New Books List

Publisher:

Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 956.9405 S525H 2017

Pages:

xii, 283 pages : maps ; 22 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the world¿s most polarizing confrontations. Its current phase, Israel¿s ¿temporary¿ occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, turned a half century old in June 2017. In these timely and provocative essays, Gershon Shafir asks three questions¿What is the occupation, why has it lasted so long, and how has it transformed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? His cogent answers illuminate how we got here, what here is, and where we are likely to go. Shafir expertly demonstrates that at its fiftieth year, the occupation is riven with paradoxes, legal inconsistencies, and conflicting interests that weaken the occupiers¿ hold and leave the occupation itself vulnerable to challenge.
Publisher:

New Delhi : Rupa Publications, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 954.2 M215A 2017

Pages:

xvii, 325 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 23 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
Lucknow, the cultural capital of erstwhile Awadh region, has charmed generations into writing about the city. But there is no book that captures all the aspects of Awadhi culture, history and traditions of the region. Awadh Symphony: Notes on a Cultural Interlude is an extensively detailed volume which takes you on a journey to a bygone era and gives a glimpse of everyday life in this North Indian kingdom. Revisiting Awadh, it offers almost all aspects of human activity-from culture, cuisine, craft and religious ritual to games, fairs and bazaars; from life of ordinary Muslim women to courtesans, who were a part of the famous Sham-i-Awadh; from the tradition of dastangoi to the recitation of marsiya; and much more. A staunch bibliophile and an ardent admirer of Lucknow, author Aslam Mahmud had collected every possible book on Awadh throughout his life, consulting each of these to pen the work of a lifetime-a compendium on Lucknow with rare information and an exceptional guide to the life and times of Awadh.
Publisher:

New York : Blue Rider Press, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 909.8312 K664C 2017

Pages:

xvii, 444 pages ; 22 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
Chuck Klosterman¿s tenth book (aka Chuck Klosterman X) collects his most intriguing of those pieces, accompanied by fresh introductions and new footnotes throughout. Klosterman presents many of the articles in their original form, featuring previously unpublished passages and digressions. Subjects include Breaking Bad, Lou Reed, zombies, KISS, Jimmy Page, Stephen Malkmus, steroids, Mountain Dew, Chinese Democracy, The Beatles, Jonathan Franzen, Taylor Swift, Tim Tebow, Kobe Bryant, Usain Bolt, Eddie Van Halen, Charlie Brown, the Cleveland Browns, and many more cultural figures and pop phenomena. This is a tour of the past decade from one of the sharpest and most prolific observers of our unusual times.
Publisher:

New York : Skyhorse Publishing, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 940.40941092 H327C 2017

Pages:

xi, 335 pages.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
This is the intriguing chronicle of Winston Churchill¿s early years as a young soldier fighting in several different types of wars¿on horseback in the cavalry at Khartoum, with saber and lance against the Dervishes at age twenty-two, in the South African war against the Boers, and finally in the First World War after he resigned as First Lord of the Admiralty, to volunteer to lead a Scottish brigade in the trenches of the Western Front, as Lieutenant-Colonel. The book also covers the failure, bloodshed, and disgrace of Gallipoli that was blamed on him, which could have led to his downfall, as well as the formative relationships he had with the two important women in his young life ¿ his mother, Jennie, who was an eighteen-year-old woman when she married an English aristocrat, and Churchill¿s young wife, Clementine. How did the events of his early life shape his subsequent life and career, making him the leader he would become? What is the mystery behind how World War I erupted, and what role did Churchill play to end it?
Publisher:

London : Duckworth Overlook, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 941.0840922 R539C 2017

Pages:

339 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
Churchill and Orwell stood in political opposition to each other, but were both committed to the preservation of freedom. However, in the late 1930s they occupied a lonely position: democracy was much discredited, and authoritarian rulers, fascist and communist, were everywhere in the ascent. Unlike others, they had the wisdom to see that the most salient issue was human liberty ¿ and that any government that denies its people basic rights is a totalitarian menace to be resisted. Churchill and Orwell proved their age¿s necessary men, and this book reveals how they rose from a precarious position to triumph over the enemies of freedom. Churchill may have played the larger role in Hitler¿s defeat, but Orwell¿s reckoning with the threat of authoritarian rule in 1984 and Animal Farm defined the stakes of the Cold War and continues to inspire to this day. Their lives are an eloquent testament to the power of moral conviction, and to the courage it takes to stay true to it.
Publisher:

Haryana : Penguin Random House, 2016.

