Each calendar year a number of titles are purchased through the Thomas T. & Eleanor C. Lyons Library Fund. This is the list of titles purchased during the 2016-2017 Academic year.
Established in 2000 by members of the Class of 1968 in honor of Thomas T. Lyons, instructor in history from 1963 to 1999, and his wife, Eleanor C. Lyons, to support Oliver Wendell Holmes Library acquisitions, with a preference for American and European History and teaching.
In addition the following electronic resources are supported.
Ancient and Medieval History Online (Facts on File): Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia complete with more than 130 videos.
Competing voices from revolutionary Cuba
Summary:Contains primary source material.
Who’s afraid of academic freedom?
Summary:In these seventeen essays, distinguished senior scholars discuss the conceptual issues surrounding the idea of freedom of inquiry and scrutinize a variety of obstacles to such inquiry that they have encountered in their personal and professional experience. Their discussion of threats to freedom traverses a wide disciplinary and institutional, political and economic range covering specific restrictions linked to speech codes, the interests of donors, institutional review board licensing, political pressure groups, and government policy as well as phenomena of high generality such as intellectual orthodoxy in which coercion is barely visible and often self-imposed.– Publisher
The legacy of the Great War : ninety years on
Summary:In late 2007 and early 2008, world-renowned historians gathered in Kansas City for a series of public forums on World War I. Each of the five events focused on a particular topic and featured spirited dialog between its prominent participants. The forums addressed topics about the Great War that have long fascinated both scholars and the educated public: the origins of the war and the question of who was responsible for the escalation of the July Crisis. From the perspectives of a German and a British scholar discussion ensued on the nature of generalship and military command and also the private soldiers’ experiences of combat, revealing their strategies of survival and negotiation. These discussions show that the Great War was ‘great’ not merely because of its magnitude, but also because of its revolutionary effects.
Blacks at Harvard : a documentary history of African-American experience at Harvard and Radcliffe
Summary:The history of blacks at Harvard mirrors, for better or for worse, the history of blacks in the United States. Harvard, too, has been indelibly scarred by slavery, exclusion, segregation, and other forms of racist oppression. At the same time, the nation’s oldest university has also, at various times, stimulated, supported, or allowed itself to be influenced by the various reform movements that have dramatically changed the nature of race relations across the nation. The story of blacks at Harvard is thus inspiring but painful, instructive but ambiguous–a paradoxical episode in the most vexing controversy of American life: the race question. The first and only book on its subject, Blacks at Harvard is distinguished by the rich variety of its sources. Included in this documentary history are scholarly overviews, poems, short stories, speeches, well-known memoirs by the famous, previously unpublished memoirs by the lesser known, newspaper accounts, letters, official papers of the university, and transcripts of debates. Among Harvard’s black alumni and alumnae are such illustrious figures as W.E.B. Du Bois, Monroe Trotter, and Alain Locke; Countee Cullen and Sterling Brown both received graduate degrees. The editors have collected here writings as diverse as those of Booker T. Washington, William Hastie, Malcolm X, and Muriel Snowden to convey the complex ways in which Harvard has affected the thinking of African Americans and the ways, in turn, in which African Americans have influenced the traditions of Harvard and Radcliffe. Notable among the contributors are significant figures in African American letters: Phyllis Wheatley, William Melvin Kelley, Marita Bonner, James Alan McPherson and Andrea Lee. Equally prominent in the book are some of the nation’s leading historians: Carter Woodson, Rayford Logan, John Hope Franklin, and Nathan I. Huggins. A vital sourcebook, Blacks at Harvard is certain to nourish scholarly inquiry into the social and intellectual history of African Americans at elite national institutions and serves as a telling metaphor of this nation’s past.
DVD 363.34 R62T
Trouble the water
Summary:“This astonishing powerful documentary takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never seen on screen. Incorporating remarkable home footage shot by Kimberly Rivers Roberts-an aspiring rap artist trapped with her husband in the 9th ward-directors/producers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal weave this insider’s view of Katrina with a devastating protrait of the hurricane’s aftermath. Trouble the Water takes audiences on a journey that is by turns heart-stopping, infuriating, inspiring and empowering. It’s not only about the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, but about the underlying issues that remained when the flood waters receded-failing public schools, record high levels of incarceration, poverty, structural racism and lack of government accountability”–Container.
