Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism (Oxford University Press, 2013)
Molly Worthen’s book explores the contradictions at the heart of modern American evangelicalism and the difficulties evangelicals have faced reconciling their commitments to faith, reason, authority, and individualism.
Witness: Two Hundred Years of African American Faith and Practice at the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem (Wm. B. Eerdmanns Publishing Co., 2013)
Genna Rae McNeil is the co-author, along with Houston Bryan Roberson, Quinton Hosford Dixie, Kevin McGruder, of this detailed history of the famous Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York City, begins with its organization in 1809 and continues through its relocations, its famous senior pastors, and its many crises and triumphs, up to the present. Considered the largest Protestant congregation in the United States during the pre-megachurch 1930s, this church has played and continues to play a conspicuous role in the history of New York City.
The Structure of Cuban History: Meanings and Purpose of the Past (UNC Press, 2013)
Louis A. Pérez Jr., UNC’s J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History, has written an expansive and contemplative reflection of the impact of nineteenth-century liberation from Spain and the U.S. military intervention that immediately followed. From the UNC Press Website: “In this expansive and contemplative history of Cuba, Louis A. Pérez Jr. argues that the country’s memory of the past served to transform its unfinished nineteenth-century liberation project into a twentieth-century revolutionary metaphysics. The ideal of national sovereignty that was anticipated as the outcome of Spain’s defeat in 1898 was heavily compromised by the U.S. military intervention that immediately followed. To many Cubans it seemed almost as if the new nation had been overtaken by another country’s history.”
Biography and the Black Atlantic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)
In Biography and the Black Atlantic, editors Lisa Lindsay and John Sweet bring together leading historians in the field of Atlantic studies to examine the biographies and autobiographies of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century African-descended people and reflect on the opportunities and limitations these life stories present to studies of slavery and the African diaspora. The essays remind us that historical developments like slavery and empire-building were mostly experienced and shaped by men and women outside of the elite political, economic, and military groups to which historians often turn as sources.
The Historia Iherosolimitana of Robert the Monk (Boydell & Brewer, 2013)
Marcus Bull and Damien Kempf (University of Liverpool) have co-edited a critical edition of this near-contemporary history of the First Crusade (1095–1099). Written near Reims in northeastern France in about 1100, more copies of Robert the Monk’s manuscript have survived than of any other such account. The text was thus in the nature of a medieval “best-seller” that came to dominate how educated Europeans learned about the First Crusade as it faded from memory. This publication represents one of the principal products of a major project in the historiography of the First Crusade, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council with Bull as the principal investigator.
The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists (University of North Carolina Press, 2013)
William Ferris‘s newest book draws from one-on-one interviews he conducted over the past forty years with southerners and others including Eudora Welty, Pete Seeger, Alice Walker, and C. Vann Woodward. In doing so, it reveals how storytelling is viscerally tied to southern identity and how the work of these southern or southern-inspired creators has shaped the way Americans think and talk about the South.
Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press Press, 2013)
Wayne E. Lee‘s new book, co-edited with Michael L. Galaty, Ols Lafe, and Zamir Tafilica, tells many stories. Employing survey archaeology, excavation, ethnographic study, and multinational archival work, the Shala Valley Project uncovered the many powerful, creative ways whereby the men and women of Shala shaped their world: through dynamic, world-systemic relationships with the powers that surrounded but never fully conquered them.