New Books Network

Luis Martínez-Fernández, “Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba” (U Florida Press, 2018)
From pre-contact, to first-contact, to colonization and beyond, Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba (University of Florida Press, 2018) by Luis Martínez-Fernández is an easy-to-read, yet incredibly fascinating and informative book on the history of early Cuba. In this interview, Martínez-Fernández talks about his Latin... Read More
A. R. Ruis, “Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat: The Origins of School Lunch in the United States” (Rutgers UP, 2017)
In this this interview, Dr. Carrie Tippen talks with A.R. Ruis about the 2017 book Eating to Learn: Learning to Eat The Origins of School Lunch in the United States – published in 2017 by Rutgers University Press. Ruis narrates the development of school lunch programs from the late 19th... Read More
E. Jones-Imhotep and T. Adcock, “Made Modern: Science and Technology in Canadian History” (UBC Press, 2018)
Science and technology have shaped not only economic empires and industrial landscapes, but also the identities, anxieties, and understandings of people living in modern times. The book I’m looking at today, Made Modern: Science and Technology in Canadian History (University of British Columbia Press, 2018) explores the complex interconnections between... Read More
Winston Black, “The Middle Ages: Facts and Fictions” (ABC-CLIO, 2019)
Winston Black‘s new book The Middle Ages: Facts and Fictions (ABC-CLIO, 2019) guides readers through 10 pervasive fictions about medieval history, provides them with the sources and analytical tools to critique those fictions, and identifies what really happened in the Middle Ages. Aven McMaster and Mark Sundaram are historians and... Read More
Lyn Julius, “Uprooted: How 3000 Years of Jewish Civilization in the Arab World Vanished Overnight” (Vallentine Mitchell, 2018)
Who are the Jews from Arab countries? What were relations with Muslims like? What made Jews leave countries where they had been settled for thousands of years? And what lessons can we learn from the mass exodus of minorities from the Middle East? This neglected piece of history, as ancient... Read More
Afshin Matin-Asgari, “Both Eastern and Western: An Intellectual History of Iranian Modernity” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Following the Iranian Revolution of 1978—79, public and scholarly interest in Iran have skyrocketed, with a plethora of attempts seeking to understand and explain the events which led up to that moment. However, navigating the terrain of Iran’s modern historical trajectory has proven to be a daunting task which has... Read More
Matthew Hild and Keri Leigh Merritt, “Reconsidering Southern Labor History” (UP of Florida, 2018)
Matthew Hild and Keri Leigh Merritt discuss their new edited volume, Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power (University Press of Florida, 2018), the nexus of race, class and power in the history of labor in the South, and how a new generation of southern labor scholars are changing... Read More