General History

General History

episodes

Interviews with historians about their new books.

Gordon C. Chang, "Revolution and Witchcraft: The Code of Ideology in Unsettled Times" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023)

June 14, 2024

Revolution and Witchcraft

Gordon C. Chang
Hosted by Michael Johnston

Ideas influence people. In particular, extremely well-developed sets of ideas shape individuals, groups, and societies in far-reaching ways. In Revolu…

Benjamin Breen, "Tripping on Utopia: Margaret Mead, the Cold War, and the Troubled Birth of Psychedelic Science" (Grand Central, 2024)

June 14, 2024

Tripping on Utopia

Benjamin Breen
Hosted by Claire Clark

Today I talked to Benjamin Breen about his book Tripping on Utopia: Margaret Mead, the Cold War, and the Troubled Birth of Psychedelic Science (Grand …

Sidney Xu Lu, "The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism" (Cambridge UP, 2019)

June 14, 2024

The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism

Sidney Xu Lu
Hosted by Nathan Hopson

Sidney Lu’s The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism: Malthusianism and Trans-Pacific Migration, 1868-1961 (Cambridge 2019) places the concept of “M…

Jared Stearns, "Pure: The Sexual Revolutions of Marilyn Chambers" (Headpress, 2024)

June 14, 2024

Pure: The Sexual Revolutions of Marilyn Chambers

Jared Stearns
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

In Pure: The Sexual Revolutions of Marilyn Chambers (Headpress, 2024), Jared Stearns tells the untold story of the world's most famous X-rated star, w…

Lydia Walker, "States-in-Waiting: A Counter Narrative of Global Decolonization" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

June 14, 2024

States-in-Waiting

Lydia Walker
Hosted by Vladislav Lilic

Dr. Lydia Walker's deeply researched and carefully narrated debut monograph, States-in-Waiting: A Counter Narrative of Global Decolonization (Cambridg…

Christopher William England, "Land and Liberty: Henry George and the Crafting of Modern Liberalism" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2023)

June 14, 2024

Land and Liberty

Christopher William England
Hosted by Reed Schwartz

Henry George’s Progress and Poverty was one of the best-selling books of the 19th century, and his ideas were taken up by by powerful figures as diver…

Mark Gilbert, "Italy Reborn: From Fascism to Democracy" (Norton, 2024)

June 13, 2024

Italy Reborn

Mark Gilbert
Hosted by Tim Jones

Italy's resurrection from 20 years of fascism, three years of war, and two years of civil war is one of the 20th century's great, under-told stories. …

Sudev Sheth, "Bankrolling Empire: Family Fortunes and Political Transformation in Mughal India" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

June 13, 2024

Bankrolling Empire

Sudev Sheth
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

Running and securing an empire can get expensive–especially one known for its opulence, like the Mughal Empire, which conquered much of northern India…

Gale L. Kenny, "Christian Imperial Feminism: White Protestant Women and the Consecration of Empire" (NYU Press, 2024)

June 13, 2024

Christian Imperial Feminism

Gale L. Kenny
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Amidst the global instability of the early twentieth century, white Christian American women embraced the idea of an “empire of Christ” that was racia…

Adam Berg, "The Olympics that Never Happened: Denver '76 and the Politics of Growth" (U Texas Press, 2023)

June 12, 2024

The Olympics that Never Happened

Adam Berg
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

If you don't recall the 1976 Denver Olympic Games, it's because they never happened. The Mile-High City won the right to host the winter games and the…

Carl Elliott, "The Occasional Human Sacrifice: Medical Experimentation and the Price of Saying No" (Norton, 2024)

June 12, 2024

The Occasional Human Sacrifice

Carl Elliot
Hosted by Claire Clark

The Occasional Human Sacrifice: Medical Experimentation and the Price of Saying No (Norton, 2024) is an intellectual inquiry into the moral struggle t…

Chloe Wigston Smith, "Novels, Needleworks, and Empire: Material Entanglements in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World" (Yale UP, 2024)

June 12, 2024

Novels, Needleworks, and Empire

Chloe Wigston Smith
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In the eighteenth century, women’s contributions to empire took fewer official forms than those collected in state archives. Their traces were recorde…

Laura Davis-Chanin and Liz Lamere, "Infinite Dreams: The Life of Alan Vega" (Backbeat Books, 2024)

June 11, 2024

Infinite Dreams

Laura Davis-Chanin and Liz Lamere
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

Infinite Dreams: The Life of Alan Vega (Backbeat, 2024) by Laura Davis-Chanin and Liz Lamere is the first biography on the life of Alan Vega, best kno…

Laura Gómez, "Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism" (The New Press, 2020)

June 11, 2024

Inventing Latinos

Laura Gómez

Latinos have long influenced everything from electoral politics to popular culture, yet many people instinctively regard them as recent immigrants rat…

Shannon Bontrager, "Death at the Edges of Empire: Fallen Soldiers, Cultural Memory, and the Making of an American Nation, 1863-1921" (U Nebraska Press, 2020)

June 11, 2024

Death at the Edges of Empire

Shannon Bontrager
Hosted by Alex Beckstrand

Hundreds of thousands of individuals perished in the epic conflict of the American Civil War. As battles raged and the specter of death and dying hung…

John Blaxland and Clare Birgin, "Revealing Secrets: An Unofficial History of Australian Signals Intelligence and the Advent of Cyber" (UNSW Press, 2023)

June 11, 2024

Revealing Secrets

John Blaxland and Clare Birgin

Why does Australia have a national signals intelligence agency? What does it do and why is it controversial? And how significant are its ties with…

Amy E. Wright, "Serial Mexico: Storytelling Across Media, from Nationhood to Now" (Vanderbilt UP, 2023)

June 11, 2024

Serial Mexico

Amy E. Wright
Hosted by Brad Wright

Serial Mexico: Storytelling Across Media, from Nationhood to Now (Vanderbilt UP, 2023) responds to a continued need to historicize and contextualize s…

Peter Bergamin, "The Making of the Israeli Far-Right: Abba Ahimeir and Zionist Ideology” (I. B. Tauris, 2019)

June 10, 2024

The Making of the Israeli Far-Right

Peter Bergamin
Hosted by Yaacov Yadgar

Peter Bergamin’s, new book, The Making of the Israeli Far-Right: Abba Ahimeir and Zionist Ideology (I. B. Tauris, 2019), is an intellectual biography …

Robert G. Boatright, "Reform and Retrenchment: A Century of Efforts to Fix Primary Elections" (Oxford UP, 2024)

June 10, 2024

Reform and Retrenchment

Robert G. Boatright
Hosted by Susan Liebell

Until 1900, most political parties in the United States chose their leaders – either in back rooms with a few party elites making decisions or in conv…

Kathleen Day, "Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street" (Yale UP, 2019)

June 10, 2024

Broken Bargain

Kathleen Day
Hosted by Daniel Peris

Think that today's debates about the role of the Federal Reserve Bank, financial regulation, "too big to fail", etc. are new? Think again. Who should …