New Books Network

Astrid M. Eckert, “West Germany and the Iron Curtain: Environment, Economy, and Culture in the Borderlands” (Oxford UP, 2019)
How did the Iron Curtain shape the Federal Republic of Germany? How did the internal border become a proving ground for rival ideologies? West Germany and the Iron Curtain: Environment, Economy, and Culture in the Borderlands (Oxford University Press 2019) explores these battles in the most sensitive geographic spaces of... Read More
J. L. Anderson, “Capitalist Pigs: Pigs, Pork, and Power in America” (West Virginia UP, 2019)
In this this interview, Dr. Carrie Tippen talks with J. L. Anderson about the 2019 book Capitalist Pigs: Pigs, Pork, and Power in America published by West Virginia University Press. Anderson provides a history of pigs in America from the first arrival on the continent in the Columbian Exchange to... Read More
Josh Reno, “Military Waste: The Unexpected Consequences of Permanent War Readiness” (U California Press, 2019)
Seven decades of military spending during the cold war and war on terror have created a vast excess of military hardware – what happens to all of this military waste when it has served its purpose and what does it tell us about militarism in American culture? Josh Reno’s Military... Read More
Alice Hill, “Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Climate change impacts-more heat, drought, extreme rainfall, and stronger storms-have already harmed communities around the globe. Even if the world could cut its carbon emissions to zero tomorrow, further significant global climate change is now inevitable. Although we cannot tell with certainty how much average global temperatures will rise, we... Read More
Lydia Barnett, “After the Flood: Imagining the Global Environment in Early Modern Europe” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019)
Many centuries before the emergence of the scientific consensus on climate change, people began to imagine the existence of a global environment: a natural system capable of changing humans and of being changed by them. In After the Flood: Imagining the Global Environment in Early Modern Europe (Johns Hopkins University... Read More
Raj Patel, “A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things” (U California Press, 2017)
Award winning activist and researcher Raj Patel has teamed up with innovative environmental historian and historical geographer Jason W. Moore to produce an accessible book which provides historical explanations for the world ecological crises and the global crisis in capitalism. Using the framework of “cheapness,” A History of the World... Read More
Jim Rossi, “Cleantech Con Artists: A True Vegas Caper” (2019)
After Jim Rossi began writing his M.A. thesis in History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the project took an unexpected turn. His research on the solar industry in the Mojave desert brought him into close contact with a number of entrepreneurs in clean technology, and start-ups in the... Read More