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Recent Publications

We have listed below our faculty members publications that have been recently published or selected to receive an award.

Tosaka Jun: A Critical Reader

Robert Stolz
Assistant Professor
( Cornell University East Asia Program (University of Hawaii Press), June 30, 2014 )

Bad Water: Nature, Pollution, and Politics in Japan, 1870–1950

Robert Stolz
Assistant Professor
( Duke University Press, 2014 )

Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty

Gary W. Gallagher
John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War
( University of Georgia Press, May 1, 2013 )

The Punitive Turn: New Approaches to Race and Incarceration

Claudrena N. Harold
Associate Professor
( University of Virginia Press, November 2013 )

Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age

W. Bernard Carlson
Professor
( Princeton University Press, April 22, 2013 )

Environmental Sustainability in Transatlantic Perspective: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Manuela Achilles
Lecturer, Departments of History and German
( Palgrave Macmillan, September 2013 )

Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War

Elizabeth Varon
Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History
( Oxford University Press, October 4, 2013 )

Witchcraft, Madness, Society, and Religion in Early Modern Germany: A Ship of Fools

H. C. Erik Midelfort
Julian Bishko Professor of History, Emeritus
( Ashgate Pub Co., June 28, 2013 )

For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War (Chinese translation)

Melvyn P. Leffler
Edward Stettinius Professor of History
( East China Normal University Press, February 1, 2012 )

Merit

Joseph F. Kett
James Madison Professor, Emeritus
( Cornell University Press, January 15, 2013 )

Freedom Has a Face

Race, Identity, and Community in Jefferson's Virginia
Kirt von Daacke
Associate Professor
( University of Virginia Press, October 23, 2012 )

La Philanthropie en Amérique

Olivier Zunz
Commonwealth Professor
( Fayard, September 13, 2012 )

Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America: Volumes One and Two

Olivier Zunz
Commonwealth Professor
( Library of America, February 2012 )

The Papers of James Madison, Presidential Series, Volume 7

J.C.A. Stagg
Professor
( University of Virginia Press, March, 2012 )

The Papers of James Madison project, housed at the University of Virginia, was established in 1956 to publish annotated volumes of the correspondence and writings of James Madison, the Virginia statesman most often remembered for his public service as "Father of the Constitution" and as fourth president of the United States.

The Presidential Series, covering the years 1809 to early 1817, centers largely on Madison's record as commander-in-chief during the War of 1812, the first full-scale conflict to be waged under the U.S. Constitution of 1787. Madison's correspondence as president deals with a particularly wide range of concerns—national politics, international diplomacy and war, Indian affairs, the construction of the nation's capital, even petitions from ordinary citizens for charity and mercy—to which Madison responded.

The War of 1812: Conflict for a Continent

J.C.A. Stagg
Professor
( Cambridge University Press, March, 2012 )

This book is a narrative history of the many dimensions of the War of 1812 - social, diplomatic, military, and political - which places the war's origins and conduct in transatlantic perspective. The events of 1812-1815 were shaped by the larger crisis of the Napoleonic Wars in Europe. In synthesizing and reinterpreting scholarship on the war, Professor J. C. A. Stagg focuses on the war as a continental event, highlighting its centrality to Canadian nationalism and state development. The book introduces the war to students and general readers, concluding that it resulted in many ways from an emerging nation-state trying to contend with the effects of rival European nationalisms, both in Europe itself and in the Atlantic world.

The Problem of Slavery as History: A Global Approach

Joseph C. Miller
T. Cary Johnson, Jr. Professor
( Yale University Press, 2012 )

Why did slavery—an accepted evil for thousands of years—suddenly become regarded during the eighteenth century as an abomination so compelling that Western governments took up the cause of abolition in ways that transformed the modern world? Joseph C. Miller turns this classic question on its head by rethinking the very nature of slavery, arguing that it must be viewed generally as a process rather than as an institution. Tracing the global history of slaving over thousands of years, Miller reveals the shortcomings of Western narratives that define slavery by the same structures and power relations regardless of places and times, concluding instead that slaving is a process which can be understood fully only as imbedded in changing circumstances.

The 9/11 Commission Report: The Attack from Planning to Aftermath

Philip Zelikow
White Burkett Miller Professor of History
( W. W. Norton & Company, August 2011 )

Published for the tenth anniversary of 9/11, this new edition of the authorized report is limited to the Commission’s riveting account—which was a finalist for the National Book Award—of the attack and its background, examining both the attackers and the U.S. government, the emergency response, and the immediate aftermath. It includes new material from Philip Zelikow, the Commission’s executive director, on the Commission’s work, the fate of its recommendations, and the way this struggle has evolved right up to the present day.

The Human Rights Revolution: An International History

William Hitchcock
Professor of History
( Oxford University Press, USA , January, 2012 )

The contributors to this volume look at the wave of human rights legislation emerging out of World War II, including the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the Nuremberg trial, and the Geneva Conventions, and the expansion of human rights activity in the 1970s and beyond, including the anti-torture campaigns of Amnesty International, human rights politics in Indonesia and East Timor, the emergence of a human rights agenda among international scientists, and the global campaign female genital mutilation. The book concludes with a look at the UN Declaration at its 60th anniversary. Bringing together renowned senior scholars with a new generation of international historians, these essays set an ambitious agenda for the history of human rights.

