Top Christmas Picks in Imperial & Global History

christmasbooksNeed some fun reading on imperial and global history over the holiday break? Here are some of the Imperial & Global Forum‘s top recommendations:

*NPR’s TED Radio explores the globalization of language and how history changes the meaning of words.

*Harvard historian Maya Jasanoff has been documenting her month-long global voyage from Hong Kong to Southampton for Al Jazeera.

*The Junto‘s Ken Owen discusses the difficulties of situating the 18th century when teaching colonial and Early American history.

*An interesting review at the British Scholar blog of P. J. Marshall’s new book Remaking the British Atlantic: The United States and the British Empire after American Independence (2012).

*The Global History Forum reflects on the nature of global history.

*Evan Smith over at Hatful of History has announced a fascinating new project on British monitoring of Cypriots in interwar London and its impact upon immigration policies.

*Democracy Now suggests that the CIA was instrumental in Nelson Mandela’s arrest in 1962: ‘We have turned Mandela over to the South African security branch. We gave them every detail, what he would be wearing, the time of day, just where he would be. They have picked him up. It is one of our greatest coups.’

Any other recommendations?

4 thoughts on “Top Christmas Picks in Imperial & Global History

  1. Thanks for the mention. Here are my picks:

    South African labour historian Lucien van der Walt’s blog featuring many of his articles in PDF format:

    Gavin Brown’s Non-Stop Against Apartheid blog documents the history of the non-stop picket by the City Group of the South African Embassy in Trafalgar Square from 1986 to 1990. In this post Gavin reflects on the legacy of Mandela and of the picket:

    Christian Hogsbjerg has just published a short book on Caribbean sailor and activist Chris Braithwaite. Read more about it here:

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