The Art of the Review - Episode 11 Obituary as Review


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This episode is about the scholarly obituary and presents two different approaches to the enterprise of reviewing a scholar's life. Tasked with "reviewing" the life of historian and his own mentor, Dr. Raymond A. Mohl, Robert interviews H-War editor David Silbey about his review of distinguished military historian John Keegan. Robert and Yelena then talk about some considerations, like what to include and the issue of objectivity. Links to the obituaries and interviews discussed are below.

The Art of the Review - Episode 13 The Short Review


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In this episode, Yelena and Robert discuss the benefits and drawbacks of writing short reviews. Yelena mentions The New Yorker's regular Briefly Noted reviews, which prove without a doubt that writing skill matters in the short review.

The Art of the Review - Episode 14 Peer Review & the Digital Humanities


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In this episode, we return to the topic of peer review, this time discussing the peer review process for editing and publishing scholarly editions. Robert interviews Mark Kamrath, a Professor of English at the University of Central Florida.

The Art of the Review - Episode 3 Reviews We Liked, part 2


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In this episode, Robert continues the discussion of reviews we liked with H-Net copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak. The reviews discussed are below.

More reviews we liked:

The Art of the Review - Episode 6 Professionalism in Tone


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In this second part of our two-part episode on professionalism, Robert and Yelena discuss how network advisory boards can help review editors vet a review's tone prior to publication.

The Art of the Review - Episode 4 Quotes


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This episode dispenses some straightforward advice about the use of quotes in reviews. Robert speaks with H-Net copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak about some dos and don'ts of using quotations in reviews.

A review we mentioned in the episode was:

The Art of the Review - Episode 5 Professionalism & Constructive Criticism


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This is the first of a two-part episode about professionalism in academic book reviewing. In this episode, Robert and Yelena look at H-Net's guidelines for professionalism and speak with H-Net copyeditors Basia Nowak and Charlotte Weber about two reviews that constructively critique the books under review. 

The Art of the Review - Episode 7 The Living Review


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This episode, which we are calling The Living Review, takes as its point of departure the idea of looking back to a review after some years or decades. Robert and Yelena discuss an interview Robert did with James Struthers, professor of Canadian Studies at Trent University in Ontario. Prof. Struthers looks back at a review he wrote in 1994 for the now defunct H-State list.

The Art of the Review - Episode 8 The Author as Audience


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In this episode, Robert and Yelena talk about what special considerations reviewers should make regarding a book's author. Robert shares his experiences of having his own book reviewed, and then speaks with Brendan C. Lindsay, whose book Murder State: California's Native American Genocide, 1848-1873 was recently reviewed on H-AmIndian, about the ways that that review has been helpful to him.

The reviews we discussed were:

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