Book Review Department

To inquire about writing a book review, please email the Chief Editor at chiefeditor@themiddlegroundjournal.com and attach your brief curriculum vitae to start the conversation about which book might be best for you to review. Please, consult the journal’s webpages, especially the submission guidelines, for more information and see our previous book reviews.

Usually a book review is about one book, but more than one book may be reviewed in one review if grouped appropriately. Books not on this list will also be considered.

A List of Books That Might Be Reviewed

(ordered by title and by year of publication)

(last updated Friday, April 16, 2021)

Books published in 2021

The 1945 Burma Campaign and the Transformation of the British Indian Army by Raymond A. Callahan and Daniel Marston (Kansas University Press, 2021). ISBN: 9780700630417.

Abolishing Boundaries: Global Utopias in the Formation of Modern Chinese Political Thought, 1880-1940 by Peter Zarrow (SUNY Press, 2021). ISBN: 9781438482835.

America in the Mind of the French Left, 1848–1871 by Tom Sancton (LSU Press, 2021). ISBN 9780807174302. [already claimed!]

Atlantic Passages: Race, Mobility, and Liberian Colonization by Robert Murray (University of Florida Press, 2021). ISBN: 9780813066752

The Cold War from the Margins: A Small Socialist State on the Global Scene by Theodora K. Dragostinova (Cornell University Press, May 2021) ISBN: 9781501755552. [N.B., The text of this book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license (the “Open Access Version”): https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode.%5D

Coming Home to a Foreign Country: Xiamen and Returned Overseas Chinese, 1843-1938 by Soon Keong Ong (Cornell University Press, August 2021) ISBN: 9781501756184.

The Deepest Dye: Obeah, Hosay, and Race in the Atlantic World by Aisha Khan (Harvard University Press, July 2021) ISBN: 9780674987821.

Disruption: Why Things Change by David Potter (Oxford University Press, 2021). ISBN 9780197518823 (hardcover).

The Dragoman Renaissance: Diplomatic Interpreters and the Routes of Orientalism by E. Natalie Rothman (Cornell University Press, 2021). ISBN: 9781501758508. [N.B., The ebook version of this book, to be released in March 2021, will be an open access version.]

Drunk on Genocide: Alcohol and Mass Murder in Nazi Germany by Edward B. Westerman (Cornell University Press, March 2021). ISBN: 9781501754197.

Ethnic Dissent and Empowerment: Economic Migration between Vietnam and Malaysia by Angie Ngoc Tran (University of Illinois Press, 2021)ISBN 978-0252043369. [already claimed!]

A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution by Toby Green (University of Chicago Press, 2021). ISBN: 9780226789736 (paperback).

The International Dimension of the Israel-Palestinian Conflict: A Post-Eurocentric Approach by Daniela Huber (SUNY Press, 2021). ISBN: 9781438481593.

Julian and Christianity: Revisiting the Constantinian Revolution by David Neal Greenwood (Cornell University Press, June 2021). ISBN: 9781501755477.

Manpower and the Armies of the British Empire in the Two World Wars edited by Douglas E. Delaney, Mark Frost, and Andrew L. Brown (Cornell University Press, June 2021). ISBN: 9781501755835.

The Muslim World in Modern South Asia: Power, Authority, Knowledge by Francis Robinson (SUNY, 2021) ISBN: 9781438483016.

Nested Nationalism: Making and Unmaking Nations in the Soviet Caucasus by Krista A. Goff (Cornell University Press, 2021). ISBN: 9781501753275.

Opportunity in Crisis: Cantonese Migrants and the State in Ling Qing China by Steven B. Miles (Harvard University Press, March 2021). ISBN: 9780674251205.

Outcaste Bombay: City Making and the Politics of the Poor by Juned Shaikh (University of Washington Press, April 2021). ISBN: 9780295748498.

The Spirit of French Capitalism: Economic Theology in the Age of Enlightenment by Charly Coleman (Stanford University Press, March 2021) ISBN: 9781503608436.

Warsaw Ghetto Police: The Jewish Order Service During the Nazi Occupation by Katarzyna Person, Translated by Zygmunt Nowak-Solinski (Cornell University Press, April 2021) ISBN: 9781501754074. 

