Western European Studies

Western European Studies

episodes

Interviews with scholars of Western Europe about their new books.

Carlos M. N. Eire, "They Flew: A History of the Impossible" (Yale UP, 2023)

June 16, 2024

They Flew

Carlos M. N. Eire
Hosted by Meghan Cochran

In the early modern era, seemingly impossible stories of levitation, bilocation, and witchcraft were common and believable. The important question of …

Todd H. Weir, "Red Secularism: Socialism and Secularist Culture in Germany 1890 to 1933" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

June 16, 2024

Red Secularism

Todd H. Weir
Hosted by Crawford Gribben

Red Secularism: Socialism and Secularist Culture in Germany 1890 to 1933 (Cambridge UP, 2023) is the first substantive investigation into one of the k…

Laurence M. Geary, "The Land War in Ireland: Famine, Philanthropy and Moonlighting" (Cork UP, 2023)

June 15, 2024

The Land War in Ireland

Laurence M. Geary
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

In this interview, he discusses his new book The Land War in Ireland: Famine, Philanthropy and Moonlighting (Cork UP, 2023), a collection of interconn…

Cory C. Brock and Nathaniel Gray Sutanto, "Neo-Calvinism: A Theological Introduction" (Lexham Press, 2023)

June 14, 2024

Neo-Calvinism

Cory C. Brock and Nathaniel Gray Sutanto
Hosted by Justin McGeary

Discover the rich theology of Neo-Calvinism. Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck sparked a theological tradition in the Netherlands that came to be know…

Mark Gilbert, "Italy Reborn: From Fascism to Democracy" (Norton, 2024)

June 13, 2024

Italy Reborn

Mark Gilbert
Hosted by Tim Jones

Italy's resurrection from 20 years of fascism, three years of war, and two years of civil war is one of the 20th century's great, under-told stories. …

Bronagh Ann McShane, "Irish Women in Religious Orders, 1530-1700: Suppression, Migration and Reintegration" (Boydell & Brewer, 2022)

June 11, 2024

Irish Women in Religious Orders, 1530-1700

Bronagh Ann McShane
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Irish Women in Religious Orders, 1530-1700: Suppression, Migration and Reintegration (Boydell & Brewer, 2022) by Dr. Bronagh Ann McShane investigates …

Joseph A. Skloot, "First Impressions: Sefer Hasidim and Early Modern Hebrew Printing" (Brandeis UP, 2023)

June 8, 2024

First Impressions

Joseph A. Skloot
Hosted by Jana Byars

Joseph A. Skloot joins Jana Byars to talk about his new book, First Impressions: Sefer hasimdim and Early Modern Hebrew Printing (Brandeis UP, 2023). …

Alistair Moffat, "The Highlands and Islands of Scotland: A New History" (Birlinn, 2024)

June 7, 2024

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Alistair Moffat
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In The Highlands and Islands of Scotland: A New History (Birlinn, 2024) by Alistair Moffat, the chronicle begins millions of years ago, with the drama…

Cathal J. Nolan, "The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost" (Oxford UP, 2019)

June 2, 2024

The Allure of Battle

Cathal J. Nolan
Hosted by Marshall Poe

History has tended to measure war's winners and losers in terms of its major engagements, battles in which the result was so clear-cut that they could…

Claire Weeda, "Ethnicity in Medieval Europe 950-1250: Medicine, Power and Religion" (Boydell and Brewer, 2021)

June 2, 2024

Ethnicity in Medieval Europe 950-1250

Claire Weeda
Hosted by Evan Zarkadas

Students in twelfth-century Paris held slanging matches, branding the English drunkards, the Germans madmen and the French as arrogant. On Crusade, ar…

Ramón Espejo, "The Catalonian Journey of American Drama 1909-2000: From Jimmy Valentine to The Vagina Monologues" (Legenda, 2024)

June 2, 2024

The Catalonian Journey of American Drama 1909-2000

Ramón Espejo

Ramón Espejo's book The Catalonian Journey of American Drama 1909-2000: From Jimmy Valentine to The Vagina Monologues (Legenda, 2024) delves into the …

Matthew Kadane, "The Enlightenment and Original Sin" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

June 1, 2024

The Enlightenment and Original Sin

Matthew Kadane
Hosted by Jana Byars

Matthew Kadane, Professor of History at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, talks about his just new book, The Enlightenment and Original Sin (Universi…

Polo B. Moji, "Gender and the Spatiality of Blackness in Contemporary AfroFrench Narratives" (Routledge, 2022)

May 31, 2024

Gender and the Spatiality of Blackness in Contemporary AfroFrench Narratives

Polo B. Moji

Polo B. Moji's book Gender and the Spatiality of Blackness in Contemporary AfroFrench Narratives (Routledge, 2022) approaches the study of AfroEurope …

Eileen M. Hunt, "The First Last Man: Mary Shelley and the Postapocalyptic Imagination" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2024)

May 28, 2024

The First Last Man

Eileen M. Hunt
Hosted by Lilly Goren

The First Last Man: Mary Shelley and the Postapocalyptic Imagination (U Pennsylvania Press, 2024) is the concluding text in political theorist Eileen …

Iris Moon, "Melancholy Wedgwood" (MIT Press, 2024)

May 26, 2024

Melancholy Wedgwood

Iris Moon
Hosted by Rachel Pafe

Melancholy Wedgwood (MIT Press, 2024) is an experimental biography of the ceramics entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood that reveals the tenuous relationship …

Helen J. Nicholson, "Women and the Crusades" (Oxford UP, 2023)

May 25, 2024

Women and the Crusades

Helen J. Nicholson

The crusade movement needed women: their money, their prayer support, their active participation, and their inspiration. Helen J. Nicholson's book Wo…

Adam Zientek, "A Thirst for Wine and War: The Intoxication of French Soldiers on the Western Front" (McGill-Queen's UP, 2024)

May 24, 2024

A Thirst for Wine and War

Adam Zientek
Hosted by Jana Byars

Adam Zientek, Assistant Professor of History at UC Davis joins Jana Byars to talk about his new book, A Thirst for Wine and War: The Intoxication of F…

Jane Hamlett and Julie-Marie Strange, "Pet Revolution: Animals and the Making of Modern British Life" (Reaktion Books, 2023)

May 23, 2024

Pet Revolution

Jane Hamlett and Julie-Marie Strange
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Pet Revolution: Animals and the Making of Modern British Life (Reaktion, 2023) by Dr. Jane Hamlett & Dr. Julie-Marie Strange tracks the British love a…

Nicholas Underwood, "Yiddish Paris: Staging Nation and Community in Interwar France" (Indiana UP, 2022)

May 21, 2024

Yiddish Paris

Nicholas Underwood
Hosted by Roxanne Panchasi

Nick Underwood's Yiddish Paris: Staging Nation and Community in Interwar Paris (Indiana University Press, 2022) is a captivating study of the culture …

Jeremy Black, "In Fielding's Wake" (St. Augustine's Press, 2022)

May 21, 2024

In Fielding's Wake

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

In the second volume of The Weight of Words Series, In Fielding's Wake (St. Augustine's Press, 2022), Jeremy Black continues his efforts to present an…