New Books Network

Jeremy Black, “A Brief History of Spain” (Robinson, 2019)
Wonderfully concise and very readable, A Brief History of Spain (Robinson, 2019), is perfect for travelers as well as the discerning reader. Professor of History at Exeter University Jeremy Black’s book is a ‘must read’. This is an extraordinary tale of Spain, from early tribalism and Roman rule to the... Read More
Grégoire Mallard, “Gift Exchange: The Transnational History of a Political Idea” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Since Marcel Mauss published his foundational essay “The Gift” in 1925, many anthropologists and specialists of international relations have seen in the exchange of gifts, debts, loans, concessions or reparations the sources of international solidarity and international law. Still, Mauss’s reflections were deeply tied to the context of interwar Europe... Read More
Gerry Milligan, “Moral Combat: Women, Gender and War in Italian Renaissance Literature” (U Toronto Press, 2018)
Gerry Milligan’s Moral Combat: Women, Gender and War in Italian Renaissance Literature (University of Toronto Press, 2018) takes as its subject the woman warrior in early modern Italy as she was and as she was represented across varied types of texts, both literary and historical. What emerges is a discursive construction... Read More
Brittany Lehman, “Teaching Migrant Children in West Germany and Europe, 1945-1992” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
In her new book, Teaching Migrant Children in West Germany and Europe, 1945-1992 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), Brittany Lehman examines the right to education for migrant children in Europe between 1949 and 1992. Using West Germany as a case study to explore European trends, the book analyzes how the Council of... Read More
Geoffrey Parker, “Emperor: A New Life of Charles V” (Yale UP, 2019)
The Emperor Charles V (1500–1558), ruler of Spain, the Holy Roman Empire, the Netherlands, and much of Italy and Central and South America, has long intrigued many scholars of early modern Europe. But the elusive nature of the man (despite an abundance of documentation), his relentless travel and the control... Read More
Tyson Reeder, “Smugglers, Pirates, and Patriots: Free Trade in the Age of Revolution” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
After emerging victorious from their revolution against the British Empire, many North Americans associated commercial freedom with independence and republicanism. Optimistic about the liberation movements sweeping Latin America, they were particularly eager to disrupt the Portuguese Empire. Anticipating the establishment of a Brazilian republic that they assumed would give them... Read More
Tim Frandy, “Inari Sami Folklore: Stories from Aanaar” (U Wisconsin Press, 2019)
Inari Sámi Folklore: Stories from Aanaar (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019) is  rich multivoiced anthology of folktales, legends, joik songs, proverbs, riddles, and other verbal art, this is the most comprehensive collection of Sámi oral tradition available in English to date. Collected by August V. Koskimies and Toivo I. Itkonen... Read More