New Books Network

Alec Ryrie, “Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt” (Harvard UP, 2019)
In Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt (Harvard University Press, 2019), Alec Ryrie, the award-winning author of Protestants offers a new vision of the birth of the secular age, looking to the feelings of ordinary men and women―so often left out of the history of atheism. Why have societies that were... Read More
Anya P. Foxen, “Inhaling Spirit: Harmonialism, Orientalism, and the Western Roots of Modern Yoga” (Oxford UP, 2020)
In her new book Inhaling Spirit: Harmonialism, Orientalism, and the Western Roots of Modern Yoga (Oxford University Press, 2020), Anya Foxen traces several disparate yet entangled roots of modern yoga practice to show that much of what we call yoga in the West stems not only from pre-modern Indian yoga traditions, but... Read More
Elizabeth Horodowich, “The Venetian Discovery of America” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
In this episode Jana Byars speaks with Elizabeth Horodowich, Professor of History at New Mexico State University, about her new book, The Venetian Discovery of America: Geographic Imagination and Print Culture in the Age of Encounters (Cambridge University Press, 2018). We explore her primary argument, that Venetians used their knowledge,... Read More
John K. Roth, “Sources of Holocaust Insight: Learning and Teaching about the Genocide” (Cascade Books, 2020)
At Newman I co-teach a class titled “The Holocaust and its Legacies.”  I teach the course with a Professor of Theology and it’s designed to help students understand the ways in which the Holocaust shaped the world they live in. It is, in a sense, designed to help students gain... Read More
Why Did the Allies Win World War One?
The Great War was perhaps the greatest single upheaval of the 20th century. While World War II saw more lives lost, in terms of the shock to European/Western civilization, the Great War was a more horrendous event. Perhaps nothing was as unexpected in this conflict as the sudden termination of... Read More
Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir, “Valkyrie: The Women of the Viking World” (Bloomsbury, 2020)
Fascination with the Viking Age seems to be at an all-time high, though it has never really gone out of fashion. There is something irresistible about the Vikings, a civilization dedicated to exploring the edges of the known world, forging an empire from north America to Kiev, which dominated the... Read More
Pablo Meninato, “Unexpected Affinities: The History of Type in Architectural Project from Laugier to Duchamp” (Routledge, 2018)
While the concept of “type” has been present in architectural discourse since its formal introduction at the end of the eighteenth century, its role in the development of architectural projects has not been comprehensively analyzed. This book proposes a reassessment of architectural type throughout history and its impact on the... Read More
Javier Samper Vendrell, “The Seduction of Youth: Print Culture and Homosexual Rights in the Weimar Republic” (U Toronto Press, 2020)
The Weimar Republic is well-known for its gay rights movement and recent scholarship has demonstrated some of its contradictory elements. In his recent book entitled The Seduction of Youth: Print Culture and Homosexual Rights in the Weimar Republic (University of Toronto Press, 2020), Javier Samper Vendrell writes the first study to focus on... Read More
Roxann Prazniak, “Sudden Appearances: The Mongol Turn in Commerce, Belief, and Art” (U Hawaii Press 2019)
The “Mongol turn” in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries forged new political, commercial, and religious circumstances in Eurasia. This legacy can be found in the “sudden appearances” of common themes, styles, motifs, and even pigments that circulated across the continents. Drawing on visual as well as textual sources from eight... Read More