Hello and welcome to the Columbia University Press American Historical Association virtual exhibit, coming live—once again—from our socially distanced homes to yours. I’m Caelyn Cobb, the editor for global history, and I’m so disappointed not to see any of your faces.
January is a time of new beginnings, and ordinarily, this conference is a perfect opportunity to look out for what’s to come—forthcoming books, new scholarship, and up-and-coming scholars just entering the scene. This year, though, I can’t help but think about the year past, for reasons obvious to all of us. So many great books were published throughout 2020, many of which were completed, copyedited, and proofread against the backdrop of a pandemic and an off-the-rails, doomscroll-inducing period in American politics. As you explore our virtual AHA booth, be sure to give a little extra love to these intrepid 2020 titles, which were launched into unprecedented chaos without the benefit of traditional book talks, signings, and in-person conferences.
Given my purview at the press, I’m partial to our international and global histories. Here’s a brief listing of some recent authors in this field who deserve a round of applause for all their hard work in these difficult times. Get 20% off these hardy new scholarly titles and more on our website using AHA promo code AHA21.
- Thomas Borstelmann, Just Like Us—a study of foreignness throughout American history, exploring how Americans’ worst impulses—toward American exceptionalism and perceived universality—also inform the nation’s best qualities: acceptance and diversity
- Peter Hamilton, Made in Hong Kong—an exploration of the transnational business and educational networks that turned Hong Kong, and subsequently China, into a global economic powerhouse in the twentieth century
- Audrey Truschke, The Language of History—a groundbreaking look at how Sanskrit writings on Muslim rule in premodern India reveal a complex, intertwined relationship between Muslims and Hindus in this foundational period of Indian history