New Books Network

Mona L. Siegel, “Peace on Our Terms: The Global Battle for Women’s Rights After the First World” (Columbia UP, 2020)
We are all familiar with the story of how in early 1919 heads of state and diplomats from around the world came to Paris to negotiate a peace settlement with a defeated Germany and its allies. Many of us are aware of how nationalists such as Nguyễn Ái Quốc, the... Read More
Why Did the Allies Win World War One?
The Great War was perhaps the greatest single upheaval of the 20th century. While World War II saw more lives lost, in terms of the shock to European/Western civilization, the Great War was a more horrendous event. Perhaps nothing was as unexpected in this conflict as the sudden termination of... Read More
Lauren Turek, “To Bring the Good News to All Nations” (Cornell UP, 2020)
Lauren Turek is an Assistant Professor of History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her doctorate from the University of Virginia in 2015 and holds a degree in Museum Studies from New York University. A specialist in U.S. diplomatic history and American religious history, Dr. Turek’s first... Read More
Begüm Adalet, “Hotels and Highways: The Construction of Modernization Theory in Cold War Turkey” (Stanford UP, 2018)
During the opening decades of the Cold War, US policymakers and academics used modernization theory to provide an alternative model to communism for improving living standards. As Begüm Adalet demonstrates, Turkey was both a model case of elite-led modernization and a laboratory for development projects that could then be exported... Read More
Joyce E. Leader, “From Hope to Horror: Diplomacy and the Making of the Rwanda Genocide” (Potomac Books, 2020)
Earlier this year the world marked the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.  An occasion for mourning and reflection also offered a chance to reflect on the state of research about the genocide. Among the many books that were published in the past year, Joyce E. Leader‘s new book From Hope... Read More
Ilya Somin, “Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom” (Oxford UP, 2020)
When we think of democracy, we typically think of voting; and when we think of voting, we ordinarily have elections and campaigns in minds. In this intuitive sense, voting is a matter of casting a ballot. After Election Day, votes are counted, and, typically, the majority rules. But things really... Read More
Jane A. Gordon, “Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement” (Routledge, 2020)
Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement (Routledge, 2020) bridges current policy debates around citizenship, states, and nations, and theoretical analysis of issues of belonging, consent, and freedom. Jane A. Gordon, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, weaves together the complexities of statelessness, emphasizing... Read More
Diana Fu, “Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
When advocacy organizations are forbidden from rallying people to take to the streets, what do they do? Diana Fu’s nuanced ethnography of Chinese labor organizations demonstrates how grassroots non-governmental organizations (NGOs) mobilize under repressive political conditions. Instead of facilitating collective action through public protests or strikes, Fu demonstrates how Chinese... Read More
Richard Lachmann, “First Class Passengers on a Sinking Ship: Elite Politics and the Decline of Great Powers” (Verso, 2020)
Richard Lachmann’s First Class Passengers on a Sinking Ship: Elite Politics and the Decline of Great Powers (Verso, 2020) is a two-for-one deal. The first half of the book is a historical analysis of why some empires transform their geopolitical power into global hegemony while others fail to do so,... Read More