Kellie Carter Jackson, “Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence” (U Penn Press, 2019)
What the United States dubs “freedom” is inherently tied to methods of violence. The United States’s abolitionist movement was not free from this connection. This is in spite of one of the best known white abolitionists, William Lloyd Garrison, being a pacifist, and many contemporary politicians referencing his method of... Read More
Gregory Dawes, “Galileo and the Conflict between Religion and Science” (Routledge, 2016)
Open conflict between religion and science may not be inevitable, but a germ of discord resides in some of the fundamental commitments of both; in this sense, war is always, potentially, just around the corner. In Galileo and the Conflict between Religion and Science (Routledge, 2016), Gregory Dawes uses the... Read More
Andrew Sobanet, “Generation Stalin:  French Writers, the Fatherland, and the Cult of Personality” (Indiana UP, 2018)
In his 1924 biography of Mahatma Gandhi, writer Romain Rolland embraced the Gandhian philosophy of non-violence and decried the “dictators of Moscow” and the “idolatrous ideology of the Revolution.”  Seven years later, in a startling reversal, Rolland expressed his support for the USSR and confidence in Soviet leaders:  “The builders... Read More
Prakash Shah, “Western Foundations of the Caste System” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
The Indian caste system is an ancient, pervasive institution of social organization within the subcontinent – or is it? Join me as I speak with Dr. Prakash Shah (Reader in Culture and Law at the Queen Mary University of London, UK) about his co-edited work, Western Foundations of the Caste System (Palgrave... Read More
Richard Drake, “Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism” (Cornell UP, 2018)
During the first half of the 20th century the American historian Charles Austin Beard enjoyed both professional success and a national prominence that suffered with his outspoken opposition to the direction of foreign policy under Franklin Roosevelt. In Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism... Read More