Scott Parkinson’s book, The Impact of Western Civilization on World History, was published by Cognella Publishing in California late this past summer. He contributed all of the introduction material for the individual units.
This summer saw publication of two articles and a book review by Abel Alves:
– “Individuality and the Understanding of Animals in the Early Modern Spanish Empire,” in Animals and Early Modern Identity, ed. Pia Cuneo (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2014), 271-290.
– “The Animals of the Spanish Empire: Humans and Other Animals in Big History,” in Teaching and Researching Big History: Exploring a New Scholarly Field, ed. Leonid Grinin, David Baker, Esther Quaedackers and Andrey Korotayev (Volgograd: “Uchitel” Publishing House, 2014), 248-264.
– And in the Journal of Latin American Studies 46:3 (August 2014): 594-596, a review of Centering Animals in Latin American History (Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press, 2013), edited by Martha Few and Zeb Tortorici.
Bruce Geelhoed authored, “‘Oh, she’s a rather rough war, boys, but she’s better than no war at all’: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive and the Diarists of the Rainbow Division” in Edward G. Lengel, ed., A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign (New York: Wiley Blackwell, 2014), 194-212. It deals with the diaries written by four members of the 42nd (Rainbow) Division: Vernon Kniptash, Elmer Sherwood, Pete Straub, and George Leach, during the period from October 4-15, 1918. The chapter describes their impressions of the conflict that raged during the final weeks of World War I on the western front in France.
In September, Yaron Ayalon attended the Midwest Jewish Studies Association annual conference at Kent State University in Ohio. He presented a paper titled “Rethinking Leadership in Ottoman Jewish Communities.” The paper explains how Jewish communities in the eastern Mediterranean before the 19th century were loosely organized and had very informal leadership structures – a very different setting from the hierarchy that developed in the 19th century. The paper is an early product of Dr. Ayalon’s new research on Jews in the Ottoman Empire, which will eventually become his second book. His first, Natural Disasters in the Ottoman Empire: Plague, Famine, and Other Misfortunes will appear in November with Cambridge University Press.