The Yearbook of Transnational History

General Description

The Yearbook of Transnational History is a peer-reviewed volume published annually that is dedicated to disseminating pioneering research in the field of transnational history to an international audience.

Undertaking transnational history means breaking free from national paradigms. The concept of transnational history is built upon the premise that historical processes, their causes, and their consequences are not contained within nations. The transnational approach attempts to recover history as a global experience and as a universal project. It is based on the realization that humans have always lived in an interconnected world. Instead of researching and writing the history of particular phenomena within the confines of any given nation state, the paradigm of transnational history encourages historians to follow trends, events, and people in all directions that they went. Transnational history is, thus, focused on the circulation of notions, images, things, living beings, capital, and practices across various cultures and societies around the globe and the creation/disruption of relations and spaces that shape the perception and reality of individuals.

This annual publication is open to contributions that fit this agenda. Articles considered for inclusion will follow human and non-human historical protagonists in various geographic settings and recreate the transnational configurations that have been obscured by the national history paradigm. We welcome articles from both professionals and advanced PhD students that are based upon original research on a broad range in both spatial and topical terms from the modern era (i.e. eighteenth to the twentieth century).


About the Editor

Thomas Adam is professor of transnational history at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the author of Intercultural Transfers and the Making of the Modern World, 1800-2000, Transnational Philanthropy: The Mond Family’s Support for Public Institutions in Western Europe from 1890 to 1938, and Buying Respectability: Philanthropy and Urban Society in Transnational Perspective, 1840s to1930s.


Editorial Board

Sven Beckert Harvard University, Boston, USA

Tobias BrinkmannPenn State University, Philadelphia, USA

Daniela CagliotiUniversita di Napoli, Naples, Italy

Pilar GonzalezUniversité Paris I, Paris, France

Paul KerryBrigham Young University, Provo, USA

Axel KornerUniversity College London, London, Great Britain

Alan LessoffIllinois State University, Normal, USA

Gabriele LingelbachChristian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany

Kris K. Manjapra,  Tufts University, Medford, USA

Kiran Klaus PatelUniversity of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Pierre-Yves SaunierUniversité Laval, Quebec City, Canada

Axel SchaeferJohannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany

Ian Tyrrell University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia



The Yearbook of Transnational History is inviting scholars to submit articles for its second volume to be published in spring 2019.

The Yearbook of Transnational History (YTH) is a newly established peer-reviewed annual journal published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press/Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. This annual is dedicated to publishing and disseminating pioneering research in the field of transnational history for an (maybe add interdisciplinary and diverse) international audience.

Exile and Refugee

The focus of the second volume of YTH, is “exile and refugees.” Political changes, revolutions, and military conflict have always forced individuals of very different political orientation, religious belief, and ethnic belonging to leave the country of their birth. In some cases, people’s refugee status has been temporary, in other cases permanent. Often exiles and refugees became citizens of the country to which they fled. Exile and refuge are an important, and yet understudied, phenomenon of modern history. The French Revolution forced both royalists and revolutionaries into exile. The European-wide Revolution of 1848/49 created a stream of refugees who exerted significant influence on the political and social life of the United States. The Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, Josef Stalin’s terror, Adolf Hitler’s ascension to power in 1933, the defeat of Nazism in 1945, the Greek Civil War (1946-1949), Mao Zedong’s victory in the Chinese Civil War in 1950, the Hungarian Uprising in 1956, the Prague Spring in 1968, Pinochet’s putsch in Chile in 1973, the defeat of the United States in Vietnam in 1975, and the fall of European Communism in the early 1990s, to name just the most prominent events, created a steady stream of exiles and refugees across the globe and turned citizens into refugees and exiles. The group of exiles and refugees included men and women of very different political, social, and economic backgrounds. Among them were Friedrich Hecker, Lajos Kossuth, Leon Trotsky, Albert Einstein, Wernher von Braun, Adolf Eichmann, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Michelle Bachelet, Dean Reed, and Margot Honecker.

In the last five years, academics, journalists, lawyers, politicians, and individuals from several other professions have fled countries such as Turkey, Russia, North Korea, China and settled in countries that offered them a new home. Individuals from developed democracies like Australia and the United States also sometimes seek exile abroad as the examples of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden indicate. As the conflict in Syria and the threat of ISIS persist, refugees from the Middle East are fleeing to Europe and North America. Today, the United Nations estimates that there are about 4.8 million Syrian refugees and 6 million displaced Syrians.

We invite submissions from scholars who work on the phenomenon of exile, refugees, and asylum seekers from the eighteenth century to the present day. We are especially interested in manuscripts that discuss the contributions made by exiles and refugees to the political, cultural, and economic life of the countries that accepted them. We are, of course, also interested in articles that deal with the impact diaspora communities formed by exiles and refugees had back in their home countries. We hope to receive papers that deal with individuals and their contributions to their second home country, papers on groups of exiles and refugees and their impact on their host countries, and systematic papers that provide a theoretical approach to exile and refugee studies as part of the transnational paradigm.

We welcome articles from both professionals and advanced PhD students that are based upon original research. Articles should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words (including footnotes) and follow Chicago Style.

Submissions should be emailed to the editor, Professor Thomas Adam, by November 1, 2017 to be considered for inclusion in the second volume. Please ensure that you have included all relevant contact information on a separate page, including your name, your professional or institutional affiliation, and a permanent e-mail address. The main document should be prepared for blind review and not include any author information.

Contact us

Thomas Adam
Department of History
The University of Texas at Arlington
Box 19529
Arlington, TX, 76019-0529