New Books Network

William Caferro, “Petrarch’s War: Florence and the Black Death in Context” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
In 1349 the City-Republic of Florence had just endured a horrific epidemic of bubonic plague, that contagion that became known as the Black Death. Nevertheless, despite the effects upon both their population and treasury, they marshaled their resources to fight the Ubaldini clan who dominated the mountain passes through the... Read More
David Green, “The Hundred Years War: A People’s History” (Yale UP, 2014)
The year 1453 marked the end of an intermittent yet seemingly endless series of wars between the Kingdom of France and the Kingdom of England that, some four hundred years later, was dubbed the Hundred Years War. Depending on how you count even the most conservative estimate of its beginnings... Read More
Stacy Fahrenthold, “Between the Ottomans and the Entente: The First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora, 1908-1925” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In her debut book, Between the Ottomans and the Entente: The First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora, 1908-1925 (Oxford University Press, 2019), Stacy Fahrenthold sheds a timely light on Syrian and Lebanese immigrants who established vibrant diaspora communities in the Americas during the late 19th and early... Read More
Jonathan Fennell, “Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Jonathan Fennell’s new book, Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War (Cambridge University Press, 2019) is an unprecedented, panoramic history of the ‘citizen armies’ of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa, the core of the British and Commonwealth... Read More
Marc Gallicchio and Waldo Heinrich, “Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945” (Oxford UP, 2017)
Serious and casual scholars and readers interested in the Pacific War would do well to commit reading Marc Gallicchio’s and Waldo Heinrich’s massive study of the conflict’s last two years, Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2017).  The two authors, both masters in the field, take... Read More
Thomas Dodman, “What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire, and the Time of a Deadly Emotion” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Feelings have a history and nostalgia has its own. In What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire, and the Time of a Deadly Emotion (University of Chicago Press, 2018) Thomas Dodman explores the history of nostalgia from the late seventeenth to the late nineteenth century. Beginning with the coining of the term... Read More
Peter Guardino, “The Dead March: A History of the Mexican-American War” (Harvard UP, 2017)
The Mexican-American War was one of the pivotal moments in 19th-century American history. It bridged the Jacksonian period and the Civil War era and was a highly controversial and politically partisan conflict, the first American war to result in significant land acquisition for the young nation. In The Dead March:... Read More