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Review of Outcaste Bombay by Juned Shaikh

“Outcaste Bombay is successful in broadening the scope of histories from below by expanding its enquiry into the worlds of the lumpen-proletariat, the petty bourgeois shop keepers, and the sex workers. It offers a glimpse of Bombay as it is lived, reshaped, and appro¬priated by its Dalit inhabitants, and makes a great contribution to the bourgeoning scholarship on Dalit labor and Bombay city.”

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Review Essay of Two Books on Burma and Military History

The 1945 Burma Campaign and the Transformation of the British Indian Army. Raymond A. Callahan and Daniel Marston. Kansas University Press, 2021. ISBN: 9780700630417.   A War of Empires: Japan, India, Burma & Britain, 1941-45. Robert Lyman. Oxford: Osprey, 2021. ISBN: 9781472847140. Reviewed by George Wilton, independent scholar, Member of British Commission for Military History, Managing Editor of British Journal for

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Review of Colonial Transactions by Florence Bernault

“Colonial Transactions expands our knowledge and refines our understanding of the two themes that stand at its center – witchcraft and colonialism. The book historicizes witchcraft, arguing that history can enhance our understanding of the obsessions and modes of power of modern witchcraft in Africa. It brings closer the allegedly contradictory ideas of the European colonizers and the colonized Africans and discusses them in the same realm.”

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Review of Colonialism in Global Perspective by Kris Manjapra

Colonialism in Global Perspective. Kris Manjapra. Cambridge University Press, 2020. ISBN-13: 9781108441360. Reviewed by Joseph Snyder, Southeast Missouri State University Edited by Julie Tanaka © 2022 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 23, Spring 2022. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean by Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy

Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean. Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy. University of Illinois Press, 2020. ISBN-13: 9780252085062. Reviewed by Zach Sell, Drexel University (now Brown University) Edited by Julie Tanaka © 2022 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 23, Spring 2022. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Imperial Peripheries in the Neo-Assyrian Period edited by Craig W. Tyson and Virginia R. Hermann

Imperial Peripheries in the Neo-Assyrian Period. Edited by Craig W. Tyson and Virginia R. Hermann. University Press of Colorado, 2019. ISBN: 9781607328223. Reviewed by Alexander Johannes Edmonds, University of Tübingen Edited by Julie Tanaka and Sarah Pesola © 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

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Review of Lisbon: A Biography by Magda Pinheiro

Lisbon: A Biography. Magda Pinheiro. Translated by Mario Pereira. Dartmouth, MA: Tagus Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781933227757. Reviewed by Ernst Pijning, Minot State University Edited by Julie Tanaka © 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 Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea by David Fedman

Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea. David Fedman. University of Washington Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780295747453. Reviewed by Steven Ivings, Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto 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 Soldiers, Saints, and Shamans: Indigenous Communities and the Revolutionary State in Mexico’s Gran Nayar, 1910-1940 by Nathaniel Morris

Soldiers, Saints, and Shamans: Indigenous Communities and the Revolutionary State in Mexico’s Gran Nayar, 1910-1940. Nathanial Morris. University of Arizona Press, 2021. ISBN: 9780816541027. Reviewed by Joshua Simon, Columbia University Edited by Jeanne E. Grant and Sarah Pesola © 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

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Review of The Crown and the Capitalists: The Ethnic Chinese and the Founding of the Thai Nation by Wasana Wongsurawat

The Crown and the Capitalists: The Ethnic Chinese and the Founding of the Thai Nation. Wasana Wongsurawat. University of Washington Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780295746241. Reviewed by Fabrizio Martino, Chulalongkorn University-Bangkok Edited by Birgit Schneider and Sarah Pesola © 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

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Review Essay of Two Holocaust Memoirs

I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir. Esther Safran Foer. Random House, 2020. ISBN: 9780525575986.   Inge’s War: A German Woman’s Story of Family, Secrets, and Survival under Hitler. Svenja O’Donnell. Viking, 2020. ISBN: 9781984880215. Reviewed by Laura J. Hilton, Muskingum University Edited by Jeanne E. Grant and Sarah Pesola © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal

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Review of Gendered Power: Educated Women of the Meiji Empress’ Court by Mamiko C. Suzuki

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Gendered Power: Educated Women of the Meiji Empress’ Court. Mamiko C. Suzuki. University of Michigan Press, 2021. ISBN: 9780807174302. Reviewed by Daniel Barish, Baylor 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 Chow Chop Suey: Food and the Chinese American Journey by Anne Mendelson

Chow Chop Suey: Food and the Chinese American Journey. Anne Mendelson. Columbia University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780231541299. Reviewed by Elizabeth Fuhan Mason, M.A. student, San Francisco State University Edited by Julie Tanaka © 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 Sweet Land of Liberty: America in the Mind of the French Left, 1848-1871 by Tom Sancton

Sweet Land of Liberty: America in the Mind of the French Left, 1848-1871. Tom Sancton. Louisiana State University Press, 2021. ISBN: 9780807174302. Reviewed by Michael Clinton, Gwynedd Mercy University Edited by Julie Tanaka © 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 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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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 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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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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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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