Recent Reviews of Cornell Press Books in the Academic Journals

From the September 2007 issue of The Journal of American History, Anne M. Boylan’s review of To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau’s Concord by Sandra Harbert Petrulionis:

“Petrulionis knows how to tell a good story. . . . With its interesting story, evocative analysis of how national issues reverberated in a specific locality, and engaging characters, To Set This World Right should prove an appealing book to assign to undergraduates. Scholars will admire those virtues while also appreciating the book’s recovery of Thoreau’s career in antislavery.”

From the September 2007 issue of the Journal of Modern History, Robert Forster’s review of Nobility Reimagined: The Patriotic Nation in Eighteenth-Century France by Jay Smith:

“In Nobility Reimagined, Smith has written an original kind of history of ideas of eighteenth-century France, focusing on a few key concepts. His is an important addition to our understanding of the origins of the French Revolution, and his goal of presenting a new approach to the processes of cultural change will stimulate a historical debate for our own time.”

From the October 2007 issue of the Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Carol Symes’s review of Ritual Imports: Performing Medieval Drama in America by Claire Sponsler:

Ritual Imports undertakes six fascinating case studies, amounting to a provocative exploration of America’s perennial fascination with the Middle Ages and the half-forgotten ways in which vestiges of the medieval have survived in various local contexts. It should be required reading for all students and teachers of medieval drama, of course, but also for historians of American theatre and even for scholars of U.S. labor history and immigration, African American studies, Latin American studies, and other related areas of inquiry.”

From the Winter 2007 issue of Canadian-American Slavic Studies, Barbara C. Allen’s review of Republic of Labor: Russian Printers and Soviet Socialism, 1918–1930 by Diane P. Koenker:

“Koenker’s study . . . makes important contributions to our understanding of the relationship between Russian workers, their unions, and the Soviet and Communist Party leadership. Moreover, it challenges the conventional periodization of early Soviet history. This is a complex and nuanced study, which explores diverse worker responses to the regime. . . . It should be a staple of graduate reading lists in modern Russian history, modern European history, and comparative labor history.”

Recent Reviews of Cornell Press Books in the Academic Journals