Roundup of the 2022 Fall Book on Cold War and Covid

Looking at the university With the press headlines coming in the fall, I see that two distinct clusters stand out as relevant. Keeping pace with the latest news, they also highlighted the unfinished business of the past year.

Currently, about half the press has made their catalog available. The rest should come in the next month or so, allowing for a broader view of trends or themes. But for now, here’s the roundup as Memorial Day Weekend. (The text quoted below is taken from the press material of the University.)

Recent developments are no doubt Accounts for a quick reprint of the less expensive version of the two-volume Yale University Press, published in hardcover just a few months ago. ME Sarotte’s Not an inch: America, Russia, and the making of post-Cold War stalemate (Appearing on Hardcover last November, from Paperback in August) “Returns the veil of a crucial decade between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of Vladimir Putin,” while “the seed of tension that makes up today’s world” was sown in conflict over NATO expansion and Europe’s geopolitical prospects. Hal brand The Twilight Struggle: What Cold War Teaches Us About the Great-Power Rivalry Today (Hardcover published in January of this year, Paperback scheduled for September) predicts that for “an era of long-term superpower competition with China and Russia,” the United States will have to “look to the history of the Cold War for education” to succeed in today’s superpower race . “

Given that Cold War tensions have repeatedly escalated to the embarrassing point of Thermonuclear Warfare, I’m not at all convinced that excellence in super-power competition is much better than demonstrating Russian roulette skills. Penny M. Von Eschen’s The paradox of nostalgia: Cold War victories since 1989 and global disorder (Duke University Press, July) Seems skeptical about the “win” award. In drawing on “diplomatic archives, museums, films, and video games,” the author considers how the “conquestist claims that capitalism and military might be victorious.” “Embraces Wing nationalism and authoritarian sensitivities in the United States and beyond.”

Of course, “Russia” has become a byword for “embracing xenophobic right-wing nationalism and authoritarian sensibilities”, with its own culture of nostalgia. People can be emotional about anything, but Elizabeth Leak behaves in history Afghan Crucible: Made in Soviet invasion and modern Afghanistan (Oxford University Press, June) Misty watercolor memories seem to be resistant. The 1979 Red Army invasion was followed by nearly a decade of “parallel secret American aid to Afghan resistance fighters,” contributing “a moment of crisis not only for Afghanistan or the Cold War but also for international relations and the post-colonial state.”

The Soviet war in Afghanistan was “a defining event in international politics in the last years of the Cold War, lasting long after the Soviet Union’s own death,” as Leak writes. Fortunately, one of the author’s main concerns is to ensure that Afghans don’t get lost in the story.

Among the millions of people The United States has died of COVID-19 this month; Worldwide tolls have reached about 6.3 million. Alex Jahangir Hot spots: A doctor’s diary from an epidemic (Vanderbilt University Press, September) Nashville in March 2020 leads readers to the onset of the disease. The author, a trauma surgeon, said, “Unexpectedly the head of the city’s coronavirus task force and responsible for leading through the unknown waters. “His” op notes (entry surgeons like the journal often carry out the following operations)… have been extended to include his personal reflection and a glimpse of the inner sanctuary of the city and state government in crisis. “

Other expert reflections of that year have been compiled by Richard Grusin and Maureen Ryan, its editors Long 2020 (University of Minnesota Press, January 2023). The articles by “an interesting interdisciplinary group of scholars and thinkers” consider the “epidemic, political, environmental and social” crises of that year as the world “caring from one catastrophe to another.” (The description of the book left me with a vague idea that it was already in print. My mistake, to be sure, is nothing but bad déjà vu: earlier this year, Columbia University Press published Long years: a 2020 readerEdited by Thomas J. Sugrue and Caitlin Zaloom, where “some of the world’s sharpest thinkers dig into the buried crises of 2020, revealing how they must be tackled to achieve a more equal future.”)

Other upcoming headlines focus on how the epidemic has exacerbated inequality in the country and vice versa. Black and Latinox are at the center of unequal rates of “disease, outbreak and death” among the population. Epidemic Divide: How Kovid Increased Inequality in America (Duke University Press, November), Goendolin L. A collection of research papers edited by Wright, Lucas Hubbard and William A. Derity. Contributors assess “the impact of Kovid-19 on multiple areas of daily life – including wealth, health, housing, employment and education – and what steps can be taken to mitigate the full force of the epidemic.”

Shana Kushner Guardian, Sarah Wallace Goodman and Thomas B. Author of Pepinsky 8 Epidemic Politics: A Deadly Toll of Prejudice in the Covidian Era (Princeton University Press, October) – “A wealth of new information on public opinion” quotes how, “when solidarity and bipartisan unity were sorely needed, Americans came to view the epidemic in a biased way, adopting attitudes and attitudes that divided us.” Today. “

Judith Butler What is this world? An epidemiological phenomenology (Columbia University Press, November) Covid found “raising fundamental questions about our position on Earth: the way humans depend on each other, how we breathe in the same air, both alive and sometimes deadly, dividing the Earth’s surface, and the existing social world.” Proximity to other perforated animals for living. ” Disasters on a global scale reveal our identities and shared weaknesses, as well as “the kind of injustice that denies the essential interrelationships of living beings.”

Another theoretical approach to how society understands and responds to epidemics is Stuart J. Murray The Living from the Dead: Disforming Biopolitics (Penn State University Press, September). Foucault’s views on biopolitics include various institutions and practices for monitoring, structuring and controlling the human population. The author questions “the ‘war’ concept of ‘abandonment’ and the ‘preventable’ and ‘untimely’ infant mortality lawsuits against Kovid-19, asking, ‘How can we calculate with moral responsibility when we have a sacrificial economy? Involved with that which produces and tolerates death as a necessity of life?

Finally, at the juncture of literature and everyday life: Albert Camus’s second novel, PlagueFirst published in 1947, a new reader was found by 2020. Of Alice Kaplan and Laura Maris Kingdom of the Plague: Reading Albert Camus in the Epidemic (University of Chicago Press, October) “Albert Camur examines the novel as a palliative of epidemic life, an unrealistically relevant account of the psychology and politics of a public health crisis.” Writing during the lockdown, one of them became infected with the coronavirus, and the authors “see that in their own lives the stress of illness, recovery, anxiety and care, as well as a new reality, have developed their camouflage feeling.”

Circumstances push them to consider “how the original metaphor of the novel can resonate with a new generation of readers who have experienced a global epidemic.” In the words of William Faulkner, one of Kamur’s favorite writers: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past. “

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