New Books Network

Christian Goeschel, “Mussolini and Hitler: The Forging of the Fascist Alliance” (Yale UP, 2018)
In his new book, Mussolini and Hitler: The Forging of the Fascist Alliance (Yale University Press, 2018), Christian Goeschel, Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Manchester, examines the relationship between Hitler and Mussolini and how their relationship developed and affected both countries. In this highly readable book,... Read More
Kurt Raaflaub, “The Landmark Julius Caesar: The Complete Works” (Pantheon, 2017)
That the Roman leader Gaius Julius Caesar is so well remembered today for his achievements as a general is largely due to his skills as a writer. In The Landmark Julius Caesar: The Complete Works (Pantheon, 2017), the distinguished classics scholar Kurt Raaflaub provides readers with a new translation of... Read More
Stéphane Henaut and Jeni Mitchell, “A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment” (The New Press, 2018)
From the cassoulet that won a war to the crêpe that doomed Napoleon, from the rebellions sparked by bread and salt to the new cuisines forged by empire, the history of France is intimately entwined with its gastronomic pursuits. A witty exploration of the facts and legends surrounding some of... Read More
Paul J. Kosmin, “Time and Its Adversaries in the Seleucid Empire” (Harvard UP, 2018)
In the aftermath of Alexander the Great’s conquests, the Seleucid kings ruled a vast territory stretching from Central Asia to Anatolia, Armenia to the Persian Gulf. In a radical move to impose unity and regulate behavior, this Graeco-Macedonian imperial power introduced a linear and transcendent conception of time. Under Seleucid... Read More
Sheilagh Ogilvie, “The European Guilds: An Economic Analysis” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Guilds were prominent in medieval and early modern Europe, but their economic role has seldom been studied. In The European Guilds: An Economic Analysis (Princeton University Press, 2019), Sheilagh Ogilvie offers a wide-ranging examination of what guilds did and how they affected pre-modern economies. As Ogilvie explains, guilds were particularized... Read More
Margaret Arnold, “The Magdalene in the Reformation” (Harvard UP, 2018)
Mary Magdalene’s story of conversion from sinner to saint is one of Christianity’s most compelling and controversial stories. The identity of this woman, but more likely women, has been disputed since the early days of the Church, but her role as the first person to witness the resurrection of Christ... Read More