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Last to Leave the Field

Author: Timothy J. Orr, ed. (University of Tennessee Press, 2012)

Revealing the mind-set of a soldier seared by the horrors of combat even as he kept faith in his cause, Last to Leave the Field showcases the private letters of Ambrose Henry Hayward, a member of the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. From 1861 to 1864, Hayward saw action in five states, participating in the battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg as well as in the Chattanooga and Atlanta campaigns. Through his letters to his parents and siblings, we observe the early idealism of the young recruit, and then, as one friend after another died beside him, we witness how the war gradually hardened him. Yet, despite the increasing brutality of what would become America’s costliest conflict, Hayward continually reaffirmed his faith in the Union cause, reenlisting for service late in 1863. Hayward’s correspondence takes us through many of the war’s most significant developments, including the collapse of slavery and the enforcement of Union policy toward Southern civilians. Also revealed are Hayward’s feelings about Confederates, his assessments of Union political and military leadership, and his attitudes toward desertion, conscription, forced marches, drilling, fighting, bravery, cowardice, and comradeship. Ultimately, Hayward’s letters reveal the emotions of a soldier who at every battle resolved to be, as one comrade described him, “the first to spring forward and the last to leave the field.

Violence and Racism in Football: Politics and Cultural Conflict in British Society, 1968-98

Author: Brett Bebber (Pickering and Chatto, 2012)

This book explores the impact of government repression, immigration, and unemployment on British football and its meanings in postwar British society. Sporting venues became the sites of social struggle as football became vested with violence, racial abuse, and political conflict. The book examines how British football not only mirrored these conflicts, but acted as an agent of social change in the ongoing battle for national identity in postwar Britain.

Contemporary Latin America

Author: Robert Holden (Wiley, 2012)

Contemporary Latin America presents the epochal political, economic, social, and cultural changes in Latin America over the last 40 years and comprehensively examines their impact on life in the region, and beyond.

In the Name of Italy: Nation, Family, and Patriotism in a Fascist Court

Author: Maura Hametz (Fordham University Press and Oxford University Press, 2012)

A compelling narrative of an elderly widow’s successful challenge to the “italianization” of her surname, the book reveals institutional uncertainty, signs of underlying discontent, and legal opposition to Fascistization in the first decade of Mussolini’s rule.

Jewish Intellectual Women in Central Europe 1860-2000: Twelve Biographical Essays

Author: Judith Szapor, Andrea Peto, Maura Hametz, and Marina Calloni, eds. (Mellen Press, 2012)

The essays collected in this volume show the complex lives and identities of Central European Jewish women, born between 1860 and the early 20th century.

Murder in the Metro: Laetitia Toureaux and the Cagoule in 1930s France

Author: Annette Finley Croswhite and Gayle K. Brunelle (Louisiana State University Press, 2010)

The tale of Laeti­tia Toureaux epit­o­mizes the tur­bu­lence of 1930s France, as the coun­try pre­pared for a war most peo­ple dreaded but assumed would come. This period, there­fore, gen­er­ated great anx­i­ety but also offered new opportunities—and risks—to Toureaux as she embraced the iden­tity of a “mod­ern” woman. The authors unravel her mur­der as they detail her story and that of the Cagoule, within the pop­u­lar cul­ture and con­flicted pol­i­tics of 1930s France.

Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2010)

Author: Robert Holden and Eric Zolov

Now fully revised in its second edition, Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History features updated selections on current trends, including key new documents on immigration, regional integration, indigenous political movements, democratization, and economic policy.

The Science of Culture in Enlightenment Germany

Author: Michael Carhart (Harvard University Press, 2007)

Michael Carhart examines the approaches of eighteenth-century German scholars to understanding human development by investigating the invention of a new analytic category, "culture." In an effort to define human nature and culture, scholars analyzed ancient texts for insights into language and the human mind in its early stages, together with writings from modern travelers, who provided data about various primitive societies. Some scholars began to doubt the existence of any essential human nature, arguing instead for human culture. If language was the vehicle of reason, what did it mean that all languages were different? Were rationality and virtue universal or unique to a given nation?

Armies Without Nations: Public Violence and State Formation in Central America, 1821-1960

Author: Robert Holden (Oxford University Press, 2006)

"Theoretically informed and heavily documented with archival sources from both the United States and Central America, Holden's work is a major contribution to our understanding of the military and political history of the twentieth-century Central America." --American Historical Review

At the Crossroads: Indians and Empire on a Mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1700-1763

Author: Jane Merritt (University of North Carolina Press, 2003)

Before 1755, Indian and white communities in Pennsylvania shared a certain amount of interdependence. They traded skills and resources and found a common enemy in the colonial authorities, including the powerful Six Nations, who attempted to control them and the land they inhabited. Using innovative research in German Moravian records, among other sources, Merritt explores the cultural practices, social needs, gender dynamics, economic exigencies, and political forces that brought native Americans and Euramericans together in the first half of the eighteenth century.