Category: Reviews

Binding the Nation, Bounding the State: Germany and its Borders

Review article for German History, examining seventeen recent publications on the borders of Germany and of Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Review: Milder, Greening Democracy

Reviewed for H-German (August 2020). Summary: Throughout Greening Democracy, Milder stresses that antinuclear activism was about more than the Greens and that it did more than just bring ’68ers into the fold of liberal, parliamentary democracy. These are welcome arguments, and Milder misses no opportunity to show how people of different generations and with no…
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Review: Smith, Terror and Terroir

Reviewed in French History. Summary: In the summer of 1907, France’s Midi rouge (the ‘red South’) was in revolt, with regular Sunday protests in towns throughout the region drawing as many as 600,000 participants. After protesters torched buildings in Narbonne, the military occupied the town, leading to the deaths of six people and the mutiny…
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Review: Davey, Idealism Beyond Borders

Reviewed in Social History, Vol. 43, No. 1 (2018), pp. 156-158. Summary: Davey convincingly argues that tiers-mondisme and sans-frontiérisme were never so far apart as their advocates subsequently claimed, showing that they always shared key points of reference (the post-colonial third world, the Second World War) and even key practices (e.g. ‘speaking out’, ‘the refusal…
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Review: Naples and Bickham Mendez, Border Politics

Reviewed in Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 52, No. 2 (2017), pp. 474-476. Summary: This interdisciplinary volume weds social movement studies, which remains largely embedded in the social sciences, with border studies, a growing field with roots in geography, anthropology and women’s studies. The editors take an intersectional approach, looking at how social movements are…
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Review: Timothy Scott Brown, West Germany and the Global Sixties

Reviewed in German History, Vol. 32, No. 3 (2014), pp. 507-509. Summary: Brown offers an incisive critique of many supposedly ‘transnational’ studies published in the last decade, focused as they are on the accumulation of national case studies.  His own ‘transnational’ tells us far more about how Germans drew on ‘the global’ than about how…
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