New Books Network

Paula C. Austin, “Coming of Age in Jim Crow DC: Navigating the Politics of Everyday Life” (NYU Press, 2019)
Coming of Age in Jim Crow DC: Navigating the Politics of Everyday Life (NYU Press, 2019) by Paula C. Austin, an Assistant Professor of history at Boston University, is not only a history of black youth in Washington D.C. in the 1930s but also a history of social science thought... Read More
Jatin Dua, “Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean” (U California Press, 2019)
Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean (University of California Press, 2019) is a pirate story of a different kind. Based on years of ethnographic fieldwork in Somalia, the UK and other parts of Africa and the Middle East, Jatin Dua describes a tale that is not... Read More
Kevin O’Connor, “The House of Hemp and Butter: A History of Old Riga” (NIUP, 2019)
Latvia’s elegant capital, Riga, is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. Strategically located on the Eastern Baltic coast at the mouth of the River Daugava, Riga was founded in the early 13th century as a trading hub, a military outpost of the Holy Roman Empire, and a base for Roman Catholic... Read More
Kimberly A. Hamlin, “Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener” (Norton, 2020)
Kimberly A. Hamlin is an award-winning historian and associate professor in American studies at Miami University of Ohio. Her book Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener (W. W. Norton, 2020) offers a fascinating biography of a little-known suffrage leader. Gardner began life as Alice... Read More
Brian A. Hatcher, “Hinduism Before Reform” (Harvard UP, 2020)
Did modern Hinduism truly emerge due to the “reforms” instigated by “progressive” colonial figures such as Rammohun Roy? Brian A. Hatcher‘s new book Hinduism Before Reform (Harvard University Press, 2020) challenges this prevalent notion. Aimed at sidestepping the obfuscating binary of “progressive” vs “traditional”, this book examines in tandem two... Read More
Mark Haber, “Reinhardt’s Garden” (Coffee House Press, 2019)
Ten men have already died while searching the jungles of Uruguay for a reclusive writer, Emiliano Gomez Carrasquilla, who Jacov Reinhardt believes knows the key to understanding melancholy. Carried in circles through the jungle on a stretcher, the narrator recalls how Reinhardt fueled himself with copious amounts of cocaine, built... Read More
V. Hudson, D. Bowen, P. Nielsen, “The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance and National Security Worldwide” (Columbia UP, 2020)
Global history records an astonishing variety of forms of social organization. Yet almost universally, males subordinate females. How does the relationship between men and women shape the wider political order? Valerie M. Hudson, Donna Lee Bowen, and Perpetua Lynne Nielsen‘s new book The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance... Read More