New Books Network

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
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
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
Robert Crowcroft, “The End is Nigh: British Politics, Power, and the Road to the Second World War” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Few decades have given rise to such potent mythologies as the 1930s. Popular impressions of those years prior to the Second World War were shaped by the single outstanding personality of that conflict, Winston Spencer Churchill. Churchill depicted himself as a political prophet, exiled into the wilderness prior to 1939... Read More
Rachel B. Herrmann, “No Useless Mouth: Waging War and Fighting Hunger in the American Revolution” (Cornell UP, 2019)
When the British explored the Atlantic coast of America in the 1580s, their relations with indigenous peoples were structured by food. The newcomers, unable to sustain themselves through agriculture, relied on the local Algonquian people for resources. This led to tension, and then violence. When English raiding parties struck Algonquian... Read More
Tita Chico, “The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment” (Stanford UP, 2018)
Can science be seductive? According to Tita Chico, the answer is a resounding yes. In her new book, The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment (Stanford University Press, 2018), Dr. Chico’s new book upends the traditional, modern dichotomies which enforce strict separations between literature and science.... Read More
Hannah Weiss Muller, “Subjects and Sovereign: Bonds of Belonging in the Eighteenth-Century British Empire” (Oxford UP, 2017)
There is no denying that the public remains fascinated with monarchy. In the United Kingdom, the royal family commands the headlines, but paradoxically they are distant and knowable all at once. The Queen is an iconic yet reserved figure, what with the kerchiefs, the corgis, and the deftly delivered speeches... Read More