I wrote about the strange, sad story of A. D. Harvey back in 2013. He is an independent PhD historian who has published a number of books and articles across a wide variety of topics, including my own field of airpower history, though his best known work is probably Collision of Empires: Britain in Three World Wars, 1793-1945. But as Eric Naiman revealed in a long Times Literary Supplement article, Harvey has also fabricated (falsified, faked) sources in their entirety. In one case (writing as Stephanie Harvey) he made up a meeting between Dickens and Dostoevsky which he published in a scholarly article supported by citations that led to sources which he had also made up. The two never met in reality, or rather there's no other evidence that they did; which is the point, because Harvey's claim was beginning to work its way into the scholarship on Dickens, in particular. He has admitted to all this and much more (he has published under a variety of pseudonyms, often citing and commenting on his own work) but the invented Dickens-Dostoevsky meeting alone is enough to put Harvey beyond the pale as far as the historical profession goes.
Or at least it should be. The strange thing is that he is still getting published:
The World of the Georgians is a special publication produced by BBC History Magazine, a well-known popular history magazine (I've even written for them). Harvey has an article in it titled '"My brilliant career'". The magazine's copyright date is 2016, long after his exposure. Surely he is not the only person qualified to write a popular article on Pitt the Younger; BBC History Magazine should find a better historian.
That's not all. A quick check of the British Library catalogue suggests that Harvey hasn't published any books recently, but an equally quick check of Google Scholar shows that since 2013 he has been regularly published in two journals, Critical Quarterly (most recently July 2016 -- twice!) and Air Power History (most recently fall 2016; apparently an update of a 2009 JRUSI article), and has also been published in a third, The International Journal for the History of Engineering & Technology (September 2015). I count about a dozen contributions to these journals by Harvey, reviews and even short stories (Critical Quarterly is a literature journal) as well as scholarly articles (whether peer-reviewed or not, I'm not sure). Of course, given Harvey's penchant for pseudonyms we really have no idea where else he might be publishing, but he seems to be finding it easy enough to write under his own name. He can publish all the fiction he likes, but his historical scholarship cannot be trusted. Why editors are still giving him a pass is difficult to understand.
Disclaimer: One of Harvey's contributions to Air Power History, in fact the first one after his exposure (and my blog post about him), was a review of my own book. I nearly wrote to the editor of Air Power History to suggest that Harvey might not be an appropriate reviewer, but precisely because it was a fairly terrible review (which Harvey emailed me, and the head of my department, to say it had been published!) I decided that any intervention might seem like sour grapes.
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