Books published in 2020

Accidental Feminism: Gender Parity and Selective Mobility Among India’s Professional Elite by Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen (Princeton University Press, December 2020).

The Age of Phillis by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers (Wesleyan University Press, 2020).

Alternative Globalizations: Eastern Europe and the Post Colonial World edited by James Mark, Artemy M. Kalinovsky and Steffi Marung (Indiana University Press, 2020).

Archipelago of Justice: Law in France’s Early Modern Empire by Laurie M. Wood (Yale University Press, 2020). ISBN: 9780300244007.

Argentina in the Global Middle East, by Lily Pearl Balloffet (Stanford University Press, 2020).

Before Trans: Three Gender Stories from Nineteenth-Century France by Rachel Mesch (Stanford University Press, 2020).

Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean by Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy (University of Illinois Press, 2020). [already claimed!]

Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border by Soren Urbansky (Princeton University Press, 2020).

Big Ideas: A Guide to the History of Everything by Cameron Gibelyou and Douglas Northrop (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Broken Cities: A Historical Sociology of Ruins, by Martin Devecka (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020).

The Burden of the Past: History, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Ukraine edited by Anna Wylegata and Malgorzata Glowacka-Grajper (Indiana University Press, 2020).

Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings by Neil Price (Basic Books, 2020).

Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug, by Augustine Sedgewick (Penguin Random House, 2020).

Colonialism in Global Perspective by Kris Manjapra (Cambridge University Press, 2020). [already claimed!]

Constructing the Sacred: Visibility and Ritual Landscape at the Egyptian Necropolis of Saqqara, by Elaine A. Sullivan (Stanford University Press, 2020).

The Crusader Strategy: Defending the Holy Land by Steve Tibble (Yale University Press, 2020). ISBN: 9780300253115.

Defying Hitler: The Germans Who Resisted Nazi Rule by Gordon Thomas and Greg Lewis (Dutton Caliber, 2020).

Digital Entrepreneurship in Africa: How a Continent is Escaping Silicon Valley’s Long Shadow by Nicolas Friederici, Michel Wahome, Mark Graham (MIT Press, 2020).

Eastbound through Siberia: Observations from the Great Northern Expedition by George Wilhelm Steller, translated by Margritt A. Engel and Karen E. Wilmore (Indiana State Press, 2020).

Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town, by Barbara Demick (Penguin Random House, 2020). [already claimed!]

Empires Between Islam and Christianity, 1500-1800 by Sanjay Subrahmanya (SUNY, 2020).

Enemy of all Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt by Steven Johnson (Riverhead Books, 2020).

Exile and the Nation: The Parsi Community of India and the Making of Modern Iran by Afshin Marashi (University of Texas Press, 2020).

A Fashionable Century: Textile Artistry and Commerce in the Late Qing by Rachel Silberstein and Kristina Kleutghen (University of Washington Press, 2020).

Forging Ties, Forging Passports: Migration and the Modern Sephardi Diaspora by Devi Mays (Stanford University Press, 2020).

From Peoples into Nations: A History of Eastern Europe by John Connelly (Princeton University Press, 2020).

Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America by Brenda Elsey and Joshua Nadel (University of Texas Press, 2020).

The Global Age: 1950-2017 by Ian Kershaw (Penguin, 2020).

God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World by Alan Mikhail (Liveright, 2020).

Going the Distance: Eurasian Trade and the Rise of the Business Corporation, 1400-1700, by Ron Harris (Princeton University Press, 2020). [already claimed!]

Good Pictures: A History of Popular Photography by Kim Beil (Stanford University Press, 2020).

The Habsburgs: To Rule the World by Martyn Rady (Basic Books, 2020).

Hitler: Downfall: 1939-1945 by Volker Ullrich (Knopf, 2020).

Hitler’s True Believers: How Ordinary People Became Nazis by Robert Gellately (Oxford University Press, 2020).

How the Old World Ended: The Anglo-Dutch-American Revolution 1500-1800 by Jonathan Scott (Yale University Press, 2020).

I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post Holocaust Memoir by Esther Safran Foer (Tim Duggan Books, 2020). [already claimed!]

Ideology and the Rationality of Domination: Nazi Germanization of Policies in Poland by Gerhard Wolf, translated by Wayne Yung (Indiana University Press, 2020).

