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Smoke and Ashes: Opium's Hidden Histories
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Shankar Chaudhuri

Smoke and Ashes: Opium's Hidden Histories

Written in engaging language, Smoke and Ashes is a scholarly follow-up to the author’s famous Ibis trilogy, a collection of fiction that uses the opium trade as its backdrop. In Smoke and Ashes, the author draws on his years-long research...
Empire's Mistress, Starring Isabel Rosario Cooper
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Zhihui Zou

Empire's Mistress, Starring Isabel Rosario Cooper

Born in January 1914, Isabel Cooper grew up in the Philippines and supported herself through working in the entertainment industry, performing, singing, and acting since her early teenage years. She earned fame when acting in the first Philippine...
War in the Balkans: An Encyclopedic History from the Fall of the Ottoman Empire to the Breakup of Yugoslavia
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by John Polemikos

War in the Balkans: An Encyclopedic History from the Fall of the Ottoman Empire to the Breakup of Yugoslavia

Richard C. Hall's timely encyclopedia can help reporters and scholars investigate beyond a headline. The book features informative and expertly written essays with suggestions for further reading. As a leading scholar of Balkan history, Hall...
Thucydides: The War of the Peloponnesians and the Athenians
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Katerina Panagi

Thucydides: The War of the Peloponnesians and the Athenians

Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War is a timeless masterpiece of ancient historiography, offering a detailed and profoundly insightful account of one of antiquity's defining conflicts. Written with a precision and analytical depth...
In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians: A Story of Suppression, Secrecy and Survival
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Matthew Allison

In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians: A Story of Suppression, Secrecy and Survival

Dougill writes about the history of Christianity in Japan writ large, before focusing more precisely on the history of Hidden Christians and their existence today. There is much for both the casual reader and the academic to enjoy here, as...
Capital of Mind: The Idea of a Modern American University
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Sam Short

Capital of Mind: The Idea of a Modern American University

Nelson, the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, takes the title of his work from a quote by German economist Friedrich List. Nelson notes in his Introduction...
Alexander the Great: A New Life of Alexander
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Katerina Panagi

Alexander the Great: A New Life of Alexander

Alexander the Great's profound impact on Roman culture is undeniable, particularly when considering the fusion of Greco-Oriental influences during the Hellenistic era, which permeated Rome and, subsequently, Western Europe. His conquests...
The Regency of Anne of Austria, Queen Regent of France, Mother of Louis XIV
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Alexa Galue

The Regency of Anne of Austria, Queen Regent of France, Mother of Louis XIV

The Regency of Anne of Austria, Queen Regent of France, Mother of Louis XIV by Martha Walker Freer (1822-1888) is a beautifully written classic work that not only characterizes Anne of Austria but also places her in the broader context of...
The Problem of Immigration in a Slaveholding Republic: Policing Mobility in the Nineteenth-Century United States
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ by Sam Short

The Problem of Immigration in a Slaveholding Republic: Policing Mobility in the Nineteenth-Century United States

In The Problem of Immigration, readers are introduced to a familiar historical struggle between the states and the federal government regarding matters of constitutional interpretation. Slave states in the antebellum period perceived a government...
Fixers: Agency, Translation, and the Early Global History of Literature
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Adam Manuel

Fixers: Agency, Translation, and the Early Global History of Literature

In this book, Zrinka Stahuljak, a medieval historian, professor at UCLA, and interpreter during the war in Yugoslavia, focuses primarily on the theory of translation. Through proposing the term "fixers," a term loosely based on its journalistic...
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