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.
The complex origins, development, and meanings of human rights
In 2015, a young girl and her father crossed into the United States from the border with Mexico. Astrid and Arturo, K’iche’ Indians from Guatemala, were fleeing the systematic discrimination and violence their people have suffered for decades.
Book Club Pick: The Golden Rhinoceros
From the birth of Islam in the seventh century to the voyages of European exploration in the fifteenth, Africa was at the center of a vibrant exchange of goods and ideas.
Bénédicte Savoy on Africa’s Struggle for its Art
For decades, African nations have fought for the return of countless works of art stolen during the colonial era and placed in Western museums. In Africa’s Struggle for Its Art, Bénédicte Savoy brings to light this largely unknown but deeply important history.
Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe
At the end of the fourth century, as the power of Rome faded and Constantinople became the seat of empire, a new capital city was rising in the West. Here, in Ravenna on the coast of Italy, Arian Goths and Catholic Romans competed to produce an unrivaled concentration of buildings and astonishing mosaics.
A new vision for a celebrated history series
In 1996, Princeton University Press founded the Politics and Society in Modern America book series, with William H. Chafe, Linda Gordon and Gary Gerstle as founding editors, and Julian Zelizer joining the team in 2001.
Michael Brenner on In Hitler’s Munich
In the aftermath of Germany’s defeat in World War I and the failed November Revolution of 1918–19, the conservative government of Bavaria identified Jews with left-wing radicalism.