Major problems in Asian American history : documents and essays
Summary:Presents a carefully selected group of readings that puts you on the front lines of history — engaging you as you evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw your own conclusions.,Contains Primary Source materials.
DVD 305.8 L495AM
American revolutionary : the evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Summary:“What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American writer, activist, and philosopher in Detroit. Rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future. [This documentary presents] Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond”–Container.
Pacific histories : ocean, land, people
Summary:“The first comprehensive volume to bring together the histories of the Pacific Islands, the Pacific Rim and the Pacific Ocean. A distinguished international team of historians provides a multidimensional account of the Pacific, its inhabitants and the lands within and around it — from the first human migrations to the present. The book covers the Pacific from Russia to Antarctica and from Southeast Asia to Central America, with focused attention on the peoples of Oceania. It introduces the Pacific’s multiple pasts, before examining major themes in Pacific history: the connections created by the environment, migration and the economy; religious, legal and scientific ways of knowing; and the identities expressed in ideas and practices of race, gender and politics”–Page [i].,Includes primary source material.
Letters to Jackie : condolences from a grieving nation
Summary:Contains primary source material.,Collects 250 examples of the thousands of condolence letters written to Jacqueline Kennedy following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in the first book to examine this extraordinary array of heartfelt correspondence.
White rage : the unspoken truth of our racial divide
Summary:“As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as ‘Black rage’, historian Carol Anderson wrote a remarkable op-ed in the Washington Post showing that this was, instead, ‘White rage’ at work. ‘With so much attention on the flames’ she writes, ‘everyone had ignored the kindling.’ Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, White reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow; the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South while taxpayer dollars financed segregated white private schools; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered a coded but powerful response, the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House. Carefully linking these and other historical flash points when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of White rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America” — Provided by publisher.
The gunpowder age : China, military innovation, and the rise of the West in world history
Summary:The Chinese invented gunpowder and began exploring its military uses as early as the 900s, four centuries before the technology passed to the West. But by the early 1800s, China had fallen so far behind the West in gunpowder warfare that it was easily defeated by Britain in the Opium War of 1839-42. What happened? In The Gunpowder Age, Tonio Andrade offers a compelling new answer, opening a fresh perspective on a key question of world history: why did the countries of western Europe surge to global importance starting in the 1500s while China slipped behind? Historians have long argued that gunpowder weapons helped Europeans establish global hegemony. Yet the inhabitants of what is today China not only invented guns and bombs but also, as Andrade shows, continued to innovate in gunpowder technology through the early 1700s much longer than previously thought. Why, then, did China become so vulnerable? Andrade argues that one significant reason is that it was out of practice fighting wars, having enjoyed nearly a century of relative peace, since 1760. Indeed, he demonstrates that China like Europe was a powerful military innovator, particularly during times of great warfare, such as the violent century starting after the Opium War, when the Chinese once again quickly modernized their forces. Today, China is simply returning to its old position as one of the world’s great military powers. By showing that China’s military dynamism was deeper, longer lasting, and more quickly recovered than previously understood, The Gunpowder Age challenges long-standing explanations of the so-called Great Divergence between the West and Asia.
The craft of librarian instruction : using acting techniques to create your teaching presence
Summary:“Library instruction is like acting on the stage: you play a role as the instruction librarian. There is a live audience, usually only there for the one-shot–that one performance. You may even receive reviews or evaluations. Or maybe the teaching experience feels more like an audition–a bit unnerving! We hope to demonstrate how acting techniques can sharpen your instructional skills and establish your teaching identity, enliven your performance, and create an invigorating (and stress-free) learning experience for your students”–Page vii.
