Book Review Info


Among the features we expect a review to have are an explanation of the basic argument of the book (or books) under consideration, an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses, and a discussion of how the book fits in the scholarly literatures it addresses. Given the large geographical scope of the journal, we hope that you might gesture toward comparative colonial contexts and historiographies.

The guidelines for submission are as follows:

  1. Since we are an electronic journal, we ask that you please submit a copy of your review electronically, preferably in Microsoft Word. Files should be sent as email attachments to the Book Review Editor.
  2. Preparing the copy. All text must be double-spaced in Times font, and in 12 point type.
  3. Heading. Title. By author. Place of publication: Publisher, date.

For example: The Legacy of Vincente Guerrero, Mexico’s First Black Indian President. By Theodore G. Vincent. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001.

Please note that the title should be italicized, not underlined or in quotation marks.

  1. Signature. Please sign the review by listing your name flush left. For example:

Janis Joplin,
University of California, Berkeley

  1. Style. Book reviews should adhere to either the University of Chicago’s Manual of Style, thus relying on endnotes. Please follow the guidelines at: (click ‘notes and bibliography’ tab). For example: Maurice Boucher, French Speakers at the Cape (Pretoria: University of Pretoria Press, 1981) 109.

Numbers should be written out, particularly if they pertain to centuries (so seventeenth century, not 17th) but can be represented in figures if the text contains a large number of figures (such as 100,00 or 2549, and so on).

Quotation marks should preferably be double marks enclosing a single quote, such as “To say ‘I mean to say’ is the same as ‘I say what I mean,’” is to be confused as Alice at the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

We accept both British and American spelling, so long as all spellings are consistent throughout the review.

Please keep within the assigned word limit. Quotations should be short and accompanied by page numbers. If you refer to other scholars or historical figures, please include complete names. If you refer to scholarly works other than the book under review please provide a full footnote.

Dr. Kellie Moss
School of History, Politics & International Relations
University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH