In Search of the Phoenicians by Josephine Quinn. Princeton University Press, 2018. The Phoenician city states became a collective only in the recent centuries.
Escape from Vichy; The Refugee Exodus to the French Caribbean by Eric Jennings, Harvard University Press, 2018. In the early years of World War II, thousands of political refugees fled Vichy-France for the French speaking Caribbean enroot to safer shores. There as exiles and refugees they assembled a Francophone culture as exiles and refugees.
Empress; the Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan [1577 to 1645] by Ruby Lal. W.W. Norton, 2018. Daughter of a Persian noble, Nur Jahan became the favorite wife of the Emperor Jahangir and a partner in his reign.
Why Turkey is Authoritarian; Right-Wing Rule from Atatürk to Erdogan by Halil Karaveli, Pluto Press, 2018 paper. On the verge of becoming a Westernized liberal democracy only to lose ground to authoritarianism
Almost Home; Maroons Between Slavery and Freedom in Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and Sierra Leone by Ruma Chopra. Yale University Press, 2018. A small community of ex-slaves that survived in the eighteenth-century Caribbean and Nova Scotia.
The King’s City; A History of London During the Restoration; The City That Transformed a Nation by Don Jordan. Pegasus, 2018. The glamorous seventeenth-century London.
Trading in War; London’s Maritime World in the Age of Cook and Nelson by Margarette Lincoln. Yale University Press, 2018. London was, during the Revolutionary Wars, the commercial nexus of a global empire that supported its military presence in North America and Europ
London’s Triumph; Merchants, Adventures, and Money in Shakespeare’s City by Stephen Alfrord. Bloomsbury, 2014. The history of London’s financial institutions.
Rise and Kill First; The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations by Ronen Bergman. Random, 2012. A humane investigation of a bloody subject.
Twilight of Empire; The Tragedy at Mayerling and the End of the Habsburgs by Greg King & Penny Wilson. St. Martin’s, 2018. 1889; Austria-Hungary. Did the crown prince of the Austrian empire commit suicide? What was the role of the seventeen-year-old girl whose body was found beside him in his bed.
Wellington; Waterloo and the Fortunes of Peace, 1814-1852 by Roy Muir. Yale University Press, 2018 paper. His long career, first his military exploits and the defeat of Napoleon. Then as a civilian and eventually Prime Minister.
Broken Lives; How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century by Konrad Jarausch. Princeton University Press, 2018. Stories of ordinary Germans who lived through the Holocaust, the Second World War, the partition of the country after the war, and the Cold War that followed.
Berlin 1936; Sixteen Days in August by Oliver Hilmes & Jefferson Chase. Other Press, 2018. A complicated Olympia, with a new dictator attempting to make a grand gesture to an attentive world.