New Books Network

Eric D. Weitz, “A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Who has the right to have rights? Motivated by Hannah Arendt’s famous reflections on the question of statelessness the book tells a non-linear global story of the emergence and transformations of human rights in the age of nation-states. In his new book A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human... Read More
David D. Vail, “Chemical Lands: Pesticides, Aerial Spraying, and Health in North America’s Grasslands since 1945” (U Alabama Press, 2018)
Over fifty years ago, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) scolded the agricultural industry for its profligate spread of “poison” and pesticides “indiscriminately from the skies.” Now, in Chemical Lands: Pesticides, Aerial Spraying, and Health in North America’s Grasslands since 1945 (University of Alabama Press, 2018), David D. Vail re-examines aerial... Read More
Perin Gürel, “The Limits of Westernization: A Cultural History of America in Turkey” (Columbia UP, 2017)
In today’s podcast, host Robert Elliott speaks with Dr. Perin Gürel about her new book The Limits of Westernization: A Cultural History of America in Turkey (Columbia University Press, 2017), which examines how Turkish perceptions of the United States intersected with debates around “westernization” in the twentieth century. In a... Read More
Jeremy Black, “A Brief History of Spain” (Robinson, 2019)
Wonderfully concise and very readable, A Brief History of Spain (Robinson, 2019), is perfect for travelers as well as the discerning reader. Professor of History at Exeter University Jeremy Black’s book is a ‘must read’. This is an extraordinary tale of Spain, from early tribalism and Roman rule to the... Read More
Thomas Hager, “Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine” (Harry N. Abrams, 2019)
Behind every landmark drug is a story. It could be a researcher’s genius insight, a catalyzing moment in geopolitical history, a new breakthrough technology, or an unexpected but welcome side effect discovered during clinical trials. In his new book, Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History... Read More
Lucas Richert, “Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs” (McGill-Queens UP, 2019)
Strange Trips isn’t only the title of Dr. Lucas Richert’s new book; it’s also a good description of the journey substances take from the black market to the doctor’s black bag—and, sometimes, back to the black market again. In Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs (McGill-Queens University... Read More
Michitake Aso, “Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History, 1897-1975” (UNC Press, 2018)
How can the history of rubber be used as a way to understand the history of 20th-century Vietnam? In this episode of New Books in History, Michael G. Vann talks about Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History, 1897-1975 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), with Michitake Aso,... Read More