About Ari Barbalat

Ari Barbalat holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of California in Los Angeles. He lives in Toronto with his family.

NBN Episodes hosted by Ari:

David Joseph, "Burgenland: Village Secrets and the First Tremors of the Holocaust" (Amberley, 2023)

July 12, 2024

Burgenland

David Joseph
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

When Hitler marched into Austria in March 1938, he was given a rapturous reception. Millions lined the streets and filled the squares of Vienna. Tobia…

Gayle K. Brunelle and Annette Finley-Croswhite, "Assassination in Vichy: Marx Dormoy and the Struggle for the Soul of France" (U Toronto Press, 2020)

July 11, 2024

Assassination in Vichy

Gayle K. Brunelle and Annette Finley-Croswhite
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

During the night of 25 July 1941, assassins planted a time bomb in the bed of the former French Interior Minister, Marx Dormoy. The explosion on the f…

Karine Varley, "Vichy's Double Bind: French Collaboration between Hitler and Mussolini during the Second World War" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

July 9, 2024

Vichy's Double Bind

Karine Varley
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Karine Varley's book Vichy's Double Bind: French Collaboration between Hitler and Mussolini during the Second World War (Cambridge UP, 2023) advances …

Robert E. Jones, "Priesthood, Cult, and Temple in the Aramaic Scrolls from Qumran: Analyzing a Pre-Hasmonean Jewish Literary Tradition" (Brill, 2023)

July 8, 2024

Priesthood, Cult, and Temple in the Aramaic Scrolls from Qumran

Robert E. Jones
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

The Hellenistic period was a pivotal moment in the history of the Jewish priesthood. The waning days of the Persian empire coincided with the continue…

Jurgen Buchenau and Timothy Henderson, "The Mexican Revolution: A Documentary History" (Hackett, 2022)

July 8, 2024

The Mexican Revolution

Jurgen Buchenau and Timothy Henderson
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

In The Mexican Revolution: A Documentary History (Hackett, 2022), "Henderson and Buchenau have done an excellent and thoughtful job of collecting a wi…

Travis B. Williams et al., "The Dead Sea Scrolls in Ancient Media Culture" (Brill, 2023)

July 1, 2024

The Dead Sea Scrolls in Ancient Media Culture

Travis B. Williams, Chris Keith, and Loren Stuckenbruck
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Media studies is an emerging discipline that is quickly making an impact within the wider field of biblical scholarship. The Dead Sea Scrolls in Ancie…

Abū Ḥayyān al-Tawḥīdī and Abū ʿAlī Miskawayh, "The Philosopher Responds: An Intellectual Correspondence from the Tenth Century" (NYU Press, 2019/22)

June 26, 2024

The Philosopher Responds

Abū Ḥayyān al-Tawḥīdī and Abū ʿAlī Miskawayh
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Today I talked to James Montgomery, one of the translators of The Philosopher Responds: An Intellectual Correspondence from the Tenth Century, two vol…

Orazio Coco, "Sino-Italian Political and Economic Relations: From the Treaty of Friendship to the Second World War" (Routledge, 2024)

June 23, 2024

Sino-Italian Political and Economic Relations

Orazio Coco
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Sino-Italian Political and Economic Relations: From the Treaty of Friendship to the Second World War (Routledge, 2024) presents a comprehensive narrat…

William W. Hagen, "Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland, 1914-1920" (Cambridge UP, 2018)

June 19, 2024

Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland, 1914-1920

William W. Hagen
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Widespread anti-Jewish pogroms accompanied the rebirth of Polish statehood out of World War I and Polish-Soviet War. In Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland…

Anat Kidron and Shuli Linder Yarkony, "The Jewish Community of Acre in Mandatory Palestine: The Story of a Forgotten Community" (de Gruyter, 2024)

June 18, 2024

The Jewish Community of Acre in Mandatory Palestine

Anat Kidron and Shuli Linder Yarkony
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

For a brief moment in the history of Acre, there was a Hebrew community that linked old and new settlements. It had a national-Zionist orientation and…

Klas-Göran Karlsson, "Lessons of History: The Holocaust and Soviet Terror as Borderline Events" (Academic Studies Press, 2024)

June 15, 2024

Lessons of History

Klas-Göran Karlsson
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Lessons of history are often referred to in public discourse, but seldom in scholarly discussions. Klas-Göran Karlsson's book Lessons of History: The …

Victoria Khiterer, "Jewish City Or Inferno of Russian Israel?: A History of the Jews in Kiev Before February 1917" (Academic Studies Press, 2017)

June 5, 2024

Jewish City Or Inferno of Russian Israel?

