New Books Network

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
Roberto Carmack, “Kazakhstan in World War II: Mobilization and Ethnicity in the Soviet Empire” (UP of Kansas, 2019)
Roberto Carmack’s Kazakhstan in World War II: Mobilization and Ethnicity in the Soviet Empire (University Press of Kansas, 2019) looks at the experience of the Kazakh Republic during the Soviet Union’s Great Patriotic War. Using a variety of archival materials, newspapers, and individual memoirs, Carmack looks at important topics of... Read More
Chet Van Duzer, “Martin Waldseemüller’s ‘Carta marina’ of 1516: Study and Transcription of the Long Legends” (Springer, 2019)
Chet Van Duzer‘s new book Martin Waldseemüller’s ‘Carta marina’ of 1516: Study and Transcription of the Long Legends (Springer, 2019), presents the first detailed study of one of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance cartography. By transcribing, translating into English, and detailing the sources of all of the descriptive texts... Read More
Erin Schoneveld, “Shirakaba and Japanese Modernism: Art Magazines, Artistic Collectives, and the Early Avant-Garde” (Brill, 2018)
Befitting an art history book, Erin Schoneveld’s Shirakaba and Japanese Modernism: Art Magazines, Artistic Collectives, and the Early Avant-Garde (Brill, 2019) is a beautifully packaged analysis of the early twentieth-century Japanese modern art collective Shirakaba and its eponymous coterie magazine (1910-1923). Shirakaba, which means “white birch,” is recognized as the... Read More