Author: john

The epic is dead . . . or is it?

Guest post by Christopher N. Phillips What place does storytelling have in literary history today?  I didn’t expect this to be a central question in my book, Epic in American Culture, but the more I explored the topic, the more I realized that storytelling caused many of the problems I faced in this project—and story…

Book giveaway: translate this!

The United States invaded Iraq nine years ago yesterday. And with combat troops out of that nation and plans to withdraw from Afghanistan well under way--despite some ongoing controversy--international relations scholar Mark N. Katz's newest book, Leaving without Losing: The War on Terror after Iraq and Afghanistan, is a timely argument for viewing America's disengagement…

China’s alternative world order leaves Europe a choice

Guest post by Liselotte Odgaard China is pursuing an alternative to Western political order based on absolutist state sovereignty and a non-military and non-political approach to global governance and development. As international norms become more regional and fractured, European states may end up choosing between two competing visions as individuals, not a cohesive European unit. The…

Why writing books makes us better teachers: A post for professors

Guest post by Lawrence A. Peskin What is the connection between writing and teaching? That's a question that I get asked all the time as an academic historian. Up until recently I would have had to answer with generalizations: classroom discussions sometimes prompt new research questions; research findings sometimes prompt new ways of approaching material…

Pi and pie

By Robin Noonan, publicist On my drive into work this morning I heard that today is National Pie Day. Immediately my thoughts turned to a nice spring treat: strawberry rhubarb pie. After arriving at the office and riffling through the index of Manly Meals and Mom's Home Cooking, by Jessamyn Neuhaus, I realized that the DJ…

Pi and pie

By Robin Noonan, publicist On my drive into work this morning I heard that today is National Pie Day. Immediately my thoughts turned to a nice spring treat: strawberry rhubarb pie. After arriving at the office and riffling through the index of Manly Meals and Mom's Home Cooking, by Jessamyn Neuhaus, I realized that the DJ…

Marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads

Guest post by David A. Mindell This weekend I head down to the USS Monitor Center, at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, for “Hampton Roads Weekend.” Scholars, archaeologists, Civil War buffs, and the interested public will gather to commemorate the events of March 9, 1862. One hundred and fifty years ago this Friday,…