New Books Network

Jeremy Black, “Geographies of an Imperial Power: The British World, 1688-1815” (Indiana UP, 2018)
Today we talk to Jeremy Black, professor of history at Exeter University, UK, about two of his most recent book projects, both of which relate to the ways in which we think about empires, and the British empire in particular. Geographies of an Imperial Power: The British World, 1688-1815 (Indiana... Read More
William Callison and Zachary Manfredi, “Mutant Neoliberalism: Market Rule and Political Rupture” (Fordham UP, 2020)
The neoliberal consensus, once thought to be undefeatable, seems to have been broken both in the wake of the fiscal crisis of 2008, as well as a series of surprise movements and elections throughout the world in the last several years. But many scholars argue that it remains alive and... Read More
Jessica Lynne Pearson, “The Colonial Politics of Global Health: France and the United Nations in Postwar Africa” (Harvard UP, 2018)
International organizations throw up several obstacles—their immense scale, their dry bureaucratic language—to the historian trying to piece together their past. In her book, The Colonial Politics of Global Health: France and the United Nations in Postwar Africa (Harvard University Press, 2018), Jessica Lynne Pearson steers clear of these obstacles and... Read More
Elizabeth Economy, “The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State” (Oxford UP, 2018)
A trade war with China has dangerous implications for the global economy. What began more than a year ago with President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs has become an unpleasant economic reality for many businesses. Recently, the U.S. labeled China a “currency manipulator.” But an even larger long-term threat comes... Read More
Brendan Simms, “Hitler: A Global Biography” (Basic Books, 2019)
Every generation returns to the titanic heroes and villains of the 20th century.  And every generation produces a new set of biographies–often immense–in an effort to understand the role of that eras main figures. In the past three years, three important new books have reassessed Hitler’s life, beliefs and actions. ... Read More
Raj Patel, “A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things” (U California Press, 2017)
Award winning activist and researcher Raj Patel has teamed up with innovative environmental historian and historical geographer Jason W. Moore to produce an accessible book which provides historical explanations for the world ecological crises and the global crisis in capitalism. Using the framework of “cheapness,” A History of the World... Read More
Christopher A. Preble, “Fuel to the Fire: How Trump Made America’s Foreign Policy Even Worse” (Cato Institute, 2019)
As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump broke not only from the Republican Party consensus but also from the bipartisan consensus on the direction of recent U.S. foreign policy. Calling the Iraq war a terrible mistake and lamenting America’s nation building efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Trump has shown little... Read More