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 be considered.

A List of Books That Might Be Reviewed (in no particular order)

(last updated Tuesday, November 24, 2020)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taiwan in Dynamic Transition: Nation Building and Democratization, by Ryan Dunch and Ashley Esarey, eds. (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).

Making the Modern Slum: The Power of Capital in Colonial Bombay by Sheetal Chhabria, (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).

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

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

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!]

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

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

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

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

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

Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis, by Jared Diamond (Little, Brown and Company, 2020).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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

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

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

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

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