New Books Network

Joseph S. Nye, Jr., “In Do Morals Matter?: Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Americans since the beginning of their history, have constantly made moral judgments about presidents and foreign policy. Unfortunately, many of these assessments are poorly thought through and assessed. An American President is either praised for the moral clarity of his statements or judged solely on the results of their actions.... Read More
Jonathan Scott, “How the Old World Ended: The Anglo-Dutch-American Revolution, 1500-1800” (Yale UP, 2019)
Jonathan Scott is one of the most original interpreters of the early modern world. How the Old World Ended: The Anglo-Dutch-American Revolution, 1500-1800 (Yale University Press, 2019) is a deft and cogent synthesis in which Scott returns to the turbulent seventeenth century in Britain, and examines how a period of political... Read More
Michelle Murray, “The Struggle for Recognition in International Relations: Status, Revisionism, and Rising Powers” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Is a rising power – like China – a threat to the world order? The conventional wisdom in international relations says that power transitions – particularly increases in military power – are intrinsically destabilizing to the international order. In her new book The Struggle for Recognition in International Relations: Status,... Read More
Jeffrey James Byrne, “Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization, and the Third World Order” (Oxford UP, 2016)
In his brilliant, category-smashing book, Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization, and the Third World Order (Oxford University Press, 2016), Jeffrey James Byrne places Algeria at the center of many of the twentieth-century’s international dynamics: decolonization, the Cold War, détente, Third Worldism, the Non-Aligned Movement, and postcolonial state-making. The book is... Read More
Maria Ryan, “Full Spectrum Dominance: Irregular Warfare and the War on Terror” (Stanford UP, 2019)
America’s war on terror is widely defined by the Afghanistan and Iraq fronts. Yet, as this book demonstrates, both the international campaign and the new ways of fighting that grew out of it played out across multiple fronts beyond the Middle East. Maria Ryan explores how secondary fronts in the... Read More
Diana Lemberg, “Barriers Down: How American Power and Free-Flow Policies Shaped Global Media” (Columbia UP, 2019)
Since the 1940s, America’s relations with the rest of the world have been guided by the idea of promoting the free flow of information. It’s an idea that seems benign, perhaps even difficult to argue against—who could possibly oppose the freedom of information? But, as Diana Lemberg shows in her... Read More
Ariella Aisha Azoulay, “Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism” (Verso, 2019)
Ariella Aisha Azoulay argues that the institutions that make our world, from archives and museums to ideas of sovereignty and human rights to history itself, are all dependent on imperial modes of thinking. Imperialism has segmented populations into differentially governed groups, continually emphasized the possibility of progress while trying to... Read More