A number of people suggested books about crossing borders: about people traveling or emigrating to countries foreign to them or about people creating new hybrid identities in the places they lived. Since they don’t fit into our usual geographical categories –and raise interesting questions about those categories — we are lumping them together here in Crossing Borders.
Here are Steven Mintz’s suggestions for more reading on the history of childhood. Howard Chudacoff, Children at Play: An American History (2008) Chudakoff demonstrates that children’s play has always been a subject of contention, with adults seeking to control the way that children spend their time and kids using play for their own purposes: as a […]
Following his successful biography of the famous English corsair, Francis Drake, Harry Kelsey turns to Drake’s lesser-known but equally adventurous cousin, John Hawkins (1532-1595).
The “war on drugs” originated in the late nineteenth century when the United States and Mexico began to combat the narcotics industry. By 1914, the Harrison Act criminalized non-medicinal use of opiates and cocaine in the United States.
It is a pleasure to read a full account of the British side of the American Revolution. In Andrew O’Shaughnessy’s “The Men Who Lost America,” we see the beginning of the story through the eyes of George III, who was still physically strong and mentally robust.
Are buildings alive? Of course, the answer is no, in the technical sense. That question, however, raises another: are buildings agents? In other words, are they active, do they affect and animate the world within which they exist, or are they simply passive structures to be used however their owners might desire?
Historians have been puzzled by the rapid development of slavery in English America in the last three quarters of the seventeenth century: Scott Irish indentured laborers, Algonquian prisoners of war, and captured Africans were pressed into slavery.
Environmental history is one of the most exciting fields of history at the moment as scholars seek to understand the role the environment played in familiar events and the ways the environment has been shaped by historical forces.
Author of Reading Magnum: A Visual Archive of the Twentieth Century, Steven Hoelscher, recommends more to read about Magnum Photos and photojournalism history. Magnum Stories, edited by Chris Boot. London: Phaidon, 2004. A former bureau chief of Magnum’s London office, Chris Boot presents 61 different “photo stories,” as told by individual Magnum photographers. Magnum Contact Sheets, edited by Kristen […]
What do an enslaved African miner in colonial Colombia, a Portuguese Jewish merchant in Cartagena, a gem cutter in Amsterdam, and an Ottoman sultan have in common? Kris Lane’s Colour of Paradise ties together the histories of these diverse and geographically distant peoples by tracing the exploitation, trade, and consumption of emeralds between 1540 and the 1790s