Western European Studies

Western European Studies

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Interviews with scholars of Western Europe about their new books.

David Burke, "The Puppet Masters: How MI6 Masterminded Ireland's Deepest State Crisis" (Mercier Press, 2024)

July 25, 2024

The Puppet Masters

David Burke
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

In The Puppet Masters: How MI6 Masterminded Ireland's Deepest State Crisis (Mercier Press, 2024), David Burke uncovers the clandestine activities of P…

Nancy M. Bradbury, "Rival Wisdoms: Reading Proverbs in the Canterbury Tales" (Penn State UP, 2024)

July 23, 2024

Rival Wisdoms

Nancy M. Bradbury
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In this elegantly written study Rival Wisdoms: Reading Proverbs in the Canterbury Tales (Penn State University Press, 2024), Dr. Nancy Mason Bradbury …

Charles Barr, "British Cinema: A Very Short Introduction" (Oxford UP, 2022)

July 23, 2024

British Cinema

Charles Barr
Hosted by Daniel Moran

Cinema has had a hugely influential role on global culture in the 20th century at multiple levels: social, political, and educational. The part of Bri…

Anton Howes, "Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation" (Princeton UP, 2020)

July 22, 2024

Arts and Minds

Anton Howes
Hosted by Matthew Jordan

Over the past 300 years, The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce has tried to improve British life in every way ima…

Alessandra Montalbano, "Ransom Kidnapping in Italy: Crime, Memory, and Violence" (U Toronto Press, 2023)

July 19, 2024

Ransom Kidnapping in Italy

Alessandra Montalbano
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

For over thirty years, modern Italy was plagued by ransom kidnappings perpetrated by bandits and organised crime syndicates. Nearly 700 men, women, an…

Michelle Moffat, "Scottish Society in the Second World War: Tradition, Tension, Transformation" (Edinburgh UP, 2023)

July 19, 2024

Scottish Society in the Second World War

Michelle Moffat
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Surprisingly little is known about Scottish experiences of the Second World War. Scottish Society in the Second World War (Edinburgh University Press,…

Anthony Di Renzo, "Pasquinades: Essays from Rome's Famous Talking Statue" (Cayuga Lake Books, 2023)

July 18, 2024

Pasquinades

Anthony Di Renzo
Hosted by Chris Holmes

Anthony Di Renzo's Pasquinades: Essays from Rome's Famous Talking Statue (Cayuga Lake Books, 2023) is the most audacious guide to Rome you will ever r…

Sarah Milton, "Ageing and New Intimacies: Gender, Sexuality and Temporality in an English Salsa Scene" (Manchester UP, 2024)

July 17, 2024

Ageing and New Intimacies

Sarah Milton
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The 'baby boom' generation, born between the 1940s and the 1960s, is often credited with pioneering new and creative ways of relating, doing intimacy …

Nuria Silleras-Fernandez, "The Politics of Emotion: Love, Grief, and Madness in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia" (Cornell UP, 2024)

July 17, 2024

The Politics of Emotion

Nuria Silleras-Fernandez
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The Politics of Emotion: Love, Grief, and Madness in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (Cornell University Press, 2024) by Dr. Nuria Silleras-Fernandez…

Yosefa Raz, "The Poetics of Prophecy: Modern Afterlives of a Biblical Tradition" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

July 16, 2024

The Poetics of Prophecy

Yosefa Raz
Hosted by Rachel Adelman

Since the mid-1700s, poets and scholars have been deeply entangled in the project of reinventing prophecy. Moving between literary and biblical studie…

Helen Freear-Papio and Candyce Crew Leonard, "The Theatre of Twenty-First Century Spain" (Vernon Press, 2022)

July 16, 2024

The Theatre of Twenty-First Century Spain

Helen Freear-Papio and Candyce Crew Leonard
Hosted by Dessy Vassileva

The interview featured an in-depth dialogue about The Theatre of Twenty-First Century Spain (Vernon Press, 2022), a bilingual collection that examines…

Emily Wilbourne, "Voice, Slavery, and Race in Seventeenth-Century Florence" (Oxford UP, 2023)

July 16, 2024

Voice, Slavery, and Race in Seventeenth-Century Florence

Emily Wilbourne
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Grounded in new archival research documenting a significant presence of foreign and racially-marked individuals in Medici Florence, Voice, Slavery, an…

Stefanie Coché, "Psychiatric Institutions and Society: The Practice of Psychiatric Committal in the "Third Reich," the Democratic Republic of Germany, and the Federal Republic of Germany, 1941-1963" (Routledge, 2024)

July 16, 2024

Psychiatric Institutions and Society

Stefanie Coché
Hosted by Paul Lerner

Stefanie Coché's Psychiatric Institutions and Society: the Practice of Psychiatric Commital in the “Third Reich,” the Democratic Republic of Germany, …

Toby Green, "A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution" (U Chicago Press, 2019)

July 15, 2024

A Fistful of Shells

Toby Green
Hosted by Mark Klobas

All too often, the history of early modern Africa is told from the perspective of outsiders. In his book A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Ris…

Matt Houlbrook et al., "Men and Masculinities in Modern Britain: A History for the Present" (Manchester UP, 2024)

July 13, 2024

Men and Masculinities in Modern Britain

Matt Houlbrook, Katie Jones, and Ben Mechen
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

What does the history of men tell us about life today? In Men and Masculinities in Modern Britain: A History for the Present (Manchester UP, 2024), th…

David Joseph, "Burgenland: Village Secrets and the First Tremors of the Holocaust" (Amberley, 2023)

July 12, 2024

Burgenland

David Joseph
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

When Hitler marched into Austria in March 1938, he was given a rapturous reception. Millions lined the streets and filled the squares of Vienna. Tobia…

James D. Fisher, "The Enclosure of Knowledge: Books, Power and Agrarian Capitalism in Britain, 1660–1800" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

July 12, 2024

The Enclosure of Knowledge

James D. Fisher
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The rise of agrarian capitalism in Britain is usually told as a story about markets, land and wages. The Enclosure of Knowledge: Books, Power and Agra…

Gayle K. Brunelle and Annette Finley-Croswhite, "Assassination in Vichy: Marx Dormoy and the Struggle for the Soul of France" (U Toronto Press, 2020)

July 11, 2024

Assassination in Vichy

Gayle K. Brunelle and Annette Finley-Croswhite
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

During the night of 25 July 1941, assassins planted a time bomb in the bed of the former French Interior Minister, Marx Dormoy. The explosion on the f…

Karine Varley, "Vichy's Double Bind: French Collaboration between Hitler and Mussolini during the Second World War" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

July 9, 2024

Vichy's Double Bind

Karine Varley
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Karine Varley's book Vichy's Double Bind: French Collaboration between Hitler and Mussolini during the Second World War (Cambridge UP, 2023) advances …

Benjamin J. B. Lipscomb, "The Women Are Up to Something: How Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch Revolutionized Ethics" (Oxford UP, 2021)

July 9, 2024

The Women Are Up to Something

Benjamin J. B. Lipscomb

The story of four remarkable women who shaped the intellectual history of the 20th century: Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris …