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
Alyssa M. Park, “Sovereignty Experiments: Korean Migrants and the Building of Borders in Northeast Asia, 1860-1945″ (Cornell UP, 2019)
Even in states where borders and sovereignty are supposedly well established, large movements of transnational migrants are seen to present problems, as today’s crises show the world over. But as Alyssa Park’s book Sovereignty Experiments: Korean Migrants and the Building of Borders in Northeast Asia, 1860-1945 (Cornell University Press, 2019)... Read More
Susan Schulten, “A History of American in 100 Maps” (U Chicago Press 2018)
In her new book A History of American in 100 Maps (University of Chicago Press 2018), historian Susan Schulten uses maps to explore five centuries of American history, from the voyages of European discovery to the digital age. Schulten’s “visual tour of American history” considers the different purposes for which... Read More
Chet Van Duzer, “Martin Waldseemüller’s ‘Carta marina’ of 1516: Study and Transcription of the Long Legends” (Springer, 2019)
Chet Van Duzer‘s new book Martin Waldseemüller’s ‘Carta marina’ of 1516: Study and Transcription of the Long Legends (Springer, 2019), presents the first detailed study of one of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance cartography. By transcribing, translating into English, and detailing the sources of all of the descriptive texts... Read More
Rosalind Fredericks, “Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal” (Duke UP, 2018)
They were throwing garbage in the streets. Rosalind Fredericks makes sense of the garbage-scape of Dakar, Senegal in the wake of the 2007 trash “revolts” against the city and country’s uneven and failing garbage infrastructure—and puts into readers’ senses the smelly, sticky, full-sensory politics of waste management in the Global... Read More
Emanuela Grama, “Socialist Heritage: The Politics of Past and Place in Romania” (Indiana UP, 2019)
Focusing on Romania from 1945 to 2016, Emanuela Grama‘s new book Socialist Heritage: The Politics of Past and Place in Romania (Indiana University Press, 2019) explores the socialist state’s attempt to create its own heritage, as well as the legacy of that project. Contrary to arguments that the socialist regimes... Read More
Kate O’Neill, “Waste” (Polity, 2019)
Waste is one of the planet’s last great resource frontiers. From furniture made from up-cycled wood to gold extracted from computer circuit boards, artisans and multinational corporations alike are finding ways to profit from waste while diverting materials from overcrowded landfills. Yet beyond these benefits, this “new” resource still poses... Read More