Support for H-Net’s 25 Anniversary fundraising drive

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Dear H-Diplo readers,

This year, the Humanities and Social Sciences Online network (H-Net), is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Founded in 1992, H-Net was a vital force in the internationalization of open-access scholarship and the creation of specialist listservs that have revolutionized scholarly discussions, interactions, and publications. It was and remains a non-profit organization.

Since its founding in 1993, H-Diplo has been a vital part of H-Net. A large number of our subscribers have been members since those early days, before the advent of online publishing, when electronic discussion lists for scholars were fresh and transformational. Early members will recall the amazement of being able to connect and communicate instantly on the H-Diplo listserv with other scholars of diplomacy and foreign policy across the globe, and, even more so, at a time when the field was being written off as past its prime and no longer relevant.

Twenty-five years later, in a sea of online content and social media, H-Diplo remains the flagship online publication for scholars of diplomacy and international relations. It is one of the most relevant and important open-access scholarly resources on the internet. Its publications are available, free of charge, to anyone who is interested in them. Our subscriber base has held firm for the last decade and continues to increase each year. Our website attracts tens of thousands of visitors per month. We publish over 250 H-Diplo reviews and essays per year as part of our in-house publication program, and over 100 H-Diplo reviews commissioned for the H-Net Reviews program, reaching a vast global audience of scholars.

Our Teaching Archive project, which offers syllabi from a range of courses taught by our members at universities and colleges, draws a wide range of scholars, especially junior scholars who are at the start of their teaching careers.  Four times per year, H-Diplo’s Journal Watch editors collate a huge volume of tables of contents from recently published articles in all journals related to the field. H-Diplo regularly posts calls for papers, conference announcements, and job notices, allowing for a maximal diffusion of such information among a targeted audience.

All of this is possible because of the hard work of our team of H-Diplo editors and moderators, backed by H-Net’s server, its new Drupal platform, its staff, and its technicians. During this 25th anniversary year, H-Net is asking for support for its work in maintaining, upgrading, and expanding its network, thereby allowing scholars to continue to have open access such invaluable material as that found on H-Diplo and its sister lists.

The editors of H-Diplo support this H-Net campaign. We ask all our readers who find H-Diplo to be a valuable resource to consider making a donation to H-Net so that it can continue to maintain and expand its systems. All funding goes directly to the H-Net organization and its operating system.

To do so, please visit

Thank you,

Diane Labrosse, H-Diplo managing editor


From: Lubna Qureshi

Since my appointment as co-editor of Journal Watch in 2009, I have known that our work has had a positive impact on our readers.  From France, I have received compliments from a scholar who said that our work made his much easier.  From Brazil and Italy, editors have requested that I add their journal titles to my list, another clear indication of Journal Watch’s importance.  I do think the American scholar Charles W. Hayford probably put it best in 2010.  Then editor of the Journal of American-East Asian Relations, Hayford wrote:

A major problem nowadays is to somehow find that newly published article in a journal you don’t subscribe to – I miss enough articles in the journals I do subscribe to…But it’s harder to come across what you weren’t looking for….Journal Watch doesn’t solve the problem – there’s just too much coming out and there’s no way

to search by key words or topic.  But every competent project like this is a big help, and you are sure to find acorns which you have missed.[1]

Personally, I only subscribe to Diplomatic History and The American Historical Review.  As with Hayford, Journal Watch keeps me abreast of the journals to which I do not subscribe.  I have read some articles that support my own research, and some that just satisfy my curiosity about other historical subjects.  If you find Journal Watch to be of use to you, please do consider sending a donation to H-Net.


Dr. Lubna Qureshi

Stockholm University

Journal Watch co-editor


From: Seth Offenbach:

As H-Net celebrates its 25th anniversary, I want to take a moment to celebrate our parent organization and the role H-Diplo has played on it. H-Diplo is one of the most vibrant networks on H-Net, producing innumerable reviews and essays on topics ranging from Sino-American relations during the Cold War to religion and missionaries in the early twentieth century. Over the past year we have published in partnership with ISSF a series about President Donald Trump’s foreign policy and a policy series about international relations. Through breadth and depth, the H-Diplo list brings together historians and political scientists who study international relations, transnationalism, and foreign policy.

At every conference I attend, members, colleagues, and friends talk about something they read recently on H-Diplo, as the list helps all of us busy scholars keep abreast with new books, articles, and ideas. We are lucky to have such an active and engaged list.

H-Diplo, however, would not be possible without H-Net, which provides us with the website along with technical and logistical staff. H-Net has numerous expenses as it pays for servers, technical support, staff members, and more. H-Net is a non-profit organization which relies on donations to help sustain its success. I strongly encourage everyone to donate a few dollars to H-Net to help it remain free and open to all members.

To do so, please visit


Seth Offenbach

H-Diplo Network and Review Editor

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