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The Borscht Belt
Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland
The Borscht Belt, which features essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, presents Marisa Scheinfeld's photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. 

"One winter I went with other teenagers to a convention at Grossinger's and remember my excitement at discovering the indoor swimming pool and the deep heat of their sauna. I recall that the whole place seemed to offer a wonderland of new experiences. I went to the convention again the next year, but I never went back after I left New York. There is a stark difference between my memory and the shell of a resort that exists today. But the past can be given form and detail by photography, and... cont'd

Class Divide
Yale '64 and the Conflicted Legacy of the Sixties
Howard Gillette
Howard Gillette Jr. draws on more than one hundred interviews with representative members of the Yale class of ’64 to examine how they were challenged by the issues that would define the 1960s.

"Class Divide is an elegantly crafted account of the effect sixties-era cultural and political rebellion had on a very select group of Americans: the Yale class of 1964. Howard Gillette Jr.'s ability to put the lives of his classmates into sharply drawn historical contexts is quite remarkable. Gillette's subjects went on to do spectacular things and many became nationally known figures, which makes this tale particularly significant as a work of both historical scholarship and... cont'd

The Consuming Temple
Jews, Department Stores, and the Consumer Revolution in Germany, 1880–1940
Paul Lerner
Paul Lerner explores German anxieties about the department store and the widespread belief that they posed hidden dangers both to the individuals and to the nation as a whole.

"Based on exhaustive research in primary archival, printed, and visual sources, The Consuming Temple persuasively argues that contemporaries characterized the department store as a Jewish phenomenon. Such associations were most often in the context of a critique of this new form of merchandising and anti-Semitic in nature. Paul Lerner's elaboration and specification of the linkage of department stores, Jews, and women is particularly original. This impressive book is,... cont'd

Casualties of History
Wounded Japanese Servicemen and the Second World War
Lee K. Pennington
In Casualties of History, Lee K. Pennington relates for the first time in English the experiences of Japanese wounded soldiers and disabled veterans of Japan's "long" Second World War (from 1937 to 1945).

"This book is rich in detail and sources, and places the wounded veteran in the greater context of Japanese culture and the militarization (and subsequent demilitarization) of Japanese society. . . . Pennington's work is a valuable addition to the expanding historiography on those survivors of war aptly described as the debris of battle."—Steven Oreck, H-War (July 2015)

The Templars, the Witch, and the Wild Irish
Vengeance and Heresy in Medieval Ireland
Maeve Brigid Callan
Maeve Brigid Callan analyzes Ireland's medieval heresy trials, which all occurred in the volatile fourteenth century. These include the celebrated case of Alice Kyteler and her associates, prosecuted by Richard de Ledrede, bishop of Ossory, in 1324.

"Maeve Brigid Callan weaves Irish and wider European patterns together convincingly in her account of incidents concerning heresy and witchcraft that occurred in Ireland between 1310 and 1360. . . . [T]his is a bold, fresh and scholarly account that will be warmly welcomed by medieval historians and the general reader wishing to enter the stormy world of fourteenth-century Ireland."—Brendan Smith, The Tablet (May 2, 2015)

What Galileo Saw
Imagining the Scientific Revolution
Lawrence Lipking
Lawrence Lipking offers a new perspective on how to understand the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century, emphasizing the role that imagination played in the birth of modern science and modern ways of viewing the world.

"While tensions between religion and science and arguments about the loss of meaning in the world were obvious as early as the 1600s and continue today (witness modern scientists such as Carl Sagan in Pale Blue Dot and Richard Dawkins in Unweaving the Rainbow attempting to dispel this perception), Lipking supports his thesis admirably by blending literary analysis of period texts with the philosophers' own writings. He demonstrates that there was no clean line of... cont'd

For Fear of an Elective King
George Washington and the Presidential Title Controversy of 1789
Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon
In the spring of 1789, the Senate and House of Representatives fell into dispute regarding how to address the president. For Fear of an Elective King is Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon's rich account of the title controversy and its meanings

"This is an outstanding work of historical writing. All of Bartoloni-Tuazon's assertions are strongly backed up with historical evidence. The book is thoroughly researched (with fifty-five pages of notes), and includes a very useful bibliography. In sum, this book is a balanced and thorough examination of an important episode in American history. The title controversy decided that America—at least until the twentieth century—would have a presidency of moderation with a lack of... cont'd

Native to the Republic
Empire, Social Citizenship, and Everyday Life in Marseille since 1945
Minayo Nasiali
In Native to the Republic, Minayo Nasiali traces the process through which expectations about living standards and decent housing came to be understood as social rights in late twentieth-century France.

Violence as a Generative Force
Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community
Max Bergholz
In Violence as a Generative Force, Max Bergholz tells the story of the sudden and perplexing descent of Kulen Vakuf—a small rural community straddling today's border between northwest Bosnia and Croatia whose multiethnic population had long lived in peace—into extreme intercommunal violence during 1941.

Redemption and Revolution
American and Chinese New Women in the Early Twentieth Century
Motoe Sasaki
In the early twentieth century, a good number of college-educated Protestant American women went abroad by taking up missionary careers in teaching, nursing, and medicine. Motoe Sasaki's transnational history of these New Women explores the intersections of gender, modernity, and national identity within the politics of world history.

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