Wari : lords of the ancient Andes
Summary:“Eminent ancestors of the better-known Inca, the Wari ascended to power in the south-central highlands of Peru in about AD 600, underwent a period of explosive growth, and then, by AD 1000, collapsed. During this lifespan, they created a society of such unprecedented complexity that many today regard it as the first empire in the Andes. Elite arts and the ideologies that informed them were among the culture’s most prominent exports. From their eponymous capital, one of the largest archaeological sites in South America, the Wari sent elaborate objects and textiles to their highland provincial centers as well as down into populous Pacific coastal areas to the west. The arts were crucial to their political, economic, and religious systems. Since the Wari did not write, the arts took on special roles in preserving and communicating information. This book is published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art that features some 170 objects from collections in Canada, Europe, Peru, and the United States. The selection covers the full range of Wari elite arts: elaborate textiles, which probably were at the core of Wari value systems; sophisticated ceramics of various styles; exquisite personal ornaments made of precious materials; carved wood containers; and works in stone and other media. The exhibition, the first in North America devoted to the arts of the Wari, was curated and the cataloged edited by Susan E. Bergh, curator of Pre-Columbian and Native North American art at the Cleveland Museum of Art.”–Page 2 of cover.
The price for their pound of flesh : the value of the enslaved from womb to grave in the building of a nation
Summary:“Groundbreaking look at slaves as commodities through every phase of life, from birth to death and beyond, in early America The Price for Their Pound of Flesh is the first book to explore the economic value of enslaved people through every phase of their lives–including from before birth to after death–in the American domestic slave trades. Covering the full “life cycle” (including preconception, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, the senior years, and death), historian Daina Berry shows the lengths to which slaveholders would go to maximize profits. She draws from over ten years of research to explore how enslaved people responded to being appraised, bartered, and sold. By illuminating their lives, Berry ensures that the individuals she studies are regarded as people, not merely commodities. Analyzing the depth of this monetization of human property will change the way we think about slavery, reparations, capitalism, and nineteenth-century medical education”–,Contains primary source material.
Essential texts in Chinese medicine : the single idea in the mind of the Yellow Emperor
Summary:In this selection of core texts, Richard Bertschinger presents a commentary and translation of the key writings for students and practitioners of Chinese medicine in the 21st century from the ancient, definitive set of books on Chinese medicine, the Huangdi Neijing or ‘the Yellow Emperor’s Medical Classic’. Bertschinger selects the key sections of the long and often impenetrable Huangdi Neijing that are vital for students and practitioners to know and understand for practice today, and provides an accessible view of these fundamental writings which remain central to all traditional approaches to medicine in China. Taking eminent Ming doctor and scholar Li Zhongzi’s selection of texts as a basis, he also includes a number of additional texts from the Huangdi Neijing on topics such as the spirit in treatment, a resonance with nature, the art of needling, and the Five Elemental body and personality types, thus ensuring the relevance of this core set of information for students and practitioners of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine today.,Contains primary source documents.
Daily life of the Nubians
Summary:Until recently little was known about ancient Nubia and day-to-day lives of the Nubian people aside from knowing it was a civilization contemporary with, distinct from, and living under the shadow of Ancient Egypt. Nubia existed from about 3500-300 BCE, close to 3,000 years. Thanks to recent massive archeological surveys, we now have a much clearer picture of Nubian civilization, what they ate, how they dressed, how they cared for their dead, their military triumphs and defeats, where their cities were built, and what they looked like. Of course they underwent dramatic changes over time, and these are noted where appropriate. Though often confused with the Ethiopians of Greek lore, little doubt remains that Nubians were in fact black African peoples, and their civilization has been claimed by many as proof of a sophisticated and ancient black African society.,Contains primary source material.
Classroom assessment techniques for librarians
Summary:“Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians provides the tools librarians need to quickly and meaningfully assess student knowledge in the classroom. The authors, Melissa Bowles-Terry and Cassandra Kvenild, share 24 tried and true assessment tools, along with library-specific examples, to help librarians assess students’ ability to recall, analyze, and apply new knowledge. The assessment tools in this book actively engage students by asking them to think, write, and reflect. Librarians can use results of these assessments as a starting point to define and measure information literacy learning outcomes as well as to improve their teaching skills and instructional design. This collection of assessment techniques can be adapted to multiple learning environments, including traditional one-shot library instruction, online instruction, and for-credit courses. This book is essential for academic libraries, and will prove useful to school libraries with strong information literacy programs, as well as library and information school collections”. –Publisher.
