Subject: Award-Winning

Battleship Vieques: Puerto Rico from World War II to the Korean War
Ayala, César J. and José L. Bolívar

Subject: Latin America, Caribbean, U.S. History

Outstanding Book of the Year, Choice Magazine

The demonstrations that resulted in the U.S. Navy’s being forced out of Vieques in 2003 were the result of the island’s occupation during and after World War II. After German …

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Bitter Bonds: A Colonial Divorce Drama of the Seventeenth Century
Blussé, Leonard (translated by Diane Webb)

Subject: World History, European History, Asian History, Women's History

Book of the Year – Times Literary Supplement

In seventeenth-century Batavia, Cornelia van Nijenroode, the daughter of a geisha and a Dutch merchant in Japan, was known as “otemba” (meaning “untamable”), which made her a heroine to …

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Colonialism (Updated and Expanded Edition)
Osterhammel, Jürgen

Subject: World History

“Osterhammel (History, U. of Constance) argues that the global mercantile expansion of the European powers of the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries bears a marked resemblance to the political imperialism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Further, although there are …

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History of Puerto Rico: A Panorama of Its People
Picó, Fernando

Subject: Caribbean

Updated and Expanded

Outstanding Academic Book of the Year, CHOICE Magazine

One of Puerto Rico’s leading historians, Fernando Picó has had tremendous influence over our currect understanding of Puerto Rican society. Here, he examines the ways in …

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Islam in Europe: The Lure of Fundamentalism and the Allure of Cosmopolitanism
Göle, Nilüfer

Subject: Europe, Middle East, Religion

French Selection for the PEN World Voices Literary Festival

Islam in Europe is a book full of striking images: the assassination of and the death threats against artists and intellectuals; violent demonstrations demanding Sharia [Koranic] law for …

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Islamism in Morocco: Religion, Authoritarianism, and Electoral Politics
Zeghal, Malika (translated by George Holoch)

Subject: Africa, Middle East, Religion

French Selection for the PEN World Voices Literary Festival

Winner of the PEN America-France Award

Malika Zeghal analyzes the historical roots and recent evolution of Moroccan Islamist movements in the context of a new political system …

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The History of African Cities South of the Sahara: From the Origins to Colonization
Coquery-Vidrovitch, Catherine (translated by Mary Baker)

Subject: Africa

Outstanding Academic Book of the Year 2005, CHOICE Magazine

Cities have existed in sub-Saharan Africa since antiquity. But only now are historians and archaeologists rediscovering their rich heritage: the ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe and Congo, the harbor …

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The Lure of Antiquity and the Cult of the Machine: The Kunstkammer and the Evolution of Nature, Art and Technology
Bredekamp, Horst (introduction by Anthony T. Grafton; translated by Allison Brown)

Subject: Europe

Translated into six languages

The Kunstkammer was a programmatic display of art and oddities amassed by wealthy Europeans during the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. These nascent museums reflected the ambitions of such thinkers as Descartes, Locke, and Kepler …

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The New Face of Lebanon: History’s Revenge
Harris, William

Subject: Middle East

Outstanding Academic Book of the Year, CHOICE Magazine

Once known as the Switzerland of the Middle East, Lebanon in the late 1980s was considered a failed state: strife prevailed among Maronite Christians, Sunnis, Shiites, Druze, and Palestinians. Now, …

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Tropical Diaspora: The Jewish Experience in Cuba
Levine, Robert S.

Subject: Caribbean, Jewish Studies ,History

.”a comprehensive and absorbing account of the travails of Cuban Jews… Cuba did not conform to the behavior of a classical dictatorship in its struggle to chart its own path, but perhaps it is this nonconformity that makes it such …

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