Faculty Books

View a selection of recently published books by Department of History faculty.

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Chained to History: Slavery and US Foreign Relations to 1865

In Chained to History, Steven J. Brady places slavery at the center of the story of America's place in the world in the years prior to the calamitous Civil War. Beginning with the immediate...

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Land of Strangers: The Civilizing Project in Qing Central Asia

 Land of Strangers is a moving account of late Qing efforts to assimilate the “Musulmans,” or Uyghurs, in China’s newly established Xinjiang province. Shifting deftly between theoretical analysis...

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Reproduction Reconceived: Family Making and the Limits of Choice after Roe v. Wade

In this new and timely history, Assistant Professor of History Sarah Matthiesen shows how the effects of incarceration, for-profit...

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Ruling the Savage Periphery: Frontier Governance and the Making of the Modern State

Associate Professor of History Benjamin Hopkins makes a provocative case that “failed states” along the periphery of today’s international system are the intended...

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After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present

Drawing on an extensive range of archival sources and interviews, Professor of History and International Affairs Hope Harrison's book profiles key memory activists who...

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Ghetto: The History of a Word

Professor of History Daniel Schwartz tracks the evolution of the word 'Ghetto' and offers a fascinating account of the changing nuances of this slippery term, from...

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African Americans and Africa: A New History

Nemata Blyden, professor of history and international affairs, presents an introduction to the relationship between African Americans and Africa.

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Spinoza's Challenge to Jewish Thought: Writings on His Life, Philosophy, and Legacy

Daniel Schwartz, associate professor of history, examines the Jewish response to Baruch (Benedict) Spinoza, the controversial 17th-century philosopher.

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Partitions: A Transnational History of Twentieth-Century Territorial Separatism

Arie M. Dubnov, associate professor of history, and Max Ticktin, chair of Israel studies, co-edited this first collective history of the concept of partition.

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Said the Prophet of God: Hadith Commentary Across a Millennium

Joel Blecher, assistant professor of history, breaks open a brand new field in Islamic studies: how hadith (Muhammad’s sayings and practices) were debated and...