LECTURE: Vincent Brown, Charles Warren Profess or History and Professor of African-American Studies, Harvard University
Tacky's Revolt and the Coromantee Archipelago A New Cartography of Slave Revolt"
Thursday, January 30th, 4.15 PM, L01 Carson Hall
Class Helps Students Unravel Enigma of North Korea When Soyoung Suh, a scholar of Korean cultural history, arrived at Dartmouth in 2011, she found a real thirst among students, faculty, and members of the Upper Valley community for a deeper understanding of North Korea. Most Americans view the isolated one-party, family-controlled state as a belligerent enigma, says Suh, an assistant professor of history and of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Media coverage of North Korea’s nuclear threats, President Kim Jong-Il’s cult-like leadership, and the transition of power to his son Kim Jong-Unfed curiosity. Read the full article here.
Terror Rising From the Desert (U.S. News & World Report). Professor George R. Trumbull IV warns of the effect of climate change on the Sahara and its people. Read the full article
TANALIS PADILLA (ed.), The Persistence of the Peasantry in Contemporary Mexico (Mexico: Conaculta and Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2013) brings together scholars from Mexico and the United States who address key questions facing the Mexican countryside during the twentieth century. By looking at historiography, folk culture, memory, migration and alternative subsistence projects from a cross-disciplinary and binational perspective, this volume explores the multifaceted world of rural Mexico. The book constitutes part Enrique Florescano's "Biblioteca Mexicana" series, a collection meant to reach audiences beyond the academy and treat thematic or theoretical discussions relevant to our time.
RICHARD KREMER and Jarosław Włodarczyk, eds., Johannes Hevelius and His World: Astronomer, Cartographer, Philosopher and Correspondent (Polish Academy of Sciences, 2013).A collection of 13 essays by an international group of historians, offering a revisionist account of Johannes Hevelius, the seventeenth-century brewer and businessman of Gdańsk, Poland, traditionally known for his large private astronomical observatory and his lunar observations. "This volume proposes a more variegated set of criteria against which to evaluate Hevelius's efforts. Rather than simply measuring him against those well-known giants of the Scientific Revolution such as Galileo Galilei, René Descartes or Isaac Newton, these essays seek to situate Hevelius within the intellectual interests and the correspondence networks of his seventeenth-century contemporaries. The authors in this volume introduce us to Hevelius's world, a world populated with individuals not always well known to the history of science."
EDWARD MILLER, Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of South Vietnam (Harvard University Press, forthcoming April 2013)"In the annals of Vietnam War history, no figure has been more controversial than Ngo Dinh Diem. During the 1950s, U.S. leaders hailed Diem as 'the miracle man of Southeast Asia' and funneled huge amounts of aid to his South Vietnamese government. But in 1963 Diem was ousted and assassinated in a coup endorsed by President John F. Kennedy. Diem's alliance with Washington has long been as a Cold War relationship gone bad, undone either by American arrogance or by Diem's stubbornness. In Misalliance,Edward Miller provides a convincing new explanation for Diem's downfall and the larger tragedy of South Vietnam.For Diem and U.S. leaders, Miller argues, the alliance was more than just a joint effort to contain communism. It was also a means for each side to pursue its plans for nation building in South Vietnam. Miller's definitive portrait of Diem—based on extensive research in Vietnamese, French, and American archives—demonstrates that the South Vietnamese leader was neither Washington's pawn nor a tradition-bound mandarin. Rather, he was a shrewd and ruthless operator with his own vision for Vietnam's modernization. In 1963, allied clashes over development and reform, combined with rising internal resistance to Diem's nation building programs, fractured the alliance and changed the course of the Vietnam War.In depicting the rise and fall of the U.S.-Diem partnership, Misalliance shows how America's fate in Vietnam was written not only on the battlefield but also in Washington's dealings with its Vietnamese allies."
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