New Books Network

Adriaan C. Neele, “Petrus van Mastricht (1630-1706): Text, Context, and Interpretation” (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2020)
Adriaan Neele, who is director of the doctoral programme and Professor of Historical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, has edited an outstanding collection of essays on Petrus van Mastricht. This new book, Petrus van Mastricht (1630-1706): Text, Context, and Interpretation (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2020), combines work by new and well-established... Read More
John Connelly, “From Peoples into Nations: A History of Eastern Europe” (Princeton UP, 2020)
John Connelly’s new book – From Peoples into Nations: A History of Eastern Europe (Princeton University Press, 2020) – is an encyclopedic but lively narrative that captivates both those familiar with old stories about the region and novices who are seeking introduction to this vast laboratory of European modernity. Passionate,... Read More
Geoffrey Plank, “Atlantic Wars: From the Fifteenth Century to the Age of Revolution” (Oxford UP, 2020)
For the people of the Dawnland, they were floating islands. The sails resembled clouds, and the men gathered on deck looked like bears. When Europeans came ashore, whether Danes in what would become Newfoundland, English settlers in the land they named ‘Virginia’, their mastery of the oceans did not translate... Read More
Lorenz M. Lüthi, “Cold Wars: Asia, the Middle East, Europe” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
What was the Cold War that shook world politics for the second half of the twentieth century? Standard narratives focus on Soviet-American rivalry as if the superpowers were the exclusive driving forces of the international system. Lorenz M. Lüthi, Associate Professor of History at McGill University in his new book Cold... Read More
Marlene Wind, “The Tribalization of Europe: A Defence of our Liberal Values” (Polity, 2020)
The European Union is arguably facing the greatest existential threat in its history. One of its big four member states has left and the main opposition parties in France and Italy flirt with leaving, while Hungary and Poland drift away from liberal democracy, and the Russian and US presidents openly... Read More
Alison Games, “Inventing the English Massacre: Amboyna in History and Memory” (Oxford UP, 2020
My Lai, Wounded Knee, Sandy Hook: the place names evoke grief and horror, each the site of a massacre. Massacres-the mass slaughter of people-might seem as old as time, but the word itself is not. It worked its way into the English language in the late sixteenth century, and ultimately... Read More
Edgardo Pérez Morales, “No Limits to Their Sway: Cartagena’s Privateers and the Masterless Caribbean in the Age of Revolutions” (Vanderbilt UP, 2018)
In No Limits to Their Sway: Cartagena’s Privateers and the Masterless Caribbean in the Age of Revolutions (Vanderbilt University Press, 2018), Edgardo Pérez Morales investigates the hemispheric connections between the Spanish American colony of New Granada (or Colombia) and the greater Caribbean in the wake of the Haitian Revolution. Residents... Read More
Roman Deininger, “Markus Söder: The Shadow Chancellor” (Droemer Knauer, 2020)
Next year, Germany goes to the polls. For the first time in 15 years, Angela Merkel will not be a candidate for chancellor. Although a leadership election is underway inside Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, all eyes are on the CDU’s Bavarian sister party and its leader Markus Söder as her... Read More
Kenneth Austin, “The Jews and the Reformation” (Yale UP, 2020)
Kenneth Austin, who teaches history at the University of Bristol, UK, is well-known for his work on Jews and Judaism in early modern Europe. His new book, The Jews and the Reformation (Yale University Press, 2020), offers the most thorough description and analysis of its subject to date. Austin describes... Read More
Jonathan Robinson, “Rights at the Margins: Historical, Legal and Philosophical Perspectives” (Brill, 2020)
The essays in Rights at the Margins: Historical, Legal and Philosophical Perspectives (Brill) explore the ways rights were available to those in the margins of society. By tracing pivotal judicial concepts such as ‘right of necessity’ and ‘subjective rights’ back to their medieval versions, and by situating them in unexpected... Read More