New Books Network

Michael Khodarkovsky, “Russia’s 20th Century: A Journey in 100 Histories” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
Dissecting and digesting the history of the Soviet “experiment” can be a frustrating exercise for academics and a Sisyphean task for laymen; the endeavor demands scrutiny of the facts — and they are legion — but we must also grapple with the dystopian atmosphere and cruel indifference to human life, which... Read More
Iain MacGregor, “Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place On Earth” (Scribner, 2019)
There is perhaps no more iconic symbol of the Cold War than the Berlin Wall, the 96-mile-long barrier erected around West Berlin in 1961 to stem the flow of refugees from Eastern Europe. In Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place On Earth (Scribner,... Read More
Tamara Hundorova, “The Post-Chornobyl Library: Ukrainian Postmodernism of the 1990s” (ASP, 2019)
Tamara Hundorova’s The Post-Chornobyl Library: Ukrainian Postmodernism of the 1990s (Academic Studies Press, 2019) is a compelling study of the literary changes that mark Ukrainian literature at the end of the 20th century. As the title of the book prompts, a starting point—or rather a triggering moment for further metamorphoses—is... Read More
Vladimir Dzuro, “The Investigator: Demons of the Balkan War” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
In his new book, The Investigator: Demons of the Balkan War (University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Vladimir Dzuro, a retired Czech police commissioner, provides a first-hand look at the establishment of the International Crime Tribunal for Yugoslavia to prosecute Balkan war criminals. In contrast to the Nuremberg trials, these trials... Read More
Perin Gürel, “The Limits of Westernization: A Cultural History of America in Turkey” (Columbia UP, 2017)
In today’s podcast, host Robert Elliott speaks with Dr. Perin Gürel about her new book The Limits of Westernization: A Cultural History of America in Turkey (Columbia University Press, 2017), which examines how Turkish perceptions of the United States intersected with debates around “westernization” in the twentieth century. In a... Read More
Jasper Heinzen, “Making Prussians, Raising Germans: A Cultural History of Prussian State-Building after Civil War, 1866-1935” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
How does civil war shape state building and national identity over the long term? What do the underlying conflicts between Hanoverians and the Prussian state reveal about the course of German history from 1866 up to the rise of Hitler? In his new book Making Prussians, Raising Germans: A Cultural History... Read More
Alma Jeftić, “Social Aspects of Memory: Stories of Victims and Perpetrators from Bosnia-Herzegovina” (Routledge, 2019)
In her new book, Social Aspects of Memory: Stories of Victims and Perpetrators from Bosnia-Herzegovina (Routledge, 2019). Alma Jeftić presents the compelling results of an empirical psychological study on how ordinary people remember war, drawing on narratives from two generations of people in Sarajevo and neighboring East Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. This... Read More