The H-Net Network has grown until it is now endorsed by many academic professional organizations. Its over 180 topic- or discipline-specific lists are often the primary internet forum for scholars. Individual lists are "edited by a team of scholars"; each has a board of editors.
In addition to its email lists, H-Net provides three related online services:
H-Net Reviews: reviews of books and other publications, commissioned and published on its website and through its listservs
H-Net Job Guide: academic position announcements, available on its website and through email
H-Net Academic Announcements: announcements of academic conferences, calls for papers, and programs
Many of the lists deal with various areas of historical study. Within two years of its founding, H-Net was recognized as being "among the most dynamic and effective contributions" to the internationalization of scholarship.
H-Net began in 1992 as an initiative of Prof. Richard J. Jensen of the History department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, to assist historians "to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on access to library catalogs and other electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on current historiography." H-Net is now organized as an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences and its networks are hosted by Michigan State University.
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