Call Number:

KIC 954.035 G942D 2016

Pages:

xvi, 317 pages.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
A major new collection of essays by Ramachandra Guha, Democrats and Dissenters is a work of rigorous scholarship on topics of compelling contemporary interest, written with elegance and wit. The book covers a wide range of themes: from the varying national projects of India's neighbours to political debates within India itself, from the responsibilities of writers to the complex relationship between democracy and violence. It has essays critically assessing the work of Amartya Sen and Eric Hobsbawm, commentaries on the tragic predicament of tribals in India--who are, as Guha demonstrates, far worse off than Dalits or Muslims, yet get a fraction of the attention--and on the peculiar absence of a tradition of conservative intellectuals in India.
Publisher:

London : I. B. Tauris, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 956.104 B297F 2017

Pages:

xiii, 238 pages.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
Turkey is on the front line of the war which is consuming Syria and the Middle East. Its role is complicated by the long-running conflict with the Kurds on the Syrian border - a war that has killed as many as 80,000 people over the last three decades. In 2011 President Erdogan promised to make a deal with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party), but the talks marked a descent into assassinations, suicide bombings and the killing of civilians on both sides. The Kurdish peace process finally collapsed in 2014 with the spillover of the Syrian civil war. With ISIS moving through northern Iraq, Turkey has declared war on Western allies such as the Kurdish YPG (People's Protection Unit) - the military who rescued the Yezidis and fought with US backing in Kobane. Frontline Turkey shows how the Kurds' relationship with Turkey is at the very heart of the Middle Eastern crisis, and documents, through front-line reporting, how Erdogan's failure to bring peace is the key to understanding current events in Middle East.
Publisher:

New Delhi, India : Juggernaut, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 954.04092 G427I 2017

Pages:

xvi, 342 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
Indira Gandhi is fondly remembered as the Durga who won India its first decisive military victory in centuries and the strong stateswoman who had the courage to look American bullying in the eye and not blink. Equally, she is remembered as the terrible dictator who imposed the Emergency and tried to destroy institutions ranging from her own party to the judiciary; she is seen as the source of many of the problems that afflict Indian democracy today. Even so, for politicians Indira is the very definition of a strong leader, and a role model on both sides of the aisle. In this spellbinding story of her life, journalist Sagarika Ghose has excavated not just Indira the iron lady and political leader but also the flesh-and-blood woman. Born in 1917, Indira soon found her life swept up by Gandhi s call for freedom and swadeshi. Her family home became a hub of the national movement and Indira marinated in a political environment from an early age. But she also saw politics of another kind. Her sickly mother and she were the target of unkind attacks from her aunts. And her celebrated father, who had no patience for illness, was desperate to sculpt his daughter into his version of perfection but Indira simply couldn t keep up with his expectations. Despite Nehru s disappointment and dismissiveness, Indira rose to become the unquestioned high command of the Congress and, indeed, the most powerful prime minister India has ever had. This no-holds-barred biographical portrait looks for answers to lingering issues: from why Indira revoked the Emergency to her son Sanjay s curious grip over her; and from her bad marriage and love affairs to her dangerous religious politics. This is the only book you need to read about Indira Gandhi.
Publisher:

Brooklyn, NY : Verso, 2016.

Call Number:

KIC 955 D111I 2016

Pages:

248 pages. : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
In Iran Without Borders, the acclaimed cultural critic and scholar of Iranian history Hamid Dabashi traces the evolution of this worldly culture from the eighteenth century to the present day, journeying through social and intellectual movements, and the lives of writers, artists and public intellectuals who articulated the idea of Iran on a transnational public sphere. Many left their homeland¿either physically or emotionally¿and imagined it from places as far-flung as Istanbul, Cairo, Calcutta, Paris, or New York, but together they forged a nation as worldly as it is multifarious.
Publisher:

Boston : Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2012.

Call Number:

KIC 973 M234 2012

Pages:

2 volums : illustration ; 24 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, the MAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN HISTORY series introduces you to both primary sources and analytical essays on important topics in U.S. history. This collection serves as the primary anthology for the introductory survey course, covering the subject's entire chronological span. Comprehensive topical coverage includes politics, economics, labor, gender, culture, and social trends. The Third Edition features greater focus on visual and cultural sources throughout. Several chapters now include images, songs and poems to give you a better "feel" for the time period and events under discussion. Key pedagogical elements of the Major Problems format have been retained: 15 to 16 chapters per volume, chapter introductions, headnotes, and suggested readings.
Publisher:

Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008.

