Book Features Archive

Writing History for the King (Cornell University Press), a new book by Senior Lecturer in Medieval History Charity Urbanski, is at once a reassessment of the reign of Henry II of England (1133–1189) and an original contribution to our understanding of the rise of vernacular historiography in the high Middle Ages.

In their quest for greater political participation within shifting imperial fields—from Spanish (1850s–1898) to US rule (1898-)—Puerto Ricans struggled to shape and contain conversations about race. In so doing, they crafted, negotiated, and imposed on others multiple forms of silences while reproducing the idea of a unified, racially mixed, harmonious nation. Silencing Race explores the ongoing, constant racialization of Puerto Rican workers to explore the 'class-making' of race.

The Afterlife of Empire investigates how decolonization transformed British society in the 1950s and 1960s. Although usually charted through its diplomatic details, the collapse of the British empire was also a deeply personal process that altered everyday life, restructuring routines, individual relationships, and social interactions.

A new volume, edited by Richard Kirkendall, explores how President Harry Truman sought to balance concerns over national security with respect for individual liberties.

Dread and enchantment haunt twentieth-century Dutch Indies and Indonesian literature, but Laurie Sears suggests that these literary works can bring ineffable experiences of trauma into narrative form.

Five essays focus on Ernst Badian's contributions to the study of ancient history, Greek and Roman.

Carol Thomas (editor), provides an introduction focusing on Badian’s role in the foundation and growth of the Association of Ancient Historians
T. Corey Brennan: “Ernst Badian’s Methodological Maxims”
Stanley Burstein: “A Peltast among Hoplites: Ernst Badian and Athenian History”
Eugene Borza: “Ernst Badian’s Alexander”
Jerzy Linderski: “Ink and Blood: Ernst Badian, Rome and the Art of History"

The volume concludes with a bibliography of Ernst’s scholarship from 1952 to 2009.

The first comprehensive English-language biography of this important monarch, Emperor Huizong is a nuanced portrait that corrects the prevailing view of Huizong as decadent and negligent. Patricia Ebrey recasts him as a ruler genuinely ambitious—if too much so—in pursuing glory for his flourishing realm.