As H-Net Vice-President for Networks I have been interim editor for H-US1918-45 for a little while. It's clearly an important network: new subscribers join almost daily bringing the subscription base to nearly 1500 people. More importanly, the interwar years plus WWII are an important period in terms of both teaching and research. The problem is H-US1918-45 has no field experts running it. I’m just a fill-in. H-US1918-45 needs a dedicated team of editors who know the field to lead discussion, moderate posts, and locate and develop original resources and content.
I am seeking volunteers to take over this network and make it thrive, a task which could include:
- working as a moderator of posts from subscribers, and/or reviewing the many posts that come in daily to H-Announce and H-Reviews for cross-posting to H-US1918-45
- commissioning academic reviews of books relevant to H-US1918-45
- developing new publications, from informal to peer-reviewed, for digital-first open-access publication on H-US1918-45
- blogging and/or organizing bloggers
- calling for teaching or research resources and maintaining collections of them online
- working with professional associations to develop new resources, publications, etc.
- working with archives to support and host digitization projects to store as unique resources on H-US1918-45
- New teaching resources have been developed on the Commons that might make useful models or inspirations for H-US1918-45 teaching resource editors. H-Diplo has an expansive syllabus archive organized by subject and H-Urban's teaching center contains syllabi, articles related to teaching and pedagogy, teaching aids, commentary, and more.
I’m looking for people interested in using the range of tools available on H-Net. You need not be tech-savvy—if you have an interest and a vision, H-Net will provide training and support—but I would say tech-comfortable would be good. Ideally, multiple people will apply to form a team of editors: no one is expected to do everything. Editing H-Net networks provides invaluable service to the field and a unique line to your CV. Those who apply will find a blank slate to work with and a ready-made audience already in place.
If you are interested or have questions, contact Patrick Cox at email@example.com and we can talk about the position.
H-NET Vice-President for Networks