Call Number:

KIC 959.7043 M234 2008

Pages:

xx, 540 pages : map ; 24 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, the Major Problems in American History series introduces students to both primary sources and analytical essays on important topics in U.S. history. Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam War incorporates new research expands its coverage of the experiences of average soldiers.
Publisher:

Gurgaon, Haryana, India : Penguin/Viking, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 954.0533 M216M 2017

Pages:

xliv, 234 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
"Will Modi pass the litmus test of governance? Will his performance match his promises? In Marching with a Billion, Uday Mahurkar analyses the Modi government's three years in power against the backdrop of years of policy paralysis and corruption before he came to power, leaving him with a stiff salvaging...
Publisher:

London : Verso, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 947.0841 M632O 2017

Pages:

369 pages.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, China Miéville tells the extraordinary story of this pivotal moment in history. In February of 1917 Russia was a backwards, autocratic monarchy, mired in an unpopular war; by October, after not one but two revolutions, it had become the world¿s first workers¿ state, straining to be at the vanguard of global revolution. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? In a panoramic sweep, stretching from St Petersburg and Moscow to the remotest villages of a sprawling empire, Miéville uncovers the catastrophes, intrigues and inspirations of 1917, in all their passion, drama and strangeness. Intervening in long-standing historical debates, but told with the reader new to the topic especially in mind, here is a breathtaking story of humanity at its greatest and most desperate; of a turning point for civilisation that still resonates loudly today.
Publisher:

London : Simon and Schuster, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 954.552 W588P 2017

Pages:

xii, 419 pages.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
Between January and August 1947 the conflicting political, religious and social tensions in India culminated in independence from Britain and the creation of Pakistan. Those months saw the end of ninety years of the British Raj, and the effective power of the Maharajahs, as the Congress Party established itself commanding a democratic government in Delhi. They also witnessed the rushed creation of Pakistan as a country in two halves whose capitals were two thousand kilometers apart. From September to December 1947 the euphoria surrounding the realization of the dream of independence dissipated into shame and incrimination; nearly 1 million people died and countless more lost their homes and their livelihoods as partition was realized. The events of those months would dictate the history of South Asia for the next seventy years, leading to three wars, countless acts of terrorism, polarization around the Cold War powers and to two nations with millions living in poverty spending disproportionate amounts on their military. The roots of much of the violence in the region today, and worldwide, are in the decisions taken that year.
Publisher:

Noida, India : HarperCollins publishers, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 954.04 M249R 2017

Pages:

xiii, 386 pages.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
Remnants of a Separation is a unique attempt to revisit the Partition through objects that refugees carried with them across the border. These belongings absorbed the memory of a time and place, remaining latent and undisturbed for generations. They now speak of their owner¿s pasts as they emerge as testaments to the struggle, sacrifice, pain and belonging at an unparalleled moment in history. A string of pearls gifted by a maharaja, carried from Dalhousie to Lahore, reveals the grandeur of a life that once was. A notebook of poems, brought from Lahore to Kalyan, shows one woman¿s determination to pursue the written word despite the turmoil around her. A refugee certificate created in Calcutta evokes in a daughter the feelings of displacement her father had experienced upon leaving Mymensingh zila, now in Bangladesh. Written as a crossover between history and anthropology, Remnants of a Separation is the product of years of passionate research. It is an alternative history of the Partition ¿ the first and only one told through material memory that makes the event tangible even seven decades later.
Publisher:

New York : Random House, 2018.

Call Number:

KIC 956 B499R 2018

Pages:

xxiv, 753 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
"The Talmud says: "If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first." This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel's DNA. From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, protecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they have relied upon to thwart the most serious threats. Targeted assassinations have been used countless times, on enemies large and small, sometimes in response to attacks against the Israeli people and sometimes preemptively. Journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman offers an inside account of the targeted killing programs: their successes, their failures, and the moral and political price exacted on the men and women who approved and carried out the missions. Bergman has gained the rare cooperation of many current and former members of the Israeli government, including Prime Ministers Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as high-level figures in the country's military and intelligence services: the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), the Mossad (the world's most feared intelligence agency), Caesarea (a "Mossad within the Mossad" that carries out attacks on the highest-value targets), and the Shin Bet (an internal security service that implemented the largest targeted assassination campaign ever, in order to stop what had once appeared to be unstoppable: suicide terrorism). Bergman traces, from statehood to the present, the gripping events and thorny ethical questions underlying Israel's targeted killing campaign, which has shaped the Israeli nation, the Middle East, and the entire world." --
Publisher:

