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New Books in World Affairs Podcast by Marshall Poe

New Books in World Affairs Podcast

by Marshall Poe

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Interviews with Scholars of Global Affairs about their New Books.


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Michael Allan, “In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt” (Princeton UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 14, 2017


Michael Allan‘s In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2016) challenges traditional perceptions of world literature: he argues that the disciplinary framework of world literature levels the differences between different types…

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Carla Pestana, “The English Conquest of Jamaica: Oliver Cromwell’s Bid for Empire” (Harvard UP, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Aug 12, 2017


Carla Pestana’s new book The English Conquest of Jamaica: Oliver Cromwell’s Bid for Empire (Harvard University Press, 2017) is a rousing look at a transformative moment in Caribbean history. Pestana details the various political, economic, and religious factors that…

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Alejandra Mancilla, “The Right of Necessity: Moral Cosmopolitanism and Global Poverty” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Aug 01, 2017


We are accustomed to the thought that individuals facing dire circumstances may rightfully take use of others’ property in order to save their own lives. For example, one thinks it obvious that in order to avoid freezing to death, a…

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Jatinder Mann, “The Search for a New National Identity: The Rise of Multiculturalism in Canada and Australia, 1890s-1970s” (Peter Lang, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Jul 30, 2017


In his new book, The Search for a New National Identity: The Rise of Multiculturalism in Canada and Australia, 1890s-1970s (Peter Lang Publishing, 2016), Jatinder Mann, an assistant professor of history at Hong Kong Baptist University, offers a…

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Maria Montoya, et. al, eds. “Global Americans: A History of the United States” (Wadsworth Publishing, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jul 28, 2017


America’s national experience and collective history have always been subject to transnational forces and affected by global events and conditions. In recognition of this reality, the textbook Global Americans: A History of the United States (Cengage, 2017) presents…

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Bruce O’Neill, “The Space of Boredom: Homelessness in the Slowing Global Order” (Duke University Press, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jul 28, 2017


In The Space of Boredom: Homelessness in the Slowing Global Order (Duke University Press, 2017) Bruce O’Neill explores how people cast aside by globalism deal with an intractable symptom of downward mobility: an unshakeable and immense boredom. Focusing on Bucharest,…

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Kief Hillsbery, “Empire Made: My Search for an Outlaw Uncle Who Vanished in British India” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jul 26, 2017


Kief Hillsbery‘s Empire Made: My Search for an Outlaw Uncle Who Vanished in British India (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) follows the career of Nigel Halleck, an English tax assessor in employ of the British East India Company and his…

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Kiran Klaus Patel, “The New Deal: A Global History” (Princeton UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jul 12, 2017


There are as many New Deals as there are books on the subject. Yet only recently have historians begun to dig into the international dimensions of the New Deal. Kiran Klaus Patel is one of those historians, and his book,…

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Dana Mills, “Dance and Politics: Moving Beyond Boundaries” (Manchester University Press, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jul 10, 2017


Dance & Politics: Moving Beyond Boundaries (Manchester University Press, 2017) by Dana Mills, considers dance as a political expression from a number of perspectives, situating the analysis within a framework of contemporary political theory. Mills notes that dance has…

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Simone Muller, “Wiring the World: The Social and Cultural Creation of Global Telegraph Networks” (Columbia UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jul 10, 2017


Simone Muller’s Wiring the World: The Social and Cultural Creation of Global Telegraph Networks (Columbia University Press, 2016) is a superb account of the laying of submarine telegraph cables in the nineteenth century and the battles over them in the…

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Susanna Forrest, “The Age of the Horse: An Equine Journey Through Human History” (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jun 29, 2017


The history of humanity is intertwined with that of the horse to such a degree that it is no exaggeration to say that the existence of either species as we know it today is a product of its relationship with…

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Ronald A. Lindsay, “The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can’t Tell Us What to Do” (Pitchstone Publishing, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jun 23, 2017


For the first time in human history, a significant percentage of the world’s population no longer believes in God. While its true that some societies are even seeing nonbelievers outnumber believers, it is extremely unlikely that we will see a…

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Leonard Grob and John Roth, “Losing Trust in the World: Holocaust Scholars Confront Torture,” (U. Washington Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jun 20, 2017


Every time I teach Comparative Genocide, I distribute a letter to the students preparing them for the particular challenges of taking a course about mass violence. In the letter, I point out a simple fact. People, including academics, say the…

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Jorge Duany, “Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know” (Oxford UP, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jun 13, 2017


Not quite a colony, not quite independent, fiercely nationalist, what is Puerto Rico’s status, exactly? Jorge Duany‘s Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2017) offers clear answers to complicated questions about Puerto Rico’s…

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Rajan Gurukkal, “Rethinking Classical Indo-Roman Trade: Political Economy of Eastern Mediterranean Exchange Relations” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jun 08, 2017


Rajan Gurukkal‘s Rethinking Classical Indo-Roman Trade: Political Economy of Eastern Mediterranean Exchange Relations (Oxford University Press, 2016) casts a critical eye over the exchanges, usually and problematically termed trade, between the eastern Mediterranean and coastal India in the classical…

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Or Rosenboim, “The Emergence of Globalism: Visions of World Order in Britain and the United States, 1939-1950” (Princeton UP, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, May 23, 2017


The world order was in crisis at mid-century. Intellectuals in England and the United States perceived the rise of totalitarianism, the Second World War, the invention of the atomic bomb, the start of the Cold War, and the end of…

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Linda Heywood, “Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen” (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, May 19, 2017


In the capital of the African nation of Angola today stands a statue to Njinga, the 17th century queen of the Ndongo and Matamba kingdoms. Its presence is a testament to her skills as a diplomat, warrior, and leader of…

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Michael Bryant,” A World History of War Crimes: From Antiquity to the Present,” (Bloomsbury, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, May 18, 2017


Michael Bryant’s book is both less and more ambitious than its title. He’s writing less of a history of war crimes than he is a history of the idea and concept of war crimes. He’s most interested in what people…

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Paul Hollander, “From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chavez: Intellectuals and a Century of Political Hero Worship” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, May 13, 2017


It’s true that Western “intellectuals” have not always been wrong about dictators fighting for a supposedly “brighter future,” usually (though not always) of the non-capitalist variety. Nonetheless, as Paul Hollander well shows in his readable, relevant book From Benito Mussolini

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Cemil Aydin, “The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History” (Harvard UP, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 01, 2017


Almost daily in popular media the Muslim World is pinpointed as a homogeneous entity that stands separate and parallel to the similarly imagined West. But even scratching the surface of the idea of a Muslim World reveals the geographic, social,…

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Amit Prasad, “Imperial Technoscience: Transnational Histories of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India” (MIT, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Apr 18, 2017


Amit Prasad is widely admired for using Postcolonial Studies to explore questions about science, technology and medicine. In Imperial Technoscience: Transnational Histories of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India (MIT, 2014), Prasad looks at the linked histories of…

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Mark P. Bradley, “The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 17, 2017


In his farewell address, President George Washington warned his fellow citizens of the dangers of what has come to be known in American political speech as “foreign entanglements.” Whether Washington’s successors heeded this advice is an open question; the U.S.–at…

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Phil Gurski, “Western Foreign Fighters: The Threat to Homeland and International Security” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 17, 2017


Phil Gurski‘s Western Foreign Fighters: The Threat to Homeland and International Security (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016) is his second recent monograph on terrorism, and another useful resource for practitioners and non-specialists alike. Written in an approachable, grounded style, Western

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Robert Jervis, “How Statesmen Think: The Psychology of International Politics” (Princeton UP, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 20, 2017


Robert Jervis is the author of How Statesmen Think: The Psychology of International Politics (Princeton University Press, 2017). Jervis is the Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics at Columbia University. Drawing on the increasing attention researchers in the field…

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Tony Collins, “The Oval World: A Global History of Rugby” (Bloomsbury, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Mar 19, 2017


The 2017 Six Nations rugby tournament concluded this weekend. England successfully defended its championship, despite losing the last match against a strong Ireland side in Dublin–England’s only loss of the competition. Meanwhile, the new Super Rugby season just began, with…

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Daniel Immerwahr, “Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development” (Harvard UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


Modernization dominates development’s historiography. Historians characterize moments in development’s history–from the Tennessee Valley Authority to US-led “nation-building”in the Third World–as high-modernist attempts to industrialize, urbanize, bureaucratize, and centralize. Indeed, modernization and development have almost come to be synonymous in our…

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Phoebe Chow, “Britain’s Imperial Retreat from China, 1900-1931” (Routledge, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Mar 07, 2017


At the start of the twentieth century Britain’s relationship with China was defined by the economic and political dominance Britain exerted in the country as an imperial power, a dominance that would ebb over the next three decades. In Britain’s

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David F. Lancy, “The Anthropology of Childhood: Cherubs, Chattel, Changelings” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 06, 2017


Developmental psychology seems to tell us how to best to raise our children into competent and decent adults. However, comparing our theories and practices to those of other cultures raises questions about whether our ideas are ethnocentric. This topic is…

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Brian T. Edwards, “After the American Century: The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East” (Columbia UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 06, 2017


American culture is ubiquitous across the globe. It travels to different social contexts and is consumed by international populations. But the relationship between American culture and the meanings attached to the United States change over time. During the 20th century,…

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Ryan Muldoon, “Social Contract Theory for a Diverse World: Beyond Tolerance” (Routledge, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Mar 01, 2017


The idea that a political order derives its authority, legitimacy, and justification from some kind of initial agreement or contract, whether hypothetical or tacit, has been a mainstay of political philosophy, at least since Hobbes. Today, the leading approach to…

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Raphael Dalleo, “American Imperialisms Undead: The Occupation of Haiti and the Rise of Caribbean Anti-colonialism” (UVa Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Feb 23, 2017


As Raphael Dalleo demonstrates in his wide-ranging and compelling American Imperialism Undead: The Occupation of Haiti and the Rise of Caribbean Anti-colonialism (University of Virginia Press, 2016), the US occupation of Haiti reverberated throughout the Caribbean, as intellectuals and activists…

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Iza Hussin, “The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority, and the Making of the Muslim State” (U. of Chicago Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Feb 21, 2017


In her fascinating new book The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority, and the Making of the Muslim State (University of Chicago Press, 2017), Iza Hussin, Lecturer of Politics at University of Cambridge examines the transformation of…

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Laura Madokoro, “Elusive Refuge: Chinese Migrants in the Cold War” (Harvard UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 06, 2017


