Professor Jeffrey Burds has released a set of audio CDs entitled The Second Oldest Profession: A World History of Espionage (2012). Professor Burds examines espionage activity in the ancient world, the Roman Empire, the American Revolution, the Age of Napoleon and the American Civil War. Professor Burds’ study makes clear that spying is not only a never-ending source of fascination but also a major contributor to world history and the development of nations.
Professor Timothy Brown is the co-editor of a new volume entitled Between the Avant-garde and the Everyday: Subversive Politics in Europe from 1957 to the Present (Berghahn Books, 2011). Professor Brown’s volume brings together a group of essays examining the interaction between culture and politics and the development of anti-authoritarian politics in Europe from the 1950s to the fall of Communism. These protests frequently involved attempts to elaborate resistance within the realm of culture generally, and in the arts in particular. This blurring of the boundary between art and politics was a characteristic development of the political activism of the postwar period.
Professor Bill Fowler recently published his new book, An American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown, 1781-1783 (Walker & Company, 2011). Most people believe the American Revolution ended in October 1781, after Cornwallis’s surrender at Yorktown. In fact, the war continued for two more traumatic years. Fowler’s book chronicles this tumultuous time, from Yorktown until the British left New York in November 1783. At the center of this trying time was a remarkable speech by General George Washington to his troops encamped at Newburgh, N.Y., which quelled a brewing rebellion that could have overturned an emerging nation.
Professor Katherine Luongo published her new book, Witchcraft and Colonial Rule in Kenya, 1900 – 1955 (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Focusing on colonial Kenya, this book shows how conflicts between state authorities and Africans over witchcraft-related crimes provided an important space in which the meanings of justice, law, and order in the empire were debated. Katherine Luongo discusses the emergence of imperial networks of knowledge about witchcraft. She then demonstrates how colonial concerns about witchcraft produced an elaborate body of jurisprudence about capital crimes. The book analyzes the legal wrangling that produced the Witchcraft Ordinances in the 1910s, the birth of an anthro-administrative complex surrounding witchcraft in the 1920s, the hotly contested Wakamba Witch Trials of the 1930s, the explosive growth of legal opinion on witch-murder in the 1940s, and the unprecedented state-sponsored cleansings of witches and Mau Mau adherents during the 1950s. A work of anthropological history, this book develops an ethnography of Kamba witchcraft or uoi.
Professor Ilham Khuri-Makdisi is the author of The Eastern Mediterranean and the Making of Global Radicalism, 1860-1914 (University of California Press, 2010). In her work, Professor Khuri-Makdisi establishes the existence of a radical political trajectory spanning four continents and linking Beirut, Cairo, and Alexandria. She shows that socialists and anarchist ideas were regularly discussed, disseminated, and reworked among intellectuals, workers and dramatists. In situating the Middle East within the context of world history, Professor Khuri-Makdisi challenges nationalist and elite narratives of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern history.
Professor Heather Streets-Salter is the co-author of Modern Imperialism and Colonialism: A Global Perspective (Prentice Hall, 2010). This new book investigates our evolving understanding of the origins, nature, mechanisms, and demise of modern empires from the formation of centralized gunpowder empires in Eurasia and parts of Africa to the demise of the bi-polar Cold War world. In the book, Professor Street-Salter evaluates empires as structures and also explores the doctrines, ideologies, and practices of imperialism and colonial rule.
Professor Tom Havens has published a new book entitled Parkscapes: Green Spaces in Modern Japan (University of Hawai’i Press, 2010). Based on extensive research in government documents, travel records, and accounts by frequent park visitors, Parkscapes is the first book in any language to examine the history of both urban and national parks of Japan.
Professor Anthony Penna is the author of The Human Footprint: A Global Environmental History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Professor Penna’s study is a global, thematic, and multi-disciplinary history of the planet, from its earliest origins to its current condition. Avoiding conventional narratives and using the latest research in a diverse range of fields, Penna brings harmony to human history and ecology and provides a fresh, much-needed narrative of world history.
Professor Heather Streets-Salter is the co-author of Traditions and Encounters: A Brief Global History, which she wrote along with Jerry Bentley and Herbert Ziegler (McGraw-Hill, 2009). Professor Streets-Salter’s work provides a streamlined account of the cultures and interactions that have shaped world history. The books is divided into seven eras of global history, putting events into perspective and creating a framework for cross-cultural comparisons.
Professor Timothy Brown is the author of Weimar Radicals: Nazis and Communists Between Authenticity and Performance (Berghahn Books, 2009). Professor Brown examines the gray zone of infiltration and subversion in which the Nazi and Communist parties sought to influence and undermine eachother. The struggle between Nazism and Communism is situated within a broader conversation among right and left-wing publicists, across the Youth Movement and in the National Bolshevik scene, thus revealing the existence of a discourse on revolutionary legitimacy fought according to a set of common assumptions about the qualities of the ideal revolutionary.
