European History

Tuesday Studio: Art For All

This summer, the Yale Center for British Art is presenting the exhibition Art for All: British Posters for Transport.  The show is based around Henry S. Hacker’s collection of promotional posters designed in the primarily 1930s for the London Underground and British Railway system.  The works are exceptional examples both

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Happy birthday to a man who (may have) thought it better to be feared than loved

Niccolò Machiavelli, the Florentine public servant and political theorist best known for his brief yet highly influential work of political philosophy, The Prince, was born on this day in 1469. Though the man’s name may be now synonymous with cunning and deceitful political tactics, the debate as to whether Machiavelli’s

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“Railway” exhibit leaves WSJ reporter “wanting more”

Today’s Wall Street Journal features an enthusiastic review of the Nelson-Atkins Museum’s exhibit “Art in the Age of Steam: Europe, America, and the Railway, 1830-1960,” in which the author praises the “outstanding” essays collected in the accompanying catalog published by the Yale University Press. With more than 250 illustrations, The

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Literature of Liberty

The positive reviews for Renee Winegarten’s Germaine de Staël and Benjamin Constant: A Dual Biography continue to pour in. On the heels of Michael Dirda’s glowing review in the Washington Post Book World (June 8), which called attention to the “blazing life” of the two leads, Louis Auchincloss praised the

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ForeWord Magazine Honors YUP

We are pleased to announce that ForeWord Magazine has honored several of our titles with awards in this year’s Books of the Year list. Dr. Arthur W. Perry’s Straight Talk About Cosmetic Surgery took the Gold Prize in the Health category. Harold J. Cook’s Matters of Exchange: Commerce, Medicine, and

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Yale University Press mines data from Soviet archives

On Sunday The Boston Globe ran a profile of Jonathan Brent, the associate director and editorial director of Yale University Press and the executive editor of the Annals of Communism Series. The series is a 20-book project that “provides new and vivid details from documents that have been mined by

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Complicity with Evil

Adam LeBor’s new book “Complicity with Evil” – The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide was published in the US and UK in November 2006. It is a controversial, powerful and thought-provoking book which asks important questions about the legacy of the United Nations under Kofi Annan and

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Europe’s Physician

The New Republic has printed an insightful appraisal of famed historian Hugh Trevor-Roper’s capstone work, Europe’s Physician. Reviewer Peter Miller points out that doctors can provide a unique historical window into politics because of their trusted status, proximity to power, and necessary philosophical balancing of science, religion and humanity. “[I]t

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Cartoons from the Kremlin

How did the rulers of the Soviet Union pass the time during long Politburo meetings in the Kremlin? They doodled. Sketching on notebook pages, official letterheads, and the margins of draft documents, prominent Soviet leaders in the 1920s and 1930s amused themselves and their colleagues with drawings of one another.

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Why Arendt Matters

Saturday, October 14, marks the centennial of the birth of Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), the German-born political philosopher whose analysis of the nature of power, totalitarianism, and the “banality of evil” still resonates powerfully in our own time. “So it is no accident,” says Edward Rothstein in the New York Times,

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