Journal of Historical Review

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Journal of Historical Review  
Publication details
Publication history
FrequencyQuarterly (1980–1992)
Bimonthly (1993–2002)
Standard abbreviations
J. Hist. Rev.
ISSN0195-6752 (print)
0195-6752 (web)
OCLC no.5584935

The Journal of Historical Review is a non–peer reviewed pseudoacademic periodical published by the Institute for Historical Review in Torrance, California.

The journal was founded by the far right political activist Willis Carto.[1] Its subject is primarily Holocaust denial.[2][3][4] Its critics, including the Anti-Defamation League, the Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide studies, and other scholars, such as Robert Hanyok, a National Security Agency historian,[5] accused the journal of being pseudo-scientific.[6] When Noam Chomsky defended an author who wrote articles for the journal (Robert Faurisson), it led to great controversy, though Chomsky insisted he was defending Faurisson's right to free speech rather than any specific claims made in his articles.

The History Teacher wrote that the "[journal] is shockingly racist and antisemitic: articles on 'America's Failed Racial Policy' and anti-Israel pieces accompany those about gas chambers... They clearly have no business claiming to be a continuation of the revisionist tradition, and should be referred to as 'Holocaust Deniers'."[7]

The Organization of American Historians commissioned a study of the journal in which a panel had found that it was "nothing but a masquerade of scholarship".[8]

Russian historians Igor Ryzhov, Maria Borodina note that the publication by the Institute for Historical Review of its own historical journal "helped not only to unite the deniers into a single movement, but also to give their activities a form of pseudo-scientificness."[4]

The journal commenced publication in the spring of 1980 as a quarterly periodical. Publication was suspended in 1986–1987, and thereafter continued until 2002.[9] Publication of the journal is now again suspended. However, back issues continue to be distributed and sold by its associated organization, the Noontide Press.[10]


  1. ^ "Holocaust Deniers Crack-Up". The Nizkor Project. 1994-06-16. Archived from the original on 1999-10-08. Retrieved 2017-04-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Blee, Kathleen M. (2003). Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement. University of California Press. p. 92. ISBN 0-520-24055-3. In recent years, Holocaust denial has become a propaganda mainstay of organized racism. It is promulgated by racist groups and by organizations like the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), which publishes the scientific-looking Journal of Historical Review.
  3. ^ Morris, Lydia (2006). Rights: Sociological Perspectives. Routledge. p. 238, note 1. ISBN 0-415-35522-2. The pseudo-scholarly guise of Holocaust deniers is epitomised by the Institute for Historical Review—established in the United States in the late 1970s—and its journal, the Journal of Historical Review, which have provided the core of the more contemporary Holocaust denial movement (Stern 1995).
  4. ^ a b Бородина М. Ю.;Рыжов И. В. (2015). "Проблема отрицания Холокоста: история, особенности и современные тенденции" [The Holocaust denial problem: history, features and contemporary trends] (PDF). Вестник Нижегородского университета имени Н. И. Лобачевского (in Russian). Н. Новгород: ННГУ имени Н. И. Лобачевского (3): 98. ISSN 1993-1778. Retrieved 2017-04-11. издание Институтом пересмотра истории собственного исторического журнала, "Журнала пересмотра истории", помогло не только объединить отрицателей в единое движение, но и придать их деятельности форму псевдонаучности
  5. ^ Hanyok, Robert J. (2005). Eavesdropping on Hell: Historical Guide to Western Communications Intelligence and the Holocaust, 1939-1945 (PDF) (Second ed.). Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  6. ^ Berlet, Chip; Lyons, Matthew Nemiroff (2000). Right-wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort. Guilford Press. p. 189. ISBN 1-57230-562-2.
  7. ^ Petropoulos, Jonathan (1995). "Confronting the "Holocaust as Hoax" Phenomenon as Teachers". The History Teacher. 28 (4): 523–539. doi:10.2307/494640. JSTOR 494640.
  8. ^ Extremism in America: Institute for Historical Review Archived 2006-12-02 at the Wayback Machine, Anti-Defamation League, 2005. Retrieved May 9, 2007.
  9. ^ Institute for Historical Review by the Southern Poverty Law Center
  10. ^ "Journal of Historical Review". Journal of Historical Review. Archived from the original on 2017-04-17. Retrieved 2017-04-17. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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