Author Archives: Middle Ground Journal

Review of In a Sea of Empires: Networks and Crossings in the Revolutionary Caribbean by Jeppe Mulich

In a Sea of Empires: Networks and Crossings in the Revolutionary Caribbean. Jeppe Mulich. Cambridge University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9781108489720. Reviewed by Christopher Marshall, University of Wisconsin-Stout Edited by Jeanne E. Grant and Sarah Pesola (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions by Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions. Jeffrey D. Sachs. Columbia University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780231193740. Reviewed by J. Justin Castro, Arkansas State University Edited by Birgit Schneider © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of The Global Bourgeoisie: The Rise of the Middle Class in the Age of Empire by Christof Dejung, David Motadel, and Jürgen Osterhammel, eds.

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The Global Bourgeoisie: The Rise of the Middle Class in the Age of Empire. Christof Dejung, David Motadel, and Jürgen Osterhammel, eds. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780691195834. Reviewed by Steven Ivings, Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University Edited by Justin Quinn Olmstead and Sarah Pesola © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See

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Review of Asian Place, Filipino Nation: A Global Intellectual History of the Philippine Revolution, 1887-1912 by Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz

Asian Place, Filipino Nation: A Global Intellectual History of the Philippine Revolution, 1887-1912. Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz. Columbia University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780231192156. Reviewed by Tristan Miguel Osteria, University of Santo Tomas Edited by Birgit Schneider © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Russia’s Entangled Embrace: The Tsarist Empire and the Armenians, 1801-1914 by Stephen Badalyan Riegg

Russia’s Entangled Embrace: The Tsarist Empire and the Armenians, 1801-1914. Stephen Badalyan Riegg. Cornell University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9781501750113. Reviewed by Krista Sigler, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College Edited by Birgit Schneider © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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On Teaching Column: Ku Klux Klan Documents in Noblesville, Indiana: Race, History, and Archives

“Ku Klux Klan Documents in Noblesville, Indiana: Race, History, and Archives” By Sumiko Otsubo, Ph.D., Metropolitan State University Abstract: Discussions of an unusually intriguing case about access to archival documents brought together historians, archivists, history undergraduates, and interested parties. This essay informs readers that despite the continuing resistance in favor of withholding the identities of Klan members, the restriction was

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Call for Submissions: “Teaching the World: An Invitation to K-12 Educators” 2021-2022

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Click to download pdf of Call for Submissions, perhaps to share with others. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: “Teaching the World: An Invitation to K-12 Educators” For any future issue of the The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies invites proposals and submissions from K-12 teachers who want to share their ideas for

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Review of Teaching World History Thematically: Essential Questions and Document-Based Lessons to Connect Past and Present by Rosalie Metro

Teaching World History Thematically: Essential Questions and Document-Based Lessons to Connect Past and Present.Rosalie Metro. New York: Teachers College Press, 2020. ISBN 9780807764466. Reviewed by Stephen Jackson, University of Sioux Falls Edited by Birgit Schneider and Sarah Pesola (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of State Formation in the Liberal Era: Capitalisms and claims of Citizenship in Mexico and Peru Edited by Ben Fallaw and David Nugent

State Formation in the Liberal Era: Capitalisms and claims of Citizenship in Mexico and Peru. Edited by Ben Fallaw and David Nugent. University of Arizona Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780816540389. Reviewed by Andrea K. Moerer, Saint Paul Academy and Metropolitan State University Andrea K. Moerer holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota with focus on twentieth-century environmental and

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Review of A Slave Between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa by M’Hamed Oualdi

A Slave Between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa. M’hamed Oualdi. Columbia University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780231191869. Reviewed by Jennifer M. Morris, Ph.D., Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati, Ohio Edited by Jeanne E. Grant and Sarah Pesola (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of On the Sultan’s Service: Halid Ziya Usakligil’s Memoir of the Ottoman Palace, 1909-1912 by Douglas Scott Brookes

On the Sultan’s Service: Halid Ziya Usakligil’s Memoir of the Ottoman Palace, 1909-1912. Translated and Edited by Douglas Scott Brookes. University of Indiana Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780253045515. Reviewed by James N. Tallon, Lewis University Edited by Julie Tanaka and Sarah Pesola (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational

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Review of People’s Wars in China, Malaya, and Vietnam by Mark Opper

People’s Wars in China, Malaya, and Vietnam. Mark Opper. University of Michigan Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780472131846. Reviewed by David Fitzgerald, University College Cork, Ireland Edited by Julie K. Tanaka and Sarah Pesola (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of In Camps: Vietnamese Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Repatriates by Jana K. Lipman

