Critical Perspectives on the Past

No longer active. Critical Perspectives on the Past, edited by Susan Porter Benson, Stephen Brier, and Roy Rosenzweig, is concerned with the traditional and nontraditional ways in which historical ideas are formed. In its attentiveness to issues of race, class, and gender and to the role of human agency in shaping events, the series is as critical of traditional historical method as content. Emphasizing that history is itself an interpretation of material events, the series demonstrates that the historian's choices of subject, narrative technique, and documentation are politically as well as intellectually constructed. 

Agricultural and Pastoral Societies in Ancient and Classical History

Edited by Michael Adas

An in-depth examination of the early history of humankind

376 pages | 7 x 10 | 1 halftone


American History Now

Edited by Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr

A new generation of scholars addresses the current themes and questions in interpreting American history

440 pages | 6 x 9


The Baltimore Book

New Views of Local History

edited by Elizabeth Fee, Linda Shopes and Linda Zeidman

A tour guide to places in the city that are important to labor, African Americans, and women's history

288 pages | 9 x 11 | 11 map(s) 150 figures


Becoming American, Becoming Ethnic

College Students Explore Their Roots

edited by Thomas Dublin

Personal reflections on the challenges that face college students coming to understand their ethnicity in contemporary America

256 pages | 6 x 9 | 48 halftones


Degrees of Equality

The American Association of University Women and the Challenge of Twentieth-Century Feminism

Susan Levine

240 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 tables, 20 halftones


Descent into Discourse

The Reification of Language and the Writing of Social History

Bryan Palmer

Arguing that the current reliance on poststructuralism obscures the origins, meanings, and consequences of historical events and processes

312 pages | 6 x 9

Droppin' Science

Critical Essays on Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture

Edited by William Eric Perkins

Leading authorities write on the complex—and sometimes controversial—history, politics, and culture of rap and hip hop

288 pages | 6 x 9


Empire City

The Making and Meaning of the New York City Landscape

David M. Scobey

How did New York City come to represent the best and worst of urban life?

352 pages | 7 x 10 | 2 tables, 8 maps, 73 halftones


Essays on Twentieth-Century History

Edited by Michael Adas

Probing the paradoxes of "the long twentieth century"—from unprecedented human opportunity and deprivation to the rise of the United States as a hegemon

350 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 tables 2 figures



A Political Autobiography

Gerda Lerner

A beautifully written, dramatic memoir from one of women's history's founders

408 pages | 7 x 10 | 24 halftones


For Fun and Profit

The Transformation of Leisure into Consumption

edited by Richard Butsch

Essays explore the transformation in leisure activity and its effects on class relations in American society

288 pages | 6 x 9


Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts

Charting the Future of Teaching the Past

Sam Wineburg

How do historians know what they know?

272 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 tables 3 figures 3 halftones


History and September 11th

Edited by Joanne Meyerowitz

Locating the historical roots of the September 11th attacks

288 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 maps 19 halftones


History and the New Left

Madison, Wisconsin, 1950-1970

Edited by Paul Buhle

Essays trace the rise of an intellectual New Left from 1950 to 1970

457 pages | 6 x 9


History from South Africa

Alternative Visions and Practices

edited by Joshua Brown, Patrick Manning, Karin Shapiro and Jon Wiener

Articles from a special issue of the Radical History Review that map the development of interpretations of the South African past and depart radically from the official history

467 pages