New Books Network

Lisa Greenwald, “Daughters of 1968: Redefining French Feminism and the Women’s Liberation Movement” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
May ’68 marked a watershed moment in French society, culture, and political life. The feminist movement was no exception. Women took to the streets and meeting halls around the country, challenging outdated sexual standards, fighting for reproductive freedom, and articulating women’s oppression in radically new ways. In Daughters of 1968:... Read More
J. C. D. Clark, “Thomas Paine: Britain, America, and France in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution” (Oxford UP, 2018)
There are few better guides to the “long eighteenth century” that J. C. D. Clark, emeritus professor of history at the University of Kansas, whose sequence of ground-breaking books have contested prevailing assumptions about religion, politics and early modernity even as they have worked to construct a chastened but compelling... Read More
Sabine Frühstück, “Playing War: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan” (U California Press, 2017)
In Playing War: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan (University of California Press, 2017), Sabine Frühstück shows how children and childhood have been used in twentieth century Japan as technologies to moralize war, and later, in the twenty-first century, to sentimentalize peace. Through examining Japanese children’s war... Read More
Meredith Oda, “The Gateway to the Pacific: Japanese Americans and the Remaking of San Francisco” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
In The Gateway to the Pacific: Japanese Americans and the Remaking of San Francisco (University of Chicago Press, 2019), Meredith Oda shows how city leaders and local residents in San Francisco fashioned a postwar municipal identity through their promotion of what Oda calls transpacific urbanism. Though the Japanese American presence... Read More
Stephen Alan Bourque, “Beyond the Beach: The Allied War Against France” (Naval Institute Press, 2018)
Did the Allied bombing plan for the liberation of France follow a carefully orchestrated plan, or was it executed on an ad-hoc basis with little concern or regard for collateral damage? How did the bombing of French cities and railheads follow – or disregard – existing air power doctrine, and... Read More
Kevin M. Baron, “Presidential Privilege and the Freedom of Information Act” (Edinburgh UP, 2019)
Kevin Baron’s new book, Presidential Privilege and the Freedom of Information Act (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), is a fascinating analysis of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and how this act, passed in the 1960s and signed by President Lyndon Johnson, has changed the ways that both the Executive Branch... Read More
David Philip Miller, “The Life and Legend of James Watt” (U Pittsburgh Press, 2019)
For all of his fame as one of the seminal figures of the Industrial Revolution, James Watt is a person around whom many misconceptions congregate. In The Life and Legend of James Watt: Collaboration, Natural Philosophy, and the Improvement of the Steam Engine (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), David Philip... Read More