In Camps: Vietnamese Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Repatriates. Jana K. Lipman. University of California Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780226665788. Reviewed by Peter Gatrell, University of Manchester Edited by Birgit Schneider and Sarah Pesola (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Partitioning Palestine: British Policymaking at the End of Empire by Penny Sinanoglou

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Partitioning Palestine: British Policymaking at the End of Empire. Penny Sinanoglou. University of Chicago Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780226665788. Reviewed by Frank Zator, M.A., University of Chicago Edited by Birgit Schneider (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires and the Conflict that Made the Modern World by Andrew Lambert

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Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires and the Conflict that Made the Modern World. Andrew Lambert. Yale University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780300251487. Reviewed by Francisco M. Ortiz Delgado, Ph.D., Autonomous Metropolitan University, Mexico Edited by Justin Quinn Olmstead and Jeanne Grant (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access

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Review of Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion by Grace H. Hong

Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion. Grace H. Hong. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2019. ISBN 9781469653365. Reviewed by Lei Zhang, Department of American Studies, University of Minnesota Edited by Jeanne Grant (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit

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Review of Learning to Die in London, 1380-1540 by Amy Appleford

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Learning to Die in London, 1380-1540. Amy Appleford. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. ISBN 9780812246698. Reviewed by Katherine Pierpont, Ph.D. candidate, University of Minnesota Edited by Jeanne Grant and Justin Quinn Olmstead (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World by Matt Alt

Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World. Matt Alt. New York: Crown, 2020. ISBN: 9781984826695. Reviewed by Rustin B. Gates, Bradley University Edited by Jeanne Grant (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Beneath the Backbone of the World: Blackfoot People and the North American Borderlands, 1720-1877 by Ryan Hall

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Beneath the Backbone of the World: Blackfoot People and the North American Borderlands, 1720-1877. Ryan Hall. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020. ISBN: 9781469655154. Reviewed by Jacob Jurss, Adjunct Professor of History, Metropolitan State University and University of St. Thomas Edited by Sarah Pesola and Jeanne Grant (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission

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Review of Peace on our Terms: The Global Battle for Women’s Rights after the First World War by Mona L. Siegel

Peace on our Terms: The Global Battle for Women’s Rights after the First World War. Mona L. Siegel. New York: Columbia University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780231195102. Reviewed by Susan Smith, Maple Grove High School, Maple Grove, Minnesota Ms. Smith is one of the original co-founding members of the MWWHA and teaches World History and AP Government at Maple Grove High school

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Call for Submissions: “Crisis and Recovery in World History” 2021-2022

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Click to download pdf of Call for Submissions CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: “Crisis and Recovery in World History” For a Special Issue of The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2021 The Middle Ground Journal invites submissions of articles for a special issue of the journal on “Crisis and Recovery in World History,” the theme for

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Review of Tatar Empire: Kazan’s Muslims and the Making of Imperial Russia by Danielle Ross

Tatar Empire: Kazan’s Muslims and the Making of Imperial Russia. Danielle Ross. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780253045706. Reviewed by Mark A. Soderstrom, Aurora University Edited by Jeanne E. Grant (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Out of Our Minds: What We Think and How We Came to Think It by Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Out of Our Minds: What We Think and How We Came to Think It. Felipe Fernández-Armesto. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780520331075. Reviewed by David C. Fisher, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edited by Birgit Schneider (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Idolatry and the Construction of the Spanish Empire by Mina García Soormally

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Idolatry and the Construction of the Spanish Empire. Mina García Soormally. Colorado: University of Colorado Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781607328001. Reviewed by Lydia A. Perez, Master’s student, University of Central Oklahoma Edited by Birgit Schneider and Justin Quinn Olmstead (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of The Phantom Image: Seeing the Dead in Ancient Rome by Patrick R. Crowley

The Phantom Image: Seeing the Dead in Ancient Rome. Patrick R. Crowley. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780226648293. Reviewed by Joseph M. Snyder, Assistant Professor, Southeast Missouri State University Edited by Julie Tanaka (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town by Barbara Demick

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Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town. Barbara Demick. New York: Penguin Random House, 2020. ISBN: 9780812998764. Reviewed by Annima Bahukhandi, Assistant Professor, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi Edited by Julie Tanaka (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Atlantic Studies: Prospects and Challenges by William Boelhower

