Red Flags; Why Xi’s China Is in Jeopardy by George Magnus. Yale University Press. China has become a large and confident power both at home and abroad; but there are serious challenges to the economic well-being of its citizens, facing an aging population and a not always popular authoritarianism.
Scots and Catalans; Union and Disunion by John Elliott. Yale University Press. It has been assumed that the European Union would become a solution to Europe’s regionalism. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The Age of Walls; How Barriers between Nations Are Changing Our World by Tim Marshall. Scribners. Borders, walls, and boundaries that divide up countries and their citizens.
Tsushima 1905; Death of a Russian Fleet by Mark Lardas &Peter Dennis. Osprey Press. Paper. The naval campaign of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 -1905, focusing on this decisive battle’ defeat for the Russian navy, and a victory for Japanese Imperialists.
Iran Rising; The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic by Amin Saikal. Princeton University Press. The fortieth anniversary of the 1978-1979 uprising and the overthrow of the Shah.
The Land of a Thousand Gods; A History of Asia Minor in the Ancient World by Christian Marek. Princeton University Press, paper. Asia Minor from prehistory to the Roman Imperial Period; it’s shifting orientation between East and West.
Weimar Germany; Promise and Tragedy by Eric Weitz. Princeton University Press, paper. Germans rose from the turbulence and defeat of the Great War, the foraging of new democratic institutions, and make Berlin a world capital of the avant-garde.
The Book Smugglers; Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis by David Fishman. University Press of New England, paper. Partisans and scholars from Vilna who buried books, saving them first from the Nazis and then from the Soviets.
You’ve Got to Tell Them; A French Girl’s Experience of Auschwitz and After by Ida Grinspan, et al. LSU Press. Winter of 1944, French police arrested Ida Grinspan, a young Jewish girl hiding in Nazi occupied Paris. .She spent the next year and a half in Auschwitz.
The Dawn of Eurasia; On the Trail of the New World Order by Bruno Macaes. Yale University Press. Tracking economic integration of the two continents in the shifting borderlands between Europe and Asia.
A History of the Bible; The Story of the World’s Most Influential Book by John Barton. Viking Press. Barton argues that the Bible is not a prescription to a complete and fixed religious tradition but rather the product of an intriguing process that inspired two world religion.
The Global Age; Europe 1850 to 2017 by Ian Kershaw. Viking Press. A volume in series Penguin History of Europe.