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 World the Plague Made
In 1346, a catastrophic plague beset Europe and its neighbours. The Black Death was a human tragedy that abruptly halved entire populations and caused untold suffering, but it also brought about a cultural and economic renewal on a scale never before witnessed.
Prague’s infinite shades of gray
Interwar Prague was an avant-garde hotbed, but the first exhibition of Czech art to take place at New York’s Museum of Modern Art was not devoted to Czech modernism.
Christian nationalism, Christian globalism and White Americans
Christian Nationalism’s threat to a healthy democracy is a popular topic these days, and with good reason. But few of the many excellent books and articles on the topic explain its origins.
Capitalism: The word and the thing
Capitalism is a word used variously to describe an economic and social system, a modern form of political power, a dynamic mode of production, a stage in a world-historical process running from feudalism to communism, a western object of ideological allegiance, a durable form of inequality or, more simply, a thing.
When rules don’t rule
Rules: there are so many of them, and all so very various. Rules for where to place that third fork in a formal table setting, rules for when to clap at concerts, rules for deciding who has the right of way at an intersection, rules for how to play games, rules for declaring taxable income, rules for how to greet friends—a firm handshake (Germany), alternating pecks on the cheek (France), a bow and clasped hands (India), or a hug (the U.S.).
Why Europe? Y. Pestis
During the Middle Ages, two formidable species pervaded West Eurasia: homo sapiens (humans) and rattus rattus (black rats). The two disliked each other, but literally lived in each other’s homes. In 1345, the Black Death reached them.