- Eric Crahan
Executive Editor & Editorial Director, Humanities
- Ben Tate
Senior Editor, Europe
The history list is characterized by its long-standing efforts to seek out and publish the most exciting new research, innovative topics, field-defining books, and projects with a global approach. Our titles range across time periods, from ancient and medieval to early modern and modern history.
We also publish in intellectual history, the history of philosophy and science, religious history, and Jewish and Islamic history, as well as economic, legal, environmental, and military history. The subjects of our books span all continents, and reinforce our endeavors to draw from a diverse and international pool of authors.
James Baldwin’s reckless idea
In 1961 James Baldwin found himself in the studios of WBAI radio in New York, looking into the eyes of Malcolm X. Malcolm was, by then, the most recognizable face associated with the Nation of Islam (NOI), a religious sect that was inspiring hope in the hearts of some and fear in the hearts of others.
Getting to know Nat Turner
Nat Turner is known to history as a thirty-year-old Virginia slave who led a bloody rebellion that resulted in the death of fifty-five whites, mostly women and children. Beyond that, he is famous for being well-nigh unknowable.
Fei-Hsien Wang on Pirates and Publishers
In Pirates and Publishers, Fei-Hsien Wang reveals the unknown social and cultural history of copyright in China from the 1890s through the 1950s, a time of profound sociopolitical changes.
Melancholy, remorse, and resignation in a year of Communist anniversaries
Vanguard of the Revolution is a sweeping history of one of the most significant political institutions of the modern world. The communist party was a revolutionary idea long before its supporters came to power.
How do human rights come about?: A few lesser-known activists and the popular movements they led
How do human rights actually come about? International resolutions and treaties, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are important, but they hardly suffice.
Nicholas Buccola on The Fire is Upon Us
On February 18, 1965, an overflowing crowd packed the Cambridge Union in Cambridge, England, to witness a historic televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., a fierce critic of the movement and America's most influential conservative intellectual.