New Books Network

Daniel Vukovich, “Illiberal China: The Ideological Challenge of the People’s Republic of China” (Palgrave, 2018)
Illiberal China: The Ideological Challenge of the People’s Republic of China (Palgrave, 2018) by Daniel Vukovich analyzes the ‘intellectual political culture’ of post-Tiananmen China in comparison to and in conflict with liberalism inside and outside the P.R.C. It questions how mainland politics and discourses challenge ‘our’ own, chiefly liberal and... Read More
Benjamin Meiches, “The Politics of Annihilation: A Genealogy of Genocide” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
In The Politics of Annihilation: A Genealogy of Genocide (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), Benjamin Meiches takes a novel approach to the study of genocide by analyzing the ways in which ideas, concepts, and understandings about what genocide is and how it is to be prevented have become entrenched politically and intellectually.... Read More
Jonathan Gienapp, “The Second Creation: Fixing the American Constitution in the Founding Era” (Harvard UP, 2018)
In his book, The Second Creation: Fixing the American Constitution in the Founding Era (Harvard University Press, 2018), Jonathan Gienapp revisits the Founding Era to retell the story of America’s favorite document. Looking at the Constitution’s creation, Gienapp makes a compelling case for why we should reconceptualize just what this... Read More
Eric Blanc, “Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics” (Verso, 2019)
Eric Blanc is the author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics (Verso, 2019). Blanc is a former teacher, journalist, and doctoral student in sociology at New York University. He has written for The Nation, The Guardian, and Jacobin magazine. Red State Revolt explains the emergence... Read More
Bhakti Shringarpure, “Cold War Assemblages: Decolonization to Digital” (Routledge, 2019)
Bhakti Shringarpure has written a fascinating, multidimensional analysis of the Cold War and decolonization and the often-under-explored connections between these events. In her book, Cold War Assemblages: Decolonization to Digital (Routledge, 2019), she integrates a variety of disciplinary perspectives while also weaving together the encounters and reverberations between the Cold... Read More
T. Brook, M. van Walt van Praag, M. Boltjes, “Sacred Mandates: Asian International Relations since Chinggis Khan” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
With thorny topics in Asian international relations, sovereignty, territory and borders in the news more or less daily, understanding what is at stake in this vitally important region, and why there are so many disagreements here, has never been more important. But while it is widely known that ‘modern’ bounded... Read More
Jeffrey Lantis, “Foreign Policy Advocacy and Entrepreneurship: How a New Generation in Congress Is Shaping U.S. Engagement with the World” (U Michigan Press, 2019)
With the US in the midst of on-going negotiations with Iran, North Korea, and China, how is Congress playing a part? How is the new generation of Congress advocating for and against US action? Jeffrey Lantis’ new book answers these questions. He is the author of Foreign Policy Advocacy and... Read More