New Books Network

Anthony L. Gardner, “Stars with Stripes: The Essential Partnership between the European Union and the United States” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
If the US is – in the words of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright – the “indispensible nation” then the economic, democratic and institutional alliance between the US and the EU is the “essential partnership”. So argues Tony Gardner, Barack Obama’s ambassador to the EU and advisor to Joe... Read More
Noel Malcolm, “Useful Enemies: Islam and the Ottoman Empire in Western Political Thought, 1450-1750” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Sir Noel Malcolm’s captivating new book, Useful Enemies: Islam and the Ottoman Empire in Western Political Thought, 1450-1750 (Oxford University Press, 2019), tells the story of Western European fascination with the Ottoman empire and Islam between the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the latter half of the 18th century.... Read More
D. Bilak and T. Nummedal, “Furnace and Fugue. A Digital Edition of Michael Maier’s ‘Atalanta fugiens’ (1618)” (U Virginia Press, 2020)
In 1618, on the eve of the Thirty Years’ War, the German alchemist and physician Michael Maier published Atalanta fugiens, an intriguing and complex musical alchemical emblem book designed to engage the ear, eye, and intellect. The book unfolds as a series of fifty emblems, each of which contains an... Read More
James Simpson, “Permanent Revolution: The Reformation and the Illiberal Roots of Liberalism” (Harvard UP, 2019)
The Protestant Reformation looms large in our cultural imagination. In the standard telling, it’s the moment the world went modern. Casting off the shackles and superstitions of medieval Catholicism, reformers translated the Bible into the vernacular and democratized religion. In this story, it’s no wonder that Protestantism should give birth... Read More
Martyn Rady, “The Habsburgs: To Rule the World” (Basic Books, 2020)
In The Habsburgs: To Rule the World (Basic Books, 2020), Martyn Rady, Masaryk Professor of Central European History at University College London, tells the epic story of a dynasty and the world it built — and then lost — over nearly a millennium. From modest origins in what is to-day southern Germany... Read More
K. Grenier and A. Mushal, “Cultures of Memory in the Nineteenth Century: Consuming Commemoration” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
Cultures of Memory in the Nineteenth Century: Consuming Commemoration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) explores commemorative practices as they developed in the nineteenth century. The editors of the volume, Katherine Grenier and Amanda Mushal, and its contributors invite the readers to consider memorial practices as insights into the culture of both the... Read More
Adam Knowles, “Heidegger’s Fascist Affinities: A Politics of Silence” (Stanford UP, 2019)
The German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s influence over the last several decades of philosophy is undeniable, but his place in the canon has been called into question in recent years in the wake of the publication of his private journals kept throughout his life, including during his involvement with the Nazi... Read More
Stefan Bauer, “The Invention of Papal History: Onofrio Panvinio between Renaissance and Catholic Reform” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Stefan Bauer has written an outstanding study of one of the most important Catholic historians in early modern Europe. Bauer, who has just taken up a new position teaching history at Warwick University, UK, has spent much of the last decade working on the life and work of Onofrio Panvinio.... Read More
Bernice Lerner, “All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020)
One was a teenage Jewish girl, forcibly transported from her home in Hungary to a Nazi concentration camp. The other was a British doctor, whose experiences serving in two world wars could not compare to the horrors he saw at the end of the war. In her book All the... Read More
Ben Vinson III, “Before Mestizaje: The Frontiers of Race and Caste in Colonial Mexico” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Since its 2017 publication, Ben Vinson III’s book Before Mestizaje: The Frontiers of Race and Caste in Colonial Mexico (Cambridge University Press) has opened new dimensions on race in Latin America by examining the extreme caste groups of colonial Mexico. In tracing their experiences, a broader understanding of the connection... Read More