New Books Network

Chet Van Duzer, “Martin Waldseemüller’s ‘Carta marina’ of 1516: Study and Transcription of the Long Legends” (Springer, 2019)
Chet Van Duzer‘s new book Martin Waldseemüller’s ‘Carta marina’ of 1516: Study and Transcription of the Long Legends (Springer, 2019), presents the first detailed study of one of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance cartography. By transcribing, translating into English, and detailing the sources of all of the descriptive texts... Read More
Philipp Stelzel, “History after Hitler: A Transatlantic Enterprise” (U Penn Press, 2018)
The decades following the end of World War II witnessed the establishment of a large and diverse German-American scholarly community studying modern German history. As West Germany’s formerly deeply nationalist academic establishment began to reconcile itself with postwar liberalism, American historians played a crucial role, both assisting and learning from... Read More
Laura K. T. Stokes, “Fanny Hensel: A Research and Information Guide” (Routledge, 2019)
Nineteenth-century composer Fanny Hensel is the subject of more published research than any other woman of the period, with the possible exception of Clara Schumann. A prolific composer, salon hostess, and a member of a well-connected and prominent family, she was one of the first women composers that musicologists studied... Read More
C. Browning, P. Hayes, R. Hilberg, “German Railroads, Jewish Souls: The Reichsbahn, Bureaucracy, and the Final Solution” (Berghahn Books, 2019)
Raul Hilberg was a giant in the field of Genocide and Holocaust Studies. Frequently cited as the founder of the field in the United States, Hilberg wrote, taught, and mentored for decades.  In a series of influential books, he scouted out the terrain, mapped events, people and personalities, and offered... Read More
Daniel Reynolds, “Postcards from Auschwitz: Holocaust Tourism and the Meaning of Remembrance” (NYU Press, 2018)
Millions of tourists visit Holocaust museums and memorials every year. Holocaust tourism is a thriving industry and plays a crucial role in Holocaust memorialization and remembrance. However, Holocaust tourism is not without criticism. Some argue that sightseeing at sites of genocide is cringeworthy, offensive, inappropriate, and superficial. In Postcards from... Read More
Paul Mendes-Flohr, “Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent” (Yale UP, 2019)
In Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent (Yale University Press, 2019), Paul Mendes-Flohr, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, paints a detailed and compelling portrait of one of the twentieth century’s most versatile and influential thinkers. Tracing Buber’s personal... Read More
Han F. Vermeulen, “Before Boas: The Genesis of Ethnography and Ethnology in the German Enlightenment” (U Nebraska Press, 2015)
The history of anthropology has been written from multiple viewpoints, often from perspectives of gender, nationality, theory, or politics. Winner of the 2017 International Convention of Asia Scholars Book Prize, Before Boas: The Genesis of Ethnography and Ethnology in the German Enlightenment (University of Nebraska Press, 2015; paperback edition, 2018),... Read More