For most of its publishing history, the AHR has led off its first issue of the year with the address delivered at the AHA’s Annual Meeting by its outgoing president. This year’s address offers a timely brief for a historical investigation on a global scale of the causes of and conditions for social and economic inequality. Three articles follow: one on the slave trade in West Africa, another on capitalism in the American West, and a third on German Protestant missionaries in China in the early part of the twentieth century. A somewhat unusual review essay focuses on a single website run as a commercial concern. “In Back Issues” recalls articles from one hundred, seventy-five, and fifty years ago. Eight featured reviews are followed by our usual extensive book review section.

In his AHA Presidential Address, “Inequality: Historical and Disciplinary...

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