On behalf of the Public Engagement Committee (PE committee), it is a pleasure to welcome you to the Economic History Society’s blog “The Long Run” (www.ehsthelongrun.net). This initiative was originally conceived by Professor Peter Fearon, (outgoing Chair of the PE committee), who communicated it to Council in April 2016.
The aim of the blog is to encourage discussion of economic and social history – broadly defined. The blog is part of the Society’s evolving strategy to, one the one hand, strengthen ties among its members and, on the other hand, broaden the public appeal of economic and social history while increasing the impact of its members’ research by making it relevant to contemporary policy debates. To achieve these objectives, the blog will carry different types of content (as specified in the call for contributors here [link to be added later]).
The blog will also publicise abstracts of current/forthcoming articles in the Review; The PE committee will select one article from those advertised as forthcoming, per issue, which, we think, has considerable appeal to a wider audience and approach a specialist to review this article. This review will also appear on the NEP-HIS blog (www.nephis.org) – publication of which will be timed to coincide with publication of the article in the Review.
The reviewer for the NEP HIS blog is required to act with integrity and without prejudice; he/she will be a recognised expert in the field (broadly defined) and their comments will focus on extending the public appeal of the article in ways the original author may not have recognised/appreciated.
A related initiative is that the PE committee will revisit previous articles which have appeared in the Review and which appeal to contemporary debates and ask the author (s) to write a suitable blog for posting on the EHS blog. Additionally, we intend to compile an EXCEL spreadsheet of EHS members which indicates in 4-5 key words their areas of expertise. This database can then be used to direct requests from the Conversation and Vox to experts when a particular issue enters public debate.
Professor David Higgins
13 June 2016