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Post Script: A Deep Dive on China
Todays begins a new set of podcasts from New Books in Political Science called POST-SCRIPT. Lilly Goren and I invite authors back to the podcast to react to contemporary political developments that engage their scholarship. In a podcast devoted to the concerning political developments in China, four scholars — from... Read More
Richard Breitman, “The Journal of Holocaust and Genocide Studies”(Oxford Academic/USHMM)
The Journal of Holocaust and Genocide Studies is turning twenty-five.  One of the first academic journals focused on the study of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies, it has been one of a few journals that led the field in new directions. So it seemed appropriate to mark the moment by talking with... Read More
John C. McManus, “Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 (Dutton Caliber, 2019)
For most Americans, the war the United States waged in the Pacific in the Second World War was one fought primarily by the Navy and the Marine Corps. As John C. McManus demonstrates in Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 (Dutton Caliber), however, this obscures... Read More
W. J. Perry and T. Z. Collina, “The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump” (BenBella Books, 2020)
As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, American nuclear policy continues to be influenced by the legacies of the Cold War. Nuclear policies remain focused on easily identifiable threats, including China or Russia, and how the United States would respond in the event of a first strike... Read More
Rebecca E. Karl, “China’s Revolutions in the Modern World: A Brief Interpretive History” (Verso, 2020)
China’s emergence as a twenty-first-century global economic, cultural, and political power is often presented as a story of what Chinese leader Xi Jinping calls the nation’s “great rejuvenation,” a story narrated as the return of China to its “rightful” place at the center of the world. In China’s Revolutions in... Read More
Laurie M. Wood, “Archipelago of Justice: Law in France’s Early Modern Empire” (Yale UP, 2020)
Historians have long treated the Atlantic and Indian Ocean routes of early modern French empire separately. But, early modern people understood France as a bi-oceanic empire, connected by vast but strong pathways of commercial, intellectual, and legal exchange. Laurie M. Wood’s Archipelago of Justice: Law in France’s Early Modern Empire... Read More
The Cold War as History
The Cold War, the on again and off again confrontation between the West and the Soviet Union is one of the most famous historical episodes of the short twentieth century. Accordingly, it is not surprising that the Cold War was an event which has divided historians since the beginnings of... Read More
Thomas J. Donahue-Ochoa, “Unfreedom for All: How the World’s Injustices Harm You” (Oxford UP, 2019)
How should we understand and combat injustice? Is it only the responsibility of those who suffer the consequences or perpetrate the harm? When it comes to addressing injustice, for many the first step is assigning blame – usually satisfied through a specific individual or thing. Although compartmentalism and blame may... Read More
Andreas Fulda, “The Struggle for Democracy in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong” (Routledge, 2020)
The key question in The Struggle for Democracy in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong: Sharp Power and its Discontents (Routledge, 2020), is to what extent political activists in these three domiciles have made progress in their quest to liberalize and democratize their respective polities. Taking a long historical perspective,... Read More