New Books Network

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
Jorge L. Giovannetti-Torres, “Black British Migrants in Cuba” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Jorge L. Giovannetti-Torres‘ new book Black British Migrants in Cuba: Race, Labor, and Empire in the Twentieth-Century Caribbean, 1898–1948 (Cambridge University Press, 2018) invites readers to enter the world of empire and labor migration in all its complexity. Giovannetti-Torres focuses on the workers and their interactions with British colonial officials,... Read More
Paul Musselwhite, “Urban Dreams, Rural Commonwealth: The Rise of Plantation Society in the Chesapeake” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Early American colonialism is often distinguished by an urban and rural divide. Urban development was a sign of imperial progress. British writers frequently boasted about the size of early Boston and Philadelphia while mocking the scattered settlements of the French. Colonial founders characterized their social experiment as a ‘City on... Read More
Remi Joseph-Salisbury, “Black Mixed-Race Men: Transatlanticity, Hybridity and ‘Post-Racial’ Resilience” (Emerald, 2018)
What are the experiences of mixed-race men? In Black Mixed-Race Men: Transatlanticity, Hybridity and ‘Post-Racial’ Resilience (Emerald Publishing, 2018),  Remi Joseph-Salisbury, a Presidential Fellow in Sociology at the University of Manchester, explores the double consciousness of black mixed-race men in America and the UK. Theoretically rich, with detailed empirical case... Read More
Kim A. Wagner, “The Skull of Alum Bheg: The Life and Death of a Rebel of 1857” (Oxford UP, 2018)
How did a Danish historian wind up with a human skull from colonial India in his University of London office? Kim A. Wagner’s The Skull of Alum Bheg: The Life and Death of a Rebel of 1857 (Oxford University Press, 2018) tells two stories. The first concerns the way in... Read More
Jeremy Black, “England in the Age of Shakespeare” (Indiana UP, 2019)
Jeremy Black’s impressive new book offers an enormously wide-ranging account of the social, political and religious cultures in which England’s greatest dramatist was formed and found success. England in the Age of Shakespeare (Indiana University Press, 2019) draws together Black’s expansive reading in Shakespeare’s contexts with extensive knowledge of the... Read More
Gregg L. Frazer, “God Against the Revolution: The Loyalist Clergy’s Case Against the American Revolution” (UP of Kansas, 2018)
Not everyone was convinced by the arguments of patriots during the American revolution. Among those who retained some degree of loyalty to the British crown were the majority of the clergy of the Episcopalian Church, as well as a smaller number of clergy from Congregational, Presbyterian and other protestant bodies.... Read More