private nature or that you would not want available to future readers.

-- STYLE: the default editorial style for discussion postings is that of a letter to the editor. Your remarks can be crafted to suit the tone of an existing discussion thread, but in any case they should address the editor and not make direct personal references to others, except where you are replying directly to a simple query (e.g., "you can find this information in Webster's Third International Dictionary."). Avoid excessive quotation of messages you refer or reply to.

-- FORMAT: While you can submit your posts to the Commons using various fonts, styles and formatting these may be edited by the editor for uniformity and readability.

IV. Technical Information.

When you subscribe to the Commons, H-Net will send you a confirmation message containing important information about managing your subscription. For online help with your subscription see http://networks.h-net.org/help-desk, especially the “Getting Started” section. These guides will help you modify your notifications, unsubscribe from the network, change the e-mail address associated with your profile, and use your “My H-Net” page effectively. If you still have questions after reading the guides please email help@mail.h-net.msu.edu.

V. The H-Socialisms Network Site

The H-Socialisms network site contains the following required information and services:

- The archives of the H-Socialisms network discussions and other uploaded content

- The network's official documents: its about page, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents.

- Hypertext links to resources in our subject: teaching materials, research archives, other networks.

VI. Advisory Board.

H-Socialisms's daily activities are managed by the editors. Its long-term policies are developed by the advisory board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the current editor. Board members referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editors on disputes among editors and subscribers; monitor the network and make active contributions to discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are encouraged to contact any or all of the editorial board members with ideas and concerns about H-Socialisms.

For a list of the current advisory board, visit: https://networks.h-net.org/node/11717/staffpage

VII. Our Parent Organization: H-Net

H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, egalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources.

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