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March 19, 2012

Cyrus Veeser
Crash, Bang, Boom: How War and Depression Launched the American Century

Between 1941 and 1949, the United States' embrace of world leadership took concrete form in a set of new institutions, from the World Bank and IMF to the United Nations, G.A.T.T., and NATO. How, Professor Veeser asks in this book project, did this array of American-sponsored global structures emerge so suddenly, so fully formed, and with bipartisan support? Crash, Bang, Boom argues that the extraordinary burst of American internationalism after 1941 grew directly out of lessions learned during the hard years of two world wars and a global economic depression.

August 7, 2011

Clifford Putney

Professor Putney is working on a collection of historical essays on the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, the country’s first sponsor of overseas missionaries.  He is editing the work with Paul Burlin.  The book is entitled The Role of the American Board in the World: A Bicentennial Retrospection on Their Missionary Work. It will be published by WIPF & Stock. 

June 12, 2011

Leonid Trofimov
Twentieth-Century Russia: A Documentary History (co-edited with Dr. Jonathan Daly)

A ground-breaking collection of documents, many of which have only recently become accessible to historians. The collection will cover major periods in 20th century Russian history: Russia in war and revolution, Bolshevik Russia, the Stalin era, the late Soviet Union, the Soviet collapse, and New Russia. The collection will contain a variety of sources (texts, photographs, maps, and posters). It will chronicle major events and capture important historical trends – sometimes through legal and official documents but mostly by drawing on the experiences of people at every level of society, from all walks of life, and of diverse personal fates. Overall, this documentary collection will help history students grasp the immensity of Russia’s historical experience as well as understand Russia’s role in the world today.

January 20, 2011

Clifford Putney
Bentley Centennial Project

Professor Putney is spearheading an effort to produce a comprehensive history of Bentley for the school's centennial (2017). He and his student research assistants are interviewing people about the history of Bentley, and he would welcome historical information about the school from faculty, staff, alumni, and others.

October 12, 2009

Bridie Andrews Minehan
Medicine, Culture, and Modernity in China (under manuscript review)

This book addresses contemporary debates over the meanings of colonial and postcolonial knowledge by studying bidirectional flows of translation and adaptation in medicine since the 19th century. It reveals how relations of power within medicine were constantly shifting, shaped by the competing forces of international relations, cultural nationalism, and belief in the universality of science. The outcome was a new definition of Chinese cultural identity.

September 10, 2009

Angma Dey Jhala
Royal Patronage, Power and Aesthetics in Princely India
Pickering and Chatto (Empires in Perspective Series), 2011

This book is a cultural history of the artifacts produced within and for the Zenana (the women’s courts or female quarters of the palace) in late nineteenth and twentieth century India. It discusses the history of architecture, fashion, jewelry and cuisine in colonial princely India, as well as the influence of courtly Indian aesthetics on postcolonial film, both Bollywood and Anglo-American cinema, and popular literature. The women who lived within these kingdoms were part of an engaged, lively culture of imperial patronage, which reflected hybrid, colonial identities. The ateliers of the zenana courts created many objets d’art and new cultural trends, which reflected the cosmopolitanism of princely India, juxtaposing pre-colonial, 'indigenous' traditions and colonial European design styles and techniques in an unusual, transnational concept of courtly culture and ornamentation.

These findings suggest that the colonial encounter was far from a relationship of unilateral domination but rather one of reciprocity and cultural amalgamation between colonial and colonized peoples.

August 14, 2009

Cyrus Veeser
By Force to the Future: Compulsory Labor as a Modernizing Strategy

An international, multiarchival study of the ways that European powers used forced labor to develop their colonies in Africa and Asia. While less infamous than chattel slavery, forced labor regimented the lives of millions of people worldwide well into the 20th century. Antithetical to liberal values, forced labor nevertheless supplied what the free market did not, requiring subsistence-level peasants to grow cash crops and commandeering men and women to build the transport system needed to incorporate tropical regions into the world market. 

The book-length project focuses first on how the empires in the interwar period understood their labor systems, including the need for forced labor, and then examines the panicked response of the colonial powers as humanitarian efforts to abolish forced labor moved took practical shape in an international convention supported by the International Labour Organization, an affiliate of the League of Nations, in the late 1920s.

May 2, 2009

Marc Stern
From: The Fitness Movement and Fitness Center Industry, 1960-2000
Paper given at the April 2008 Business History Conference

Since the 1960s, there have been considerable changes in the nature of recreational physical fitness activity in the United States. Although rare in 1960, by 2000, private fitness centers were ubiquitous features on the American landscape. Increasingly centralized of ownership characterized the field from 1970 onward. Men and, more significantly, women, joined, left, and rejoined these ever-more mechanized establishments. Images of health, beauty, professional success, and sexuality emphasized athleticism and muscle tone. Fitness took on an especially powerful meaning to women affected by the burgeoning feminist movement, their new economic roles, the rise of women’s sports, and the volatile marital and social environment. Fitness centers also emerged as social centers, as “sites of the body,” where people went to see and meet members of the opposite or same sex. Paradoxically, this focus on the body and formalized exercise occurred for one portion of the population even as another, larger, portion of the population grew increasingly unhealthy and obesity became a problem among all age cohorts.

