New Books Network

Margaret E. Schotte, “Sailing School: Navigating Science and Skill, 1550-1800” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019)
Throughout the Age of Exploration, European maritime communities bent on colonial and commercial expansion embraced the complex mechanics of celestial navigation. They developed schools, textbooks, and instruments to teach the new mathematical techniques to sailors. As these experts debated the value of theory and practice, memory and mathematics, they created... Read More
Serin D. Houston, “Imagining Seattle: Social Values in Urban Governance” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
In Imagining Seattle: Social Values in Urban Governance (University of Nebraska Press, 2019), the geographer Serin Houston complicates Seattle’s liberal and progressive reputation through a close ethnographic study of its urban governance. She sheds light on the institutional classism and racism and market-orientated thinking that pervades the decisions and practices... Read More
David Biggs, “Footprints of War: Militarized Landscapes in Vietnam” (U Washington Press, 2018)
By now we all know that Vietnam is a country, not a war. But how have decades, and even centuries, of war impacted the land of this southeast Asian nation? Professor David A. Biggs of the University of California, Riverside, specializes in Vietnamese environmental history. In Footprints of War: Militarized... Read More
Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, “No Path Home: Humanitarian Camps and the Grief of Displacement” (Cornell UP, 2018)
In No Path Home: Humanitarian Camps and the Grief of Displacement (Cornell University Press, 2018), Elizabeth Cullen Dunn describes in a very on point and straight forward way how displacement has become a chronic condition for more than 60 million people. Dunn shows how war creates a deeply damaged world... Read More
Mark Monmonier, “Connections and Content: Reflections on Networks and the History of Cartography” (ESRI Press, 2019)
In Connections and Content: Reflections on Networks and the History of Cartography (ESRI Press, 2019), cartographic cogitator Mark Monmonier shares his insights about the relationships between networks and maps through a collection of essays. Using historical maps, he explores: triangulation networks used to establish the baselines of a map’s scale;... Read More
Humphrey Davies and Lesley Lababidi, “A Field Guide to the Street Names of Central Cairo” (AU in Cairo Press, 2018)
Guides have been written to the city of Cairo for generations. Whether they’re for foreigners who’ve come to the city or its residents. However, it might be safe to say that A Field Guide to the Street Names of Central Cairo (American University in Cairo Press, 2018) is a beast unto... Read More
Claudia Leal, “Landscapes of Freedom: Building a Postemancipation Society in the Rainforests of Western Colombia” (U Arizona Press, 2018)
Claudia Leal’s Landscapes of Freedom: Building a Postemancipation Society in the Rainforests of Western Colombia (University of Arizona Press, 2018), narrates the unknown history of the transition from slavery to freedom in the Pacific lowlands of Colombia. Not only does Leal centers a region long neglected in histories of Colombia—and... Read More