The new threat : the past, present, and future of Islamic militancy
Summary:Contains primary source material.,”Jason Burke is one of the world’s leading experts on militant Islam. He embedded with the Kurdish peshmerga (currently at war with ISIS) while still in college. He was hanging out with the Taliban in the late 1990s. He witnessed the bombing of Tora Bora in Afghanistan in 2001 firsthand. With the current emergence of ISIS in Iraq and Syria and the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, no one is as well placed as Burke-whose previous books have been chosen as books of the year by The Economist, the Daily Telegraph, and The Independent-to explain this dramatic post-Al Qaeda phase of Islamic militancy. We are now, he argues, entering a new phase of radical violence that is very different from what has gone before, one that is going to redefine the West’s relationship with terrorism and the Middle East. ISIS is not “medieval,” as many U.S. national security pundits claim, but, Burke explains, a group whose spectacular acts of terror are a contemporary expression of our highly digitized societies, designed to generate global publicity. In his account, radical Islamic terrorism is not an aberration or “cancer,” as some politicians assert; it is an organic part of the modern world. This book will challenge the preconceptions of many American readers and will be hotly debated in national security circles. “–
Alexander the Great : the hunt for a new past
The Wahhabi mission and Saudi Arabia
Summary:This is a definitive and authoritative account of the conservative interpretation of Islam that is the official creed of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Wahhabism. Muslim critics have dismissed it as a heretical innovation that manipulated a backward people to gain political control. David Commins dismisses the cliche;s, examines the nature of Wahhabism, and offers original findings as to how Wahhabism rose to dominance in Arabia and projected its influence in the Muslim world. He also assesses the challenges that it faces from radical militants within the Kingdom.
Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab
Summary:Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab (1703-1792) aroused great controversy in his lifetime. More than two centuries after his death, he still elicits strong views. For some he is the model of a pious religious activist who fought to establish a regime of Islamic godliness in the least promising of environments. For others, especially Muslims associated with mystic orders or who belong to the Shi’i branch of Islam, he is a hate figure. Few would contest that he shaped the Muslim world. For over 250 years the Wahhabi movement has rested on the twin pillars of a clear, compelling credo and an indissoluble alliance with temporal power. Absolutist, uncompromising theology and political and religious ambition combined to make it the dominant force in Arabia, turning its champions, the Al Sa’ud clan, from petty rulers of a mid-sized settlement into the guardians of Islam’s Holy Places, disposing of the earth’s greatest identified oil reserves. This thought-provoking and comprehensive biography, which charts the relationship between religious doctrine, political power, and events on the ground, uncovers the life and thoughts of the man who helped establish the first Saudi state and who began a dynastic alliance that continues to the present day.
Slave revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804 : a brief history with documents
Summary:In the French Caribbean, between 1789 and 1804, slave revolutionaries transformed some of the richest plantation colonies in the world into zones of liberty and equality. [This book] provides students of Atlantic, U.S., and Caribbean history with a selection of primary sources that tell the story of this revolution and introduce some of its most famous – as well as some of its little-known – protagonists. -Pref.,Contains primary source material.
Chinggis Khan : world conqueror
Daily life in medieval Europe
Summary:An introduction to medieval society that describes the general dynamics that shaped the medieval experience and explains what daily life was like during that time. The volume provides a two-pronged approach to history beginning with a broad sketch of the general dynamics that shaped the medieval experience while at the same time creating a detailed and clear portrait of what life would have been like for real individuals living in specific settings at the time. The reader is introduced to medieval society in the first three chapters, which include information on the life cycle, material culture, and the economy. These chapters provide an understanding of what people ate, what their social lives were like, what they wore, what kinds of jobs they had, and much more. Following are portraits of life in four specific medieval settings, offering in each case a particular example of the type: the village (Cuxham in Oxfordshire), the castle (Dover), the monastery (Cluny) and the town (Paris). Extensive use of documentary sources from each place sketch the broad contours of the social setting and provide details of the everyday experiences of real individuals. The volume concludes with an exploration of how ordinary people perceived the world in which they lived. Original games, recipes, and music are also provided to round out this rich introduction to life in medieval Europe.,Contains primary source material.
