The launch of our second issue opens an exciting new chapter for Middle Ground Journal, and the same kind of energy and dedication that went into the inaugural issue last fall has successfully produced this far more ambitious and very fine-looking Spring 2011 issue. With this issue, chief editor Hong-Ming Liang and the ten assistant and contributing editors are now joined by the Instructional Technology Department of the College of St. Scholastica as well as by three student interns, and the result is, I think, simply quite fabulous! I also think that all members of the Midwest World History Association can in fact take a great deal of pride in belonging to an affiliate of the World History Association that has this fine showpiece of a journal representing it and its ambitions.
With this issue, Middle Ground Journal achieves that essential and mutually complementary balance between form and content, and this will guarantee an increasingly important place for this publication within and beyond the World History community. The ease of navigation and the overall crisp and clean look of the Journal does honor to the articles and reviews contained within; furthermore, of course, the fact that each article and each review is linked through the Journal’s Facebook page provides a conduit for greatly expanding our readership via social networking, and yet another feature that enhances the interactive nature of the Journal is the ability for readers to now directly submit responses regarding all published material through the e-mail comment boxes available at the bottom of each page.
Middle Ground Journal will continue to flourish because it is guided by a solid editorial vision and by a continually innovative technical expertise.
Congratulations to the entire Middle Ground Journal staff on an incredible job very well done!
President, Midwest World History Association