New Books Network

Lisa Greenwald, “Daughters of 1968: Redefining French Feminism and the Women’s Liberation Movement” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
May ’68 marked a watershed moment in French society, culture, and political life. The feminist movement was no exception. Women took to the streets and meeting halls around the country, challenging outdated sexual standards, fighting for reproductive freedom, and articulating women’s oppression in radically new ways. In Daughters of 1968:... Read More
Michael Lower, “The Tunis Crusade of 1270: A Mediterranean History” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Why was a Crusade that was initially meant for Syria end up in Tunis? How did the aspirations of the King of France and the Mamluk Sultan, the King of Sicily and the Hafsid Emir of Tunis, get entangled in the years following the Mongol invasion of the Middle East?... Read More
Is the Idea of “The Enlightenment” Still Useful?
In a new podcast of the series ‘Arguing History’, Professor Jeremy Black, the most prolific historian writing in the Anglophone world, if not on the entire planet, and renowned Ecclesiastical Historian Professor William Gibson discuss the question: ‘is the idea of the Enlightenment one which is no longer useful for... Read More
Erin-Marie Legacey, “Making Space for the Dead:  Catacombs, Cemeteries, and the Reimagining of Paris, 1780-1830” (Cornell UP, 2019)
In Making Space for the Dead: Catacombs, Cemeteries, and the Reimagining of Paris, 1780-1830 (Cornell University Press, 2019), Dr. Erin-Marie Legacey, Assistant Professor of History at Texas Tech University, explores the transformation of burial practices in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Public health concerns under the Old Regime prompted... Read More
Robert Crowcroft, “The End is Nigh: British Politics, Power, and the Road to the Second World War” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Few decades have given rise to such potent mythologies as the 1930s. Popular impressions of those years prior to the Second World War were shaped by the single outstanding personality of that conflict, Winston Spencer Churchill. Churchill depicted himself as a political prophet, exiled into the wilderness prior to 1939... Read More
Katharina Karcher, “Sisters in Arms: Militant Feminisms in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1968” (Berghahn, 2017)
In her new book, Sisters in Arms: Militant Feminisms in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1968 (Berghahn, 2017), Katharina Karcher Lecturer in German at the University of Birmingham, examines a critical time in the history and development of the feminist movement in Germany. Sisters in Arms gives a bracing account of... Read More
Violet Moller, “The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found” (Doubleday, 2019)
Violet Moller has written a narrative history of the transmission of books from the ancient world to the modern. In The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found (Doubleday, 2019), Moller traces the histories of migration of three ancient authors, Euclid, Ptolemy and Galen,... Read More