Laura Madokoro’s new book is a timely and important study of movement across national borders, migrants, and the refugee label in the global Cold War. Elusive Refuge: Chinese Migrants in the Cold War (Harvard University Press, 2016) offers critical historical…

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Meghan Elizabeth Kallman and Terry Nichols Clark, “The Third Sector: Community Organizations, NGOs, and Nonprofits” (U. Illinois Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 30, 2017


Meghan Elizabeth Kallman and Terry Nichols Clark are the authors of The Third Sector: Community Organizations, NGOs, and Nonprofits (University of Illinois Press, 2016). Kallman is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University.…

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Richard Jean So, “Transpacific Community: America, China, and the Rise and Fall of a Cultural Network” (Columbia University Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 23, 2017


Richard Jean So’s new book studies a group of American and Chinese writers in the three decades after WWI to propose a conceptual framework for understanding intellectual and cultural relations between China and America in the twentieth century and beyond.…

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Surekha Davies, “Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps, and Monsters” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jan 12, 2017


You find a lot of strange things on late medieval and “Age of Discovery” era maps. Of course there are weird beasts of every sort: dragons, griffins, sea monsters, and sundry multi-headed predators. But you also find a lot of…

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Chris Miller, “The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy” (UNC Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Dec 29, 2016


One of the most interesting questions of modern history is this: Why is it that Communist China was able to make a successful transition to economic modernity (and with it prosperity) while the Communist Soviet Union was not? In his…

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“Best New Books in Political Science 2016: International Politics Edition”

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Dec 29, 2016


Last week featured a year-end-round up of books in American politics. This week I looked back to the past year on the podcast in other subfields. I start with an interview I enjoyed with Prerna Singh. Her book examines sub-nationalism…

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Marc Sageman, “Misunderstanding Terrorism” (U. Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Dec 14, 2016


In Misunderstanding Terrorism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) Marc Sageman provides an important reassessment of the global neojihadi threat to the West. He argues that inaccurate evaluations of the threat and overreactions to a limited threat have transformed U.S. society.…

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Ruth Rogaski, “Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-Port China” (U. California Press, 2014 reprint)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Dec 07, 2016


Since it was published in 2004, Ruth Rogaski’s Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-Port China (University of California Press, 2014 reprint) has won four major prizes in fields ranging from history of medicine to East Asian history.…

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Coll Thrush, “Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire” (Yale UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Nov 23, 2016


Coll Thrush’s new book is an imaginative and beautifully-written history of London framed by the experiences of indigenous travelers since early modernity. Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire (Yale University Press, 2016) brings together urban and indigenous…

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James Alexander Dun, “Dangerous Neighbors: Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America” (U. Penn Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Nov 23, 2016


James Alexander Dun is an assistant professor of history at Princeton University. His book Dangerous Neighbors: Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) provides a detailed examination of how the Haitian Revolution shaped Americans view…

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Carrie Booth Walling, “All Necessary Measures: The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention” (U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Nov 19, 2016


Why does the UN intervene in some cases of mass violence and not others? Why and how have public attitudes toward humanitarian intervention changed over the past decades? And how do the stories we tell each other about cases of…

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Coll Thrush, “Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire” (Yale UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Nov 18, 2016


Scholars have long treated cities as spaces in which indigenous people have little presence and less significance. This notion that urbanity and indignity stand at odds results from a potent mix of racist essentialism and the historical myth of progress…

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Patrick Wolfe, “Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race” (Verso, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 07, 2016


Widely known for his pioneering work in the field of settler colonial studies, Patrick Wolfe advanced the theory that settler colonialism was, “a structure, not an event.” In early 2016, Wolfe deepened this analysis through his most recent book, Traces

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Sally Engle Merry, “The Seduction of Quantification: Measuring Human Rights, Gender Violence, and Sex Trafficking” (U. of Chicago Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 07, 2016


Quantification is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when hearing or reading about the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights (OHCHR). Yet in the 21st century, a wide range of policy and advocacy agendas begin with…

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Robert Peckham, “Epidemics in Modern Asia” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Nov 06, 2016


Robert Peckham’s Epidemics in Modern Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2016) explores the crucial yet under-explored role that epidemics have played in both colonial and postcolonial Asia. At once broad in sweep and nuanced in analysis, Peckham’s work explores a series…

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Charlotte Mathieson, ed. “Sea Narratives: Cultural Responses to the Sea, 1600-Present” (Palgrave, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Oct 27, 2016


What is the relationship between the sea and culture? In Sea Narratives: Cultural Responses to the Sea, 1600-Present (Palgrave, 2016) , Charlotte Mathieson, a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Surrey, assembles a new collection of…

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Jessamyn R. Abel, “The International Minimum: Creativity and Contradiction in Japan’s Global Engagement, 1933-1964” (U. of Hawaii Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 24, 2016


Jessamyn R. Abel’s new book carefully traces the rise and transformations of an internationalist worldview in modern Japan, from its withdrawal from the League of Nations and admission into the UN, to successive attempts (both failed and successful) to host…

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Nile Green, “Terrains of Exchange: Religious Economies of Global Islam” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 17, 2016


The historical convergence of European imperialism and technological innovation in communication and travel made multiple social sites of intersection between the local and global possible. Nile Green, Professor of South Asian and Islamic history at UCLA, examines how these…

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Michael David-Fox, “Crossing Borders: Modernity, Ideology, and Culture in Russia and the Soviet Union” (U Pittsburgh Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Oct 14, 2016


It’s been a quarter century since the collapse of the Soviet Union. This anniversary marks a good occasion to ask a seemingly simple question: “What was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics?” Was it Russia in a new wrapper? Or…

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John Prados, “Storm Over Leyte: The Philippine Invasion and the Destruction of the Japanese Navy” (NAL, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Oct 13, 2016


Narratives of the Pacific War frequently examine the 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf from the operational perspective, focusing on the desperate actions of the US Seventh Fleets escort carriers, Task Unit 77.4.3 (“Taffy 3”) against the much larger Japanese Center…

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Elizabeth Reich, “Militant Visions: Black Soldiers, Internationalism, and the Transformation of American Cinema” (Rutgers UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 10, 2016


Elizabeth Reich is an assistant professor of film studies at Connecticut College in New London. Militant Visions: Black Soldiers, Internationalism, and the Transformation of American Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2016) examines how, from the 1940s to the 1970s, the cinematic…

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Carina E. Ray, “Crossing the Color Line: Race, Sex, and the Contested Politics of Colonialism in Ghana” (Ohio UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Oct 07, 2016


In Crossing the Color Line: Race, Sex, and the Contested Politics of Colonialism in Ghana (Ohio University Press, 2015), Carina E. Ray interrogates the intersections of race, marriage, gender and empire in this thought-provoking study that challenges the notion of…

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James Waller, “Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Sep 21, 2016


Today is the third of our occasional series on the question of how to respond to mass atrocities. Earlier this summer I talked with Scott Straus and Bridget Conley-Zilkic. Later in September I’ll talk with Carrie Booth Walling. I’m teaching…

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Jade Doskow, “Lost Utopias” (Black Dog Publishing, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Sep 21, 2016


Since 2007, American photographer Jade Doskow has been documenting the remains of World’s Fair sites, once iconic global attractions that have often been repurposed for less noble aspirations or neglected and fallen into decay. Lost Utopias (Black Dog Publishing, 2016)…

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Stephen G. Brooks and William C. Wohlforth, “America Abroad: The United States’ Role in the 21st Century” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Sep 16, 2016


A decade and a half of exhausting wars, punishing economic setbacks, and fast-rising rivals has called into question America’s fundamental position and purpose in world politics. Will the US continue to be the only superpower in the international system? Should…

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Isabelle Hesse, “The Politics of Jewishness in Contemporary World Literature: The Holocaust, Zionism and Colonialism” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 12, 2016


In The Politics of Jewishness in Contemporary World Literature: The Holocaust, Zionism and Colonialism (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), Isabelle Hesse, Lecturer in English at the University of Sydney, reads a wide range of novels from post-war Germany to Israeli, Palestinian…

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Sandra Harding, “Objectivity and Diversity: A New Logic of Scientific Inquiry” (U. of Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Sep 07, 2016


Is the scientific value of objectivity in conflict with the social justice commitment to diversity? In her latest book, Objectivity and Diversity: A New Logic of Scientific Inquiry (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Sandra Harding (Education and Gender Studies, UCLA)…

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Neil Kent, “Crimea: A History” (Hurst/Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Sep 02, 2016


In 2014 Crimea shaped the headlines much as it did some 160 years ago, when the Crimean War pitted Britain, France and Turkey against Russia. Yet few books have been published on the history of the peninsula. For many readers,…

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Marc-William Palen, “The ‘Conspiracy’ of Free Trade: The Anglo-American Struggle over Empire and Economic Globalization, 1846-1896” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Aug 30, 2016


Accounts of late-nineteenth-century US expansionism commonly refer to an open-door empire and an imperialism spurred by belief in free trade. In his new book The “Conspiracy” of Free Trade: The Anglo-American Struggle over Empire and Economic Globalization, 1846-1896 (Cambridge University…

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Jean Chalaby, “The Format Age: Television’s Entertainment Revolution” (Polity, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 29, 2016


Television had been transformed by the rise of the format. In The Format Age: Television’s Entertainment Revolution Jean Chalaby, Professor of International Communication at City University London, charts the beginnings of the format for TV shows, through the globalization…

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Bridget Conley-Zilkic, ed. “How Mass Atrocities End: Studies from Guatemala, Burundi, Indonesia, the Sudans, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Aug 26, 2016


If you want to know how to bring future mass atrocities to an end, the best place to start is to examine how past mass atrocities have ended. This simple piece of logic is at the heart of Bridget Conley-Zilkic’s

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Jules Boykoff, “Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics” (Verso, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Aug 11, 2016


Since the birth of the modern Olympics movement in the late nineteenth century, its leaders have attempted to maintain a strict separation of athletics and politics. Former International Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage once stated, “We actively combat the introduction…

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Dov Waxman, “Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel” (Princeton UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 08, 2016


In Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016), Dov Waxman, professor of political science, international affairs, and Israel studies at Northeastern University, explores how Israel has become a source of tension within…

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Rachel Price, “Planet/Cuba: Art, Culture and the Future of the Island” (Verso, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Aug 02, 2016


Cuban artists have been very productive this past decade, producing stunning and surprising works against a backdrop of political and economic transformation as well as continuing scarcity on the island. Planet/Cuba: Art, Culture and the Future of the Island (Verso,…

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Scott Straus, “Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention” (US Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