Inge’s War: A German Woman’s Story of Family, Secrets and Survival Under Hitler by Svenja O’Donnell (Viking, 2020). [already claimed!]

Inscriptions of Nature: Geology and the Naturalizations of Antiquity by Pratik Chakrabarti (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020).

Installing Automobility: Emerging Politics of Mobility and Streets in Indian Cities by Govind Gopakumar (MIT Press, 2020).

Istanbul, City of the Fearless: Urban Activism, Coup d’Etat, and Memory in Turkey by Christopher Houston (University of California Press, 2020).

In Jerusalem: Three Generations of an Isreali Family and a Palestinian Family by Lis Harris (Beacon Press, 2020).

The Last Good Neighbor: Mexico in the Global Sixties, by Eric Zolov (Duke University Press, 2020). [already gone!]

The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China by Jonathan Kaufman (Viking, 2020).

The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue by Marina Rustow (Princeton University Press, 2020).

Making Kantha, Making Home: Women at Work in Colonial Bengal by Pika Ghosh, (University of Washington Press, 2020)

The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found by Violet Moller (Anchor, 2020).

Merchants of Medicines: The Commerce and Coercion of Health Britain’ Long Eighteenth Century, by Zachary Dorner (University of Chicago Press, 2020). [already claimed!]

Migrant City: A New History of London by Panikos Panayi (Yale University Press, 2020).

A Miscarriage of Justice: Women’s Reproductive Lives and the Law in Early Twentieth-Century Brazil by Cassia Roth (Stanford University Press, 2020).

Muslims and Citizens: Islam, Politics, and the French Revolution by Ian Coller (Yale University Press, 2020). ISBN: 9780300243369.

Out of the Shadow: Revisiting the Revolution from Post-Peace Guatemala edited by Julie Gibbings and Heather Vrana (University of Texas Press, 2020).

Prehistoric Settlement Patterns in the Upper Huallaga Basin, Peru, by Yuichi Matsumoto (Yale University Press, 2020).

The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy and the Life of John Maynard Keynes by Zachary D. Carter (Random House, 2020).

Provincializing Global History: Money, Ideas, and Things in the Languedoc, 1680-1830 by James Livesey (Yale University Press, 2020). ISBN: 9780300237160.

Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World by Matt Alt (Crown, 2020). Already claimed!

La Raza Cosmetica: Beauty, Identity, and Settler Colonialism in Postrevolutionary Mexico by Natasha Varner, (University of Arizona Press, 2020).

Rescue the Surviving Souls: The Great Jewish Refugee Crisis of the Seventeenth Century, by Adam Teller (Princeton University Press, 2020).

The Rise of West Lake: A Cultural Landmark in the Song Dynasty, by Xiaolin Duan (University of Washington Press, 2020).

Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World by Tyson Yunkporta (HarperOne, 2020).

Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires and the Conflict That Made the Modern World, by Andrew Lambert (Yale University Press, 2020). [already claimed!]

Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea by David Fedman (University of Washington Press, 2020). [already claimed!]

A Slave Between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa, by M’hamed Oualdi (Columbia University Press, 2020). [already claimed!]

Soldiers, Saints, and Shamans: Indigenous Communities and the Revolutionary State in Mexico’s Gran Nayar, 1910-1940 by Nathaniel Morris (University of Arizona Press, 2020).

Spiritual Subjects: Central Asian Pilgrims and the Ottoman Hajj at the End of Empire by Lale Can (Stanford University Press, 2020).

Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and her World by Amy Stanley (Scribner, 2020).

Taiwan in Dynamic Transition: Nation Building and Democratization, by Ryan Dunch and Ashley Esarey, eds. (University of Washington Press, 2020).

Tea War: A History of Capitalism in China and India by Andrew B. Liu (Yale University Press, 2020). [already claimed!]

Teaching World History Thematically: Essential Questions and Document-Based Lessons to Connect Past and Present, by Rosalie Metro (Teachers College Press, 2020). [already gone!]

Time Song: Journeys in Search of a Submerged Land by Julia Blackburn (Vintage, 2020).

