Journal of Social History

The Journal of Social History is a scholarly journal covering research in social history, social science and genealogy from all periods worldwide. The Journal of Social History is published quarterly by George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Peter N. Stearns is the editor.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 3, Spring

Dangerous Liaisons: The Anti-Fraternization Movement in the U.S. Occupation Zones of Germany and Austria, 1945-1948
During World War Two, relations between soldiers and civilian women often reflected inequalities in power and status characteristic of a wider pattern of gender relations. Feminist theorists note that because women have traditionally been considered...
Faces of Violence Revisited. A Typology of Violence in Early Modern Rural Germany
According to Robert Muchembled, in early modern France everyday violence was part of popular culture; it played an essential social role. In all social strata sociability was characterized by physically violent interactions, especially among young...
Retorts, Runaways and Riots: Patterns of Resistance in Canadian Reform Schools for Girls, 1930-60
Reform schools for girls, since their introduction in the latter part of the nineteenth century, have been experiments in transforming wayward girls, judged incorrigible, truant, and especially, sexually promiscuous, into 'proper' young women. In the...
Revisiting Maverick Medical Sects: The Role of Identity in Comparing Homeopaths and Chiropractics
The development of American medicine is of particular relevance to social historians as a window into and reflection of 18th and 19th century American social and cultural history; it is also commonly taken as an illustration of the professionalization...
Shrinking Violets and Caspar Milquetoasts: Shyness and Heterosexuality from the Roles of the Fifties to the Rules of the Nineties
"Shyness ... touches all our lives in some way. What we each thought was our own secret hang-up is actually shared by an incredibly large number of people. And we can take great comfort in knowing that we are not alone in our suffering." This statement,...
"The Cornerstone of a Copious Work": Love and Power in Eighteenth-Century Courtship
When Henry Drinker set sail from Philadelphia to attend to business in England in the winter of 1760, he left unresolved negotiations of a most important and delicate kind. Until the moment he was called away by demands of trade, Henry Drinker, staunch...
"The Struggle of Mankind against Its Deadliest Foe": Themes of Counter-Subversion in Anti-Narcotic Campaigns, 1920-1940
On the evening of March 1, 1928, Captain Richmond P. Hobson, president of the International Narcotic Education Association and the World Narcotic Defense Association, gave a lengthy address on NBC's radio network, warning listeners that "narcotic drug...