This podcast is the first of a new occasional series of interviews addressing the question of responding to mass atrocities and genocide. Later in the summer I’ll interview Bridget Conley-Zilkic, James Waller and Carrie Booth Walling. First up, however, is…

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Vanessa Ogle, “The Global Transformation of Time: 1870-1950” (Harvard UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jul 13, 2016


From the 1880s onward, Beirut-based calendars and almanacs were in high demand as they packaged at least four different calendars into one, including: “the reformed Gregorian calendar; the unreformed, Julian calendar used by various churches of the East; the Islamic…

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William Blum, “America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy – the Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else” (Zed Books, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jul 12, 2016


Since World War II, the United States has repeatedly posited itself as a defender of democracy, using its military might to promote freedom abroad even as it ascended to the status of the world’s only superpower. The answer to almost…

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Susan Turner Haynes, “Chinese Nuclear Proliferation: How Global Politics is Transforming China’s Weapons Buildup and Modernization” (Potomac Books, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jul 01, 2016


While the world’s attention is focused on the nuclearization of North Korea and Iran and the nuclear brinkmanship between India and Pakistan, China is believed to have doubled the size of its nuclear arsenal, making it the forgotten nuclear power,…

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Elizabeth Hurd, “Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion” (Princeton UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 27, 2016


Among the most frequent demands made of Islam and Muslims today is to become more moderate. But what counts as moderate and who will decide so are questions with less than obvious answers. In her timely and politically urgent new…

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Ayten Gundogdu, “Rightlessness in an Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and the Contemporary Struggles of Migrants” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Jun 26, 2016


How does one “rethink and revise the key concepts of Hannah Arendt’s political theory in light of the struggles of asylum seekers, refugees, and undocumented immigrants” (207)? In her new book Rightlessness in An Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and

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Gregory F. Domber, “Empowering Revolution: America, Poland, and the End of the Cold War” (U. of North Carolina Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jun 23, 2016


As the most populous country in Eastern Europe as well as the birthplace of the largest anticommunist dissident movement, Poland is crucial in understanding the end of the Cold War. During the 1980s, both the United States and the Soviet…

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Marc Lynch, “The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East” (PublicAffairs, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 13, 2016


Marc Lynch is the author of The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East (Public Affairs, 2016). Lynch is a professor of political science at George Washington University and blogs at the Monkey Cage. From Tunisia…

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Charles Keith, “Catholic Vietnam: A Church from Empire to Nation” (U of California Press, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 06, 2016


The relationship between religion, imperialism, and national identity can be quite complex. At the same time, nationalist readings of history, particularly when they are combined with other ideological perspectives, can easily provide reductionist narratives that do not due full justice…

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Cass Sunstein, “The World According to Star Wars” (Harper Collins, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, May 28, 2016


Cass Sunstein‘s son, Declan, got dad hooked on Star Wars. And dad, a Harvard Law professor, ended up writing a book about it. “If you’d told me a year ago that I’d write a book about Star Wars,” Sunstein…

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Rajika Bhandari and Mirka Martel, “Social Justice and Sustainable Change: The Impacts of Higher Education” (IIE, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, May 19, 2016


Rajika Bhandari, Deputy Vice President, Research and Evaluation Institute of International Education (IIE), and Mirka Martel, Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation at IIE, join New Books in Education to discuss a new report from the organization, Social

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Ho-fung Hung, “The China Boom: Why China Will Not Rule the World” (Columbia UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, May 18, 2016


Ho-fung Hung‘s new book has two main goals: to to outline the historical origins of Chinas capitalist boom and the social and political formations in the 1980s that gave rise to this boom, and to explore the global effects…

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Amy Randall, “Genocide and Gender in the Twentieth Century: A Comparative Survey” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 16, 2016


Any time I prepare to do an interview, I make sure I read the blurb on the back of the book. One of the blurbs on the back cover of Amy Randall’s superb new collection Genocide and Gender in the

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Malcolm James, “Urban Multiculture: Youth, Politics and Transformations in a Global City” (Palgrave, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 16, 2016


How is youth culture changing in a globalised city? In Urban Multiculture: Youth, Politics and Transformations in a Global City Malcolm James, a lecturer at the University of Sussex, introduces the concept of Urban Multiculture as a framework…

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Brooke Schedneck, “Thailand’s International Meditation Centers” (Routledge, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 16, 2016


In her recent monograph, Thailand’s International Meditation Centers: Tourism and the Global Commodification of Religious Practices (Routledge, 2015), Brooke Schedneck examines Buddhist meditation centers in Thailand and draws our attention to the way in which these institutions have creatively (though…

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Lincoln A. Mitchell, “The Democracy Promotion Paradox” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, May 13, 2016


In book his new book The Democracy Promotion Paradox (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), Lincoln A. Mitchell (Political Correspondent for the New York Observer) raises difficult but critically important issues by probing the numerous inconsistencies and paradoxes that lie at…

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Ayesha Ramachandran, “Worldmakers: Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe” (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, May 11, 2016


At what point does the world end? More importantly, how did this idea of a whole, unified world emerge to begin with? In Worldmakers: Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2015) Ayesha Ramachandran illustrates the anticipated…

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Asma Afsaruddin, “Contemporary Issues in Islam” (Edinburgh UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, May 04, 2016


As the title of the monograph suggests, Contemporary Issues in Islam (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) by Asma Afsaruddin, guides the reader through an organized and compelling narrative of reflections on hot-button topics in the modern world. The monograph offers…

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Linsey McGoey, “No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy” (Verso, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, May 04, 2016


In No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy (Verso Books, 2015), Linsey McGoey proposes a new way of discussing philanthropy and, in doing so, revives associated historical debates often overlooked at present:…

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John Bew, “Realpolitik: A History” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Apr 30, 2016


Since its coinage in mid-19th century Germany, Realpolitik has proven both elusive and protean. To some, it represents the best approach to meaningful change and political stability in a world buffeted by uncertainty and rapid transformation. To others, it encapsulates…

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Michael Goebel, “Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Apr 28, 2016


Michael Goebel‘s Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism (Cambridge University Press, 2015) thinks globally while focusing on the local, everyday histories of non-Europeans in Paris in the 1920s and 30s. Examining the myriad ways…

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Thomas G. Weiss, “Humanitarian Intervention: Ideas in Action” (Polity Press, 2016 )

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Apr 19, 2016


How are humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect changing in the current international political scene? In Humanitarian Intervention: Ideas in Action (3rd ed., Polity Press, 2016), Thomas G. Weiss (The Graduate Center, CUNY) explores the past, present, and future…

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Marlene Daut, “Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865” (Liverpool UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 18, 2016


Marlene Daut tackles the complicated intersection of history and literary legacy in her book Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865 (Liverpool University Press, 2015). She not only describes the…

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Katerina Bodovski, “Across Three Continents: Reflections on Immigration, Education, and Personal Survival” (Peter Lang, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Apr 08, 2016


Dr. Katerina Bodovski, Associate Professor of Education, Department of Education Policy Studies, College of Education, Penn State University, joins New Books in Education to discuss her new and very personal book, Across Three Continents: Reflections on Immigration, Education, and

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Timothy Nunan, “Humanitarian Invasion: Global Development in Cold War Afghanistan” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Apr 08, 2016


The plight of Afghanistan remains as relevant a question as ever in 2016. Just what did the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the international occupation of this country accomplish? Will an Afghan government ever exercise effective control over its territory…

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Roshanak Kheshti, “Modernity’s Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music” (NYU Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Apr 01, 2016


The origins of world music can be found in early ethnographic recordings as anthropologists and ethnomusicologists sought to record the songs of lost or dying cultures. In Modernity’s Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music (NYU Press, 2015),…

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Jeff Koehler, “Darjeeling” (Bloomsbury, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Mar 31, 2016


Darjeeling tea, like other members of its artisanal tribe serrano peppers, Champagne, and grana padano,exists through a combination of intimate understanding of natural forces, intensive labor, and lifelong dedication. The result is a small output of unparalleled quality. The…

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Peter Linebaugh, “The Incomplete, True, Authentic and Wonderful History of May Day” (PM Press, 2007)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 28, 2016


The Incomplete, True, Authentic and Wonderful History of May Day (PM Press, 2007) is a new collection of essays from Peter Linebaugh about the history of May Day. The essays were written for a range of occasions celebrating or otherwise…

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John D. Wilsey, “American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea” (IVP Academic, 2015).

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Mar 18, 2016


John D. Wilsey, assistant professor of history and Christian apologetics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His book American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea (IVP Academic, 2015) is a work of historical political theology and…

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Jonathan Donner, “After Access: Inclusion, Development, and a More Mobile Internet” (MIT Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 14, 2016


Thanks to mobile phones, getting online is easier and cheaper than ever. In After Access: Inclusion, Development, and a More Mobile Internet (MIT Press, 2015), Jonathan Donner challenges the optimistic narrative that mobile phone will finally close the digital divide.…

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Leif Wenar, “Blood Oil: Tyranny, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Mar 02, 2016


Chances are that at this very moment, you are either looking at a computer screen, holding a digital device, or listening to my voice through plastic earphones. Our computers and these other devices are constructed out of materials that have…

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Naomi Klein, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate” (Simon and Schuster, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Feb 24, 2016


The Canadian author and journalist Naomi Klein says right-wing conservatives who deny the reality of global warming are correct about the revolutionary implications of climate change. In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (Simon and Schuster,…

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Jeroen Duindam, “Dynasties: A Global History of Power, 1300-1800” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 22, 2016


For most of recorded history, single rulers such a kings, queens, chiefs, and emperors exercised authority over human populations. Jeroen Duindam (Professor of Early Modern History, Leiden University) examines an important part of this story in his new book Dynasties:

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Caroline Shaw, “Britannia’s Embrace: Modern Humanitarianism and the Imperial Origins of Refugee Relief” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Feb 16, 2016


Published in October 2015, Caroline Shaw‘s timely new book, Britannia’s Embrace: Modern Humanitarianism and the Imperial Origins of Refugee Relief (Oxford University Press, 2015), traces the intertwined development of the category of refugee and of the moral commitment of…

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Renata Keller, “Mexico’s Cold War: Cuba, the United States, and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Feb 07, 2016


When former Mexican president Lazaro Cardenas traveled to Havana in 1959 to celebrate the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, he stood shoulder to shoulder with Fidel Castro in front of a crowd of thousands, providing the early sketches of an…

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William C. Smith, ed., “The Global Testing Culture: Shaping Education Policy, Perceptions, and Practice” (Symposium Books, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 18, 2016


