Beth LinkerWar’s Waste: Rehabilitation in World War I America

September 23, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Military History] Beth Linker is the author of War’s Waste: Rehabilitation in World War I America (University of Chicago Press, 2011).  As she reveals, the story of individual rehabilitation from war-related injury was intertwined with other political concerns at multiple levels.  These century-old accounts matter greatly, as the First World War was that point [...]

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Guy ChetThe Ocean is a Wilderness: Atlantic Piracy and the Limits of State Authority, 1688-1856

September 22, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Law] Guy Chet, Associate Professor of early American and military history at the University of North Texas, in his book The Ocean is a Wilderness: Atlantic Piracy and the Limits of State Authority, 1688-1856 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014) makes a well-crafted argument for the persistence of Atlantic piracy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, after [...]

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Vernadette V. GonzalezSecuring Paradise: Tourism and Militarism in Hawai’i and the Philippines

September 22, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Asian American Studies] Vernadette Vicuna Gonzalez‘s Securing Paradise: Tourism and Militarism in Hawai’i and the Philippines (Duke University Press, 2013), examines the intertwined relationship between tourism and militarism in Hawai’i and the Philippines. Dr. Gonzalez questions dominant narratives of tourism as a tool of development by focusing on tourism as a means of [...]

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Jonathan SwartsConstructing Neoliberalism: Economic Transformation in Anglo-American Democracies

September 22, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Journalism]  The new book, Constructing Neoliberalism: Economic Transformation in Anglo-American Democracies (University of Toronto Press, 2013) shows how political elites in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada successfully introduced radically new economic policies in the 1980s. While opinion polls have consistently showed that neoliberal policies are not popular, governments in all four countries [...]

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Rebecca RossenDancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance

September 13, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Dance] How does an author craft a work that speaks across the boundaries of dance studies, Jewish studies and gender studies? What does it mean for dance to function as a site for probing complex questions of racial, ethnic and cultural identity? How do choreographers respond to the prompt, “make a Jewish [...]

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Richard StarrEqual As Citizens: The Tumultuous and Troubled History of a Great Canadian Idea

September 11, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Journalism] ”We are not half a dozen provinces. We are one great Dominion,” Canada’s first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald proudly declared. More than a century later, Canada has 10 provinces and three northern territories making it one of the biggest and richest countries on Earth. In the spirit of optimism [...]

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James NisbetEcologies, Environments, and Energy Systems in Art of the 1960s and 1970s

September 10, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Art] It is a rare event when a dissertation focused on a single work yields a rich and fruitful account of an entire period. James Nisbet‘s new book, which began as a study of Walter De Maria’s 1977 Land Art work The Lightning Field, does just this by ranging freely across a wide variety [...]

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Edward E. BaptistThe Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

September 8, 2014

An unflinching examination of the trauma, violence, opportunism, and vision that combined to create the empire for slavery that was the Old South, Ed Baptist‘s new book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Basic Books, 2014) challenges popular conceptions of that region that imagine it as a land [...]

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Robert LombardoOrganized Crime in Chicago: Beyond the Mafia

September 8, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Terrorism and Organized Crime] Chicago would be one of the first places that people think of when the topic of organized crime is raised. Al Capone made the city famous during prohibition. I have done the Gangster bus tour in Chicago which focuses entirely on that period in history. In Organized Crime [...]

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Julia AzariDelivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate

September 8, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Julia Azari has written Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate (Cornell University Press, 2014). Azari is assistant professor of political science at Marquette University. What was President Obama’s mandate when he was elected in 2008? Did that mandate extend to 2012? We commonly think that mandates attach [...]

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