BOOKS RECEIVED: Riccardo Bavaj and Martina Steber, eds., “Germany and ‘The West’: The History of a Modern Concept” (Berghahn, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley “The West” is a central idea in German public discourse, yet historians know surprisingly little about the evolution of the concept. Contrary to common assumptions, this volume argues that the German concept of the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Shawn J. Parry-Giles and David S. Kaufer, “Memories of Lincoln and the Splintering of American Political Thought” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley In the aftermath of the Civil War, Republicans and Democrats who advocated conflicting visions of American citizenship could agree on one thing: the rhetorical power of Abraham Lincolns life. This volume examines the debates… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: J. William Thompson, “From Memory to Memorial: Shanksville, America and Flight 93” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books On September 11, 2001, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, became a center of national attention when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a former strip mine in sleepy Somerset County, killing all forty passengers and crew aboard. This… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Ron E. Hassner, “Religion on the Battlefield” (Cornell UP, 2016)
How does religion shape the modern battlefield? Ron E. Hassner proposes that religion acts as a force multiplier, both enabling and constraining military operations. This is true not only for religiously radicalized fighters but also for professional soldiers. In the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Elisabetta Viggiani, “Talking Stones: The Politics of Memorialization in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
If memory was simply about past events, public authorities would never put their ever-shrinking budgets at its service. Rather, memory is actually about the present moment, as Pierre Nora puts it: “Through the past, we venerate above all ourselves.” This… Read More
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