William C. Smith (ed.), senior associate with RESULTS Educational Fund, joins New Books in Education to discuss The Global Testing Culture: Shaping Education Policy, Perceptions, and Practice (Symposium Books, 2016). This edited volume provides an analysis of the global…

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Heather Streets-Salter and Trevor R. Getz, “Empires and Colonies in the Modern World” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Dec 30, 2015


Heather Streets-Salter‘s and Trevor R. Getz‘s new book Empires and Colonies in the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2015) takes on world history 1450-present through the sweeping events and human experiences of empires, imperialism, and colonialism. More than…

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John Casey, “The Nonprofit World: Civil Society and the Rise of the Nonprofit Sector” (Kumarian Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 21, 2015


The nonprofit sector is growing, not just in the United States, but globally. In The Nonprofit World: Civil Society and the Rise of the Nonprofit Sector (Kumarian Press, 2015), John Casey demonstrates the extent to which nonprofits, what are sometimes…

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Francesca Bray et al.,eds., “Rice: Global Networks and New Histories” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 14, 2015


The new edited volume by Francesca Bray, Peter Coclanis, Edda Fields-Black and Dagmar Schafer is a wonderfully interdisciplinary global history of rice, rooted in specific local cases, that spans 15 chapters written by specialists in the histories of…

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Saba Mahmood, “Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report” (Princeton UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 07, 2015


It is commonly thought that violence, injustice, and discrimination against religious minorities, especially in the Middle East, are a product of religious fundamentalism and myopia. Concomitantly, it is often argued, that more of secularism and less of religion represents the…

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Anna L. Tsing, “The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins” (Princeton UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Dec 06, 2015


Anna L. Tsing‘s new book is on my new (as of this post) list of Must-Read-Books-That-All-Humans-Who-Can-Read-Should-Read-And-That-Nonhumans-Should-Find-A-Way-To-Somehow-Engage-Even-If-Reading-Is-Not-Their-Thing. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (Princeton University Press, 2015) joyfully bursts forth…

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Stephen Macekura, “Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global Sustainable Development in the Twentieth Century” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Dec 04, 2015


Today, sustainability is all the rage. But when and why did the idea of sustainable development emerge, and how has its meaning changed over time? Stephen Macekura’s new book, Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global Sustainable Development

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Jason W. Moore, “Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital” (Verso, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Dec 03, 2015


In Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital (Verso, 2015), author Jason W. Moore seeks to undermine popular understandings of the relationship among society, environment, and capitalism. Rather, than seeing society and environment as acting…

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Marjorie Feld, “Nations Divided: American Jews and the Struggle over Apartheid” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 23, 2015


In Nations Divided: American Jews and the Struggle over Apartheid (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Marjorie Feld, associate professor of history at Babson College, explores the tension between the particularist and universalist commitments many American Jews have felt in the battle…

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Anthony Reid, “A History of Southeast Asia: Critical Crossroads” (Wiley Blackwell, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Nov 20, 2015


To write a comprehensive history of Southeast Asia is a task reserved for precious few scholars: historians of unrivaled skill and formidable knowledge. Anthony Reid is among them. His new book, A History of Southeast Asia: Critical Crossroads (Wiley Blackwell,…

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Ilan Zvi Baron, “Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique” (Edinburgh UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Nov 19, 2015


In Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), Ilan Baron, Lecturer in International Political Theory in the School of Government and International Affairs and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish…

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Aileen Moreton-Robinson, “The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty” (U of Minnesota Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Oct 22, 2015


Owning property. Being property. Becoming propertyless. These are three themes of white possession that structure Aileen Moreton-Robinson’s brilliant new inquiry into the dynamics of race and Indigeneity in “postcolonizing” societies like Australia.The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty

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Conference Report: Genocide In World History, Bryant University, 9-10 October 2015

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 20, 2015


Today’s podcast marks the beginning of what I hope might become a regular feature on the podcast. The session was recorded live on the campus of Bryant University at the end of weekend conference with the title Genocide in World…

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Edwin van de Haar, “Degrees of Freedom: Liberal Political Philosophy and Ideology” (Transaction Publishers, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 06, 2015


“What exactly is liberalism?” The independent scholar Edwin van de Haar tackles this important question in his new book Degrees of Freedom: Liberal Political Philosophy and Ideology (Transaction Publishers, 2015). Setting the record straight, van de Haar explains how the…

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Jonathyne Briggs, “Sounds French: Globalization, Cultural Communities, and Pop Music, 1958-1980” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Sep 30, 2015


“Pop pop pop pop musik” -M Jonathyne Briggs‘ new book, Sounds French: Globalization, Cultural Communities, and Pop Music, 1958-1980(Oxford University Press, 2015) makes music the historical focus of the Fifth Republic’s first two decades. What made certain sounds…

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Eric Tagliacozzo, et al., “Asia Inside Out: Connected Places” (Harvard UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 28, 2015


Eric Tagliacozzo, Peter C. Perdue, and Helen F. Siu‘s “Asia Inside Out” project is a model for interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship in all kinds of ways. Planned as a trilogy, the first two volumes were released this…

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Jenny Shaw, “Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean: Irish, Africans, and the Construction of Difference” (U of Georgia Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Sep 23, 2015


Jenny Shaw‘s recent book Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean: Irish, Africans, and the Construction of Difference (University of Georgia Press, 2013) analyzes how social, religious, and ethnic categories operated in Barbados and the Leeward Islands. She documents…

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Neha Vora, “Impossible Citizens: Dubai’s Indian Diaspora” (Duke UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Sep 22, 2015


Neha Vora‘s Impossible Citizens: Dubai’s Indian Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2013) is a wonderfully rich and engaging account of middle class Indians who live and work, supposedly temporarily, in Dubai. Through an analysis of these perpetual outsiders, that are…

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Suzanna Reiss, “We Sell Drugs: The Alchemy of U.S. Empire” (University of California Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 14, 2015


Though the conventional history of the U.S.-led “War on Drugs” locates the origins of this conflict in a reaction to the domestic culture of excess of the 1960s, a new book argues that international drug control efforts are actually decades…

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Phil Tiermeyer, “Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants” (U of California Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 14, 2015


Today’s guest discusses the history of sexuality in the workplace through the lens of male flight attendants. We speak with Phil Tiemeyer about the shifts and changes in the airline industry across the 20th century. Phil steers us through this…

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Gordon H. Chang, “Fateful Ties: A History of America’s Preoccupation with China” (Harvard UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Aug 30, 2015


“There was China before there was an America, and it is because of China that America came to be.” According to Gordon H. Chang‘s new book, the idea of “China” became “an ingredient within the developing identity of America…

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Carolyn Pedwell, “Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Aug 27, 2015


What are the multiple meanings, ambivalences, possible risks, and potentials for transformation that arise from interrogating empathy on a transnational scale? Carolyn Pedwell (University of Kent) thinks through these complex questions in her new book, Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics

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Nicole Starosielski, “The Undersea Network” (Duke UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Aug 25, 2015


Nicole Starosielski‘s new book brings an environmental and ecological consciousness to the study of digital media and digital systems, and it is a must-read. The Undersea Network (Duke University Press, 2015) looks carefully and imaginatively at the geography of…

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Tom Jackson, “Chilled: How Refrigeration Changed the World and Might Do So Again” (Bloomsbury, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Aug 19, 2015


Tom Jackson‘s Chilled: How Refrigeration Changed the World and Might Do So Again (Bloomsbury, 2015) is a completely engrossing look into the history and technology of refrigeration.?  This book reads like an expanded chapter of James Burke’s classic book…

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Paul A. Christensen, “Japan, Alcoholism, and Masculinity: Suffering Sobriety in Tokyo” (Lexington Books, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Aug 19, 2015


Paul A. Christensen‘s new book is a thoughtful ethnography of drinking, drunkenness, and male sociability in modern urban Japan. Focusing on two major alcohol sobriety support groups in Japan, Alcoholics Anonymous and Danshukai, Japan, Alcoholism, and Masculinity: Suffering Sobriety

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Ellen Hazelkorn, “Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education: The Battle for World-Class Excellence” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Aug 18, 2015


Ellen Hazelkorn, Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority (Ireland) and Director of the Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology, provides an in-depth analysis of higher educational rankings and what they mean globally in…

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Randy Nichols, “The Video Game Business” (British Film Institute, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Aug 16, 2015


Video games have become an important cultural and economic force in our media environment. In his new book, The Video Game Business (British Film Institute, 2014), scholar Randy Nichols provides an overview of the increasingly diverse global market for video…

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James Gelvin, “The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know” (Oxford UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 03, 2015


Professor James Gelvin joins host Jonathan Judaken to discuss the Arab Uprisings, democratization in the Middle-East and Northern Africa, ISIS, al-Qaeda, terrorism, and America’s role imposing neo-liberal economic policies in the Middle East that have strongly shaped the political economy…

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Mrinalini Chakravorty, “In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary” (Columbia UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Aug 02, 2015


In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary (Columbia University Press, 2014) is a masterful account of the importance of the stereotype in English language South Asian literature. Mrinalini Chakravorty explores such tropes as the crowd in Salman Rushdie’s…

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Kirsteen Kim and Sebastian C. H. Kim, “A History of Korean Christianity” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Jul 26, 2015


Korea presents a fascinating chapter in the history of Christianity. For instance, the first continuous Christian community in the peninsula was founded by Koreans themselves without any missionaries coming into the country. In their new book, A History of Korean

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Henry Shue, “Climate Justice: Vulnerability and Protection” (Oxford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jul 21, 2015


How can a practical philosophical perspective concerned with justice and fairness help us address the problem of climate change? Henry Shue (Merton College, Oxford) tackles this essential question in his book Climate Justice: Vulnerability and Protection (Oxford UP, 2014). The…

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Eric Reed, “Selling the Yellow Jersey: The Tour de France in the Global Era” (University of Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jul 17, 2015


The Tour de France is happening right now! The 2015 edition started on July 4th and will continue until July 26th. I’m excited to be able to share this interview with Eric Reed about his new book, Selling the Yellow

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Sarah S. Bush, “The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Jul 12, 2015


Sarah S. Bush is the author of The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Dunn is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Temple University. Bush’s book examines…

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Nancy Fraser, “Transnationalizing the Public Sphere” (Polity, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jul 08, 2015


How is “the public sphere” best conceptualized on a transnational scale? Nancy Fraser (The New School for Social Research) explores this pressing question in her book Transnationalizing the Public Sphere (Polity, 2014). Opening with Fraser’s foundational essay, “Transnationalizing the Public…