Elizabeth : the forgotten years
Summary:A groundbreaking biography of Elizabeth I revealing for the first time the woman behind the polished veneer as she confronts challenges at home and abroad: war against the Catholic powers of France and Spain, revolt in Ireland, an economic crisis that triggered riots in the streets of London, and a conspiracy to place her cousin Mary Queen of Scots on her throne.
Which side are you on? : seven social responsibility debates in American librarianship, 1990-2015
Summary:“Shattering any idea that librarianship is a politically neutral realm, this insider’s account of seven debates from the floor of the American Library Association Council illustrates the mechanisms the governing body used to maintain the status quo on issues like racism, government surveillance and climate change”–
The prehistoric exploration and colonisation of the Pacific
Summary:The exploration and colonization of the Pacific is a remarkable episode in human prehistory. Early sea-going explorers had no knowledge of Pacific geography, no instruments for measuring time and none for exploration. Forty years of modern archaeology, experimental voyages in rafts, and computer simulations of voyages have produced an enormous range of literature on this controversial subject. This book represents a major advance in knowledge of the settlement of the Pacific by suggesting that exploration was rapid, purposeful and undertaken systematically, and that navigation methods progressively improved.
White Trash : the 400-year untold history of class in America
Summary:“A history of the class system in America from the colonial era to the present illuminates the crucial legacy of the underprivileged white demographic, citing the pivotal contributions of lower-class white workers in wartime, social policy, and the rise of the Republican Party.”–NoveList.
Bananas : an American history
Summary:“In this wide-ranging history of the most popular and least expensive fruit in the United States, Virginia Scott Jenkins shows how developments in international trade and transportation enabled banana shipments from the Caribbean to reach even the most remote North American towns. She describes how public health campaigns and marketing innovations enticed Americans to eat more and more of the fruit that came in its own “germ-free” packaging. She uses bananas to illustrate changes in diet and etiquette, shows how bananas symbolized the supposed danger or romance of the tropics, and visits the International Banana Festival in Fulton, Kentucky, which in its heyday touted banana consumption as a weapon against communism – and featured a one-ton banana pudding.”–Jacket.
Wonderland : how play made the modern world
Summary:“Explores the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained. Play has always been more important than most people realize. In this vivid examination of the power of play and delight, Steven Johnson offers a surprising history of popular entertainment. Roving from medieval kitchens and ancient taverns to casinos and shopping malls, he locates the cutting edge of innovation wherever people are working hardest to keep themselves and others amused. Johnson’s storytelling is just as entertaining as the inventions he describes, full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems. He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, musical instruments, exotic meals, gathering places, video games, and magic shows. These wonderlands of amusement did more than just entertain their patrons, Johnson argues. They also directly contributed to economic and social revolutions that transformed the modern world. Johnson makes the compelling case that anyone who wants to know where technology and social trends are headed next should be paying close attention to the way we play. If you’re looking for the future, you’ll find it wherever people are having the most fun.”–Dust jacket.,Contains primary source material.
Islam : past, present and future
Must we divide history into periods?
The lynching : the epic courtroom battle that brought down the Klan
Summary:“The New York Times bestselling author of The Kennedy Women chronicles the powerful and spellbinding true story of a brutal race-based killing in 1981 and subsequent trials that undid one of the most pernicious organizations in American history–the Ku Klux Klan. On a Friday night in March 1981 Henry Hays and James Knowles scoured the streets of Mobile in their car, hunting for a black man. The young men were members of Klavern 900 of the United Klans of America. They were seeking to retaliate after a largely black jury could not reach a verdict in a trial involving a black man accused of the murder of a white man. The two Klansmen found nineteen-year-old Michael Donald walking home alone. Hays and Knowles abducted him, beat him, cut his throat, and left his body hanging from a tree branch in a racially mixed residential neighborhood. Arrested, charged, and convicted, Hays was sentenced to death–the first time in more than half a century that the state of Alabama sentenced a white man to death for killing a black man. On behalf of Michael’s grieving mother, Morris Dees, the legendary civil rights lawyer and cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a civil suit against the members of the local Klan unit involved and the UKA, the largest Klan organization. Charging them with conspiracy, Dees put the Klan on trial, resulting in a verdict that would level a deadly blow to its organization. Based on numerous interviews and extensive archival research, The Lynching brings to life two dramatic trials, during which the Alabama Klan’s motives and philosophy were exposed for the evil they represent. In addition to telling a gripping and consequential story, Laurence Leamer chronicles the KKK and its activities in the second half the twentieth century, and illuminates its lingering effect on race relations in America today. The Lynching includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs”–
We, the navigators : the ancient art of landfinding in the Pacific
Summary:The second edition of David Lewis’ classic book on Pacific navigation promises to satisfy yet again scholars and seafarers alike – and all others who have marveled at the ability of island mariners to navigate hundreds of miles of open ocean without instruments. The new edition includes a discussion of theories about traditional methods of navigation developed during the past two decades, the story of the renaissance of star navigation throughout the Pacific, and material about navigation system in Indonesia, Siberia, and the Indian Ocean.
