New Books Network

Yael Almog, “Secularism and Hermeneutics” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
In the late Enlightenment, a new imperative began to inform theories of interpretation: all literary texts should be read in the same way that we read the Bible. However, this assumption concealed a problem—there was no coherent “we” who read the Bible in the same way. In Secularism and Hermeneutics... Read More
Brittany Lehman, “Teaching Migrant Children in West Germany and Europe, 1945-1992” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
In her new book, Teaching Migrant Children in West Germany and Europe, 1945-1992 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), Brittany Lehman examines the right to education for migrant children in Europe between 1949 and 1992. Using West Germany as a case study to explore European trends, the book analyzes how the Council of... Read More
Christopher E. Mauriello, “Forced Confrontation: The Politics of Dead Bodies in Germany at the End of World War II” (Lexington Books, 2017)
Christopher Mauriello’s groundbreaking book Forced Confrontation: The Politics of Dead Bodies in Germany at the End of World War II (Lexington Books, 2017) focuses on American soldiers’ reactions to the victims of the Holocaust.  Using photographs, memoirs, and letters from US soldiers, Mauriello attempts to recreate the emotional and traumatic... Read More
Mark Roseman, “Lives Reclaimed: A Story of Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Germany” (Metropolitan Books, 2019)
What makes some people aid the persecuted while others just stand by? Questions about rescue and resistance have been fundamental to the field of genocide studies since its inception.  Mark Roseman offers a sophisticated and deeply human exploration of this question in his new book Lives Reclaimed: A Story of... Read More
Jasper Heinzen, “Making Prussians, Raising Germans: A Cultural History of Prussian State-Building after Civil War, 1866-1935” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
How does civil war shape state building and national identity over the long term? What do the underlying conflicts between Hanoverians and the Prussian state reveal about the course of German history from 1866 up to the rise of Hitler? In his new book Making Prussians, Raising Germans: A Cultural History... Read More
Alex J. Kay, “The Making of an SS Killer: the Life of Colonel Alfred Filbert, 1905-1990” (Cambridge UP, 2016)
Alex Kay’s The Making of an SS Killer: the Life of Colonel Alfred Filbert, 1905-1990 (Cambridge University Press, 2016) is a must read for those interested in the Third Reich, the Holocaust, and World War II.  Focusing on the actions and consequences of a “front-line Holocaust perpetrator”, Kay’s biography diverges... Read More
Chiara Russo Krauss, “Wundt, Avenarius and Scientific Psychology: A Debate at the Turn of the Twentieth Century” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019)
At the start of the 19th century, the field we now call psychology was still the branch of philosophy that studied the soul. How did psychology come to define itself as a separate area of inquiry, and how did it come to be a science? In Wundt, Avenarius and Scientific... Read More