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Grasslands Grown by Molly P. Rozum "A subtle, sensitive, and sophisticated transnational history of settler place-making that transforms our understanding of the Great Plains. Grasslands Grown’s exceptional exploration of environment and experience will interest readers everywhere. This brilliant book is a must-read."—Michael J. Lansing, author of Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics
French St. Louis edited by Jay Gitlin, Robert Michael Morrissey, and Peter J. Kastor. The essays in this collection contextualize St. Louis, exploring French-Native relations, the agency of empire in the Illinois Country, the role of women in “mapping” the French colonial world, fashion and identity, and commodities and exchange in St. Louis as part of a broader politics of consumption in colonial America.
Sanctified Sex by Noam Sachs Zion. In Sanctified Sex, Noam Sachs Zion guides us chronologically and steadily through the fraught terrain of two thousand years of rabbinic debates addressing competing aspirations for loving intimacy, passionate sexual union, and sanctity in marriage. Invited to this conversation, we encounter innovative Jewish teachings on marital intimacy, ardent lovemaking techniques, and the art of couple communication vital for matrimonial success.
¡Vamos a avanzar! by Robert Niebuhr. Niebuhr offers a fresh contribution to scholarship on 20th century Bolivia, showing the importance of the turbulent populist politics of the period after 1899 and the significance of the Chaco War as the most influential revolutionary event in modern Bolivian history.
Mexican Americans with Moxie by Frank P Barajas "In this heartfelt study set in Southern California’s Ventura County and particularly his hometown of Oxnard, Barajas invites readers to broaden their understanding of the Chicano movement by revealing how its spirit, élan, and, yes, moxie crossed generational lines, built broad political coalitions, and appealed to immigrants and citizens alike."—Lorena Oropeza author of The King of Adobe: Reies López Tijerina, Lost Prophet of the Chicano Movement
On the Sidelines by Guy Harrison "The degree in which female sportscasters still face unwarranted barriers to inclusion and ascension within the industry can only be explicated by understanding how much masculinity is baked into the proverbial cake of sports media. Guy Harrison (and the ten women sportscasters interviewed for this book) reveal these factors superbly."—Andrew Billings, coauthor of Media and the Coming Out of Gay Male Athletes in American Team Sports
Early Modern Trauma edited by Erin Peters and Cynthia Richards "This collection provides a breathtaking synthesis of over two decades of important work on trauma, literature, and history. It is a collection that offers a new way forward as much as it offers a clear look backward at the key texts and applications that have shaped and will continue to shape trauma studies for years to come."—Thomas P. Anderson, author of Performing Early Modern Trauma from Shakespeare to Milton
Not a Big Deal by Paul Ardoin. Not a Big Deal asks how texts might work to unsettle readers at a moment when unwelcome information is rejected as fake news or rebutted with alternative facts. This study draws from philosophy, social neuroscience, critical theory, and numerous other disciplines to read texts ranging from short stories to graphic novels, films, and fiction broadcasted and podcasted—all of which enact curious strategies of disruption while insisting that they do no such thing.
California and Hawai'i Bound by Henry Knight Lozano. Beginning in the era of Manifest Destiny, US settlers, writers, politicians, and boosters worked to bind California and Hawai‘i together in the American imagination, emphasizing white settlement and capitalist enterprise. In California and Hawai‘i Bound Henry Knight Lozano reveals the fraught constructions of an Americanized Pacific West from the 1840s to the 1950s.
Writing Anthropologists, Sounding Primitives by A. Elisabeth Reichel. A. Elisabeth Reichel presents the first sustained study of the published and unpublished poetry of Edward Sapir, Margaret Mead, and Ruth Benedict; charting this largely unexplored body of work and relevant selections of the writers’ scholarship, contributing to current debates about the relations between different media, sign systems, and modes of sense perception in literature and other media.
Leveraging an Empire by Jacki Hedlund Tyler. Through an evaluation of Oregon’s exclusionary laws, Leveraging an Empire examines the process of settler colonialism in the evolving region of the Pacific Northwest between the years 1841 and 1859. Oregon laws, through nuanced emphases and new articulations, related to national issues of slavery, immigration, land ownership, education, suffrage, and naturalization.
Cather Studies, Vol. 13 Willa Cather's Pittsburgh edited by Timothy W. Bintrim, James A. Jaap, and Kimberly Vanderlaan. Cather Studies, Volume 13 explores the myriad ways that Willa Cather's ten crucial years in Pittsburgh shaped her writing career and the artistic, professional, and personal connections she made there.