Professor Uta Poiger is the co-editor of The Modern Girl Around the World: Consumption, Modernity and Globalization (Duke University Press, 2008), which she edited along with Alys Eve Weinbaum, Lynn M. Thomas, Priti Ramamurthy, Madeline Yue Dong and Tani E. Barlow. This book examines the modern girl of the 1920s and 1930s, who appeared in city streets and cafes, in films, advertisements, and illustrated magazines from places as diverse as Beijing, Bombay, Tokyo and New York. Contributors demonstrate how the economic structures and cultural flows that shaped a particular form of modern femininity crossed national and imperial boundaries.
Professor Ballard C. Campbell is the author of American Disasters: 201 Calamities that Shook the Nation (Checkmark Books, 2008).
Professor Laura Frader is the author of Breadwinnners and Citizens: Gender in the Making of the French Social Model (Duke University Press, 2008). Professor Frader’s work is a synthesis of labor history and gender history that brings to the fore failures in realizing the French social model of equality for all citizens. Challenging previous scholarship, she argues that the male breadwinner ideal was stronger in France in the interwar years than scholars have typically recognized, and that it had negative consequences for women’s claims to the full benefits of citizenship.
Professor Clay McShane in collaboration with Joel A. Tarr has recently published The Horse in the City. Living Machines in the Nineteenth Century (John Hopkins Univ. Press, 2007). Professors McShane and Tarr explore the critical role that the horse played in the growing nineteenth-century metropolis. Using such diverse sources as veterinary manuals, stable periodicals, teamster magazines, city newspapers, and agricultural yearbooks, they examine how the horses were housed and fed and how workers bred, trained, marketed, and employed their four-legged assets. Not omitting the problems of waste removal and corpse disposal, they touch on the municipal challenges of maintaining a safe and productive living environment for both horses and people and the rise of organizations like the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Professor Harvey Green is the author of Wood: Craft, Culture, History (Penguin, 2007). Professor Green’s work spans the remarkable range of objects created from trees throughout human history. In addition to defining terms, such as the distinction between hard- and softwoods, Professor Green reiterates throughout this fluent and pleasing work the uniqueness of wood, which contributes to its attraction.
Professor Gerald Herman is the co-editor of From the Protocols of the Elders of Zion to Holocaust Denial Trails(Vallentine Mitchell, 2007). This work investigates the larger question that arose from what is now a century of invective and defense: how do we determine the truth of claims made for (or by, or against) the Holocaust in various media from outright forgeries like the “Protocols of the ‘Elders of Zion’” to negationist literature to the legal trials held to adjudicate such claims. In this series of short essays, each author explores the methods and assumptions within their disciplines that frame the way in which we come to understand the racism and anti-Semitism which rest beneath Holocaust denial.
Professor Harlow Robinson is the author of Russians in Hollywood Hollywood Russians (Northeastern, 2007). Professor Robinson’s book is the first look at the colorful yet largely unknown story of Russian émigrés who worked in the American film industry and the representation of Russians and Soviets in Hollywood movies.
Professor Jeffrey Burds has published his book, Советская агентура: очерки истории СССР в послевоенные годы, 1944-1948 [Soviet Police Informants: Essays on the History of the USSR during the Postwar Years, 1944-1948]
Professor Laura L. Frader published The Industrial Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2006). Professor Frader’s study uses a wide variety of primary source documents to chronicle a period of great international social and technological change that began in England in the 18th century. Her book relies on primary sources such as personal diaries, advice books, poems, business reports, letters, photos, and essays to tell the story behind this rapidly changing period and its far-reaching effects.
Professor William Fowler is the author of Empires at War. The French and Indian War and the Struggle for North America 1754-1763 (Walker, 2006). Professor Fowler’s work captures the sweeping panorama of this first world war, especially in its descriptions of the strategy and intensity of the engagements in North America, many of them epic struggles between armies in the wilderness.
Professor Tom Havens is the author of Radicals And Realists in the Japanese Nonverbal Arts: The Avant-garde Rejection of Modernism (University of Hawaii Press, 2006). Professor Havens’ work is the first book in any language to discuss Japan’s avant-garde artists, their work, and the historical environment in which they produced it during the two most creative decades of the twentieth century, the 1950s and 1960s. Focusing on the nonverbal genres of painting, sculpture, dance choreography, and music composition, this work shows that generational and political differences, not artistic doctrines, largely account for the divergent stances artists took vis-a-vis modernism, the international arts community, Japan’s ties to the United States, and the alliance of corporate and bureaucratic interests that solidified in Japan during the 1960s.