New Books Network

Christopher Preston, “The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World” (MIT Press, 2018)
In The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World (MIT Press, 2018), Dr. Christopher Preston argues that what is most startling about the Anthropocene — our period in time where there are no longer places on Earth untouched by humans — is not only how much impact... Read More
Lukas Engelmann, “Mapping AIDS: Visual Histories of an Enduring Epidemic” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
What role do visual media play in establishing a medical phenomenon? Who mobilizes these representations, and to what end? In Mapping AIDS: Visual Histories of an Enduring Epidemic (Cambridge UP, 2018), Lukas Engelmann uses AIDS atlases to show how different kinds of visualization mapped on to different ideas of how... Read More
Dilip Hiro, “Cold War in the Islamic World: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Struggle for Supremacy” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In recent years, the concept of a ‘Cold War’ has been revived to describe the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the two most influential states occupying positions of geopolitical importance in the Persian Gulf, who lay claim to leadership over the Islamic world. In the years after the 1979... Read More
Elizabeth Schmidt, “Foreign Intervention in Africa after the Cold War: Sovereignty, Responsibility, and the War on Terror” (Ohio UP, 2018)
Of all the blank spots in the mental maps of many Americans, Africa is one of the largest. Informed by a number of misconceptions and popular myths, knowledge of the continent’s complexity is poorly understood not just by ordinary citizens but by policymakers as well. This ignorance informs foreign relations... Read More
Christian Philip Peterson, “The Routledge History of World Peace Since 1750” (Routledge, 2018)
Christian Philip Peterson joins us today to talk about The Routledge History of World Peace since 1750 (Routledge, 2018), which he co-edited with William M. Knoblauch and Michael Loadenthal. The collection of essays examines the varied and multifaceted scholarship surrounding the topic of peace and engages in a fruitful dialogue... Read More