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New Books in History
Podcast Host: Marshall Poe
Podcast Owner: MarshallPoe
Podcast Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Website: http://newbooksinhistory.com
Episodes: 118
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Discussions with historians about their new books.

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05/01/2009 | Download File 1.00 B -right click to download


It’s the classic historical question: Why did the Roman Empire fall? There are doubtless lots of reasons. One historian has noted 210 of them. No wonder Gibbon said that we should stop “inquiring why the Roman Empire was destroyed,” but rather “be surprised that it lasted so

04/23/2009 | Download File 1.00 B -right click to download


How different is the United States from other nations? American leaders and common folk have often said it’s very different. The Founding Fathers said it, Abraham Lincoln said it, Woodrow Wilson said it, Franklin Roosevelt said it, Bill Clinton said it, and George W. Bush said it–and the

04/16/2009 | Download File 1.00 B -right click to download


Most people know what “appeasement” is. You know, the Spanish Civil War, the Nazi Anschluss with Austria, the Sudeten Crisis, Neville Chamberlain, “Peace in Our Time.” The Western democracies went (as Margaret Thatcher might have said) all “wobbly” on Fascism, wit

04/09/2009 | Download File 1.00 B -right click to download


I always assumed that the Jews who emigrated from Eastern Europe to New York and created the massive Jewish American labor movement brought their leftist politics with them from the Old Country. But now I know different thanks to┬áTony Michels’ terrific Fire in their Hearts. Yiddish Socialists

08/14/2008 | Download File 1.00 B -right click to download


When you were in college, did you visit the health center? I did, several times. Did you ever wonder why there was a student health center? I didn’t. It seemed like a part of the college scenery, something that had “always” been there. Far from it, as Heather Prescott shows in her

08/07/2008 | Download File 1.00 B -right click to download


Why did Reconstruction fail? Why didn’t the post-war Federal government protect the civil rights of the newly freed slaves? And why did it take Washington almost a century to intercede on the behalf of beleaguered, oppressed African Americans in the South? In a terrific new book, Charles Lane

07/31/2008 | Download File 1.00 B -right click to download


The question of how we come to understand who we are–nationality-wise–is a thorny one. In a widely-read book, Benedict Anderson said we got nationality, inter alia, by reading about it in books. William Beezley’s got a different, though complementary, thesis regarding Mexicans of t

07/25/2008 | Download File 1.00 B -right click to download


I confess I sometimes wonder where we got in the habit of proclaiming, usually with some sort of righteous indignation, that we have the “right” to this or that as citizens. I know that the political theorists of the eighteenth century wrote a lot about “rights,” and that &#8

07/18/2008 | Download File 40.00 B -right click to download


Much has been written about Winston Churchill recently. Some love him, some hate him. But few understand him, at least as well as John Lukacs. That’s hardly a surprise as Lukacs has been thinking and writing about Churchill for over fifty years. He’s written a wonderful book focusing on

07/11/2008 | Download File 1.00 B -right click to download


People will often say that “this land”–wherever this land happens to be–is theirs because their ancestors “have always lived there.” But you can be pretty sure that’s not true. It’s probably the case that somebody else’s ancestors once lived on &

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