This welcome message is designed to provide you with basic information about this network. It contains information on using the list (managing your subscription; tips on contacting and communicating via the list; mailing addresses of the list editors; a list of the current editorial board); rules for posting (style, editorial practice); information about the network's associated service on the World Wide Web; and contact information about the network's parent, H-Net.

I. The H-IDEAS Network: Scope, Content, Purpose.

H-IDEAS is an electronic forum for discussing the history of ideas, broadly defined. It has a two-fold purpose: (1) to foster communication and debate among the international community of professional historians and scholars interested in intellectual history and the history of ideas, and (2) to serve as a clearinghouse for information relevant to the varied professional interests of this community, including teaching methods, scholarly conferences, and publications.

H-IDEAS encourages scholarly exchanges on all aspects of its subject, regardless of the countries or periods involved. It is open to scholars, students, teachers, librarians, and all who want to participate in an academic discussion of the history of ideas and intellectual history. They may raise research questions, open scholarly dialogue, provide information about conferences and symposia, list new sources of information--whether online, print, or archival, report tables of contents of journals, discuss teaching materials, post job openings, and report non-commercial announcements of books, software, datasets, or cd-roms. H-IDEAS also publishes commissioned book reviews. On its web page, readers will find logs containing prior discussions, book reviews, and other matters of interest.

H-IDEAS is a moderated list. The editors reserve the right to see that the list remains devoted to its mission. In addition to the more obvious requirements of readability, accuracy and collegiality, editors seek to ensure that all postings follow the manner of scholarly exchange. Postings should focus on ideas, issues or debates, and situate these in a historical or historiographical context. The editors reserve the right to keep the discussion on the subject, free from ad hominem attacks or other arguments that go beyond the limits of accepted professional discourse. Queries or responses that in the editors' judgement fail to meet one or more of these criteria may be returned to the submitter for revision. The intention of such action is not to censor or prejudge any viewpoint, but to retain the professional and scholarly character of H-IDEAS. Following Milton's lead, the editors understand that "a wise man, like a good refiner, can gather gold out of the drossiest volume" (_Areopagitica_).

H-IDEAS is primarily intended for the dissemination and discussion of issues and information in intellectual history and the history of ideas. It cannot and should not promote political causes, nor advocate on behalf of particular political interests, except where those impact directly on the professional or scholarly pursuits of our subscribers or on the future of the list itself. Therefore, H-IDEAS will not post messages which seek to promote specific political campaigns or particular political interests

H-IDEAS does not run advertisements. It welcomes information about new books, new journals, new sources, fellowship and scholarship opportunities, proposed conferences, and - through H-NET -- job listings. But it will not run solicitations to purchase books, or to subscribe to journals, or to apply for admission to particular academic programs.

H-IDEAS will post book reviews it has commissioned through the H-NET book review project, and it will encourage discussion of these once they appear. The editors will also, from time to time, post reviews forwarded from other lists if in their judgment these may be of interest to subscribers. H-IDEAS will not, however, post unsolicited book reviews.

H-IDEAS will post abstracts of articles appearing in scholarly journals or of papers presented at scholarly conferences, as well as items from other discussion lists, if in the judgment of the editors these relate to subscribers' interests and are not of excessive length. Copyrighted materials will be posted with the express permission of the copyright holder.

H-IDEAS will regularly post information about new discussion lists or other resources on the Internet that might be of interest.

H-IDEAS welcomes requests for information from subscribers for whom standard reference sources have proven inadequate, but it discourages-- and may not run -- inquiries easily answerable from such sources. It encourages potential authors of theses and dissertations, as well as articles and books, to use its facilities as a way of determining who else may be working on particular topics; but the moderators ask those responding to such inquiries to consider whether their reply will be of general interest to everyone on the list, or might better be sent directly to the subscriber making the inquiry.

H-IDEAS is very much a "work in progress." Accordingly, the editors and the Editorial Board all strongly encourage suggestions from subscribers as to how the list might be improved.

II. Editors.

The editors serve two-year renewable terms, with the approval of the H-Net Executive Committee and rotate their duties. The current editor will be identified in all messages coming from the list. The editors will solicit postings (by email, phone and even by regular mail), will assist people in managing subscriptions and setting up options, will handle routine inquiries, and will consolidate some postings. Anyone with suggestions about what H-IDEAS can and might do is invited to send in ideas. The editors will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) Like all H-Net lists, H-IDEAS is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the list, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. Please read section III below for details about ownership, style, formatting, and content of your messages. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over list editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.20 of our bylaws, located at:

For a list of current editors, visit:

III. Communicating Through the List.

A. Copyright notice. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. H-Net considers all messages posted to its lists to be a form of publication. All contributions to H-IDEAS fall under Art. III, Sec. 3.01-3.08 of the H-Net Council Policies concerning copyright and intellectual property:

"H-Net is a nonprofit communications service intended to advance the teaching, research, and service of scholars, educators, and students. Preserving copyright rights is a collective responsibility: H-Net users and editors must respect the intellectual property of others. Consistent with the objective of encouraging creativity in scholarship and education, editors and users are encouraged to transmit copyrighted works to or through H-Net, with the express permission of the copyright holder or in accordance with the fair use provisions of copyright law. H-Net considers posting to H-Net lists or Web, as contrasted with private e-mail correspondence, to be a form of publication." In general, the author retains copyright rights to publication of any submission to the list, and grants to H-IDEAS and H-Net permission to store, disseminate with full attribution, and make available to subscribers such submissions without further permission. Postings (such as H-Net reviews) that are commissioned by H-Net are copyrighted by H-Net and may be reprinted for nonprofit, educational purposes with proper attribution to the author, location, and H-Net. A full copy of the H-Net Constitution and Bylaws and other important information may be found on the World Wide Web at:

B. Contributions: "Netiquette." The tone and content of H-IDEAS depend directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be considerate of the needs of a busy audience of scholars, many of whom must pay for their access to the internet. A number of excellent guides to online behavior and style are available on the World Wide Web; we invite you consult them.

-- ALL MAIL TO THE LIST MUST BE SIGNED. The editors will delay posting until authorship and email address are confirmed.

-- CONTENT: Editors retain the right to review material for its pertinence, tone, style, and relevance to the list's mission. Ad hominems, unattributed quotations or innuendo, private messages forwarded for posting without permission, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed from the subscription list.

-- STYLE: the default editorial style for the list is that of a letter to the editor. Your remarks can be crafted to suit the tone of an existing discussion thread, but in any case they should address the editor and not make direct personal references to others, except where you are replying directly to a simple query (e.g., "you can find this information in Webster's Third International Dictionary."). Avoid excessive quotation of messages you refer or reply to.

-- FORMAT: Please send messages in plain text: no styles, html, special fonts, graphics files, or nonstandard characters (except diacriticals, which are acceptable). Signature files are subject to editing for content and length. Advertisements in signatures will be removed. Remove or turn off .vcf, digital signatures, or other automatic attachments. As a rule, editors do not redistribute attachments to the list; consider posting the material at a web site, or consult with the editor concerning proper venues for publication.

IV. Technical Information.

When you subscribe, LISTSERV will send you a confirmation message containing important information about managing your subscription. Please save this message as a text file for future reference. ALL changes to your subscription must be addressed to, the software that manages the distribution and archiving of list electronic mail.

For online help with your subscription, visit: email:

1.) To subscribe: Normally, receiving this message from listserv indicates that you are already subscribed to the list. But should you need to resubscribe, send the following command (turn off signatures, styles/fonts, and word wrap if you expect the line to wrap), as an email message to

sub H-IDEAS your name, institution
Example: sub H-IDEAS Jane Smith, Illinois State U.

Follow the instructions in the reply that LISTSERV will send you in response to this command.

2.) To unsubscribe, logon to the computer account from which you subscribed to the list, and send this message to


Please unsubscribe from H-IDEAS and all other mailing lists if you are terminating a particular computer account. You can then resubscribe from the new account.

3.) To change your subscription address: if you have access to your old account, login to it and send the command:

CHANGE listname newaddress

You then must login to the NEW account to confirm the change, or it will not be executed. If you do not have access to your old account, then write to the list address and have an editor make the change for you; be sure to provide your old and new addresses.

4.) To send your own message to all subscribers, send an email note directly to Please see III above on style and formatting of messages to the list.

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V. The H-IDEAS Site on the World Wide Web

In addition to providing interactive communications via electronic mail, H-IDEAS also maintains a site on the World Wide Web. The site is located on the H-Net server at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. It may be located by following the hypertext links at H-IDEAS web site contains the following information and services:

- The archives of the H-IDEAS list, known as its "logs." They are in searchable and sortable format.
- The network's official documents: its welcome files, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents.
- Hypertext links to resources in our subject: teaching materials, research archives, other lists.

V. Advisory Board.

H-IDEAS's daily activities are managed by the editors. Its long-term policies are developed by the advisory board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the current editor. Board members referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editors on disputes among editors and subscribers; monitor the list and make active contributions to discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are encouraged to contact any or all of the editorial board members with ideas and concerns about H-IDEAS. or visit

For a list of the current advisory board, visit:

VI. Our Parent Organization: H-Net

H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, equalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources.

The goals of H-NET networks are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields.

H-Net's Constitution and Bylaws, along with a list of its officers and committees, is available at:

Among H-Net's many services are:

- Book and software reviews: timely, exhaustive, authoritative, professional, fast. Mailed through our lists and stored in searchable, printable, retrievable format on our site at the World Wide Web.

- Job guide postings: at regular intervals, H-Net offers employment information in a broad array of fields in the humanities and social sciences.

- H-Net calendar: announcements of conferences, papers, and professional activities, archived and searchable at our web site. You can visit our site and sample these and other services, at:


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Michigan State University
East Lansing MI, 48824-1115
Phone: (517) 432-5134
Fax: (517) 5229

Executive Director: Prof. Peter Knupfer
Michigan State University

Associate Director: Heather Hawley
Michigan State University