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M. Alper YalcinkayaLearned Patriots: Debating Science, State, and Society in the 19th-Century Ottoman Empire

June 15, 2015

What were Ottomans talking about when they talked about science? In posing and answering that question (spoiler: they were talking about people), M. Alper Yalcinkaya's new book Learned Patriots: Debating Science, State, and Society in the 19th-Century Ottoman Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2015) introduces the history of science as discussed and debated by nineteenth-century Turkish-speaking Muslim […]

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Geraldo L. CadavaStanding on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland

June 14, 2015

Due in large part to sensationalist representations in contemporary media and politics, the U.S.-Mexico border is popularly understood as a space of illegal activity defined by threats of foreign intrusion including: undocumented migration, drug trafficking, and national security risks. Viewed through the late-20th and early-21st century prisms of drug wars, immigration restriction, terrorism, surveillance, and resurgent American […]

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Sally McMillenLucy Stone: An Unapologetic Life

June 14, 2015

Sally G. McMillen is the Mary Reynolds Babcock professor of history at Davidson College. In her book Lucy Stone: An Unapologetic Life (Oxford University Press, 2015) McMillen has given us a rich biography of the life and times of the abolitionist and women's rights advocate Lucy Stone. Born in 1818 into a farming community in […]

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Jenifer Van VleckEmpire of the Air: Aviation and the American Ascendancy

June 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 Van Vleck tells us how the airline industry helped solve various political and logistical challenges for the […]

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David R. StoneThe Russian Army in the Great War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917

June 12, 2015

Readers wanting to learn more about the Great War on the Eastern Front can do no better than David R. Stone's new work, The Russian Army in the Great War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917 (University Press of Kansas, 2015). The last work to treat this comprehensively was Norman Stone's (no relation), The Eastern Front, 1914-1917, […]

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Simon A. Wood and David Harrington Watt, ed.sFundamentalism: Perspectives on a Contested History

June 8, 2015

In the past few decades, radical fundamentalists have become a major force in the global world. Or at least that what we often here in media outlets or from politicians and religious figures. But what exactly does 'fundamentalism' mean? Does this category point to something specific and exclude phenomena that falls outside the intended use […]

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Sophia Z. LeeThe Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right

June 3, 2015

Americans believe they have a number of workplace protections under the law, which are common in other democracies: free speech and privacy rights, defense against arbitrary dismissal, etc. They are wrong. And in her fascinating new book The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right (Cambridge University Press, 2014), the legal historian Sophia Z. Lee wants […]

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Brett SheehanIndustrial Eden: A Chinese Capitalist Vision

June 2, 2015

Brett Sheehan's new book traces the interwoven histories of capitalism and the Song family under a series of five authoritarian governments in North China. Based on a wide range of sources a range of sources including family papers, missionary archives, corporate records, government documents, newspapers, oral histories, novels, and interviews, Industrial Eden: A Chinese Capitalist Vision […]

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Nicholas R. ParrilloAgainst the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940

June 2, 2015

In this podcast I discuss Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940  (Yale University Press, 2013) with author Nicholas R. Parrillo, professor of law at Yale University. Parrillo's book was winner of the 2014 Law and Society Association James Willard Hurst Book Prize and the 2014 Annual Scholarship Award from the American Bar Association's Section […]

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Kevin M. SchultzBuckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship that Shaped the Sixties

June 2, 2015

In Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship that Shaped the Sixties (W.W. Norton, 2015), Kevin M. Schultz has given us a lively and colorful narrative history that captures the character of two complex men and the times in which they lived. Juxtaposing a conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and the radical Norman Mailer against a […]

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