New Books Network

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
Sara Georgini, “Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Sara Georgini is a historian and series editor for The Papers of John Adams at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family (Oxford University Press, 2019) is a family biography that explores the Christian republicanism of John and Abigail Adams and how it shaped... Read More
Milton Gaither, “Homeschool: An American History” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
With around two million children currently enrolled in home schools in the USA, no-one can doubt that the subject of Milton Gaither’s new book is timely. Gaither, a professor of education at Messiah College, PA, first published this study in 2008, but has updated his text to reflect both the... Read More
Charlie Laderman, “Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention, and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention, and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order (Oxford University Press, 2019), Charlie Laderman exposes the way that imperial ambitions suffused the ideas and practices of turn-of-century humanitarian intervention. Beginning his story in the late 19th century Ottoman Empire, Dr. Laderman demonstrates how... Read More
Jennifer Jensen Wallach, “What We Need Ourselves: How Food Has Shaped African American Life” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019)
In this this interview, Dr. Carrie Tippen talks with Jennifer Jensen Wallach about the her book Getting What We Need Ourselves: How Food Has Shaped African American Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). The book covers a wide chronology and geography from the continent of Africa pre-Transatlantic slave trade to lunch... Read More
Bryan Jones, “The Great Broadening: How the Vast Expansion of the Policymaking Agenda Transformed American Politics” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Bryan Jones, Sean Theriault, and Michelle Whyman are out with a big book on with a provocative thesis. In The Great Broadening: How the Vast Expansion of the Policymaking Agenda Transformed American Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2019), the authors argue that there are dimensions to the broadening of the... Read More
Michael F. Conlin, “The Constitutional Origins of the American Civil War” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In an incisive analysis of over two dozen clauses as well as several ‘unwritten’ rules and practices, The Constitutional Origins of the American Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2019) shows how the Constitution aggravated the sectional conflict over slavery to the point of civil war. Going beyond the fugitive slave... Read More