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James Laine, “Meta-Religion: Religion and Power in World History” (U of California Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jun 23, 2015


Most world religions textbooks follow a structure and conceptual framework that mirrors the modern discourse of world religions as distinct entities reducible to certain defining characteristics. In his provocative and brilliant new book Meta-Religion: Religion and Power in World History

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Denis Dragovic, “Religion and Post-Conflict Statebuilding: Roman Catholic and Sunni Islamic Perspectives” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Jun 20, 2015


The subject of statebuilding has only become a more visible issue since the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union. Since the 1990s, the world has continued to deal with a host of problems related to…

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Jenifer Van Vleck, “Empire of the Air: Aviation and the American Ascendancy” (Harvard UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Jun 14, 2015


[Re-posted with permission from Who Makes Cents?] Today’s guest discusses the history of aviation and how this provides a lens to interpret the history of capitalism and U.S. foreign relations across the twentieth century. Amongst other topics, Jenifer…

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Rory Carroll, “Comandante: Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela” (Penguin Books, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jun 09, 2015


Historically, Venezuela is known as one of the most stable Latin American nations of the twentieth? century. The subsequent discovery of oil transformed Venezuela into a petrostate. Yet wealth inequality dramatically increased. Against this economic and social disparity, Hugo Chavez…

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Benjamin Schmidt, “Inventing Exoticism: Geography, Globalism, and Europe’s Early Modern World” (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, May 19, 2015


Benjamin Schmidt‘s beautiful new book argues that a new form of exoticism emerged in the Netherlands between the mid-1660s and the early 1730s, thanks to a series of successful products in a broad range of media that used both…

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Nancy Shoemaker, “Native American Whalemen and the World” (UNC Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 18, 2015


For as long as Herman Melville’s Moby Dick has been a staple of the American literary canon, one element often goes unnoticed. The ship commanded by the monomanacial Ahab on his quest to slay the great white whale is named…

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Ed Conway, “The Summit: Bretton Woods, 1944” (Pegasus Books, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 18, 2015


The functioning of the global economy remains as relevant a topic as ever before. Commentators continue to debate the causes and consequences of the financial crisis that hit the United States from 2007-2008. They also continue to ask questions such…

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Asaad al-Saleh, “Voices of the Arab Spring: Personal Stories from the Arab Revolutions” (Columbia UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, May 16, 2015


Asaad al-Saleh is assistant professor of Arabic, comparative literature, and cultural studies in the Department of Languages and Literature and the Middle East Center at the University of Utah. His research focuses on issues related to autobiography and displacement in…

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Robin Grier and Jerry F. Hough, “The Long Process of Development” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 11, 2015


According to a popular saying, “Nothing succeeds like success.” As concernswhat economists and political scientists call “development”–that is, progress towards libertyand prosperity–the saying seems to be true. As a general rule, the countries that were relatively free and relatively prosperous…

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Deborah Cowen, “The Deadly Life of Logistics” (University of Minnesota Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, May 09, 2015


Our guest today tells us that the seemingly straightforward field of logistics lies at the heart of contemporary globalization, imperialism, and economic inequality. Listen to Deb Cowen, the author of The Deadly Life of Logistics: Mapping Violence in Global

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Pedro Machado, “Ocean of Trade: South Asian Merchants, Africa, and the Indian Ocean, c.1750-1850” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, May 05, 2015


Pedro Machado‘s Ocean of Trade:South Asian Merchants, Africa and the Indian Ocean, c.1750-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2014) is a richly detailed and engaging account of Gujarati merchants and their role in the trade of textiles, ivory and slaves across…

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Ellen Boucher, “Empire’s Children” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, May 01, 2015


For almost 100 years, it seemed like a good, even wholesome and optimistic idea to take young, working-class and poor British children and resettle them, quite on their own and apart from their families, in Canada, Australia, and southern Rhodesia.…

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Stuart Young, “Conceiving the Indian Buddhist Patriarchs in China” (U of Hawaii Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Apr 25, 2015


In Conceiving the Indian Buddhist Patriarchs in China (University of Hawai’i Press, 2015), Stuart Young examines Chinese hagiographic representations of three Indian Buddhist patriarchs–Asvaghosa (Maming), Nagarjuna (Longshu), and Aryadeva (Sheng tipo)–from the early fifth to late tenth centuries, and explores…

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Andrew Cayton, “Love in the Time of Revolution” (UNC Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Apr 21, 2015


Andrew Cayton is a distinguished professor of history at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In his book Love in the Time of Revolution: Transatlantic Literary Radicalism and Historical Change (University of North Carolina Press, 2013) he has given us a…

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Mariana Candido, “An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World” (Cambridge UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Apr 17, 2015


Mariana Candido‘s book An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World. Benguela and its Hinterland (Cambridge University Press, 2013) is a powerful and moving exploration of the history and development of the port of Benguela. Founded by the Portuguese…

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Thom van Dooren, “Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction” (Columbia UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Apr 17, 2015


Thom van Dooren‘s new book is an absolute must-read. (I was going to qualify that with a “…for anyone who…” and realized that it really needs no qualification.) Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (Columbia…

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Aristotle Tziampiris, “The Emergence of Israeli-Greek Cooperation” (Springer, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 30, 2015


Aristotle Tziampiris is The Emergence of Israeli-Greek Cooperation (Springer, 2015). Tziampiris is Associate Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for International and European Affairs at the Department of International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus.…

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Abdelwahab El-Affendi, “Genocidal Nightmares” (Bloomsbury, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Mar 25, 2015


Genocide studies is one of the few academic fields with which I’m acquainted which is truly interdisciplinary in approach and composition. Today’s guest Abdelwahab El-Affendi, and the book he has edited, Genocidal Nightmares: Narratives of Insecurity and the Logic

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Amanda Rogers, “Performing Asian Transnationalisms: Theatre, Identity and the Geographies of Performance” (Routledge, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Mar 25, 2015


Identity, performance and globalisation are at the heart of the cultural practices interrogated by Amanda Rogers in Performing Asian Transnationalisms: Theatre, Identity and the Geography of Performance (Routledge, 2015).The book explores the global networks of theatre that have emerged between…

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Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, “New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849” (Duke UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 23, 2015


Riots, audiences on stage, fabulous costumes, gripping stories. That’s what theater was like in the Atlantic world in the age of slavery and colonialism. Elizabeth Maddock Dillon wonderful book New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849

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Kaeten Mistry, “The United States, Italy, and the Origins of Cold War: Waging Political Warfare” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Mar 11, 2015


In the annals of cold war history Italy is rarely seen as a crucial locale.?  In his stimulating new book, The United States, Italy, and the Origins of Cold War: Waging Political Warfare (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Kaeten Mistry reveals…

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Hasia Diner, “Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way” (Yale University Press, 2015).

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Mar 10, 2015


The period from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries witnessed a mass migration which carried millions of Jews from central and eastern Europe, north Africa, and the Ottoman Empire to new lands. Hasia Diner’s new book, Roads Taken:

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Thomas Weiss and Dan Plesch, eds., “We are Strong: Wartime Origins and the Future United Nations” (Routledge, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Mar 05, 2015


Thomas Weiss and Dan Plesch are the co-editors of We Are Strong: Wartime Origins and the Future United Nations (Routledge, 2015). Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at…

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Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn, “The Myth of the Taliban/Al Qaeda Merger in Afghanistan, 1970-2010” (Oxford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Mar 05, 2015


Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn‘s An Enemy We Created: The Myth of the Taliban/Al Qaeda Merger in Afghanistan, 1970-2010 (Oxford University Press, reprint edition 2014) offers what is in many ways is an untold, insider’s account of…

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Bedross Der Matossian, “Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire” (Stanford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Feb 24, 2015


The Young Turk revolution of 1908 restored the Ottoman constitution, suspended earlier by Sultan Abdul Hamid II, and initiated a new period of parliamentary politics in the Empire. Likewise, the revolution was a watershed moment for the Empire’s ethnic communities,…

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Don H. Doyle, “The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War” (Basic Books, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 16, 2015


Many Americans know about the military side of the Civil War, and the private, official diplomacy of the Civil War is also well documented. The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War(Basic Books, 2015),…

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Robin Shields, “Globalization and International Education” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 09, 2015


Studying the forces behind and the implications for education’s ascension as a predominant global phenomenon is becoming a more important, yet convoluted, endeavor. Envisioned as a way to succinctly encapsulate this narrative, Robin Shields, Senior Lecturer in the Higher…

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Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch, “The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire” (Verso, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 09, 2015


Two Canadian socialist thinkers have published a new book on the successes and failures, the crises, contradictions and conflicts in present-day capitalism. In The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire (Verso, 2013), Leo Panitch and Sam

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Emilie Cloatre, “Pills for the Poorest: An Exploration of TRIPS and Access to Medication in Sub-Saharan Africa” (Palgrave, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 09, 2015


Emilie Cloatre‘s award-winning book, Pills for the Poorest:An Exploration of TRIPS and Access to Medication in Sub-Saharan Africa (Palgrave, 2013), locates the effects–and ineffectualness–of a landmark international agreement for healthcare: the World Trade Organization’s “Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property…

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Bilyana Lily, “Russian Foreign Policy toward Missile Defense” (Lexington Books, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Feb 03, 2015


The current conflict in Ukraine has reopened old wounds and brought the complexity of Russia’s relationship with the United States and Europe to the forefront. One of the most important factors in relations between the Kremlin and the West has…

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Carol Gould, “Interactive Democracy: The Social Roots of Global Justice” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Feb 01, 2015


Contemporary advances in technology have in many ways made the world smaller.?  It is now possible for vast numbers of geographically disparate people to interact, communicate, coordinate, and plan.?  These advances potentially bring considerable benefits to democracy, such as greater…

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David Baker, “The Schooled Society: The Educational Transformation of Global Culture” (Stanford UP 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jan 28, 2015


There has been a dramatic leap in education across the world over the past 150 years–from the importance and longevity to Western-style universities to truth and knowledge production created through schooling, permeating to almost every culture throughout the globe. Dr.

