New Books Network

Ravinder Kaur, “Brand New Nation: Capitalist Dreams and Nationalist Designs in 21st-Century India” (Stanford UP, 2020)
It is 21st century commonsense that India is an “emerging” economy. But how did this common sense itself emerge? How did India’s global image shift from that of a poverty-infested Third World country to that of a frontier of boundless economic opportunity? In her nimbly researched and lucidly narrated new... Read More
Serena Parekh, “No Refuge: Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Discourse in wealthy Western countries about refugees tends to follow a familiar script.  How many refugees is a country morally required to accept?  What kinds of care and support are host countries required to provide?  Who is responsible to maintaining the resulting infrastructure?  What, ultimately, is to be done with... Read More
Rogers M. Smith, “That Is Not Who We Are!: Populism and Peoplehood” (Yale UP, 2020)
Rogers M. Smith, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, has written a new book on the connection between our understanding of peoplehood and community, and the contemporary growth of populism around the world. This book and the meditation on these issues of... Read More
E. A. Alpers and C. Goswami, “Transregional Trade and Traders” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Blessed with numerous safe harbors, accessible ports, and a rich hinterland, Gujarat has been central to the history of Indian Ocean maritime exchange that involved not only goods, but also people and ideas. Transregional Trade and Traders: Situating Gujarat in the Indian Ocean from Early Times to 1900 (Oxford University... Read More
Geoffrey Plank, “Atlantic Wars: From the Fifteenth Century to the Age of Revolution” (Oxford UP, 2020)
For the people of the Dawnland, they were floating islands. The sails resembled clouds, and the men gathered on deck looked like bears. When Europeans came ashore, whether Danes in what would become Newfoundland, English settlers in the land they named ‘Virginia’, their mastery of the oceans did not translate... Read More
Lorenz M. Lüthi, “Cold Wars: Asia, the Middle East, Europe” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
What was the Cold War that shook world politics for the second half of the twentieth century? Standard narratives focus on Soviet-American rivalry as if the superpowers were the exclusive driving forces of the international system. Lorenz M. Lüthi, Associate Professor of History at McGill University in his new book Cold... Read More
S. Lawreniuk and L. Parsons, “Going Nowhere Fast: Mobile Inequality in the Age of Translocality” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Going Nowhere Fast: Mobile Inequality in the Age of Translocality (Oxford UP, 2020) brings together more than a decade’s worth of research during one of the most consequential moments in Cambodian history. After years of staggering economic growth and a political breakthrough in 2013, disappointment set in as the fruits... Read More
R. Pollin and N. Chomsky, “Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet” (Verso, 2020)
Is there a consensus on the best response to global warming? Not even close. Left and right both bring their own tools, math, and, most notably, agendas–climate related and non-climate related–to their policy prescriptions. Economist Robert Pollin has teamed up with Noam Chomsky to produce a manifesto for the New... Read More
Thomas R. Metcalf, “Imperial Connections: India in the Indian Ocean Arena, 1860-1920” (U California Press, 2008)
Thomas R. Metcalf’s Imperial Connections: India in the Indian Ocean Arena, 1860-1920 (University of California Press) is an innovative remapping of empire. Imperial Connections offers a broad-ranging view of the workings of the British Empire in the period when the India of the Raj stood at the center of a... Read More
Kris Alexanderson, “Subversive Seas: Anticolonial Networks across the Twentieth-Century Dutch Empire” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In Subversive Seas: Anticolonial Networks across the Twentieth-Century Dutch Empire (Cambridge UP, 2019), Kris Alexanderson offers a revealing portrait of the Dutch Empire repositions our understanding of modern empires from the terrestrial to the oceanic. It highlights the importance of shipping, port cities, and maritime culture to the political struggles... Read More