August Wilson: Pittsburgh Places in His Life and Plays
A guide to historic sites and places that figure in the life and plays of August Wilson. Most of these are set in the Hill District, where Wilson was born and grew up. The book includes photographs of the sites as well as fold-out maps for self-conducted walking tours.
Helpless Imperialists: Imperial Failure, Fear, and Radicalization
The Age of High Imperialism (1850-1950) is usually seen as period of unchallenged economic, technological and military superiority of European colonial powers. This collection of essays, however, highlights another, far less studied aspect of this era, namely, the empires' frustration, vulnerability, and anxiety in pursuit of their imperial goals. The feeling of helplessness was a significant part of their experience and thus deserves more attention by students of empire. The essays explore the relationship between failing colonial ventures and the loss of imperial control on the one side, and overcompensation and the turn towards excessively violent methods of rule on the other.
Big Data in History
Big Data in History introduces a project to create a world-historical archive that will trace the last four centuries of historical dynamics and change. The archive will link research on social, economic, and political affairs, plus health and climate, for societies throughout the world.
Early North America in Global Perspective
Early North American history is a field in flux. In the last thirty years, the field of Atlantic History has transformed scholarly studies of colonial America, bringing to light the many connections linking the Americas to Africa and Europe. Recently, though, historians have begun to question the utility of the Atlantic framework. Some suggest that it overlooks global phenomena, while others argue for a hemispheric or continental perspective on North America's early history. The fourteen essays gathered here introduce students to some of the finest historians of early America who are working to address these questions in expansive and stimulating ways.
The Political Economy of Empire in the Early Modern World
This volume recasts our understanding of the practical and theoretical foundations and dynamic experiences of early modern imperialism. The imperial encounter with political economy was neither uniform across political, economic, cultural, and religious constellations nor static across time. The contributions collected in this volume address, with undeniable pertinence for the struggles of later periods, the moral and military ambiguity of profits and power, as well as the often jealous interactions between different solutions to the problem of empire. The book presents a powerful mosaic of imperial theories and practices contributing to the creation of the modern world and to the most pressing concerns of our time.
À Bord du Négrier: Une Histoire Atlantique de la Traite (The Slave Ship: A Human History)
Marcus Rediker's book, The Slave Ship: A Human History (New York: Viking-Penguin; London: John Murray, 2007) has been published this month in Frenchas À Bord du Négrier: Une Histoire Atlantique de la Traite by Éditions du Seuil.
Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail
Outlaws of the Atlantic explores the dramatic world of maritime adventure, not from the perspective of admirals, merchants, and nation-states but from the viewpoint of commoners—sailors, slaves, indentured servants, pirates, and other outlaws from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. This is a peoples’ history of the “age of sail.”
Northern Ireland's Lost Opportunity
Northern Ireland's Lost Opportunity is a unique in-depth investigation into working-class Loyalism in Northern Ireland as represented by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), the Red Hand Commando (RHC) and their political allies.
Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age
Radical Moves takes readers from tin-roof dancehalls to the elegant black-owned ballrooms of Jazz Age Harlem to trace the roots of the black internationalist and anticolonial movements that would remake the twentieth century.
Histories of Race and Racism: The Andes and Mesoamerica from Colonial Times to the Present
Histories of Race and Racism examines the experiences and representations of Andean and Mesoamerican indigenous peoples from the early colonial era to the present. Contributors to the volume - anthropologists, historians, and sociologists-compare the interplay of race and racism with class, gender, nationality, and regionalism in Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. Their essays shed new light on the present by describing how race and racism have mattered in particular Andean and Mesoamerican societies at specific moments in time.
Uprooted: How Breslau became Wroclaw during the Century of Expulsions
With the stroke of a pen at the Potsdam Conference in 1945, Breslau, the largest German city east of Berlin, became the Polish city of Wroclaw. Within only a couple of years, Polish settlers from all parts of prewar Poland had to replace Breslau's six hundred thousand German inhabitants. By examining how the city's new inhabitants coped with this situation, Uprooted sheds light on the long-term psychological, cultural and political consequences of forced migrations in twentieth-century Europe.
The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom
Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game
Brings together the history of African Americans, the Caribbean, and Major League Baseball.It looks at how the meaning of sport has changed for these communities, and what was gained and what was lost when the major leagues integrated.
Lectures and Symposia
February 9, 2015
Film Screening: Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels
The documentary film Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the
Rebels, directed by Tony Buba and produced by Professor Marcus Rediker, is
based on Rediker’s book, The Amistad Rebellion: At Atlantic Odyssey of
Slavery and Freedom (Penguin, 2012). Professor Rediker will introduce the
film and take questions afterwards. This event is part of the University of
Pittsburgh's Black History Month celebration. The screening is free and open to