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Atlantic Studies: Prospects and Challenges. William Boelhower. University of Louisiana Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780807171639. Reviewed by Len von Morzé, University of Massachusetts Boston Edited by Justin Quinn Olmstead (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Historicizing Fear: Ignorance, vilification, and othering by Travis B. Boyce and Winsome M. Chunnu

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Historicizing Fear: Ignorance, Vilification, and Othering. Travis D. Boyce and Winsome M. Chunnu, eds. Louisville: University Press of Colorado, 2019. ISBN: 9781646420018 Reviewed by Jamie Stoops, Lone Star College Edited by Jeanne E. Grant (c) 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 20, Fall 2020. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army by Kate Imy

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Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army. Kate Imy. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781503610026 Reviewed by Victor Curiel, Idaho State UniversityEdited by Jeanne E. Grant and Sarah Pesola (c) 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 20, Fall 2020. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Diaspora’s Homeland: Modern China in the Age of Global Migration by Shelly Chan

Diaspora’s Homeland: Modern China in the Age of Global Migration. Shelly Chan. Durham: Duke University Press, 2018. ISBN: 9780822370543 Reviewed by Lei Zhang, University of MinnesotaEdited by Birgit Schneider (c) 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 20, Fall 2020. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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The Viral Game: The Global Football Community’s Response to Epidemics and Pandemics in the Twenty-First Century

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By Patrick H. Salkeld, Independent Scholar Abstract The twenty-first century has seen health crises related to SARS, Swine Flu, Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19. Nations cooperated with supranational groups when deciding what to do with football operations in these crises except during the COVID-19 pandemic when the “Ostrich Alliance” viewed it as interference with their sovereignty. Key words: pandemics, football (soccer),

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Ideology and Disease: Cholera, Policy and Identity during the Sino-Japanese War

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By Roberto Padilla, The University of Toledo History Abstract During the Sino-Japanese War the Japanese army medical bureau employed medical protocols based largely on their ideological import. The result was a failed system of testing that prevented the early identification of a cholera epidemic that swept through the warzone. Near the end of the conflict the epidemic also spread to

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Artifacts, Virality, and Connection: Social Media and Teaching in the Age of COVID-19

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By Kevin Mitchell Mercer, M.A., Adjunct Professor of History, University of Central Florida Abstract A history adjunct professor’s assignment allows students to understand that historic moments can be can be both extremely personal and globally shared and makes global connections for educators. Key words: Pandemic, COVID-19, history teaching, historical artifacts, social media. Edited by Birgit Schneider and Justin Quinn Olmstead.

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Pandemics, Past and Present: Influenza, COVID-19, Military Hospital Ships in Japan

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By Sumiko Otsubo, Metropolitan State University Abstract During the Siberian Intervention, the Japanese Army decided not to adopt hospital ships (病院船) but to rely on patient ships (患者船) when transporting 13,800 troops back to Japan and when the fall wave of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic was at its worst. Is it a valuable lesson for the current hospital ship legislative debate

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“A Good Winter Rain Will Put Everything Right”: The British Government in India’s Response to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and Famine

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By Maura Chhun, Metropolitan State University Abstract The 1918 Influenza Pandemic killed over twelve million Indians while a concurrent famine drove up the cost of basic necessities. The British government framed the pandemic as a complicating factor in their otherwise successful management of the famine, but more accurately the famine was a contributing factor to the pandemic’s death toll. Key words:

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Pedagogical and Historical Resources for the Pandemic

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By Sarah Pesola, Chief Intern, undergraduate at Metropolitan State University Edited by Birgit Schneider and Jeanne E. Grant This is a special summer issue of the journal called, Pandemics in Historical Perspective. Every Friday, or nearly every Friday, through mid-June another article will be published. The articles, as they are published, will be open to moderated comments. We invite readers

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Review of From Sadat to Saddam: The Decline of American Diplomacy in the Middle East by David J. Dunford Potomac Books

From Sadat to Saddam: The Decline of American Diplomacy in the Middle East. David J. Dunford.  Lincoln: Potomac Books, 2019. ISBN: 2370000713155 OlmsteadSadatReviews20192020theMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Justin Quinn Olmstead, University of Central Oklahoma Edited by Jeanne E. Grant and Sarah Pesola (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the

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Review of The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda by Scott Straus Cornell University Press

The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda. Scott Straus. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2006. ISBN: 10:080144489 KoderoRwandaReviews20192020theMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Cliff Ubba Kodero, Florida International University Edited by Martin Pflug (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Column: Shaping the Vernacular Landscape of San Francisco’s Chinatown

