New Books Network

Margrit Pernau, “Emotions and Modernity in Colonial India: From Balance to Fervor” (Oxford UP, 2020)
In her stunning and conceptually adventurous new book Emotions and Modernity in Colonial India: From Balance to Fervor (Oxford University Press, 2020), Margrit Pernau examines the varied and hugely consequential expressions of and normative investments in emotions in modern South Asian Muslim thought. By considering a wide array of sources... Read More
Francesca Sobande, “The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain” (Palgrave, 2020)
What are the possibilities and what are the inequalities of the digital world? In The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain (Palgrave, 2020), Francesca Sobande, a lecturer in Digital Media Studies at Cardiff University explores the experiences of Black women as producers and as consumers of digital media. The book... Read More
James Simpson, “Permanent Revolution: The Reformation and the Illiberal Roots of Liberalism” (Harvard UP, 2019)
The Protestant Reformation looms large in our cultural imagination. In the standard telling, it’s the moment the world went modern. Casting off the shackles and superstitions of medieval Catholicism, reformers translated the Bible into the vernacular and democratized religion. In this story, it’s no wonder that Protestantism should give birth... Read More
Brian Weatherson, “A History of Philosophy Journals. Volume 1: Evidence from Topic Modeling, 1876-2013” (2020)
Anglophone philosophy in the twentieth century was centered, to an unprecedented extent, around journals: periodical publications that aimed to present (one vision of) the best philosophical work of the moment. By looking at the trends across these journals, we can see important trends in philosophy itself. But looking at the... Read More
Stephen Wall, “Reluctant European: Britain and the European Union from 1945 to Brexit” (Oxford UP, 2020)
In January 2020, the UK became the first country to leave the European Union after a troubled 47-year membership. What was at the core of the country’s semi-detachment to the EU? Was the UK’s eventual inevitable or was it a tragedy of errors and misunderstandings borne of divergent political cultures?... Read More
Matthew S. Hopper, “Slaves of One Master: Globalization and Slavery in Arabia in the Age of Empire” (Yale UP, 2015)
In this wide-ranging history of the African diaspora and slavery in Arabia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Matthew S. Hopper examines the interconnected themes of enslavement, globalization, and empire and challenges previously held conventions regarding Middle Eastern slavery and British imperialism. Whereas conventional historiography regards the Indian Ocean... Read More
Patrick Honohan, “Currency, Credit and Crisis: Central Banking in Ireland and Europe” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
For readers – including non-economists – who want to get to grips with the nature and scale of the last financial crisis, how it was managed and mismanaged, and its particular impact on a small, open economy, Patrick Honohan’s book Currency, Credit and Crisis: Central Banking in Ireland and Europe... Read More
Thomas Levenson, “Money for Nothing” (Random House, 2020)
Modern finance isn’t really all that modern. Three centuries ago, Great Britain’s need for money to fight its wars, the appearance of joint stock companies, and the emerging quantification of all aspects of life converged to create new notions and forms of money and investments. And then there was a... Read More
Harrison Perkins, “Catholicity and the Covenant of Works: James Ussher and the Reformed Tradition” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Historians of early modern religion recognise the importance of the development of covenant theology in the formation of Calvinism. Harrison Perkins, who teaches systematic theology at Edinburgh Theological Seminary and serves as assistant minister of London Presbyterian Church, has recently published what promises to be one of the most important... Read More
Stephen C. Kepher, “COSSAC: Lt. Gen. Sir Frederick Morgan and the Genesis of Operation OVERLORD” (Naval Institute Press, 2020)
D-Day, June 6, 1944, looms large in both popular and historical imaginations as the sin qua non, or single defining moment, of the Second World War. Though there were other d-days launched across multiple theaters throughout Europe, Africa, and the Pacific, only one endures as a potent symbol for the... Read More