BOOKS RECEIVED: Daniel Morat, “Sounds of Modern History: Auditory Cultures in 19th- and 20th-Century Europe” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Long ignored by scholars in the humanities, sound has just begun to take its place as an important object of study in the last few years. Since the late 19th century, there has been a paradigmatic shift in auditory cultures… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Heinrich Hartmann and Corinna R. Unger, eds., “A World of Populations: Transnational Perspectives on Demography in the Twentieth Century” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Demographic study and the idea of a “population” was developed and modified over the course of the twentieth century, mirroring the political, social, and cultural situations and aspirations of different societies. This growing field adapted itself to specific policy concerns… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Michael Cullinane and David Ryan, eds., “U.S. Foreign Policy and the Other” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
John Quincy Adams warned Americans not to search abroad for monsters to destroy, yet such figures have frequently habituated the discourses of U.S. foreign policy. This collection of essays focuses on counter-identities in American consciousness to explain how foreign policies… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Amanda Wunder, “Baroque Seville: Sacred Art in a Century of Crisis” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Baroque art flourished in seventeenth-century Seville during a tumultuous period of economic decline, social conflict, and natural disasters. This volume explores the patronage that fueled this frenzy of religious artistic and architectural activity and the lasting effects it had on… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Andrea Walkden, “Private Lives Made Public: The Invention of Biography in Early Modern England” (Duquesne UP, 2016)
Following the trial and execution of Charles I in 1649, the later seventeenth century witnessed an explosion of print culture in England, including an unprecedented boom in biographical writing. Andrea Walkden offers a case study examination of this fascinating trend,… Read More
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