New Delhi : Viva Books, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 954.03092 S619 2017

Pages:

xxviii, 338 pages ; 24 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
This commemorative volume, marking the bicentenary of an outstanding thinker, writer, educationist, and visionary ¿ Sir Syed Ahmad Khan (1817-1898) brings into sharper light the various facets of Sir Syed¿s genius. Contributors to the volume, hailing from the US, Europe, and South Asia, provide fresh perspectives on Sir Syed¿s oeuvre, and his sterling contributions to domains as diverse as the Quran interpretation, Prophet Muhammad¿s biography, social reform, Urdu language and literature, journalism, travelogue, archaeology, history, politics, inter-Faith understanding, and, above all, education. This volume offers a nuanced, critical exploration of the historic phenomenon of the awakening of the Indian Muslims to the challenges of modernity, which was set in motion by this great Muslim Renaissance Man of India - Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. Sir Syed is, nonetheless, acclaimed most for having founded in 1877, against the bleak conditions contingent on the end of the Muslim rule in India, the Mohammedan-Anglo Oriental College (the MAO College) at Aligarh which sensitized Indian Muslims to Western education and modernity, which, in turn, inspirited them. In 1920, the MAO College was elevated to the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) which now ranks amid the top Indian universities.
Publisher:

Boston, MA : Cengage Learning, 2014.

Call Number:

KIC 909.09821 P462S 2014

Pages:

480 pages.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
With a collection of over 375 sources, each accompanied by an introductory essay and review questions, this two-volume primary source reader emphasizes the intellectual history and values of the Western tradition. Sources are grouped around important themes in European history--such as religion, education, and art and culture--so you can analyze and compare multiple documents. The ninth edition features additional sources by and about women and updates to introductions and review questions.
Publisher:

Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1992.

Call Number:

KIC 970.00497 W947S 1992

Pages:

xi, 424 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
Presents native accounts--some translated for the first time from native American languages--of the plunder and persecution wrought by white settlers and explorers on the one hundred million people already living in the Americas in 1492.
Publisher:

London ; Verso, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 947.0841092 A398D 2017

Pages:

ix, 373 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
In The Dilemmas of Lenin, Ali provides an insightful portrait of Lenin¿s deepest preoccupations and underlines the clarity and vigour of his theoretical and political formulations. He concludes with an affecting account of Lenin¿s last two years, when he realized that ¿we knew nothing¿ and insisted that the revolution had to be renewed lest it wither and die.
Publisher:

New York : Hot Book, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 947.0864 S877F 2017

Pages:

277 pages.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
The Putin Interviews are culled from more than a dozen interviews with Putin over a two-year span¿never before has the Russian leader spoken in such depth or at such length with a Western interviewer. No topics are off limits in the interviews, which first occurred during Stone¿s trips to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow and most recently after the election of President Donald Trump. Prodded by Stone, Putin discusses relations between the United States and Russia, allegations of interference in the US election, and Russia¿s involvement with conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere across the globe. Putin speaks about his rise to power and details his relationships with Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump. The exchanges are personal, provocative, and at times surreal. At one point, Stone asks, ¿Why did Russia hack the election?¿; at another, Stone introduces him to Stanley Kubrick¿s 1964 Cold War satire "Dr. Strangelove," which the two watch together.
Publisher:

Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 909.09767 A975I 2017

Pages:

293 pages ; 22 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
When President Barack Obama visited Cairo in 2009 to deliver an address to Muslims worldwide, he followed in the footsteps of countless politicians who have taken the existence of a unified global Muslim community for granted. But as Cemil Aydin explains in this provocative history, it is a misconception to think that the world¿s 1.5 billion Muslims constitute a single religio-political entity. How did this belief arise, and why is it so widespread? The Idea of the Muslim World searches for the intellectual origins of a mistaken notion and explains its enduring allure for non-Muslims and Muslims alike.
Publisher:

London : Macmillan, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 947.083092 S491L 2017

