Faculty Books

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

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Set in Stone: America's Embrace of the Ten Commandments

Jenna Weissman Joselit, Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and professor of history, situates the Ten Commandments within the fabric of American history and...

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Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry during the Cold War

Winning the Third World examines afresh the intense and enduring rivalry between the United States and China during the Cold War. Gregg A. Brazinsky shows...

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Leading Change: George Washington and Establishing the Presidency

Denver Brunsman, associate professor of history, details the creation of the executive office by our country’s most influential political leader, George Washington....

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City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York

Tyler Anbinder, professor of history, chronicles the American immigrant story by focusing on New York City as the nation’s defining port of entry for nearly four...

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Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America

David J. Silverman, professor of history, examines the adoption of firearms by American Indians between the 17th and 19th centuries as a turning point in the history...

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Decolonization: A Very Short Introduction

Dane Kennedy explores the historical process of “Decolonization” — the transition from a world of colonial empires to a world of nation-states.

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National Geographic The Greeks: An Illustrated History

Diane Harris Cline authored this lavishly illustrated reference guide on the culture that brought us democracy, the Olympics, Socrates and Alexander the Great.

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How Empire Shaped Us

Dane Kennedy edited this collection of essays from leading historians that addresses why Britain's imperial past continues to generate such intense interest.

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Before Anarchy: Hobbes and his Critics in Modern International Thought

Theo Christov examines how the “Hobbesian state of nature” and the “discourse of anarchy” came to be seen as virtually synonymous.

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The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Choson Korea

Jisoo Kim reveals a surprisingly complex picture of the Choson state (1392-1910).