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Avina Specters

Last month, Oxford University Press released Prof. Alex Aviña's book Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside. "Specters of Revolution offers a penetrating account of guerrilla struggles in modern Mexico. Alexander Aviña captures how peasant longings, political repression, and the violence of poverty created a daring movement for justice. The state's response-a dirty war-evokes the darkest moments of Latin America's military regimes. At times hopeful, at times tragic, Aviña provides a profoundly moving Cold War drama." --Tanalís Padilla. Get it at your local bookstore, or online. Congratulations Alex!

Robin Bates

Robin Bates

We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Robin Bates to the department. Dr. Bates, a specialist in French political culture and education after 1789, received his Ph.D. in 2014 from the University of Chicago. He will be with us as a postdoctoral fellow for two years. In the fall semester of 2014, he will teach EUH 2000 (Ancient and Medieval Civilizations) and EUH 4452 (The Age of the French Revolution, 1715-1795). 

Race Horse Men

This week Katherine Mooney, our new historian of the 19th century US south, published Race Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack (Harvard University Press). “Writing with exceptional polish and élan, Katherine Mooney succeeds brilliantly at restoring humanity to black jockeys and trainers. This superb book says as much about the cruelties and distortions wrought by racism in nineteenth-century America as any single book can.”—W. Fitzhugh Brundage, author of The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory. Buy it at your local bookstore or online. Congratulations Professor Mooney!