Time Travelers: Victorian Encounters with Time and History. Edited by Adelene Buckland and Sadiah Qureshi. (University of Chicago Press, 2020).

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (One World, 2020).

The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist: Three Lives in an Age of Empire by Kate Fullagar (Yale University Press, 2020).

We are Cuba! How a Revolutionary People Have Survived in a Post-Soviet World by Helen Yaffe (Yale University Press, 2020).

What the Emperor Built: Architecture and Empire in the Early Ming by Aurelia Campbell (University of Washington Press, 2020).

Where Dragon Veins Meet: The Kangxi Emperor and His Estate at Rehe, by Stephen H. Whiteman (University of Washington Press, 2020). [already claimed!]

Why Fiction Matters in Contemporary China by David Der-wei Wang (Brandeis University Press, 2020).

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell (Penguin, 2020).

The World Refugees Made: Decolonization and the Foundation of Postwar Italy, by Pamela Ballinger (Cornell University Press, 2020). [already gone!]

The Zuo Tradition/Zuozhuan Reader: Selections from China’s Earliest Narrative History translated by Stephen Durrant, Wai-yee Li, and David Schaberg (University of Washington Press, 2020).

Books published in 2019 (i.e., soon to disappear)

Celluloid Classicism: Early Tamil Cinema and the Making of Modern Bharantanatyam by Hari Krishnan (Wesleyan University Press, 2019).

Climate Change and the Art of Devotion: Geoaesthetics in the Land of Krishna, 1550-1850, by Sugata Ray (University of Washington Press, 2019).

The Crown and the Capitalists: The Ethnic Chinese and the Founding of the Thai Nation, by Wasana Wongsurawat (University of Washington Press, 2019).

Dangerous Council: Accountability and Advice in Ancient Greece by Matthew Landauer (University of Chicago Press, 2019).

For Money and Elders: Ritual, Sovereignty, and the Sacred in Kenya by Robert W. Blunt (University of Chicago Press, 2019).

The Global Bourgeoisie: The Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire edited by Christof Dejung, David Motadel, and Jurgen Osterhammel (Princeton University Press, 2019). [already claimed!]

History and Collective Memory in South Asia, 1200—2000, by Sumit Guha (University of Washington Press, 2019).

Imperial Bodies: Empire and Death in Alexandria, Egypt by Shana Minkin (Stanford University Press, 2019).

In Search of the Lost Decade: Everyday Rights in Post-Dictatorship Argentina by Jennifer Adair (University of California Press, 2019).

India in the Persianate Age: 1000-1765 by Richard M. Eaton (University of California Press, 2019).

International Impact of Colonial Rule in Korea, 1910-1945 edited by Yong-Chool Ha (University of Washington Press, 2019).

The Kongs of Qufu: The Descendants of Confucius in Late Imperial China, by Christopher S. Agnew (University of Washington Press, 2019). [already claimed!]

The Lived Nile: Environment, Disease, and Material Colonial Economy in Egypt by Jennifer L. Derr (Stanford University Press, 2019).

Making the Modern Slum: The Power of Capital in Colonial Bombay by Sheetal Chhabria, (University of Washington Press, 2019)

The Outsiders: Refugees in Europe Since 1492 by Philipp Ther, Translated by Jeremiah Riemer (Princeton University Press, 2019).

Pirates: A New History, from Vikings to Somali Raiders by Peter Lehr (Yale University Press, 2019).

Resisting Disappearance: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism in Kashmir by Ather Zia (University of Washington Press, 2019).

Rotten Bodies: Class and Contagion in Eighteenth-Century Britain, by Kevin Siena (Yale University Press, 2019).

The Shahnameh: The Persian Epic as World Literature by Hamid Dabashi (Columbia University Press, 2019).

Undaunted Women of Nanking: The Wartime Diaries of Minnie Vautrin and Tsen Shui-fang edited and translated by Hua-ling Hu and Zhang Lian-hong (Southern Illinois University Press, 2019).

Under Quarantine: Immigrants and Disease at Israel’s Gate by Rhona Seidelman (Rutgers University Press, 2019).

Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis, by Jared Diamond (Little, Brown and Company, 2019).

The Zong: A Massacre, the Law and the End of Slavery by James Walvin (Yale University Press, 2019).

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