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Jan Lemnitzer, “Power, Law and the End of Privateering” (Palgrave, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jan 22, 2015


Jan Lemnitzer‘s new book Power, Law and the End of Privateering (Palgrave, 2014) offers an exciting new take on the relationship between law and power, exposing the delicate balance between great powers and small states that is necessary…

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Elizabeth Schmidt, “Foreign Intervention in Africa: From the Cold War to the War on Terror” (Cambridge UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jan 21, 2015


Elizabeth Schmidt‘sForeign Intervention in Africa: From the Cold War to the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2013)depicts the foreign political and military interventions in Africa during the periods of decolonization (1956-75) and the Cold War (1945-91), as…

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Michael Kwass, “Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground” (Harvard University Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 19, 2015


Michael Kwass‘s new book, Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground is much more than an exciting biography of the notorious eighteenth-century smuggler whose name remains legendary in contemporary France. Focusing on the rise and fall…

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Carl H. Nightingale, “Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities” (U of Chicago Press, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jan 02, 2015


We often think of South Africa or America when we hear the word ‘segregation.’ Or — a popular view — that social groups have always chosen to live apart.But as Carl H. Nightingale shows in his new book, Segregation: A

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Jules Boykoff, “Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London” (Rutgers University Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 22, 2014


A new chapter in the history of the Olympic Games appears to be opening. As one city after another has dropped out of the bidding for the 2022 Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee has been faced with the prospect…

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Lyman Johnson, “Workshop of Revolution: Plebian Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World, 1776-1810” (Duke UP, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Dec 13, 2014


Lyman Johnson‘s book Workshop of Revolution: Plebian Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World, 1776-1810 (Duke University Press, 2011) analyzes the economic, political, and social lives of working people in Argentina’s colonial capital.?  Johnson traces the economic challenges facing plebian…

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General Daniel Bolger, “Why We Lost” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Dec 12, 2014


During the past several years, numerous books and articles have appeared that grapple with the legacy and lessons of the recent U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This development should surprise few. The emergence of the jihadist group ISIS in…

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Henry Nau, “Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Reagan, Truman, and Polk” (Princeton UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Nov 28, 2014


The recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have raised important questions about the future direction of U.S. foreign policy and how Americans can best exercise power abroad in the coming years. Commentators have not shied away from offering advice. Some…

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Kathleen Lopez, “Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History” (UNC Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Nov 21, 2014


Successive waves of migration brought thousands of Chinese laborers to Cuba over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The coolie trade, which was meant to replace waning supplies of slaves, was but the first. In the twentieth century, a sugar boom…

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Chris Taylor, “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe” (Basic Books, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Nov 14, 2014


When George Lucas first began to write “The Star Wars”, as it was originally known, he had no idea that it would become his main life’s work. Beginning as a modern Flash Gordon-style space adventure, the eventual series would become…

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Alexander Cooley, “Great Game, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia” (Oxford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Nov 11, 2014


Central Asia is one of the least studied and understood regions of the Eurasian landmass, conjuring up images of 19th century Great Power politics, endless steppe, and impenetrable regimes. Alexander Cooley, a professor of Political Science at Barnard College…

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Ethan Zuckerman, “Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection” (Norton, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Nov 06, 2014


In the early days of the Internet, optimists saw the future as highly connected, where voices from across the globe would mingle and learn from one another as never before. However, as Ethan Zuckerman argues in Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in

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Michael Cook, “Ancient Religions, Modern Politics: The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective” (Princeton UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Nov 05, 2014


Michael Cook, a widely-respected historian and scholar of Islam begins his book with a question that everyone seems to be asking these days: is Islam uniquely violent or uniquely political? Why does Islam seem to play a larger role…

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Angela Stent, “The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twentieth-First Century” (Princeton University Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 03, 2014


In 2005, the Comedy Central Network aired an episode of “South Park” in which one of the characters asked if any “Third World” countries other than Russia had the ability to fly a whale to the moon. During a press…

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Mark Corner, “The European Union: An Introduction” (I. B. Tauris, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


Some say it should be a loose collection of sovereign nation states; others say it should aspire to be a kind of super-nation state itself. Or is it, in truth, a messy but workable mixture of a number of extremes,…

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Joel Migdal, “Shifting Sands: The United States and the Middle East” (Columbia UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Oct 10, 2014


Any person who turns on CNN or Fox News today will see that the United States faces a number of critical problems in the Middle East. This reality should surprise few. Stunned by the Al-Qaeda attacks on the Twin Towers…

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James Martin, “Drugs on the Dark Net: How Cryptomarkets are Transforming the Global Trade in Illicit Drugs” (Palgrave, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


I am old enough to realise that we have entered a science fiction world in which the old systems of the market place are being sidestepped by new technology. We who follow the tried and true methods are missing out…

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Guy Chet, “The Ocean is a Wilderness: Atlantic Piracy and the Limits of State Authority, 1688-1856” (U of Massachusetts Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 22, 2014


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…

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Hideaki Fujiki, “Making Personas: Transnational Film Stardom in Modern Japan” (Harvard University Asia Center, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Sep 04, 2014


Stardom has a history. Hideaki Fujiki‘s new book traces that history through a story of the transformations of Japanese film stars in the early twentieth century. Taking a deeply transnational approach to understanding the imbrication of film stardom and…

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Randall L. Schweller, “Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple: Global Discord in the New Millennium” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 11, 2014


Randall L. Schweller is? Professor of Political Science and a Social and Behavioral Sciences Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellow at Ohio State University.?  He has written Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple: Global Discord in the New Millennium (Johns Hopkins…

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Martin Shaw, “Genocide and International Relations” (Cambridge UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Aug 08, 2014


Works in the field of genocide studies tend to fall into one of a few camps. ? Some are emotional and personal. ? Others are historical and narrative. ? Still others are intentionally activist and aimed at changing policy or decisions. Martin Shaw

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Stefan Rinke and Kay Schiller (editors), “The FIFA World Cup 1930-2010: Politics, Commerce, Spectacle and Identities” (Wallstein, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Aug 01, 2014


The history of globalization is found in more than international political organizations and multinational corporations, free-trade agreements and foreign direct investments, satellite communications and special export zones. When looking at the forces that have driven globalization over the last decades,…

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Toby Green, “The Rise of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in Western Africa, 1300-1589” (Cambridge UP, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jul 30, 2014


Slavery was pervasive in the Ancient World: you can find it in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In Late Antiquity , however, slavery went into decline. It survived and even flourished in the Byzantine Empire and Muslim lands, yet it…

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Judith Kelley, “Monitoring Democracy: When International Election Observation Works, and Why It Often Fails” (Princeton UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jul 21, 2014


Judith Kelley is the author of Monitoring Democracy: When International Election Observation Works, and Why It Often Fails (Princeton University ? Press, 2012). Kelley is associate professor of public policy and political science at Duke University. Monitoring Democracy, which won…

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Samuel Totten, “Genocide by Attrition: The Nuba Mountains of Sudan” (Transaction Publishers, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jul 18, 2014


Most of the authors I’ve interviewed for this show have addressed episodes in the past, campaigns of mass violence that occurred long ago, often well-before the author was born. Today’s show is different. In his book? Genocide by Attrition: The

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Amit Prasad, “Imperial Technoscience: Transnational Histories of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India” (MIT Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jul 09, 2014


In his new book,? Imperial Technoscience: Transnational Histories of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India? (MIT Press, 2014), Amit Prasad, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Missouri, examines what he calls the “entangled…

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Donovan Chau, “Exploiting Africa: The Influence of Maoist China in Algeria, Ghana, and Tanzania” (NIP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jul 07, 2014


Donovan Chau is the author of Exploiting Africa: The Influence of Maoist China in Algeria, Ghana, and Tanzania (Naval Institute Press, 2014). Chau is an associate professor of political science at California State University. Chau examines China’s role in Algeria,…

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Benjamin Lieberman, “Remaking Identities: God, Nation and Race in World History” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jun 27, 2014


What do you say to someone who suggests that genocide is not just destructive, but constructive? This is the basic theme of Benjamin Lieberman‘s excellent new book? Remaking Identities: ? God, Nation and Race in World History? (Rowman and Littlefield,…

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John L. Brooke, “Climate Change and the Course of Global History: A Rough Journey” (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jun 04, 2014


Climate change is in the news a lot today. There seems to be little doubt that it’s getting warmer and that, should present trends continue, the warming trend will have “historical” consequences. Things are going to change. Ever thus. As? …

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Brett Scott, “The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money” (Pluto Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 19, 2014


Brett Scott is the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto Press, 2013). Scott is a journalist, urban deep ecologist, and Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab. While much of Scott’s book focuses…

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Paula A. Michaels, “Lamaze: An International History” (Oxford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, May 16, 2014


The twentieth-century West witnessed a revolution in childbirth. Before that time, most women gave birth at home and were attended by family members and midwives. The process was usually? terribly painful for the mother.? Beginning in the nineteenth century, however,…

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Elizabeth Kolbert, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” (Henry Holt, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Apr 19, 2014


The paleontologist Michael Benton describes a mass extinction event as a time when “vast swaths of the tree of life are cut short, as if by crazed, axe wielding madmen.” Elizabeth Kolbert‘s new book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural

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Stephen C. Neff’s Justice Among Nations: A History of International Law (Harvard UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Apr 13, 2014


Stephen C. Neff‘s? Justice Among Nations: A History of International Law? (Harvard UP, 2014)? is a book of breathtaking scope, telling the story of the development of international law from Ancient times to the present. It moves across many…

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Miriam Kingsberg, “Moral Nation: Modern Japan and Narcotics in Global History” (University of California Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Apr 08, 2014


Miriam Kingsberg‘s fascinating new book offers both a political and social history of modern Japan and a global history of narcotics in the modern world. Moral Nation: Modern Japan and Narcotics in Global History (University of California Press, 2013)…

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Sean D. Murphy et al., “Litigating War: Mass Civil Injury and the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission” (Oxford UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Apr 06, 2014


Professor Sean D. Murphy? is the Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law at George Washington University and co-author of the book Litigating War: Mass Civil Injury and the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission(Oxford University Press, 2013) with Won Kidane,…

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Odette Lienau, “Rethinking Sovereign Debt” (Harvard UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Mar 09, 2014


In 1927 Russian-American legal theorist Alexander Sack introduced the doctrine of “odious debt.” Sack argued that a state’s debt is “odious” and should not be transferable to successor governments after a revolution, if it was incurred without the consent of…

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John R. Gillis, “The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History” (University of Chicago Press, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Feb 26, 2014


Americans are moving to the ocean. Every year, more and more Americans move to–or are born in– the coasts and fewer and fewer remain in–or are born in–the interior. The United States began as a coastal nation; it’s become one…

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Emma Teng, “Eurasian: Mixed Identities in the United States, China, and Hong Kong, 1842-1943” (University of California Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Feb 23, 2014