Pages:

xviii, 382 pages, with 16 unnumbered pages of photographs : illustrations (some color) ; 24cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
In March 1917, Nicholas II, the last Tsar of All the Russias, abdicated and the dynasty that had ruled an empire for three hundred years was forced from power by revolution. Now, on the hundredth anniversary of that revolution, Robert Service, the eminent historian of Russia, examines Nicholas's reign in the year before his abdication and the months between that momentous date and his death, with his family, in Ekaterinburg in July 1918. The story has been told many times, but Service's profound understanding of the period and his forensic examination of hitherto untapped sources, including the Tsar's diaries and recorded conversations, shed remarkable new light on his reign, also revealing the kind of ruler Nicholas believed himself to have been, contrary to the disastrous reality.
Publisher:

London : Hurst & Company, 2016.

Call Number:

KIC 958.1 G193P 2016

Pages:

xxi, 464 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
The city of Herat in western Afghanistan long sat at the edge of empires and served as a hub for trade and a conduit for armies. Yet it has been much more than simply a staging post or plaything of political ambition. It has been an imperial capital, a city of extraordinary wealth, and has played host to a cultural renaissance to rival that of Florence. The Pearl of Khorasan tells the history of this storied oasis city, from the invasions of Chingiz Khan in 1221 to the present day. An epilogue assesses the challenges Herat faces in the wake of Afghanistan¿s recent turmoil. Throughout Herat¿s cycles of conquest and habitation, several patterns emerge: the primacy of geography; the city¿s strong identification with the fertility of the banks of the Hari River; and its reputation as a place of theological excellence, tolerance and cultural refinement. From the luminescent genius of the Timurid century to the destruction and cultural vandalism associated with the Taliban¿s rule of Afghanistan and the post-9/11 conflict, Herat has hosted empires and experienced the cupidity and lust for power of foreign agents. Using Persian, Pashto and British sources, the author paints a vivid picture of a city in which he has lived, presenting a personal vision of its tumultuous history.
Publisher:

Hassocks [Eng.] : Harvester Press, 1977.

Call Number:

KIC 985.02 W114V 1977

Pages:

v, 328 pages, [12] leaves of plates : illustration ; 22 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
This is a history of the conquest of mexico and Peru by the Spaniard as seen-not by the Spaniards themselves, whose vision of the conquest has dominated historical writing- but through the eyes of the Indians. This is an approach whose execution had demanded ingenuity, imagination, and first class historical skills and Wachtel's success should make this book a model not only for histories of other conquests in Asia and Africa but for the history of popular culture in general.
Publisher:

London : The Bodley Head, 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 958.1047341 F245U 2017

Pages:

xix, 555 pages : maps ; 24 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
British and US forces could have successfully withdrawn from Afghanistan in 2002, having done the job they set out to do: to defeat al-Qaeda and stop it from launching further terrorist attacks against the West. Instead, British troops became part of a larger international effort to stabilise the country. Yet over the following thirteen years the British military paid a heavy price for their presence in Helmand province; and when Western troops departed from Afghanistan in 2014, they had failed to stop a Taliban resurgence.
Publisher:

Boston : Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2013.

Call Number:

KIC 909.09821 P462W 2013

Pages:

304 pages.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY, Tenth Edition, maintains a firm grounding in political history, while covering intellectual history (particularly the significance of ideas and contributions) to a greater and deeper extent than any other text for the course. Author Marvin Perry's accessible writing style and flexible approach make this abridged version of WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY an engaging Western Civilization survey text. Updated with more recent scholarship, the Tenth Edition retains many popular features, including comparative timelines, full-color art essays, and primary source boxes in each chapter. New technology resources (available separately), including CourseMate with interactive eBook, make learning more engaging and bring history concepts to life.
Publisher:

Philadelphia, Pa. : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997.

Call Number:

KIC 954 S411W 1997

Pages:

x, 199 pages ; 22 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
During the colonial period in India, English historians portrayed the British conquest and domination of India as the realization of a historic destiny, absorbing the particular history of India into the overarching narrative of the Empire. When Indian scholars educated in the British system began to write their own histories of the period, they had to struggle to reclaim their past and to make the Indian people the subject of their history. Henry Schwarz explores this struggle through an analysis of Indian cultural histories written between 1870 and the present. Focusing on English-language texts written by Bengali historians on the subjects of literature and culture, Schwarz critically analyzes landmark works of the genre and compares Indian writing about cultural heritage to the dominant forms of European historiography prevalent during the colonial period.