The Greater Plains edited by Brian Frehner and Kathleen A. Brosnan "This compendium offers readers cutting-edge research about the Great Plains in a transnational context. Through various categories of analysis, each essay makes substantial contributions to the sociocultural, environmental, agricultural, political, and technological histories of the region."—David D. Vail, author of Chemical Lands: Pesticides, Aerial Spraying, and Health in North America’s Grasslands since 1945
Empire of Terror by Mark D. Silinsky "Mark Silinsky has the knowledge and the imagination to place the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a key Iranian institution, in the context of other totalitarian regimes, specifically the Soviet and Nazi regimes. The result—ever so timely in the aftermath of the Qasem Soleimani execution—is a compelling guide."—Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum and publisher of Middle East Quarterly
The Aimless Life by Leonard Worcester Jr. Worcester’s memoir, one of the few written by an American living in the Mexican borderlands during this important historical era, provides a snapshot of the capitalist development of the American West and borderlands regions in the second half of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century.
Pseudo-Memoirs by Rochelle Tobias. Pseudo-Memoirs redefines the notion of fiction itself, a form that has all too often been understood in terms of its capacity to produce a seeming reality. Rochelle Tobias argues that the verisimilitude of the novel derives not from its object but from the subjectivity at its base. What generates the plausibility of fiction is not the referentiality of its depictions but the intentionality of consciousness.
Black Montana by Anthony W. Wood. "Anthony Wood’s sophisticated use of settler-colonial theories provides a powerful analysis of racial formation, exclusion, and elimination. A work of cutting-edge scholarship, Black Montana is essential reading for those seeking a deeper understanding of the structures of race in the American West."—Jeffrey Ostler, author of Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas
Power and Complacency by Phillip T. Lohaus. From Rome to Britain, complacency has contributed to the downfall of many empires. Yet the slow bleed of American power may still be stanched by an approach to military competition that emphasizes subtlety, diffusion, and ubiquity. America has developed and used these tools in the past—its very survival may hinge on returning to them.
Maestro by James O. Gump. Wine insiders called André Tchelistcheff the “winemaker’s winemaker,” the “wine doctor,” and simply “maestro.” After Prohibition brought Napa Valley and its wine industry to the brink of catastrophe, Tchelistcheff (1901–94) proved essential in its revitalization. This inspiring account of Tchelistcheff’s life includes interviews with friends, family, and mentees, which reveal how one man used his passion and knowledge to help save a community on the edge of disaster.
The Melancholy Void by Felipe Valencia "This is a terrific piece of scholarship that delves into the period of one of Spain’s most important authors, Luis de Góngora. Felipe Valencia offers a fascinating genealogy of the lyric tradition, grounding it in a dazzling array of deep readings of primary texts, together with an insightful application of theoretical and critical secondary material."—Mary B. Quinn, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico
Indian Soldiers in World War I by Andrew T. Jarboe "Indian Soldiers in World War I portrays, for the first time, a nuanced picture of what it was like for Indian soldiers during World War I... Andrew Jarboe brings out both the globality and interconnectedness of the soldiers’ experience during the war." —Alan Jeffreys, senior curator of the Imperial War Museum and author of Approach to Battle: Training the Indian Army during the Second World War
Hostages of Empire by Sarah Ann Frank "Hostages of Empire opens a fascinating window to the experiences of French colonial prisoners in World War II. Frank positions colonial captivity in a wider context and sensitively examines the interplay between racism and political pragmatism."—Ruth Ginio, author of The French Army and Its African Soldiers: The Years of Decolonization
Asphalt by Kenneth O'Reilly "Full of forceful characters from Nebuchadnezzar to the Koch brothers and ranging from the Dead Sea’s asphalt seeps to Alberta’s oil sands, this carefully researched book tells the story of one of the key substances shaping our world."—J. R. McNeill, past president of the American Historical Association
The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere by Paulette F. C. Steeves. In this first book on Paleolithic archaeology of the Americas written from an Indigenous perspective, The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere includes Indigenous oral traditions, archaeological evidence, and a critical and decolonizing discussion of the development of archaeology in the Americas.
Ours ot Explore by Pippa Biddle. In a 2014 essay that went viral, Pippa Biddle revealed the inequities and absurdities baked into voluntourism—the pairing of short-term, unskilled volunteer work with tourism. In the years since, Biddle has devoted herself to understanding the origins, intentions, and outcomes of a multibillion-dollar industry built on the premise of doing good, and she tracks that investigation in Ours to Explore.