New Books Network

Jeremy Yellen, “The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Jeremy Yellen’s The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War (Cornell University Press, 2019) is a challenging transnational exploration of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, Japan’s ambitious, confused, and much maligned attempt to create a new bloc order in East and Southeast Asia during World... Read More
Trevor Thompson, “Playing for Australia: The First Socceroos, Asia, and World Football” (Fair Play, 2018)
Today we are joined by Trevor Thompson, a journalist who has reported on association football in Australia and around the world since the 1980s. He is also the author of Playing for Australia: The First Socceroos, Asia, and World Football (Fair Play Publishing, 2018). In our conversation, we discussed the... Read More
Ann Elias, “Coral Empire: Underwater Oceans, Colonial Tropics, Visual Modernity” (Duke UP, 2019)
With the threats of sea water warming and ocean acidification, coral reefs have become both a fire alarm and a barometer for the dangers of human induced climate change.  We now face the possibility of a world without coral.  In this cogent and timely work, Ann Elias interrogates how we... Read More
Elizabeth DeLoughrey, “Allegories of the Anthropocene” (Duke UP, 2019)
While the mainstream discourses on global warming characterize it as an unprecedented catastrophe that unites the globe in a common challenge, Elizabeth DeLoughrey argues that this apparently cosmopolitan position is in truth a provincial one limited to privileged circles in the Global North. In Allegories of the Anthropocene (Duke University... Read More
Maria Nugent, “Captain Cook Was Here” (Cambridge UP, 2009)
Maria Nugent talks about Aboriginal Australians’ first encounter with Captain Cook at Botany Bay, a violent meeting that has come to represent the origin story of Australia’s colonization by Europeans. The encounter itself has been symbolized by a bark shield – said to have been used by indigenous Australians defending... Read More
Don Kulick, “A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea” (Algonquin Books, 2019)
Called “perhaps the finest and most profound account of ethnographic fieldwork and discovery that has ever entered the anthropological literature” by the Wall Street Journal, A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea (Algonquin Books, 2019) is... Read More
Joy McCann, “Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean” (U New South Wales Press, 2018)
Joy McCann discusses the great circumpolar ocean that surrounds Antarctica. McCann is the author of Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean (University of New South Wales Press, 2018). She is a historian at the Centre for Environmental History at Australian National University. Flowing completely around the Earth and unimpeded... Read More