By Force and Fear: Taking and Breaking Monastic Vows in Early Modern Europe

Anne J. Schutte
Professor Emerita
( Cornell University Press, July, 2011 )

An unwilling, desperate nun trapped in the cloister, unable to gain release: such is the image that endures today of monastic life in early modern Europe. In By Force and Fear, Anne Jacobson Schutte demonstrates that this and other common stereotypes of involuntary consignment to religious houses-shaped by literary sources such as Manzoni's The Betrothed-are badly off the mark.

Philanthropy in America: A History

Olivier Zunz
Commonwealth Professor
( Princeton University Press, October, 2011 )

American philanthropy today expands knowledge, champions social movements, defines active citizenship, influences policymaking, and addresses humanitarian crises. How did philanthropy become such a powerful and integral force in American society? Philanthropy in America is the first book to explore in depth the twentieth-century growth of this unique phenomenon. Ranging from the influential large-scale foundations established by tycoons such as John D. Rockefeller, Sr., and the mass mobilization of small donors by the Red Cross and March of Dimes, to the recent social advocacy of individuals like Bill Gates and George Soros, respected historian Olivier Zunz chronicles the tight connections between private giving and public affairs, and shows how this union has enlarged democracy and shaped history.

Foundational Pasts: The Holocaust as Historical Understanding

Alon Confino
Professor
( Cambridge University Press, September, 2011 )

Alon Confino seeks to rethink dominant interpretations of the Holocaust by examining it as a problem in cultural history. As the main research interests of Holocaust scholars are frequently covered terrain - the anti-Semitic ideological campaign, the machinery of killing, the brutal massacres during the war - Confino's research goes in a new direction. He analyzes the culture and sensibilities that made it possible for the Nazis and other Germans to imagine the making of a world without Jews. Confino seeks these insights from the ways historians interpreted another short, violent, and foundational event in modern European history - the French Revolution. The comparison of the ways we understand the Holocaust with scholars' interpretations of the French Revolution allows Confino to question some of the basic assumptions of present-day historians concerning historical narration, explanation, and understanding.

In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11

Melvyn P. Leffler
Edward Stettinius Professor of History
( Cornell University Press, June, 2011 )

In Uncertain Times considers how policymakers react to dramatic developments on the world stage. Few expected the Berlin Wall to come down in November 1989; no one anticipated the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in September 2001. American foreign policy had to adjust quickly to an international arena that was completely transformed.Melvyn P. Leffler and Jeffrey W. Legro have assembled an illustrious roster of officials from the George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush administrations - Robert B. Zoellick, Paul Wolfowitz, Eric S. Edelman, Walter B. Slocombe, and Philip Zelikow. These policymakers describe how they went about making strategy for a world fraught with possibility and peril.

The Union War

Gary W. Gallagher
John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War
( Harvard University Press, April 2011 )

In a searing analysis of the Civil War North as revealed in contemporary letters, diaries, and documents, Gallagher demonstrates that what motivated the North to go to war and persist in an increasingly bloody effort was primarily preservation of the Union. Devotion to the Union bonded nineteenth-century Americans in the North and West against a slaveholding aristocracy in the South and a Europe that seemed destined for oligarchy. Northerners believed they were fighting to save the republic, and with it the world’s best hope for democracy.

Common Sense

A Political History
Sophia Rosenfeld
Professor
( Harvard University Press, May 2011 )

Common sense has always been a cornerstone of American politics. In 1776, Tom Paine’s vital pamphlet with that title sparked the American Revolution. And today, common sense—the wisdom of ordinary people, knowledge so self-evident that it is beyond debate—remains a powerful political ideal, utilized alike by George W. Bush’s aw-shucks articulations and Barack Obama’s down-to-earth reasonableness. But far from self-evident is where our faith in common sense comes from and how its populist logic has shaped modern democracy. Common Sense: A Political History is the first book to explore this essential political phenomenon.

Changing Homelands

Hindu Politics and the Partition of India
Neeti Nair
Associate Professor
( Harvard University Press , April 2011 )

A Nation of Outsiders

How the White Middle Class Fell in Love with Rebellion in Postwar America
Grace Hale
Commonwealth Chair of American Studies
( Oxford, January 2011 )

Карл Маркс: Бремя разума

Allan Megill
Professor
( Moscow: KANON+, 2011 )

This book is a version, intended for a Russian scholarly audience, of Megill's 2002 book Karl Marx: The Burden of Reason (Why Marx Rejected Politics and the Market) (Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002). In Карл Маркс: Бремя разума, which is based on an English-language text that Megill condensed to half the length of the original book, Megill focuses on offering the essence of the book’s argument, reducing the heavy documentation and the exploration of sub-sub-arguments present in the original version



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