General History

General History


Interviews with historians about their new books.

Jason A. Kerr, "Milton's Theological Process: Reading de Doctrina Christiana and Paradise Lost" (Oxford UP, 2023)

May 21, 2024

Milton's Theological Process

Jason A. Kerr
Hosted by Crawford Gribben

This volume proposes a method for reading Milton's De Doctrina Christiana as an artifact of his process of theological thinking rather than as a repos…

Robert Lyman, "A War of Empires: Japan, India, Burma, and Britain: 1941–45" (Osprey, 2021)

May 21, 2024

A War of Empires

Robert Lyman
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

In 1941 and 1942 the British and Indian Armies were brutally defeated and Japan reigned supreme in its newly conquered territories throughout Asia. Bu…

Jeremy Black, "In Fielding's Wake" (St. Augustine's Press, 2022)

May 21, 2024

In Fielding's Wake

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

In the second volume of The Weight of Words Series, In Fielding's Wake (St. Augustine's Press, 2022), Jeremy Black continues his efforts to present an…

Nicholas Underwood, "Yiddish Paris: Staging Nation and Community in Interwar France" (Indiana UP, 2022)

May 21, 2024

Yiddish Paris

Nicholas Underwood
Hosted by Roxanne Panchasi

Nick Underwood's Yiddish Paris: Staging Nation and Community in Interwar Paris (Indiana University Press, 2022) is a captivating study of the culture …

The Rise of English: A Discussion with Rosemary Salomone

May 20, 2024

The Rise of English

Rosemary Salomone
Hosted by Ingrid Piller

The Rise of English: Global Politics and the Power of Language, which has just been reissued in paperback by Oxford University Press, with a new prefa…

Assaf Tamari, "God as Patient: The Medical Discourse of Lurianic Kabbalah" (Magnes Press, 2023)

May 20, 2024

God as Patient

Assaf Tamari
Hosted by Yakir Englander

In a broken world, in which even God Himself is in a state of deep crisis, what is required in order to mend the rupture? How can one heal God and His…

Daniel P. Ott, "Harvesting History: McCormick's Reaper, Heritage Branding, and Historical Forgery" (U Nebraska Press, 2023)

May 20, 2024

Harvesting History

Daniel P. Ott
Hosted by Stephen Hausmann

Cyrus McCormick invented the revolutionary mechanical reaper in 1831...right? At least, that's how the story has been told for decades. In Harvesting …

Ryan Reft, "Heroin and Chocolate City: Black Community Responses to Drug Addiction in the Nation’s Capital, 1967-1973" (2024)

May 20, 2024

Heroin and Chocolate City

Ryan Reft
Hosted by Emily Dufton

Ryan Reft is a historian in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress, where he oversees collections pertaining to 20th and 21st century dome…

Daniel Schlozman and Sam Rosenfeld, "The Hollow Parties: The Many Pasts and Disordered Present of American Party Politics" (Princeton UP, 2024)

May 20, 2024

The Hollow Parties

Daniel Schlozman and Sam Rosenfeld
Hosted by Lilly Goren

The Hollow Parties: The Many Pasts and Disordered Present of American Party Politics (Princeton UP, 2024) traces the political history of American pol…

Rob Drew, "Unspooled: How the Cassette Made Music Shareable" (Duke UP, 2023)

May 20, 2024


Rob Drew
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Well into the new millennium, the analog cassette tape continues to claw its way back from obsolescence. New cassette labels emerge from hipster encla…

Alexandra Paulin-Booth, "Time and Radical Politics in France: From the Dreyfus Affair to the First World War" (Manchester UP, 2023)

May 19, 2024

Time and Radical Politics in France

Alexandra Paulin-Booth
Hosted by Richard Northrop

People experience and comprehend time in different fashions in response to events occurring around them. The experience of time and the speed at which…

Kate Morgan, "The Walnut Tree: Women, Violence and the Law – A Hidden History" (Mudlark, 2024)

May 19, 2024

The Walnut Tree

Kate Morgan
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

'A woman, a dog and a walnut tree, the more they are beaten, the better they’ll be.' So went the proverb quoted by a prominent MP in the Houses of Par…

Martin Dusinberre, "Mooring the Global Archive: A Japanese Ship and Its Migrant Histories" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

May 19, 2024

Mooring the Global Archive

Martin Dusinberre
Hosted by Ran Zwigenberg

In Mooring the Global Archive: A Japanese Ship and Its Migrant Histories (Cambridge UP, 2023), Martin Dusinberre follows the Yamashiro-maru steamship …

James A. Cosby, "Rock Music, Authority and Western Culture, 1964-1980" (McFarland, 2024)

May 19, 2024

Rock Music, Authority and Western Culture, 1964-1980

James A. Cosby
Hosted by Rameen Mohammed

The history of rock and roll music can be seen in a long arc of Western civilization's struggle for both greater individual expression and societal st…

Anna Brinkman, "Balancing Strategy: Sea Power, Neutrality, and Prize Law in the Seven Years' War" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

May 18, 2024

Balancing Strategy

Anna Brinkman
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

What is the relationship between seapower, law, and strategy? In Balancing Strategy: Seapower, Neutrality, and Prize-Law in the Seven Years' War (Camb…

Jennifer Liu, "Indoctrinating the Youth: Secondary Education in Wartime China and Postwar Taiwan, 1937-1960" (U Hawaii Press, 2024)

May 18, 2024

Indoctrinating the Youth

Jennifer Liu
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Indoctrinating the Youth: Secondary Education in Wartime China and Postwar Taiwan, 1937-1960 (U Hawaii Press, 2024) examines how the Guomindang (GMD o…

Priya Satia, "Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution" (Bloomsbury, 2019)

May 18, 2024

Empire of Guns

Priya Satia

From the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, the industrial revolution transformed Britain from an agricultural and artisanal economy to one domina…

Mari Takayanagi and Elizabeth Hallam Smith, "Necessary Women: The Untold Story of Parliament's Working Women" (The History Press, 2023)

May 18, 2024

Necessary Women

Mari Takayanagi and Elizabeth Hallam Smith
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

When suffragette Emily Wilding Davison hid overnight in the Houses of Parliament in 1911 to have her name recorded in the census there, she may not ha…

Wei Wu, "Esoteric Buddhism in China:  Engaging Japanese and Tibetan Traditions, 1912–1949" (Columbia UP, 2023)

May 17, 2024

Esoteric Buddhism in China

Wei Wu
Hosted by Jessica Zu

During the Republican period (1912–1949) and after, many Chinese Buddhists sought inspiration from non-Chinese Buddhist traditions, showing a particul…

En Li, "Betting on the Civil Service Examinations: The Lottery in Late Qing China" (Harvard UP, 2023)

May 17, 2024

Betting on the Civil Service Examinations

En Li
Hosted by Laurie Dickmeyer

During the Qing dynasty in China, a wide variety of people participated in a lottery game named weixing (“surname guessing”), which had participants p…