My German Books

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Barbara Katz Rothman

I’m a Brooklyn Jew. It’s a particular ethnic category – however many generations of Eastern Europe, immigrant great grandparents who made it to Brooklyn and then three generations of not going anywhere. Continue Reading ›

Friendship in the Time of Phantoms

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Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers

We write together out of friendship.

Answering for our motivation in this way mostly disappoints those who ask why we wrote such an “unusual book” together.

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Reading of the world, and then going to see it

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Russ Crawford

Growing up in the isolated small town of Ainsworth, Nebraska, which actually celebrates The Middle of Nowhere Days each summer, it was easy to feel a bit cut off from the world. With only two television channels (CBS and PBS), and a few radio stations, books were a primary gateway for me to the wider world. Continue Reading ›

Ideology and Delusion

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Peter Hayes. Photo by Augustas Didzgalvis.

Intellectual autobiography is fertile ground for delusion and distortion. But I think the books that made me the kind of historian I am—contrarian, suspicious of received wisdom, mistrustful of “theory,” secular, rational, humanist, and focused on explaining the horrors to which politics led in the early twentieth century—were the great anti-ideological novels of the 1940s Continue Reading ›

Books for Explorers: engaging the imaginary

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Wendy Wilson-Fall

The thing that really expresses my relationship to reading is the problem of imagining and creating a world. I mean, a world I would like to live in, a world that I can understand and see connected to other worlds.

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History is more than the past

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David H. Mould and Kazakh warrior chief.

I’m one of those academic misfits, a committed generalist. I’m interested in many disciplines, as long as they don’t involve equations and statistics. Continue Reading ›