New Books Network

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
Elizabeth Horodowich, “The Venetian Discovery of America” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
In this episode Jana Byars speaks with Elizabeth Horodowich, Professor of History at New Mexico State University, about her new book, The Venetian Discovery of America: Geographic Imagination and Print Culture in the Age of Encounters (Cambridge University Press, 2018). We explore her primary argument, that Venetians used their knowledge,... Read More
John Stratton Hawley, “Krishna’s Playground: Vrindavan in the 21st Century” (Oxford UP, 2020)
John Stratton Hawley‘s new book Krishna’s Playground: Vrindavan in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2020) about a deeply beloved place-many call it the spiritual capital of India. Located at a dramatic bend in the River Yamuna, a hundred miles from the center of Delhi, Vrindavan is the spot where... Read More
Ben Nobbs-Thiessen, “Landscape of Migration: Mobility and Environmental Change on Bolivia’s Tropical Frontier, 1952 to the Present” (UNC Press, 2020)
Landscape of Migration: Mobility and Environmental Change on Bolivia’s Tropical Frontier, 1952 to the Present (UNC Press, 2020), traces the entwined histories of Andean, Mennonite, and Okinawan migrants to Amazonian Bolivia during the twentieth century, exploring how each of these communities forged and contested the landscape of agrarian citizenship in... Read More
Alexander Bukh, “These Islands Are Ours” (Stanford UP, 2020)
Alexander Bukh’s These Islands Are Ours: The Social Construction of Territorial Disputes in Northeast Asia (Stanford University Press 2020) provides critical historical perspective on the social construction of territorial disputes between Japan and its neighbors in Northeast Asia. In his analysis of Japan’s rows over the “Northern Territories” (with Russia),... Read More
Kory E. Olson, “The Cartographic Capital: Mapping Third Republic Paris” (Liverpool UP, 2018)
When is the last time you looked at/consulted a paper map? Perhaps you have one hanging on a wall at home or work, framed or not. Or maybe you have some old road maps in a stack somewhere, as I do, sitting untouched since various digital forms have made printed... Read More