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Ting Zhang | 法律与书商：商业出版与清代法律知识的传播
Ting Zhang's recent book Circulating the Code: Print Media and Legal Knowledge in Qing China (University of Washington Press, 2020) has been published May 2022 in Chinese.
Paul S. Landau | Spear: Mandela and the Revolutionaries
Paul S. Landau's new book, Spear: Mandela and the Revolutionaries has been published in the US by Ohio University Press. Reviewers have hailed the book as a "tour de force" which sheds much new light on the relationship between South African rebels against apartheid and violence. One reviewer wrote on the publisher's website: "Spear: Mandela and the Revolutionaries is one of the most important books on South Africa to appear in more than a generation. A masterpiece of analysis and careful historical reconstruction, Landau revisits a crucial moment in the country’s modern history, when a group of activists turned revolutionaries led by Nelson Mandela pursued the overthrow of the racist apartheid state."
See the publisher's website here.
Julie Taddeo | Diagnosing History: Medicine in Television Period Drama
Julie Taddeo has published an edited collection with Manchester University Press, Diagnosing History: Medicine in Television Period Drama.
Featuring original chapters on period television from the UK, the US, Spain, and Australia, Diagnosing History offers a global and multidisciplinary contribution to both televisual and medical history. Julie's chapter uses neo-Victorian dramas to examine the relationship between psychiatry, gynecological surgery, gender and class in 19th century Britain. Details for the new book are on the publisher's website here.
Julie Taddeo | Rape in Period Drama Television
Julie Taddeo's new book has now been published by Rowman and Littlefield. Co-authored with Dr. Katherine Byrne (Ulster University, UK), this book examines international period drama television and how rape functions as a kind of “anti-heritage” device that dispels the nostalgia usually associated with period television and reflects back on the current cultural moment, in which the #MeToo and #Timesup movements have increased awareness of the prevalence of sexual abuse, but in which legal and political processes have not yet caught up. In doing so, Rape in Period Drama Television sets out to explore the assumptions and beliefs which audiences continue to hold about rape, rapists, and victims.
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Jeffrey Herf | Israel's Moment
Jeffrey Herf's new book, Israel's Moment: International Support for and Opposition to Establishing the Jewish State, 1945 - 1949 is forthcoming from the Cambridge University Press in April 2022. According to the Cambridge University Press website: " Jeffrey Herf exposes the political realities that underpinned support for and opposition to Zionist aspirations in Palestine. In an unprecedented international account, he explores the role of the United States, the Arab States, the Palestine Arabs, the Zionists, and key European governments from Britain and France to the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Poland. His findings reveal a spectrum of support and opposition that stood in sharp contrast to the political coordinates that emerged during the Cold War, shedding new light on how and why the state of Israel was established in 1948 and challenging conventional associations of left and right, imperialism and anti-imperialism, and racism and anti-racism.
Pre-order the book here.
David Sicilia | Strands of Modernization
David Sicilia has published a new book, Strands of Modernization: The Circulation of Technology and Business Practices in East Asia, 1850 - 1920 with the University of Toronto Press, a leading academic publisher of books on East Asian history. The book is co-edited with David G. Wittner. According to the publisher's website, "The core ambition driving Strands of Modernization is to illuminate processes of adaption, versus adoption, that occur when technology and business practices cross sociocultural boundaries."
In addition to co-editing the book, Sicilia is co-author of the introduction and author of a chapter on the role of multinational corporations in technology transfer. Order the book here.
Piotr Kosicki | Political Exile in the Global Twentieth Century
Piotr Kosicki's new book Political Exile in the Global Twentieth Century: Catholic Christian Democrats in Europe and the Americas has been published in mid-March by the Cornell University Press. Kosicki co-edited this book with Wolfram Kaiser from the University of Portsmouth.
According to the publisher's website, "This book focuses on the political exile of Catholic Christian Democrats during the global twentieth century, from the end of the First World War to the end of the Cold War. Transcending the common national approach, the present volume puts transnational perspectives at center stage and in doing so aspires to be a genuinely global and longitudinal study." Pre-order the book here!