Emma Teng‘s new book explores the discourses about Eurasian identity, and the lived experiences of Eurasian people, in China, Hong Kong, and the US between the signing of the Treaty of Nanjing in 1842 and the repeal of the…

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Aswin Punthamabekar, “From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry” (NYU Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Feb 19, 2014


Aswin Punthamabekar‘s From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry (New York University Press, 2013) offers a deeply researched and richly theorized look at the evolution of the world’s largest film industry over the past few…

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Constance DeVereaux and Martin Griffin, “Narrative, Identity, and the Map of Cultural Policy” (Ashgate, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Feb 14, 2014


Narrative, Identity, and the Map of Cultural Policy: Once Upon a Time in a Globalized World (Ashgate, 2013), a new book by Constance DeVereaux (Colorado State University) and Martin Griffin (University of Tennessee) sets out to challenge assumptions about policy…

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Jules Boykoff, “Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games” (Routledge, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Feb 07, 2014


The 22nd Winter Olympics are underway. It’s safe to say that the lead-up has not gone smoothly. Of course, there have been the obligatory cost overruns, crony contracts, displacement of locals, and environmental despoliation–all the problems we’ve seen with past…

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Samuel Moyn, “The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History” (Harvard UP, 2010)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jan 14, 2014


The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard University Press 2010) takes the reader on a sweeping journey through the history of international law from the ancient world to the present in search for an answer to the question: where…

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Philip Dwyer and Lyndall Ryan, “Theaters of Violence: Massacre, Mass Killing, and Atrocity through History” (Berghan Books, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Jan 12, 2014


We spend a lot of time arguing about the meaning and implications of words in the field of genocide studies. Buckets of ink have been spilled defining and debating words like genocide, intent, ‘in part,’ and crimes against humanity. Philip

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Michael J. Hathaway, “Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest China” (University of California Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Dec 28, 2013


Globalization is locally specific: global connectivity looks different from place to place. Given that, how are global connections made? And why do they happen so differently in different places? In? Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest China? (University of…

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Nathaniel Millett, “The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World” (UP of Florida, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Dec 20, 2013


This is a very timely book, coming as it does in the midst of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 — the war that gave birth to the maroon community of Prospect Bluff, Florida. In his book? The

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Melissa Aronczyk, “Branding the Nation: The Global Business of National Identity” (Oxford UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Dec 04, 2013


In Branding the Nation: The Global Business of National Identity, Melissa Aronczyk locates the rise of nation branding as a response to the perceived need to sculpt national identity in the face of a fiercely competitive global economy. In…

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Peter Westwick and Peter Neushul, “The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing” (Crown, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 02, 2013


The Atlantic magazine recently asked its readers to name the greatest athlete of all time. The usual suspects were present among the nominees: Jesse Owens, Pele, Wayne Gretzky, Don Bradman. Given that these were readers of The Atlantic, there were…

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Gabrielle Hecht, “Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade” (MIT Press, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Nov 10, 2013


We tend to understand the nuclear age as a historical break, a geopolitical and technological rupture. In? Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade(MIT Press, 2012), Gabrielle Hecht? transforms this understanding by arguing instead that nuclearity is a…

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Robyn Rodriguez, “Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World” (University of Minnesota Press, 2010)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Oct 30, 2013


While it has become typical to see Filipina/o migrants working in nursing or domestic work in the United States, many are surprised to see Filipina/os doing the same work in Hong Kong, Israel, and Dubai. Indeed, Filipina/o workers are ubiquitous…

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Eric Jennings, “Imperial Heights: Dalat and the Making and Undoing of French Indochina” (University of California Press, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 29, 2013


There is a city in the Southern hills of Vietnam where honeymooners travel each year to affirm their love at high altitude, breathing in the alpine air and soaking in the legacies of French colonialism. Developed by the French in…

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Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, “The Devil That Never Dies” (Little, Brown and Co., 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 22, 2013


There are 13 million Jews in the world today. There are also 13 million Senegalese, 13 million Zambians, 13 million Zimbabweans, and 13 million Chadians. These are tiny–a realist might say “insignificant”–nations. But here’s the funny–though that doesn’t seem like…

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Robert Gellately, “Stalin’s Curse: Battling for Communism in War and Cold War” (Knopf, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Oct 05, 2013


It takes two to tango, right? Indeed it does. But it’s also true that someone has got to ask someone else to dance before any tangoing is done. Beginning in the 1960s, the American intellectual elite argued–and seemed to really…

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Christopher Powell, “Barbaric Civilization: A Critical Sociology of Genocide” (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Sep 21, 2013


What exactly is genocide? Is there a fundamental difference between episodes of genocide and how we go about our daily life? Or can it be said that the roots of the modern world, or civilization itself, has the potential to…

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John K. Thornton, “A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820” (Cambridge UP, 2012).

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Sep 12, 2013


Thanks in no small part to John K. Thornton, professor of history at Boston University, the field of Atlantic history has emerged as one of the most exciting fields of historical research over the past quarter century. Thornton has…

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Christine Yano, “Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek across the Pacific” (Duke UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Aug 28, 2013


This cat has a complicated history. In addition to filling stationery stores across the globe with cute objects festooned with little whiskers and bowties, Hello Kitty has inspired tributes from Lisa Loeb and Lady Gaga, and artistic renderings from? Hello

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Josephy Nye, “Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era” (Princeton UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 19, 2013


Joseph Nye‘s latest book is Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era (Princeton University Press, 2013). Professor Nye is University Distinguished Professor and former dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also…

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Tony Collins, “Sport in Capitalist Society: A Short History” (Routledge, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Aug 13, 2013


Throughout the centuries, in cultures around the world, people have played games. But it has only been in the modern age, in the last 250 years or so, that people have competed in and watched sports. Modern sports are distinct…

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Chris Anderson and David Sally, “The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong” (Penguin, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Aug 01, 2013


Two guys are watching Premier League highlights, when onto the TV screen comes Rory Delap, then with Stoke City, doing one of his renowned throw-ins from the touchline directly into the box. One guy, a native of the American Midwest…

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Clive Hamilton, “Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering” (Yale UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jun 20, 2013


It’s getting warmer, there ain’t no doubt about it. What are we going to do? Most folks say we should cut back on bad things like carbon emissions. That would probably be a good idea. The trouble is we would…

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Prasannan Parthasarathi, “Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850” (Cambridge UP, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jun 07, 2013


It’s a classic historical question: Why the West and not the Rest? Answers abound. So is there anything new to say about it? According to Prasannan Parthasarathi, there certainly is. He doesn’t go so far as to say that…

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Martin A. Miller, “The Foundations of Modern Terrorism” (Cambridge UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, May 31, 2013


Terrorism seems like the kind of thing that has existed since the beginning of states some 5,000 years ago. Understood in one, narrow way–as what we call “insurgency”–it probably has. But modern terrorism is, well, modern as Martin A. Miller

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Christian Caryl, “Strange Rebels:1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century” (Basic, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 20, 2013


What do Margaret Thatcher, Ayatollah Khomeini, Deng Xiaoping, and Pope John Paul II have in common? At first thought, you wouldn’t think much. But according to Christian Caryl, they were all radicals who began to change the world in…

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James Q. Whitman, “The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War” (Harvard UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 29, 2013


James Whitman wants to revise our understanding of warfare during the eighteenth century, the period described by my late colleague and friend Russell Weigley as the “Age of Battles.” We commonly view warfare during this period as a remarkably restrained…

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Muzammil Hussain and Phillip Howard, “Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring” (Oxford UP 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Apr 26, 2013


Muzammil Hussain and Phillip Howard have authored Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring (Oxford University Press, 2013) which explores the role social media (Twitter, Facebook, and texting) have played in political activism in Tunisia, Egypt, and Lebanon.? …

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Azar Gat, “Nations: The Long History and Deep Roots of Political Ethnicity and Nationalism” (Cambridge UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Apr 09, 2013


When I went to college long ago, everyone had to read Marx and Engels’ Communist Manifesto (1848). I think I read it in half-a-dozen classes. Today Marx is out. Benedict Anderson, however, is in. You’d be hard-pressed to get a…

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Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, “American Umpire” (Harvard UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Mar 12, 2013


Is there an “American Empire?” A lot of people on the Left say “yes.” Actually, a lot of people on the Right say “yes” too. But Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman says “no.” In her stimulating new treatment of the history of…

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Arend Lijphart, “Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries” (Yale UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Mar 08, 2013


Arend Lijphart is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past president of the American Political Science Association. In this interview,…

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Eliga Gould, “Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire” (Harvard UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Dec 21, 2012


Many Americans tend to think of 1776 as the year when the United States began making history on its own terms. That is simply untrue. Building on recent scholarship that challenges this assumption is Eliga Gould‘s Among the Powers

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Keri E. Iyall Smith, “Sociology of Globalization: Cultures, Economies, and Politics” (Westview Press, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Nov 30, 2012


Globalization is one of those words we hear on an almost daily basis. The world today is interconnected in ways that would have been unimaginable even twenty years ago. It seems as if everyone knows what globalization is, but what…

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Rachel Kleinfeld and Drew Sloan, “Let There Be Light: Electrifying the Developing World With Markets and Distributed Energy” (Truman Institute, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 26, 2012


You wouldn’t know from the 2012 president race but the United States remains engaged in a fairly bloody conflict in Afghanistan. In addition to boots on the ground, we deploy scores of drones in Pakistan, Yemen and the Horn of…

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Christian Gerlach, “Extremely Violent Societies in the Twentieth Century” (Cambridge UP, 2010)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Oct 13, 2012


What if genocide scholars have been approaching the field the wrong way? When I first opened Extremely Violent Societies in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2010), I was immediately struck by the immense depth of research and learning. Christian

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Nicole Hassoun, “Globalization and Global Justice: Shrinking Distance, Expanding Obligations” (Cambridge UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 02, 2012


Citizens of well-developed liberal democracies enjoy an unprecedented standard of living, while a staggering number of people worldwide live in unbelievable poverty. It seems obvious that the well-off have moral obligations to those who are impoverished. But there’s a question…

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Clifford Bob, “The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics” (Cambridge UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Aug 15, 2012


Clifford Bob is the author of the new book The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics (Cambridge University Press 2012). Bob is an associate professor of political science at Duquesne University. This new book draws on the…

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Minkah Makalani, “In the Cause of Freedom: Radical Black Internationalism from Harlem to London, 1917-1939” (UNC Press, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Aug 15, 2012