Victoria Khiterer
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Victoria Khiterer's book Jewish City Or Inferno of Russian Israel?: A History of the Jews in Kiev Before February 1917 (Academic Studies Press, 2017) …

Peter Wetzler, "Imperial Japan and Defeat in the Second World War: The Collapse of an Empire" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

May 29, 2024

Imperial Japan and Defeat in the Second World War

Peter Wetzler
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Informed Western understanding of Imperial Japan still often conjures up images of militarism, blind devotion to leaders, and fanatical pride in the c…

Daniel Matt et al., "The Zohar: Pritzker Edition" (Stanford UP, 2004-2017)

May 29, 2024

The Zohar

Daniel C. Matt, Joel Hecker, and Nathan Wolski
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Sefer ha-Zohar (The Book of Radiance) has amazed readers ever since it emerged in Spain over seven hundred years ago. Written in a lyrical Aramaic, th…

Vartan Matiossian, "The Politics of Naming the Armenian Genocide: Language, History and 'Medz Yeghern'" (Bloomsbury, 2021)

May 28, 2024

The Politics of Naming the Armenian Genocide

Vartan Matiossian
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

The Politics of Naming the Armenian Genocide: Language, History and 'Medz Yeghern' (Bloomsbury, 2021) explores the genealogy of the concept of 'Medz Y…

Jan Grabowski, "On Duty: The Role of the Polish Blue and Criminal Police in the Holocaust" (Yad Vashem, 2024)

May 27, 2024

On Duty

Jan Grabowski
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

"The Polish Police, commonly called the Blue or uniformed police in order to avoid using the term “Polish,” has played a most lamentable role in the e…

Judy Batalion, "The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos" (William Morrow, 2021)

May 27, 2024

The Light of Days

Judy Batalion
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland--so…

Mark Jantzen and John D. Thiesen, "European Mennonites and the Holocaust" (U Toronto Press, 2021)

May 23, 2024

European Mennonites and the Holocaust

Mark Jantzen and John D. Thiesen
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

During the Second World War, Mennonites in the Netherlands, Germany, occupied Poland, and Ukraine lived in communities with Jews and close to various …

Arjen F. Bakker, "The Secret of Time: Reconfiguring Wisdom in the Dead Sea Scrolls" (Brill, 2023)

May 23, 2024

The Secret of Time

Arjen F. Bakker
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Arjen F. Bakker's book The Secret of Time: Reconfiguring Wisdom in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Brill, 2023) contributes to the rethinking of the Dead Sea Sc…

Mirjam Rajner, "Fragile Images: Jews and Art in Yugoslavia, 1918-1945" (Brill, 2019)

May 22, 2024

Fragile Images

Mirjam Rajner
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

In Fragile Images: Jews and Art in Yugoslavia, 1918-1945 (Brill, 2019), Mirjam Rajner traces the lives and creativity of seven artists of Jewish origi…

Robert Lyman, "A War of Empires: Japan, India, Burma, and Britain: 1941–45" (Osprey, 2021)

May 21, 2024

A War of Empires

Robert Lyman
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

In 1941 and 1942 the British and Indian Armies were brutally defeated and Japan reigned supreme in its newly conquered territories throughout Asia. Bu…

Daniel R Schwartz, "Ancient Jewish Historians and the German Reich: Seven Studies" (de Gruyter, 2024)

May 19, 2024

Ancient Jewish Historians and the German Reich

Daniel R Schwartz
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Apart from an opening survey of modern study of ancient Jewish history, which emphasizes the foundational role of German-Jewish scholars, the studies …

Marc McMenamin, "Ireland's Secret War: Dan Bryan, G2 and the Lost Tapes that Reveal The Hunt for Ireland's Nazi Spies" (Gill Books, 2022)

May 17, 2024

Ireland's Secret War

Marc McMenamin
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Marc McMenamin's Ireland's Secret War: Dan Bryan, G2 and the Lost Tapes that Reveal The Hunt for Ireland's Nazi Spies (Gill Books, 2022) is a thrillin…

Sari Nusseibeh, "Avicenna's Al-Shifā': Oriental Philosophy" (Routledge, 2018)

May 16, 2024

Avicenna's Al-Shifā'

Sari Nusseibeh
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Sari Nusseibeh's book Avicenna's Al-Shifā': Oriental Philosophy (Routledge, 2018) deals with the philosophy of Ibn Sina - Avicenna as he was known in …