New Books Network

Ariel Mae Lambe, “No Barrier Can Contain It: Cuban Antifascism and the Spanish Civil War” (UNC Press, 2019)
Ariel Mae Lambe’s new book No Barrier Can Contain It: Cuban Antifascism and the Spanish Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) is a history of transnational Cuban activists who mobilized in the mid-1930s to fight fascism both in Cuba and beyond. A wide variety of civic and political... Read More
Benjamin Dangl, “The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia” (AK Press, 2019)
Moments before his death at the hands of Spanish colonial officials on November 15, 1781, Aymaran leader Túpac Katari assured his apostles as well as his adversaries that he would “return as millions.” As promised, Katari’s presence in Bolivia did not end with his life. In the centuries since his... Read More
Gonzalo Lamana, “How ‘Indians’ Think: Colonial Indigenous Intellectuals and the Question of Critical Race Theory” (U Arizona Press, 2019)
In his new book, How “Indians” Think: Colonial Indigenous Intellectuals and the Question of Critical Race Theory (University of Arizona Press, 2019), Dr. Gonzalo Lamana carefully investigates the writings of Indigenous intellectuals of the Andean region during Spanish colonialism. By delving into and reinterpreting the work of Guaman Poma de... Read More
Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, “Aerial Imagination in Cuba: Stories from Above the Rooftops” (Routledge, 2019)
In her new book Aerial Imagination in Cuba: Stories from Above the Rooftops (Routledge, 2019), Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier looks up at the sky, and from there she begins her stories about wifi, pigeons, cacti, the lottery and congas. This dense and surprising ethnography considers the everyday lives of Cubans as they... Read More
Matthew D. O’Hara, “The History of the Future in Colonial Mexico” (Yale UP, 2018)
Latin America – especially colonial Latin America – is not particularly known for futurism.  For popular audiences, the region’s history likely evokes images of book burning, the Inquisition, and other symbols of orthodoxy and fatalism.  Specialists too tend to associate Latin America with a deep sense of historicism:  the weight... Read More
Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, “Nature, Empire, And Nation: Explorations of the History of Science in the Iberian World” (Stanford UP, 2006)
In the late 1500s, the mines of Potosí –a mountain in southern Bolivia — produced 60% of the world’s silver. It was a place of great wealth and terrible suffering. It is also a place, Jorge Canizares-Esguerra argues, that challenges the very idea of the Scientific Revolution. Canizares-Esguerra discusses Potosí... Read More
C. J. Alvarez, “Border Land, Border Water: A History of Construction on the US-Mexico Divide” (U Texas Press, 2019)
Recent debates over the building of a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico divide have raised logistical and ethical issues, leaving the historical record of border building uninvoked. A recent book, written by UT Austin professor Dr. C.J.  Alvarez, offers an over one-hundred-year history that extends to before the building of... Read More