Minkah Makalani is the author of a new intellectual history on the efforts of early twentieth century black radicals to organize an international movement, one that would address both racial and class oppression around the globe. The book is called…

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The NBS Summer Seminar: Understanding the Olympic Games

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jul 26, 2012


The 2012 London Olympics are here.?  To mark the event, New Books in Sports offers another of its occasional seminar episodes.?  And as with any great seminar, you’ll be eager to tell people what you’ve learned. ? Our slate of Olympic…

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Timothy Grainey, “Beyond ‘Bend It Like Beckham’: The Global Phenomenon of Women’s Soccer” (University of Nebraska Press, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jun 22, 2012


Two days before this year’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich, the top two women’s clubs in Europe played on the same pitch, at Munich’s Olympic Stadium, in the final match of the Women’s Champions League. In a…

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Jessica Teisch, “Engineering Nature: Water Development and the Global Spread of American Environmental Expertise” (UNC Press, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jun 15, 2012


Jessica Teisch‘s new book Engineering Nature: Water Development and the Global Spread of American Environmental Expertise (University of North Carolina Press, 2011) examines the ways that Californian engineers attempted to reshape their world in the late 19th century. Engineered…

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John Fox, “The Ball: Discovering the Object of the Game” (HarperCollins, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jun 07, 2012


There are a lot of balls in my house. Baseballs, soccer balls, tennis balls, footballs, basketballs, volleyballs. We have Wiffle balls, Nerf balls, and Super Balls. My children and I occasionally use the balls for their intended purposes. We play…

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Phil Zuckerman, “Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment” (New York University Press, 2010)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, May 23, 2012


It is not uncommon for many Americans to believe that morality and order comes from God and religion. A society without these elements would consequently be immoral and chaotic. When Phil Zuckerman traveled to Scandinavia, however, where he would spend…

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Marshall Poe, “A History of Communications: Media and Society from the Evolution of Speech to the Internet” (Cambridge UP, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 26, 2012


It is not every historian who would offer readers an attempt to explain human nature. In A History of Communications: Media and Society from the Evolution of Speech to the Internet (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Marshall Poe does just that.…

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Peter Millward, “The Global Football League: Transnational Networks, Social Movements and Sport in the New Media Age” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 20, 2012


It’s the English Premier League’s birthday! On this day twenty years ago, all twenty-two clubs of the First Division resigned from the 104-year-old Football League and declared their plans to create a new, breakaway league.A lucrative television deal with Sky…

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Niamh Reilly, “Women’s Human Rights: Seeking Gender Justice in a Globalizing Age”? (Polity Press, 2009)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Dec 20, 2011


Today, you can open your newspaper and find stories about mass rape in the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, death sentences for adulterous women in Iran, or Central American women smuggled into the US for the purposes of…

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Andrei Markovits, “Gaming the World: How Sports Are Shaping Global Politics and Culture” (Princeton UP, 2010)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Nov 22, 2011


“We live in the age of globalization, with the interconnection of markets, technology, and cultures making the world a smaller place.” Sure.Tell that to the guys on my local sports radio show. For them, the world is bounded by the…

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Dave Zirin, “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World” (Haymarket Books, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 04, 2011


There are beautiful sports photos, and dramatic sports photos. There are sports photos that are funny, and others that are poignant. There are photos that capture athletic brilliance, and tenacity, and passion. But there are few images from the modern…

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Robert Thurston, “Lynching: American Mob Murder in Global Perspective” (Ashgate, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Aug 05, 2011


It takes a brave historian to take on the orthodoxy regarding the rise and fall of lynching in the United States. That orthodoxy holds that lynching in the South was a ‘system of social control’ in which whites used organized…

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Anthony Penna, “The Human Footprint: A Global Environmental History” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jul 18, 2011


One of the most disturbing insights made by practitioners of “Big History” is that the distinction between geologic time and human time has collapsed in our era. The forces that drove geologic time–plate tectonics, the orientation of the Earth’s axis…

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Ricardo Duchesne, “The Uniqueness of Western Civilization” (Brill, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, May 13, 2011


One of the standard assumptions of modern Western social science (history included) is that material conditions drive historical development. All of the “Great Transitions” in world history–the origins of agriculture, the birth of cities, the rise of high culture, the…

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Francis Fukuyama, “The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution” (FSG, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, May 03, 2011


When I was an undergraduate, I fell in love with Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws. In the book Montesquieu reduces a set of disparate, seemingly unconnected facts arrayed over centuries and continents into a single, coherent theory of remarkable…

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Dan Drezner, “Theories of International Politics and Zombies” (Princeton UP, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Apr 03, 2011


International theorists like to game out every possible scenario. What would happen if you applied their methodology to dealing with the fictional public policy challenge of a zombie infestation? In Dan Drezner’s Theories of International Politics and Zombies (Princeton UP,…

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David Day, “Conquest: How Societies Overwhelm Others” (Oxford UP, 2008)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Mar 15, 2011


People will often say that “this land”–wherever this land happens to be–is theirs because their ancestors “have always lived there.” But you can be pretty sure that’s not true. It’s probably the case that somebody else’s ancestors once lived on…

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Joyce Appleby, “The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism” (Norton, 2010)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Feb 04, 2011


Today everybody wants to be a capitalist, even Chinese communists. It would be easy to think, then, that capitalism is “natural,” that there is a little profit-seeker in each one of us just waiting to pop out. There is some…

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Fred Spier, “Big History and the Future of Humanity” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Oct 01, 2010


My son Isaiah likes to play the “why” game. Isaiah: “Why is my ice cream gone?” Me: “Because you ate it.” Isaiah: “Why did I eat it?” Me: “Because you need food.” Isaiah: “Why do I need food?” And so…

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Azar Gat, “War in Human Civilization” (Oxford UP, 2006)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jul 15, 2010


Historians don’t generally like the idea of “human nature.” We tend to believe that people are intrinsically malleable, that they have no innate “drives,” “instincts,” or “motivations.” The reason we hew to the “blank slate” notion perhaps has to do…

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P. Bingham and J. Souza, “Death From a Distance and the Birth of a Humane Universe” (BookSurge, 2009)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Apr 30, 2010


Long ago, historians more or less gave up on “theories of history.” They determined that human nature was too unpredictable, cultures too various, and developmental patterns too evanescent for any really scientific theory of history to be possible. Human history,…

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Patrick Manning, “The African Diaspora: A History Through Culture” (Columbia UP, 2010)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Apr 09, 2010


Africans were the first migrants because they were the first people. Some 60,000 years ago they left their homeland and in a relatively short period of time (by geological and evolutionary standards) moved to nearly every habitable place on the…

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Ben Kiernan, “Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur” (Yale UP, 2007)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Feb 12, 2010


Chimps, our closest relatives, kill each other. But chimps do not engage in anything close to mass slaughter of their own kind. Why is this? There are two possible explanations for the difference. The first is this: chimps are not…

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Jared Diamond and James A. Robinson, “Natural Experiments of History” (Harvard UP, 2010)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jan 20, 2010


I remember telling my wife, the mathematician, that historians typically work on one time and place their entire careers. If you begin, say, as a historian of Russia in the 1600s (as I did), you are likely to end as…

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Julian E. Zelizer, “Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security From WWII to the War on Terrorism” (Basic Books, 2010)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jan 14, 2010


Historians are by their nature public intellectuals because they are intellectuals who write about, well, the public. Alas, many historians seem to forget the “public” part and concentrate on the “intellectual” part. Our guest today–sponsored by the National History Center

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Toby Lester, “The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America its Name” (Free Press, 2009)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jan 07, 2010


Why the heck is “America” called “America” and not, say, “Columbia?” You’ll find the answer to that question and many more in Toby Lester‘s fascinating and terrifically readable new book The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to

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Jack Greene and Philip Morgan, “Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal” (Oxford UP, 2008)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Oct 02, 2009


This is the first in a series of podcasts that New Books in History is offering in conjunction with the National History Center. The NHC and Oxford University Press have initiated a book series called “Reinterpreting History.”The volumes in…

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Lawrence Wittner, “Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement” (Stanford UP, 2009)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Sep 11, 2009


In 1983, when I was in college, I participated in something called a “Die-In.” A group of us set up crosses on the commons and threw ourselves on the ground as if we were dead. The idea, such as it…

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Adrian Goldsworthy, “How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower” (Yale UP, 2009)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, May 01, 2009


It’s the classic historical question: Why did the Roman Empire fall? There are doubtless lots of reasons. One historian has noted 210 of them. No wonder Gibbon said that we should stop “inquiring why the Roman Empire was destroyed,”…

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Godfrey Hodgson, “The Myth of American Exceptionalism” (Yale UP, 2009)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Apr 23, 2009


How different is the United States from other nations? American leaders and common folk have often said it’s very different. The Founding Fathers said it, Abraham Lincoln said it, Woodrow Wilson said it, Franklin Roosevelt said it, Bill Clinton said…

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Gregory Cochran, “The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution” (Basic, 2009)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Mar 06, 2009


First, the conventional wisdom. Because Homo sapiens are a young species and haven’t had time to genetically differentiate, we modern humans are all basically genetically identical. Because Homo sapiens figured out ways to use culture to overcome natural selection, human…

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Carl Bon Tempo, “Americans at the Gates: The United States and Refugees during the Cold War” (Princeton UP, 2008)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Feb 12, 2009


My Midwestern high school was pretty typical. There were freaks, geeks, jocks, drama-types. Some were white. And some were black. All were recognizably “American.” The only unusual thing about Wichita Southeast was the presence of a reasonably large number of…

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Ian McNeely, “Reinventing Knowledge: From Alexandria to the Internet” (Norton, 2008)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Aug 22, 2008


We don’t think much about institutions. They just seem to “be there.” But they have a history, as Ian McNeely and Lisa Wolverton show in their important new book Reinventing Knowledge. From Alexandria to the Internet (W.W. Norton, 2008). The…

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Walter Moss, “An Age of Progress? Clashing Twentieth Century Global Forces” (Anthem Press, 2008)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jun 20, 2008


Today I’m very pleased to have Professor Walter Moss of Eastern Michigan University on the program. Walt and I have known each others for years, and I’ve long admired him. Walt is best known for his many works on Russian

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Robert Gellately, “Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe” (Knopf, 2007)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Apr 18, 2008


Today we’re pleased to feature an interview with Robert Gellately of Florida State University. Professor Gellately is a distinguished and widely read historian of Germany, with a particular focus on the Nazi period. He’s the author of a number of…

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