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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Middle Ground Journal is “an open-access, refereed, and nonprofit journal housed at The College of St. Scholastica and published by the Midwest World History Association.” Material appearing in it includes articles (such as, “Remnants, Relics and Shadows of Empires in the Gibraltar Region” and “East German Artists as Political Refugees”), On Teaching essays (such as, “Teaching a World History Capstone Course on Globalization” and “Teaching Students to Fly: Faculty-Designed Study Abroad in the Czech Republic”), scholarly book reviews (reviewing such books as, Malcontents, Rebels, & Pronunciados: The Politics of Insurrection in Nineteenth-Century Mexico and Genocide in the Age of the Nation State, Vol. II: The Rise of the West and the Coming of Genocide), Special Projects (“Ongoing special projects and forums on global studies and world history developed by the editors and friends of The Middle Ground Journal), and the North Star Project (the North Star Project is “The Middle Ground Journal's collaborative outreach program with K-12 classes around the world; the reports published here are “edited essays from [College of St. Scholastica] students, particularly from those who are currently stationed, or will soon be stationed abroad”).
In the course of doing this review I discovered another presence of the journal, at: http://middlegroundjournal.com/. This is a WordPress-based blog, and here I found several more up-to-date North Star Reports than were listed at the main site, such as, “Tanzania – The First Week of a Month Long Experience” and “A Fulbright Teacher in Bogota, Colombia, A Special Series – Helping and Hurting in a World of Inequities.” When I looked back at the main site I eventually found the note, ‘For the most recent dispatches, please see http://NorthStarReports.org”).
Middle Ground Journal also maintains a Facebook presence at: https://www.facebook.com/middlegroundjournal/, and through that page you can link to items in the Journal by year, dating from 2009 to “recent.” The scholarly book reviews are what researchers outside the College of St. Scholastica will most likely find of interest in Middle Ground Journal, and librarians may want to refer historical scholars to it for those.