New Books Network

Jeremy Black, “Geographies of an Imperial Power: The British World, 1688-1815” (Indiana UP, 2018)
Today we talk to Jeremy Black, professor of history at Exeter University, UK, about two of his most recent book projects, both of which relate to the ways in which we think about empires, and the British empire in particular. Geographies of an Imperial Power: The British World, 1688-1815 (Indiana... Read More
Lauren Working, “The Making of an Imperial Polity: Civility and America in the Jacobean Metropolis” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
In his Relation of the second voyage to Guiana, published in 1596, George Chapman put the imperial ambitions of England into a telling verse couplet. ‘Riches, and Conquest, and Renowne I sing. / Riches with honour, Conquest without bloud’. For the metropolitan gentlemen of early 17th-century London, the colonising project... Read More
Daniel Kennefick, “No Shadow of a Doubt: The 1919 Eclipse that Confirmed Einstein’s Theory of Relativity” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Daniel Kennefick talks about resistance to relativity theory in the early twentieth century and the huge challenges that faced British astronomers who wanted to test the theory during the solar eclipse of 1919. Kennefick is an associate professor of physics at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He’s the author of No... Read More
Lori Gemeiner-Bihler, “Cities of Refuge: German Jews in London and New York, 1935-1945” (SUNY Press, 2019)
In the years following Hitler’s rise to power, German Jews faced increasingly restrictive antisemitic laws, and many responded by fleeing to more tolerant countries. Cities of Refuge: German Jews in London and New York, 1935-1945 (SUNY Press, 2019), compares the experiences of Jewish refugees who immigrated to London and New... Read More
Kim A. Wagner, “Amritsar 1919: An Empire of Fear and the Making of a Massacre” (Yale UP, 2019)
You’ve probably seen the film Gandhi and you likely think that you know all about the Amritsar Massacre of 1919. After all, Richard Attenborough’s 1982 academy award winning film did an incredible job of recreating every detail of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer ordering his Gurkha and Sikh troops to open fire on a... Read More
Eileen Hunt Botting, “The Wollstonecraftian Mind” (Routledge, 2019)
Eileen Hunt Botting is Professor of Political Science at Notre Dame and co-editor with Sandrine Berges and Alan Coffee of the anthology The Wollstonecraftian Mind (Routledge, 2019). The collection presents thirty-nine essays from distinguished scholars in philosophy, religion, literature, intellectual history, and other fields who consider the work of the... Read More
Graham T. Clews, “Churchill’s Phoney War: A Study in Folly and Frustration” (Naval Institute Press, 2019)
Given the overwhelming amount of books printed in the past ten years on various (usually rather obscure) aspects of Sir Winston Churchill’s glorious career, it is of great interest that so little has been written about his activity during the Phoney War phase of the Second World War (1 September... Read More