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Recently Published Research

ANDREWS, B. J. (2012). Chapter Seven: The Republic of China (1912-1948) . In TJ Hinrichs and Linda Barnes (Eds.), Chinese Medicine and Healing: An Illustrated History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press

STERN, M. J. (2011). Real or Rogue Charity? Private Health Clubs vs. the YMCA, 1970-2010 Business and Economic History On-Line, 2011, 9, 17. (link)

ANDREWS, B. J. (2011). From case records to case histories:
The modernization of a Chinese medical genre, 1912-1949. In Hsu, Elisabeth
(Eds.), Innovation in Chinese Medicine (second printing ed.) (pp. 324-336).
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (link)

ANDREWS, B. J. (2011). In Republican China, Public Health by
Whom, for Whom?. In K.C. Yip, L. Bu, and D. Stapleton (Eds.), Science, Public
Health and the State in Modern Asia (pp. 177-194). New York, NY: Routledge

JHALA, A. D. (2011). Royal Patronage, Power and Aesthetics in Princely India. London: Pickering and Chatto, Empire in Perspectives Series.

JHALA, A. D. (2011).
Shifting the gaze: colonial and postcolonial portraits of the zenana in Hindi
and Euro-American cinema. South
Asian Popular Culture, 9
 (3), 259-271.

PUTNEY, C. W. (2011). “Luther Gulick:  His Contributions to Springfield College, the YMCA, and “Muscular Christianity,” Historical Journal of Massachusetts, 39 (1-2), 144-169.

VEESER, C. R. (2011). "El Protectorado de Estados Unidos". Historia del Pueblo Dominicano (pp. 30). Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Academia Dominicana de la Historia.

BENEKE, C. J. co-editor with Grenda, C. S. (2011). The First Prejudice: Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 

VEESER, C. R. (2010). Great Leaps Forward: Modernizers in
Africa, Asia, and Latin America
. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

PUTNEY, C. W. (2010). Missionaries in Hawai'i: The Lives of Peter and Fanny Gulick, 1797-1883. Amherst, Mass: University of Massachusetts Press.

TROFIMOV, L. (2010). "Soviet Reporters at the Nuremberg Trial: Agendas, Attitudes, and Encounters, 1945-46.” Cahiers d’Histoire, 28 (Winter 2010), 45-70.

JAHLA, A. D. (2010). "The Jodhpur Regency: Princely Education, Politics and Gender in Postcolonial India," South Asian History and Culture, 1 (3), 378–396.

BENEKE, C. (2010). "The Free Market and the Founders' Approach to Church-State Relations," Journal of Church and State, 52 (2), 323-352. 

VEESER, C. R. (2009). "Concessions as a Modernizing Strategy in the Dominican Republic," Business History Review, 83 (4), 27.

BENEKE, C. "Horace Mann and the Idea of Integration," in Inequity in Education: An Historical Perspective, eds. Debra Meyers and Burke Miller, Lexington Books, 2009. 

BENEKE, C. "America's Whiggish Religious Revolution: An Instance in the Progress of History," Historically Speaking, Volume 10, Number 3 (June 2009): 31-35.

JHALA, A.D.  "The Malabar Hill murder trial of 1925: Sovereignty, law and sexual politics in colonial princely India," Indian Economic & Social History Review 2009 Volume 46, No. 3: 373-400.

ANDREWS-MINEHAN, B.  "Medical lives in modern China: There's more to building a medical profession than just training doctors (in Korean translation)," in The First Generation of Western Medical Doctors in East Asia (in Korean), pages not yet known, Thaehaksa, Seoul, 2009.

ANDREWS-MINEHAN, B.  "Blood in Chinese medical history (in Chinese translation)," in Disease, medicine and hygiene since the Qing dynasty, from the perspectives of social and cultural history (in Chinese), pages 159-188, Sanlian, Beijing, 2009.

JHALA A. D.,Courtly Indian Women In Late Imperial India; Pickering and Chatto, 2008.

VEESER, C.  Great Leaps Forward: Modernizers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America;   Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2009.

BENEKE, C.“The Critical Turn: Jonathan Mayhew, the British Empire and the Idea of Resistance in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Boston," Massachusetts Historical Review; vol. 10, 23-56, 2008.

BENEKE, C.Beyond Toleration: The Religious Origins of American Pluralism; Oxford University Press: New York, 2006.

 BENEKE, C. “‘Mingle with Us’: Religious Integration in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century American Education,” American Educational History Journal; vol. 33, no. 1, 29-37, 2006.

TOLPIN, M., and B. Lazarus. “Engaging Junior Faculty in Career Planning: Alternatives to the Exit Interview,” Current Issues in Higher Education; vol. 2, no. 1979, 2006.

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