New Books Network

Lakshmi Subramanian, “The Sovereign and the Pirate: Ordering Maritime Subjects in India’s Western Littoral” (Oxford UP, 2016)
Lakshmi Subramanian’s The Sovereign and the Pirate: Ordering Maritime Subjects in India’s Western Littoral (Oxford University Press, 2016) offers an amphibious history written around the juncture of the nineteenth century, when the northwestern littoral of India—largely comprising of Gujarat, Kathiawad, Cutch, and Sind—was battered by piratical raids. These attacks disrupted... Read More
Katherine Zien, “Sovereign Acts: Performing Race, Space, and Belonging in Panama and the Canal Zone” (Rutgers UP, 2017)
In Sovereign Acts: Performing Race, Space, and Belonging in Panama and the Canal Zone (Rutgers University Press, 2017), Katherine Zien examines the ways politicians, activists, artists, and residents performed and interpreted sovereignty in the Canal Zone from U.S. control over the zone in 1903 to its withdrawal in 1999. Moving... Read More
Sandra Postel, “Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity” (Island Press, 2020)
In Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity (Island Press), Sandra Postel acknowledges society’s past mishaps with managing water and emphasizes our future is contingent upon rehabilitating our science, tech, and political solutions.  To understand our past and provide hope for our future Sandra takes readers around the world to explore water projects that work with,... Read More
Thaisa Way, “River Cities, City Rivers” (Dumbarton Oaks, 2018)
Today I talked to Thaisa Way, editor of River Cities, City Rivers (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2018). Cities have been built alongside rivers throughout history. These rivers can shape a city’s success or cause its destruction. At the same time, city-building reshapes rivers and their landscapes. Cities have... Read More
Sara Smith, “Intimate Geopolitics: Love, Territory and the Future on India’s Northern Threshold” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
What’s love got to do with it? Intimate Geopolitics: Love, Territory and the Future on India’s Northern Threshold (Rutgers University Press, 2020) by feminist political geographer Sara Smith tell us – everything! Smith’s book centers intimacy in the consideration of geopolitics which is otherwise only seen as a game between... Read More
Luca Scholz, “Borders and Freedom of Movement in the Holy Roman Empire” (Oxford UP, 2020)
“Today we speak with Luca Scholz, a Lecturer at the University of Manchester. Dr. Scholz has varied interests: the relationship of political authority and human mobility, early modern history, and the use of geospatial and computational methods to study the past, all of which intersect in the topic of today’s... Read More
Peter Naldrett, “Around the Coast in 80 Days” (Bloomsbury, 2020)
Peter Naldrett, author of Around the Coast in 80 Days: A Guide to Britain’s Best Coastal Towns, Beaches, Cliffs, & Headlands (Bloomsbury, 2020) begins his enjoyable trip around the British coast with the notion that reaching the seaside for most Britons is a matter of only a 1-2 hour car... Read More
Jeremy Black, “Mapping Shakespeare: An Exploration of Shakespeare’s World through Maps” (Bloomsbury, 2018)
Jeremy Black, the prolific professor of history at Exeter University, has published a stunningly attractive volume entitled, Mapping Shakespeare: An Exploration of Shakespeare’s World through Maps (Bloomsbury, 2018). This lavishly illustrated volume compiles maps of the world, of Europe, of England, of English counties, and of English villages, to illustrate... Read More
Ayesha Siddiqi, “In the Wake of Disaster: Islamists, the State and a Social Contract in Pakistan” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Over the last couple of decades, a number of books written both by the academics and journalists   have appeared on many dysfunctions of the Pakistani state, a few of them even predicting why and how and when it is going to collapse. Against this grain, Ayesha Siddiqi’s new book, In... Read More