New Books Network Interviews Dr. Duffy on her Recent Publication

Tune in here to listen to Dr. Andrea Duffy’s podcast interview with Matthew Brown, New Books Network Host. Chronicling the retreat of mobile pastoralization from Mediterranean coastlines, Andrea Duffy’s Nomad’s Land: Pastoralism and French Environmental Policy in the Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean World (U Nebraska Press, 2019) investigates a mystery: where did the sheep go? Duffy seeks the answer by […]

Major Problems in American Women’s History

Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, the Major Problems in American History series introduces students to both primary sources and analytical essays on important topics in U.S. history. Major Problems in American Women’s History is the leading reader for courses on the history of American women, covering the subject’s entire chronological span. While attentive […]

气候改变历史 (The Impact of Climate on Human Histories)


Wielding the Ax: State Forestry and Social Conflict in Tanzania, 1820-2000

Forests have been at the fault lines of contact between African peasant communities in the Tanzanian coastal hinterland and outsiders for almost two centuries. In recent decades, a global call for biodiversity preservation has been the main challenge to Tanzanians and their forests. Thaddeus Sunseri uses the lens of forest history to explore some of […]

“Public Opinion and Modernity in Venezuela’s Anti-Corruption Trials, 1945-1948” in the Journal of Latin American Studies vol. 51

This article explores the reasons why the most important anti-corruption campaign in twentieth-century Venezuela failed to win sustained support. Employing a constructivist approach to historical actors’ understandings of corruption, it analyses the debates that erupted when the Acción Democrática (Democratic Action, AD) party prosecuted 167 former officials for illicit enrichment. The ensuing debate demonstrates that […]

The Intensification and Reorientation of Sunni Jihad Ideology in the Crusader Period

The Intensification and Reorientation of Sunni Jihad Ideology in the Crusader Period examines the important role of Ibn ʿAsākir, including his Forty Hadiths for Inciting Jihad, in the promotion of a renewed jihad ideology in twelfth-century Damascus as part of sultan Nūr al-Dīn’s agenda to revivify Sunnism and fight, under the banner of jihad, Crusader […]

“From Yao to Now: Daoism and the Imperialization of the China/Southeast Asia Borderlands” in Asian Ethnicity vol. 18

This article investigates the adoption of Daoist ritual among the Yao peoples in South China and mainland Southeast Asia. The Song Dynasty imperial court patronized new Daoist ritual traditions that harnessed martial deities such as the Thunder Gods. Although these traditions were mostly southern in origin, it is not until the Qing dynasty that we […]

“Medical and Scientific Understandings of Emotion” in A Cultural History of Emotions in the Medieval Age (350-1350)

Between 350 CE and 1300 CE, the many changes taking place, especially the Carolingian Renaissance and the emergence of universities, had a significant impact on medical and scientific (or natural philosophical) views of emotion. One of the most important trends over these centuries was an attempt to articulate the causes of emotions and their various […]

Colorado Powder Keg: Ski Resorts and the Environmental Movement

Downhill skiing is a vital economic engine for many communities in the Rocky Mountain states, attracting 20 million skier days per season. Colorado is by far the most popular destination, with more than two dozen major ski resorts creating a thriving industry that adds billions to the state’s coffers. But, many ask, at what cost […]