New Books Network

Steven Seegel, “Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Steven Seegel’s Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2018) is an insightful contribution to the history of map making which is written through and by individual geographers/cartographers/map men. The book focuses primarily on four countries: Germany, Hungary,... Read More
Jessie Labov, “Transatlantic Central Europe: Contesting Geography and Redefining Culture beyond the Nation” (Central European UP, 2019)
While there are still occasional uses of it today, the term “Central Europe” carries little of the charge that it did in the 1980s and early 1990s, and as a political and intellectual project it has receded from the horizon. Proponents of a distinct cultural profile of these countries―all involved... Read More
Diane Jones Allen, “Lost in the Transit Desert: Race, Transit Access, and Suburban Form” (Routledge, 2017)
Increased redevelopment, the dismantling of public housing, and increasing housing costs are forcing a shift in migration of lower income and transit dependent populations to the suburbs. These suburbs are often missing basic transportation, and strategies to address this are lacking. This absence of public transit creates barriers to viable... Read More
Nancy P. Appelbaum, “Mapping the Country of Regions: The Chorographic Commission of Nineteenth-Century Colombia” (UNC Press, 2016)
In the mid-nineteenth century, the Chorographic Commission of Colombia, an ambitious geographical expedition, set out to define and map a nascent and still unstable republic. The commission’s purpose was to survey the land, its resources and people, and portray Colombia as a nation prone to the “wonders” of modernization. In... Read More
Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins, “Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine” (Stanford UP, 2019)
Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019) is an ethnography of Palestinian life under occupation that takes waste infrastructures as a starting point for exploring how Palestinians deal with toxicity and uncertainty, how governance happens under conditions of uncertainty, and how everyday goods circulate in... Read More
Larry Wolff, “Woodrow Wilson and the Reimagining of Eastern Europe” (Stanford UP, 2020)
At the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, where the victorious Allied powers met to reenvision the map of Europe in the aftermath of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson’s influence on the remapping of borders was profound. But it was his impact on the modern political structuring of Eastern Europe that... Read More
Alex Hidalgo, “Trail of Footprints: A History of Indigenous Maps from Viceregal Mexico” (U Texas Press, 2019)
There is far more to a map than meets the eye. Such is the case in historian Alex Hidalgo’s Trail of Footprints: A History of Indigenous Maps from Viceregal Mexico (University of Texas Press, 2019), which focuses on the complex lives of dozens of Oaxacan maps created by Indigenous mapmakers.... Read More