American Historical Association Conference Preview

We are thrilled to kick off our 2016 conference season with the 130th annual meeting of the American Historical Association in downtown Atlanta, Georgia from January 7-10, 2016. This year’s theme is “Global Migrations: Empires, Nations, and Neighbors,” and we have a great new lineup of history books to show off.

UW Press senior acquisitions editor Ranjit Arab will be representing the Press at booth #1709. If you are attending the meeting, please come by to learn more about our new and forthcoming titles across global, national, and regional histories. Use the #ReadUP and #AHA16 hashtags to follow along with the conference on social media.

Learn more about a few featured and forthcoming titles below.

Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific War
By Noriko Kawamura

Drawing on previously unavailable primary sources, historian Kawamura reexamines the controversial role Emperor Hirohito played during the Pacific War and re-situates Hirohito as a conflicted man who struggled to deal with his role as monarch.

The Portland Black Panthers: Empowering Albina and Remaking a City
By Lucas N. N. Burke and Judson L. Jeffries
Forthcoming April 2016

This history of the unique Portland branch of the Black Panther Party adds complexity to our understanding of the civil rights movement throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Forgery and Impersonation in Imperial China: Popular Deceptions and the High Qing State
By Mark McNicholas
Forthcoming April 2016

Across eighteenth-century China a wide range of common people forged government documents or pretended to be officials or other agents of the state. This examination of case records and law codes traces the legal meanings and social and political contexts of small-time swindles that were punished as grave political transgressions.

Asians in Colorado: A History of Persecution and Perseverance in the Centennial State
By William Wei
Forthcoming April 2016

Wei reconstructs what life was like for the early Chinese and Japanese pioneers and reveals how the treatment of Asian Americans resonates with the experiences of other marginalized groups in American society.