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Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century

A collective biography of anthropologist Franz Boas and his circle of students including Margaret Mead and Zora Neale Hurston, Gods of the Upper Air tells the story of the rethinking of race, sex, and gender in the early twentieth century.

“If you want Peace…”: Orwellian Detours on the Path to a Politics of Peace in the early Cold War

Cold war history is replete with moments of international crises and confrontations.  But when looking closely at the archival record, one cannot help but notice how ubiquitous the talk of peace was in international relations.  By shining the archival spotlight on peace rather than war, Petra Goedde shows that a transnational politics of peace emerged that involved both high level diplomats and grassroots activist

Secret Mission: Understanding South Korea-Japan Tensions Through a Popular South Korean Film

It’s a dramatic scene: Japanese police armed with rifles chase two young Korean men down the street in colonial-era Seoul. They finally catch them, killing them execution-style. The men’s crime: making a Korean language dictionary, then considered an illegal act of defiance by the Japanese government, which had banned Koreans from using their native language.

2019: Melancholy, Remorse, and Resignation in a Year of Communist Anniversaries

2019 is a year of anniversaries in the history of global communism: the seventieth anniversaries of the founding of the German Democratic Republic and the People’s Republic of China and the sixtieth anniversary of revolutionary Cuba. Drawing upon his book, Vanguard of the Revolution: The Global Idea of the Communist Party, A.