Ringing in the New Year with HUP’s 2022 Bestsellers
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by Harvard University Press
3d ago
There is no better way for readers to usher in the new year than by looking back to the books that defined the last. For Harvard University Press, our 2022 bestsellers make up a diverse list of books across time and discipline. Last year gave us new essentials like Thomas Piketty’s A Brief History of Equality and Henry Louis Gates and Andrew S. Curran’s Who’s Black and Why?, both of which speak directly to current pressing issues of injustice and inequality. Ever relevant, Kathleen Belew’s Bring the War Home and Eswar S. Prasad’s The Future of Money continue to provide insight into today’s pol ..read more
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The Lecture: Bringing to India the Best and Brightest on Ideas and Issues That Matter
Harvard University Press Blog » European History
by Harvard University Press
3w ago
  HarperCollins and Harvard University Press have a new collaboration– The Lecture, a series of talks by writers and thinkers from around the world brought to Indian audiences.    The inaugural lecture –‘Vivekananda, Guru to the World’– by Professor Ruth Harris will take place at Delhi’s iconic India Habitat Centre's Stein Auditorium, on Friday January 27, 2023, 7.00 p.m.  The lecture will be based on Professor Harris’s definitive biography of Vivekananda, the Indian monk who shaped the intellectual and spiritual history of both East and West. Professor Harris is ..read more
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A New Chapter for Harvard Book Store
Harvard University Press Blog » European History
by Harvard University Press
2M ago
Starting in the summer of 2023, for the first time in almost thirty years, Harvard Book Store will have two locations: our flagship store in Harvard Square, and a large new store in the Prudential Center in Boston.  For University Press Week, we wanted to show some bookseller love, so we reached out to Rachel Cass, General Manager of the Harvard Book Store to see what's planned for their exciting new location.   Among the many challenges of opening a second location, a central question has been identifying what exactly makes us Harvard Book Store. In Cambridge, we sit directly ..read more
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Marking the 75th Anniversary of Independence from British Rule
Harvard University Press Blog » European History
by Harvard University Press
6M ago
August 14 and August 15 mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of independence from British rule for Pakistan and India, respectively. Inextricably linked to the birth of these two South Asian nations is the 1947 Partition of the subcontinent that tragically accompanied the end of British colonialism. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India, described the moment of independence as a tryst with destiny. “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the ..read more
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HUP ReadUP: Summer Reads
Harvard University Press Blog » European History
by Harvard University Press
7M ago
We asked our colleagues, “What is one word you would use to describe an ideal summer read?” Their answers range across all the summer feels, from those easygoing lazy hazy days to that voltage of energy that fires up a reawakening. What’s more, their responses include book recommendations sure to help you breeze through the sunny season—from our own library as well as those of fellow university presses. Cheerful • Memory Speaks • Lives of Houses (Princeton University Press) “I wouldn’t want to read anything too heavy or depressing over summer.” —Ellie Diverting • Memory Speaks • Go Ahead in ..read more
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Speaking with SpeakOut Boston
Harvard University Press Blog » European History
by Harvard University Press
8M ago
We continue our celebration of Pride Month by talking with some of the speakers who volunteer with SpeakOUT Boston. They share their stories with a variety of audiences to foster a better understanding of the LGBTQ+ community, so we thought we’d ask them some questions of our own. What does Pride mean to you? My very first Pride celebration was in 2016. I had just come out (at almost 60 years old) and seeing thousands of others celebrating and living their truth was simply the most amazing feeling I had ever known. I was fortunate enough to march in three more Boston Pride Parades plus two in ..read more
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50 Years of Sharing LGBTQ+ Stories
Harvard University Press Blog » European History
by Harvard University Press
8M ago
As we celebrate Pride month, we decided to take the opportunity to invite a local LGBTQ+ organization to tell us about the important work they do. Ellyn Ruthstrom is the Executive Director of SpeakOUT Boston and has been involved with LGBTQ+ activism for thirty years. As a former president of the Bisexual Resource Center, Ruthstrom co-organized the first White House Roundtable on Bisexual Issues in 2013 during the Obama Administration. On the oppressive summer night of June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Rebellion started in New York City. Drag queens, trans women and men, gay and bisexual people al ..read more
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The War in Ukraine
Harvard University Press Blog » European History
by Harvard University Press
11M ago
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has people wondering how we got to this point. For those looking for a better understanding of the complicated, intertwined pasts of these two countries, and to learn more about Ukrainian history, these books provide answers and shed light on the current conflict. The first two titles are being published next month by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and could not be more timely. In Isolation: Dispatches from Occupied DonbasStanislav Aseyev In this collection of dispatches, Stanislav Aseyev attempts to understand the reasons behind the success of Russia ..read more
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Five Reasons Why You Should Read Thomas Piketty’s A Brief History of Equality
Harvard University Press Blog » European History
by Harvard University Press
11M ago
In his surprising and powerful new work, A Brief History of Equality, Thomas Piketty reminds us that the grand sweep of history gives us reasons to be optimistic. Over the centuries, he shows, we have been moving toward greater equality. We asked him about his impassioned new book: why he wrote it, how it’s optimistic, and what we need to do to continue making progress on creating an equitable world. This book draws on your earlier works but is also very different. How would you describe the mix? It’s partly a response to readers’ requests for a short book. My three major books are around a t ..read more
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On Ethel Waters and Zora Neale Hurston
Harvard University Press Blog » European History
by Harvard University Press
1y ago
We round out our celebration of Black History Month with an excerpt from Daphne Brooks’s Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound, winner of the PEN Oakland–Josephine Miles Award and a Rolling Stone Best Music Book of the Year. “Vivid, joyful, and heartbreaking in its passionate understanding of soul in all its manifestations,” says Hilton Als, “Liner Notes for the Revolution is itself a new kind of music: propulsive, witty, wise, and true.” The little women lurk at the very heart of the modern, the place where Zora Neale Hurston and her girl Ethel [Waters ..read more
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