New Books Network

Reinhart Kössler, “Namibia and Germany: Negotiating the Past” (U Namibia Press, 2015)
Today’s Namibia was once the German colony of South West Africa, for a 30-year period spanning of 1884 to 1915. From 1904-1908, German colonial troops committed the first genocide of the 20th century against the Herero and Nama people, many of whom rebelled against the labour and land impositions of... Read More
Caroline Boggis-Rolfe, “The Baltic Story: A Thousand Year History of Its Lands, Sea, and Peoples” (Amberley, 2019)
The story of the littoral nations of the Baltic Sea is like a saga, that genre perfected by those tenacious inhabitants of the rocky shores of this ancient trading corridor.  In it, we meet pirates, princes, and prelates; and while much divides the Slavs, Balts, Saxons, Poles, and Scandinavian peoples,... Read More
Tiffany Florvil and Vanessa Plumly, “Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions, and Histories” (Peter Lang, 2018)
Black German Studies is an interdisciplinary field that has experienced significant growth over the past three decades, integrating subjects such as gender studies, diaspora studies, history, and media and performance studies. The field’s contextual roots as well as historical backdrop, nevertheless, span centuries. Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions, and... Read More
Tim Bouverie, “Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill and the Road to War” (Tim Duggan Books, 2019)
Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill and the Road to War (Tim Duggan Books, 2019) is a groundbreaking history of the disastrous years of indecision, failed diplomacy and parliamentary infighting that help to make Hitler’s domination of Europe possible. Drawing on the available archival research, Oxford graduate, professional writer and one-time Channel... Read More
Tobias Straumann, “1931: Debt, Crisis, and the Rise of Hitler” (Oxford UP, 2019)
What can we learn from the financial crisis that brought Hitler to power? How did diplomatic deadlock fuel the rise of authoritarianism? Tobias Straumann shares vital insights with 1931: Debt, Crisis, and the Rise of Hitler (Oxford University Press, 2019). Through his fast-paced narrative, Straumann reveals how inflexible treaties created... Read More
Jeffrey T. Zalar, “Reading and Rebellion in Catholic Germany, 1770-1914” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Popular conceptions of Catholic censorship, symbolized above all by the Index of Forbidden Books, figure prominently in secular definitions of freedom. To be intellectually free is to enjoy access to knowledge unimpeded by any religious authority. But how would the history of freedom change if these conceptions were false? In... Read More
Kara Ritzheimer, “‘Trash,’ Censorship, and National Identity in Early Twentieth-Century Germany” (Cambridge UP, 2016)
Convinced that sexual immorality and unstable gender norms were endangering national recovery after World War One, German lawmakers drafted a constitution in 1919 legalizing the censorship of movies and pulp fiction, and prioritizing social rights over individual rights. These provisions enabled legislations to adopt two national censorship laws intended to... Read More