Polynesia in early historic times
Summary:Polynesia in Early Historic Times presents a comprehensive and balanced description of major aspects of Polynesian cultures, providing written accounts from European explorers and current writings by archaeologists and anthropologists.
TW 938 P32US
Usborne internet-linked Greeks
Summary:Greek civilizations dominated the western world for centuries, from the Minoans to Alexander the Great. They created fearsome fighting forces on land and sea, and invented the Olympic Games, democracy and western art and architecture. This book looks at aspects of everyday life in ancient Greece, as well as providing a clear historical outline. It is both a fascinating chronicle and a valuable work of reference.
The lost history of Aztec & Maya : the history, legend, myth and culture of the ancient native peoples of Mexico and Central America : Olmec, Maya, Chichimec, Huastec, Zapotec, Toltec, Mixtec, Totonac, Aztec
Summary:A highly readable, authoritative history of Mesoamerica and its many peoples, from the Olmecs and Maya to the Toltecs and Aztecs … Discvoer Mesoamerican myths and legends from creation tales to stories of the gods and goddesses, and the mythology of fertility, harves and the afterlife”–Page 4 of cover.
Caught in the revolution : Petrograd, Russia, 1917– a world on the edge
Summary:“Caught in the Revolution is Helen Rappaport’s masterful telling of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution through eye-witness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold. Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin’s Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd (the former St. Petersburg) was in turmoil–felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt. There, the foreign visitors who filled hotels, clubs, bars and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps and beneath their windows. Among this disparate group were journalists, diplomats, businessmen, bankers, governesses, volunteer nurses and expatriate socialites. Many kept diaries and wrote letters home: from an English nurse who had already survived the sinking of the Titanic; to the black valet of the US Ambassador, far from his native Deep South; to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, who had come to Petrograd to inspect the indomitable Women’s Death Battalion led by Maria Bochkareva. Helen Rappaport draws upon this rich trove of material, much of it previously unpublished, to carry us right up to the action–to see, feel and hear the Revolution as it happened to an assortment of individuals who suddenly felt themselves trapped in a ‘red madhouse'”–,Contains primary source material.
Who freed the slaves? : the fight over the Thirteenth Amendment
Summary:“In the popular imagination, slavery in the United States ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation may have been limited–freeing only slaves within Confederate states who were able to make their way to Union lines–but it is nonetheless generally seen as the key moment, with Lincoln’s leadership setting into motion a train of inevitable events that culminated in the passage of an outright ban: the Thirteenth Amendment. The real story, however, is much more complicated–and dramatic–than that. With Who Freed the Slaves?, distinguished historian Leonard L. Richards tells the little-known story of the battle over the Thirteenth Amendment and of James Ashley, the unsung Ohio congressman who proposed the amendment and steered it to passage. Taking readers to the floor of Congress and the back rooms where deals were made, Richards brings to life the messy process of legislation–a process made all the more complicated by the bloody war and the deep-rooted fear of black emancipation. We watch as Ashley proposes, fine-tunes, and pushes the amendment even as Lincoln drags his feet, only coming aboard and providing crucial support at the last minute. Even as emancipation became the law of the land, Richards shows, its opponents were already regrouping, beginning what would become a decades-long–and largely successful–fight to limit the amendment’s impact. Who Freed the Slaves? is a masterwork of American history, presenting a surprising, nuanced portrayal of a crucial moment for the nation, one whose effects are still being felt today” — Jacket.
