New Books Network

Gerry Milligan, “Moral Combat: Women, Gender and War in Italian Renaissance Literature” (U Toronto Press, 2018)
Gerry Milligan’s Moral Combat: Women, Gender and War in Italian Renaissance Literature (University of Toronto Press, 2018) takes as its subject the woman warrior in early modern Italy as she was and as she was represented across varied types of texts, both literary and historical. What emerges is a discursive construction... Read More
Jeremy Black, “A Brief History of Italy” (Robinson, 2019)
Despite the Roman Empire’s 500-year reign over Europe, parts of Africa and the Middle East, Italy does not have the same long national history as states such as France or England. Divided for much of its history, Italy’s regions have been, at various times, parts of bigger, often antagonistic empires,... Read More
William Caferro, “Petrarch’s War: Florence and the Black Death in Context” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
In 1349 the City-Republic of Florence had just endured a horrific epidemic of bubonic plague, that contagion that became known as the Black Death. Nevertheless, despite the effects upon both their population and treasury, they marshaled their resources to fight the Ubaldini clan who dominated the mountain passes through the... Read More
Anthony Kaldellis, “Romanland: Ethnicity and Empire in Byzantium” (Harvard UP, 2019)
Though commonly used today to identify a polity that lasted for over a millennium, the label “Byzantine empire” is an anachronism imposed by more recent generations. As Anthony Kaldellis explains in Romanland: Ethnicity and Empire in Byzantium (Harvard University Press, 2019), this has contributed to the denial of the ethnic... Read More
Barbara K. Gold, “Perpetua: Athlete of God” (Oxford UP, 2018)
One of the first and most famous of Christian martyrs was Perpetua, who died in Carthage in the early 3rd century CE.  In her book Perpetua: Athlete of God (Oxford University Press, 2018), Barbara K. Gold analyzes the account of her sacrifice and draws upon the dual contexts of the... Read More
Adrian Goldsworthy, “Hadrian’s Wall” (Basic Books, 2018)
Stretching across the north of England, from coast to coast, are the 73-mile long remnants of a fortification built by the Roman Army during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian. It is, as our guest Adrian Goldsworthy has written, “the largest of the many monuments left by the Roman Empire... Read More
F. Grillo and R. Nanetti, “Democracy and Growth in the 21st Century: The Diverging Cases of China and Italy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
Today I spoke with Francesco Grillo (co-authored with Raffaella Nanetti) about his latest book, Democracy and Growth in the 21st Century: The Diverging Cases of China and Italy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Despite the title, it is not strictly a book on China or Italy. It is a visionary contribution to... Read More