New Books Network

David Stahel, “Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942” (FSG, 2019)
Germany’s winter campaign of 1941–1942 is commonly seen as the Wehrmacht’s first defeat. In Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942 (FSG, 2019), David Stahel argues that it was in fact their first strategic success in the east. The mismanaged Soviet Counteroffensive became a phyrric victory as... Read More
Steven Seegel, “Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Steven Seegel’s Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2018) is an insightful contribution to the history of map making which is written through and by individual geographers/cartographers/map men. The book focuses primarily on four countries: Germany, Hungary,... Read More
Mathias Haeussler, “Helmut Schmidt and British-German Relations: A European Misunderstanding” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
The former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt grew up as a devout Anglophile, yet he clashed heavily and repeatedly with his British counterparts Wilson, Callaghan, and Thatcher during his time in office between 1974 and 1982. Helmut Schmidt and British-German Relations: A European Misunderstanding (Cambridge University Press, 2019) looks at... Read More
Melissa Kravetz, “Women Doctors in Weimar and Nazi Germany: Maternalism, Eugenics and Professional Identity” (U Toronto Press, 2019)
In her new book, Women Doctors in Weimar and Nazi Germany: Maternalism, Eugenics and Professional Identity (University of Toronto Press, 2019), Melissa Kravetz examines how German women physicians gained a foothold in the medical profession during the Weimar and Nazi periods, Women Doctors in Weimar and Nazi Germany reveals the... Read More
Michael O’Sullivan, “Disruptive Power: Catholic Women, Miracles, and Politics in Modern Germany, 1918-1965” (U Toronto Press, 2018)
How did Catholic mysticism shape politics and religion in 20th-century Germany? What do seers, stigmatics, and Marian apparitions reveal about broader cultural trends? Michael O’Sullivan’s award winning new book examines how longing for the divine paradoxically drove secularism. In Disruptive Power: Catholic Women, Miracles, and Politics in Modern Germany, 1918-1965 (University... Read More
Steve Vogel, “Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War’s Most Audacious Espionage Operation” (Custom House, 2019)
In his new book Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War’s Most Audacious Espionage Operation (Custom House, 2019), Steve Vogel tells the astonishing true story of the Berlin Tunnel, one of the West’s greatest espionage operations of the Cold War—and the dangerous Soviet mole who betrayed it.... Read More
Aimée Fox, “Learning to Fight: Military Innovation and Change in the British Army, 1914-1918” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Learning, innovation and adaptation are not concepts that we necessarily associate with the British Army of the First World War. Yet the need to learn from mistakes, to exploit new opportunities and to adapt to complex and novel situations are always necessary. Learning to Fight: Military Innovation and Change in... Read More