The Blog June 22, 2020

What We're Reading This Week

Zaib un Nisa Aziz

Jill Lepore, The History of the “Riot” Report, The New Yorker 

Lepore examines the history of government commissions investigating organized resistance and shows how they became 'albis for inaction'. 

Annette Gordon-Reed, Problem of Police Powers for People Living While Black, The New York Review of Books 

Relating the experience of being policed while being black in America, Gordon-Reed shows that the issue at the heart of the present crisis is that of the second-class status of black citizenship in the United States.

Annie Olaloku-Teriba, Toppling Statues Is Not About History, It’s About the Present, Frieze

Olaoku-Teriba discusses the stakes of the present debates on historical monuments and public art and argues that historic commemoration is always tied to the present as it is to the past. 

 

Yehor Brailian 

Phil Withington, "Public and Private Pleasures"History Today 

Phil Withington's article discusses the social roles of coffeehouses in England during the seventeenth to eighteenth centuries, and the consumption of coffee among the cosmopolitan elite throughout the country. 

Matt Elton, "American spotlight: how today’s protests echo historical outrage"HistoryExtra 

Elton provides a historical retrospective of the civil rights movement in the USA and considers the current Black Lives Matters protests.  

Livia Gershon, "W.E.B. Du Bois Was #BlackintheIvory"JSTOR Daily 

Despite his brilliant academic work in sociology, Du Bois nevertheless faced discrimination at Atlanta University. Liva Gershon explains how it happened and why it matters.  

Christopher Kissane, "Four Years On"History Workshop 

For the Brexit referendum's fourth anniversary, Christopher Kissane analyzes the rewriting of the narratives of British history. 

 

Rustam Khan 

Sonia Faleiro, Valley of Unrest. India's Unending Occupation of KashmirHarper's Magazine

Sonei Faleiro follows how the situation on the ground in Kashmir has been evolving since India's military annexation of the region. 

Ashley Smith, "The Death of Hong Kong's Autonomy: Beyond the Crackdown", Spectre Journal

Ashley Smith interviews activist Au Loong Yu, where they probe the myths and mainstream fallacies about Hong Kong protests. 

Osama Esber, "Iraq and the Arab World on the Edge of Abyss: An interview with Kurdish-Iraqi journalist Khalid Suleiman", Jadaliyya 

An insightful piece for those interested in the environmental fragility of the region through the work of the prolific Khalid Suleiman.

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