New Books Network

Nicholas Breyfogle, “Eurasian Environments: Nature and Ecology in Imperial Russian and Soviet History” (U Pittsburgh Press, 2018)
Nicholas Breyfogle, Associate Professor at the Ohio State University, had produced a new edited volume, Eurasian Environments: Nature and Ecology in Imperial Russian and Soviet History (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) that brings together multiple perspectives on Russian and Soviet environmental history. Starting with the story of two dams built 150... Read More
Rosalind Fredericks, “Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal” (Duke UP, 2018)
The production and removal of garbage, as a key element of the daily infrastructure of urban life, is deeply embedded in social, moral, and political contexts. In her book Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal (Duke University Press, 2018), Dr. Rosalind Fredericks illuminates the history of state-citizen relations... Read More
Eiko Maruko Siniawer, “Waste: Consuming Postwar Japan” (Cornell UP, 2018)
Eiko Maruko Siniawer’s Waste: Consuming Postwar Japan (Cornell University Press, 2018) is an absorbing look at the multiple and changing ways that waste—of resources, possessions, time, money, etc.—has been conceptualized in Japan since 1945. More than a history of garbage and waste disposal, Waste is a look at the aspirations... Read More
Megan Finn, “Documenting Aftermath: Information Infrastructures in the Wake of Disasters” (MIT Press, 2018)
Megan Finn‘s Documenting Aftermath: Information Infrastructures in the Wake of Disasters (MIT Press, 2018) is a fascinating examination of how information infrastructures shape the ways that survivors and observers know and learn about disasters.  Finn uses three historical case studies – major earthquakes in Northern California in 1868, 1906, and... Read More
Perrin Selcer, “The Postwar Origins of the Global Environment” (Columbia UP, 2018)
Having been born into a world in which people knew about anthropogenic global warming, I grew up in the “global environment.” Although the category “global environment” seems normal, if not natural, Perrin Selcer shows just how recent its origins actually are. In his innovative new book, The Postwar Origins of the... Read More