The Land of the Elephant Kings; Space, Territory, and Ideology in the Seleucid Empire by Paul Kosmin. Harvard University Press, paper. A kingdom of great ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity stretching from present-day Bulgaria to Tajikistan.
Faithful Encounters; Authorities and American Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire by Emrah Sahin. McGill-Queen’s University Press. Paper.The author examines the relationships between the two elites who managed the empire form the capital city, Istanbul.
The Story of Greece and Rome by Tony Spawforth. Yale University Press. The intermingled civilizations of Greece and Roman and its reception to external influences from the eastern Mediterranean.
Marooned; Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin by Joseph Kelly. Bloomsbury. Kelly makes the case for replacing Plymouth Rock with Jamestown as America’s founding myth.
Stone Circles by Hugh Newman. Bloomsbury Press. Stonehenge and other stone circles in Britain and around the world.
The King and the Catholics; England, Ireland, and the Fight for Religious Freedom, 1780 to 1829 by Antonia Fraser. Random House. The dramatic story of how Catholics in the United Kingdom won back their rights after two centuries of official discrimination.
The King Who Had to Go; Edward VIII, Mrs. Simpson, and the Hidden Politics of the Abdication Crisis by Adrian Phillips. Biteback Publishing. The marriage between Edward and the American, Wallis Simpson, in 1936. The behind the scene machinations of the Baldwin Administration.
The Good Friday Agreement by Siobhán Fenton. Backbite Press. A look at the peace process in Northern Ireland and how it has survived in the intervening twenty years. The future looks bleak, however, Brexit!
Twilight of the Elite; The Prosperous, the Periphery, and the Future of France by Christophe Guilluy & Malcolm DeBevoise, trans. Yale University Press. There is no unifying economic structure; France is in many ways closed off into various multicultural nations.
The Golden Rhinoceros; Histories of the African Middle Ages by François-Xavier Fauvelle. Princeton University Press. A new look at medieval Africa. In the fifteenth-century the African continent was the center for a vibrant exchange of goods and ideas.
A Specter Haunting Europe; The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism by Paul Hanebrink. Harvard University Press. The paranoid fantasy that Communism was a Jewish plot to destroy the nations of Europe.
Under the Starry Flag; How a Band of Irish-Americans Joined the Fenian Revolt and Sparked a Crisis over Citizenship by Lucy Salyer. Harvard University Press. They began their fight for Irish independence as American citizens, only to be arrested for treason by the British.
The Longest Line on the Map; The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest to Link the Americas by Eric Rutkow. Scribner. A quest to link the Americas with the world’s longest road – the Pan American Highway.