Shaping the Vernacular Landscape of San Francisco’s Chinatown San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood is a notable landmark in San Francisco as its architecture, culture, and customs are distinct from the rest of the city. San Francisco’s Chinatown is significant as it the largest Chinatown in the world outside of Asia. What is notable about Chinatown is the neighborhood has retained its

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Review of Colonial Food in Interwar Paris: The Taste of Empire by Lauren Janes Bloomsbury Academic

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Colonial Food in Interwar Paris: The Taste of Empire. Lauren Janes. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. ISBN: 9781472592828 WilliamsColonialReviews20192020TheMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Nicholas Williams, University of Minnesota Edited by Ann Waltner (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America by Yong Chen Columbia University Press

Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America. Yong Chen. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780231168922 McElroyChopReviews20192020TheMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by James McElroy, University of Minnesota Edited by Ann Waltner (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Maiden Voyage: The Senzaimaru and the Creation of Modern Sino-Japanese Relations by Joshua A., Fogel University of California Press

Maiden Voyage: The Senzaimaru and the Creation of Modern Sino-Japanese Relations. Joshua A., Fogel. Oakland: University of California Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780520283305 ChanMaidenReviews20192020TheMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Ying-kit Chan, Princeton University (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of East Asia Beyond the History War: Confronting the Ghosts of Violence by Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Morris Low, Leonid Petrov and Timothy Y. Tsu Routledge

East Asia Beyond the History War: Confronting the Ghosts of Violence. Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Morris Low, Leonid Petrov and Timothy Y. Tsu. Abingdon: Routledge, 2013. ISBN:  9781138851863 OvermeireEastReviews20292020TheMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Ben Van Overmeire, St. Olaf College Edited by Karen Rosenflanz (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s

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Review of Fighting Over Fidel: The New York Intellectuals and the Cuban Revolution by Rafael Rojas Princeton University Press

Fighting Over Fidel: The New York Intellectuals and the Cuban Revolution. Rafael Rojas. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780691169514 For Full Article: ChavanaFightingReviews20192020TheMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Adrian Chavana, University of Minnesota Edited by Ann Waltner (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Out of the Woods: Essays in Environmental History edited by Char Miller and Hal Rothman University of Pittsburgh Press

Out of the Woods: Essays in Environmental History. Char Miller and Hal Rothman, eds. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997. ISBN:0822956314 RuthOutReviews20192020TheMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Christian Ruth, University at Albany SUNY Edited by Ashley Dressel (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Environmental Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-first Century Third Edition by Robert B. Marks Rowman and Littlefield

The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Environmental Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-first Century. Third Edition. Robert B. Marks. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. ISBN: 9781442212404 StearOriginsReviews20192020theMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Ezekiel Stear, Pasadena City College Edited by Ashley Dressel (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines

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Review of Japan and the Shackles of the Past by R. Taggart Murphy Oxford University Press

Japan and the Shackles of the Past. R. Taggart Murphy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780190619589 DresnerJapanReviews20192020theMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Jonathan Dresner, Pittsburg State University, Kansas Edited by Birgit Schneider (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Agents of Terror: Ordinary Men and Extraordinary Violence in Stalin’s Secret Police by Alexander Vatlin Translated by Seth Bernstein University of Wisconsin Press

Agents of Terror: Ordinary Men and Extraordinary Violence in Stalin’s Secret Police. Vatlin, Alexander. Translated by Seth Bernstein. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780299310806 vanTineReviewsTerror20192020theMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Shalon van Tine, Ohio University (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of The Cuban Connection: Drug Trafficking, Smuggling, and Gambling in Cuba from the 1920s to the Revolution by Eduardo Sáenz Rovner translated by Russ Davidson University of North Carolina Press

The Cuban Connection: Drug Trafficking, Smuggling, and Gambling in Cuba from the 1920s to the Revolution. Eduardo Sáenz Rovner. Translated by Russ Davidson. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008. ISBN: 9781469632100 For Full Article: KadowMiCubReviewsSpring2019TheMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Michael Kadow, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (c) 2019 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 18, Spring, 2019. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission

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Review of Korea’s Occupied Cinema, 1893–1948: The Untold History of the Film Industry by Brian Yecies and Ae-Gyung Shim Routledge

Korea’s Occupied Cinema, 1893–1948: The Untold History of the Film Industry. Brian Yecies and Ae-Gyung Shim. New York: Routledge, 2011 (Routledge Advances in Film Studies). ISBN: 9780415740487 For Full Article: ParkYSKoReviewsSpring2019TheMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Young Sun Park, University of Southern California Edited by Martin Pflug (c) 2019 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 18, Spring, 2019. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for

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