Recent Publications

Front cover The US Public and American Foreign PolicyThe US Public and American Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2010), ed., Andrew Johnstone and Helen Laville

Though often overlooked, public opinion has always played a significant role in the development and promotion of US foreign policy and this work seeks to comprehensively assess the impact and nature of that opinion through a collection of historical and contemporary essays.

Front cover of Dilemmas of InternationalismDilemmas of Internationalism: the American Association for the United Nations and US Foreign Policy, 1941-1948 (Ashgate, 2009), by Andrew Johnstone

Dilemmas of Internationalism is a new political history of the 1940s which charts and analyses the efforts of private internationalists to define US internationalism and promote the establishment of the United Nations.

Front cover of The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American FictionThe Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Fiction (Routledge, 2008), by Catherine Morley

This volume explores the confluences between two types of literature in contemporary America: the novel and the epic. It analyses the tradition of the epic as it has evolved from antiquity, through Joyce to its American manifestations and describes how this tradition has impacted upon contemporary American writing.


Front cover of Reconstruction: People and PerspectivesReconstruction: People and Perspectives (ABC-Clio, 2008), ed., James Campbell and Rebecca Fraser

This volume is a fascinating collection of essays and documents that illuminates the experiences of ordinary Americans across all levels of society in the southern United States during Reconstruction.

Front cover of American Thought and Culture in the 21st CenturyAmerican Thought and Culture in the 21st Century (Edinburgh University Press, 2008), ed., Martin Halliwell and Catherine Morley

This ground-breaking book explores the changing patterns of American thought and culture at the dawn of the new millennium, when the world's richest nation has never been more powerful or more controversial.

Front cover of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the RyeJ.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (Routledge, 2007), by Sarah Graham

This jargon-free study opens up ways of thinking about the novel, both in terms of wider context but also in close analysis.

Front cover of American Culture in the 1950sAmerican Culture in the 1950s (Edinburgh University Press, 2007), by Martin Halliwell

This book provides a stimulating account of the dominant cultural forms of 1950s America. Through detailed commentary and focused case studies of influential texts and events, the book examines the way in which modernism and the cold war offer two frames of reference for understanding the trajectory of postwar culture.

Front cover of Slavery on TrialSlavery on Trial: Race, Class, and Criminal Justice in Antebellum Richmond, Virginia (University Press of Florida, 2007), by James Campbell

Slavery on Trial is a sobering portrait of the administration of racially constructed laws. It exposes the contradictions inherent in antebellum Southern law, and examines the implications those contradictions had for slaves, free blacks, poor whites, immigrants, and women.

Front cover of Massive ResistanceMassive Resistance: The White Response to the Civil Rights Movement (Hodder, 2006), by George Lewis

Massive Resistance is a compelling account of the white segregationist opposition to the US civil rights movement from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. It provides vivid insights into what sparked the confrontations in US society during the run-up to the major civil rights laws that transformed America's social and political landscape.

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