Trace : a journey through memory, history, and the American land
Summary:Prologue: Thoughts on a frozen pond — The view from point sublime — Provenance notes — Alien land ethic : the distance between — Madeline tracing — What’s in a name — Properties of desire — Migrating in a bordered land — Placing Washington, DC, after the Inauguration — Epilogue: At Crowsnest Pass,”Sand and stone are Earth’s fragmented memory. Each of us, too, is a landscape inscribed by memory and loss. One life-defining lesson Lauret Savoy learned as a young girl was this: the American land did not hate. As an educator and Earth historian, she has tracked the continent’s past from the relics of deep time; but the paths of ancestors toward her–paths of free and enslaved Africans, colonists from Europe, and peoples indigenous to this land–lie largely eroded and lost. In this provocative and powerful mosaic of personal journeys and historical inquiry across a continent and time, Savoy explores how the country’s still unfolding history, and ideas of ‘race, ‘ have marked her and the land. From twisted terrain within the San Andreas Fault zone to a South Carolina plantation, from national parks to burial grounds, from ‘Indian Territory’ and the U.S.-Mexico Border to the U.S. capital, Trace grapples with a searing national history to reveal the often unvoiced presence of the past. In distinctive and illuminating prose that is attentive to the rhythms of language and landscapes, she weaves together human stories of migration, silence, and displacement, as epic as the continent they survey, with uplifted mountains, braided streams, and eroded canyons”
Against the postcolonial : “francophone” writers at the ends of French empire
Summary:“Richard Serrano begins his new work, Against the Postcolonial, with the bold statement that “Francophone Studies is mostly a mirage, while Postcolonial Studies is mostly a delusion.” He argues that most attempts to use postcoloniality to account for francophone writers tells us more about the critics’ assumptions than about the writers’ work. Furthermore, he asserts that Postcolonial Studies, with its antecedents as an anglophone Indian project that emerged in response to the weakening British Raj, is but one sort of narrative of colonialism into which writers of French expression do not neatly fit.”,Contains primary source material.
Bloodlands : Europe between Hitler and Stalin
Summary:In this revelatory book, Timothy Snyder offers a groundbreaking investigation of Europe’s killing fields and a sustained explanation of the motives and methods of both Hitler and Stalin. He anchors the history of Hitler’s Holocaust and Stalin’s Terror in their time and place and provides a fresh account of the relationship between the two regimes
Early mapping of the Pacific : the epic story of seafarers, adventurers, and cartographers who mapped the Earth’s greatest ocean
Summary:With dozens of rare color maps and other documents, Early Mapping of the Pacific follows the story of map-making, exploration and colonization in the Pacific Ocean. It covers the history of ocean exploration from 16th century Portuguese mariners to 20th century explorers and includes a cornucopia of rare and beautiful maps of the Pacific Ocean, in particular, of Hawaii, Tahiti, Australia and New Zealand, among other Pacific Islands and territories. Early Mapping of the Pacific traces the exploration and charting of the great ocean through cartography, following the story from classical times through the turn of the twentieth century, telling the tales of seafarers who ventured eastward from Asia and were the Pacific’s greatest explorers.,Contains primary source material.
Jackson, 1964 : and other dispatches from fifty years of reporting on race in America
Summary:An anthology of previously uncollected essays, originally published in “The New Yorker,” reflects the work of the eminent journalist’s early career and traces his witness to the fledgling years of desegregation in Georgia.
Spy sites of Washington, DC : a guide to the capital region’s secret history
Summary:This is a guidebook to the most important and fascinating spy sites in Washington, DC and suburban Virginia and Maryland. Melton and Wallace bring to life over two hundred years of the secret side to the nation’s capital through history, images, and locations that readers can visit. The book contains 220 entries that give brief histories of key cases linked to a site where spies lived, worked, or were caught in the act. Melton and Wallace describe virtually every conceivable type of spy activity–all of which have played out here. The book is richly illustrated with well over 300 photos of sites, people, and spy gadgets. Also included are maps and lists of spy sites by neighborhood, city, or county so that readers can undertake their own spy-site tours. The untold or little-known stories of the secret operations and spy sites hidden throughout the DC region will fascinate spy enthusiasts and visitors and even surprise longtime residents of the area.