New Books Network

Alexander Watson, “The Fortress: The Siege of Przemysl and the Making of Europe’s Bloodlands” (Basic Books, 2020)
The opposing powers had already suffered casualties on a scale previously unimaginable by October 1914. On both the Western and Eastern fronts elaborate war plans lay in ruins and had been discarded in favour of desperate improvisation. In the West this soon resulted in the remorseless world of the trenches;... Read More
Kevin O’Connor, “The House of Hemp and Butter: A History of Old Riga” (NIUP, 2019)
Latvia’s elegant capital, Riga, is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. Strategically located on the Eastern Baltic coast at the mouth of the River Daugava, Riga was founded in the early 13th century as a trading hub, a military outpost of the Holy Roman Empire, and a base for Roman Catholic... Read More
Great Books: Amir Eshel on Paul Celan’s Poetry
Paul Celan’s poetry marks the end of European modernism: he is the last poet of the era where the poetic “I” could center a subjective vision of the world through language. Celan bears witness to the Holocaust as the irredeemable rupture in European civilization, but he does so in German,... Read More
Sir John Redwood, “We Don’t Believe You: Why Populists and the Establishment See the World Differently” (Bite-Sized Books, 2019)
In We Don’t Believe You: Why Populists and the Establishment See the World Differently (Bite-Sized Book, 2019), Sir John Redwood gives us fresh insights into why the populist movements and parties have been winning elections. He looks at how the experts and narrative pushed out by the established elites on... Read More
Irina Georgescu, “Carpathia: Food from the Heart of Romania” (Interlink Books, 2020)
Romania is a land of crossroads: of empire, of geography, and culture, shaped by centuries of rule by the Greeks, Ottomans, and Hapsburgs. The dramatically different geographic regions of Romania include flat plains and soaring mountain peaks, as well as the Danube Delta. But wherever you go in this fascinating... Read More
David Stahel, “Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942” (FSG, 2019)
Germany’s winter campaign of 1941–1942 is commonly seen as the Wehrmacht’s first defeat. In Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942 (FSG, 2019), David Stahel argues that it was in fact their first strategic success in the east. The mismanaged Soviet Counteroffensive became a phyrric victory as... Read More
Steven Seegel, “Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Steven Seegel’s Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2018) is an insightful contribution to the history of map making which is written through and by individual geographers/cartographers/map men. The book focuses primarily on four countries: Germany, Hungary,... Read More