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Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz on the Philippine Revolution

In Theory co-host Disha Karnad Jani interviews Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz, research fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge and Executive Director of the Toynbee Prize Foundation, about her new book, Asian Place, Filipino Nation: A Global Intellectual History of the Philippine Revolution, 1887-1912 (Columbia University Press, 2020).


Disha Karnad Jani is a contributing editor at the JHI Blog and a graduate student in history at Princeton University.

Featured Image: Cover of Asian Place, Filipino Nation. Art by Tintin Lontoc and cover design by Julia Kushnirsky.

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Andrew B. Liu on Tea War and Political Economy

In Theory co-host Simon Brown interviews Andrew B. Liu, assistant professor of history at Villanova University, about his new book, Tea War: A History of Capitalism in China and India (Yale University Press, 2020).


Simon Brown is a primary editor at the JHI Blog and a PhD candidate in history at the University of California, Berkeley. You can follow him on twitter.

Featured Image: Circa 1820, from the Kelton Collection. Courtesy of Christie’s.

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Katy Hull on American Sympathy with Italian Fascism

In Theory co-host Simon Brown interviews Katy Hull, lecturer in American Studies at the University of Amsterdam, about her new book, The Machine Has a Soul: American Sympathy with Italian Fascism (Princeton University Press, 2021).


Simon Brown is a primary editor at the JHI Blog and a PhD candidate in history at the University of California, Berkeley. You can follow him on twitter.

Featured Image: “The old Language of politics is a Dead Language in the Age of the machine. ” Illustration by Wilfred Jones for Anne O’Har McCormick, “Bringing Politics Up to Date,” New York Times, November 25, 1928,

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Annette Joseph-Gabriel on Black Women and Citizenship in the French Empire

Guest Host Ariel Mond interviews Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel, assistant professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Michigan, about her new book, Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (University of Illinois Press, 2020).


Ariel Mond is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she studies modern European and global history. Her dissertation research considers the intersections of French political imprisonment, the decolonization of Algeria, and the rise of postwar human rights politics from the 1940s to 1970s.

Featured Image: From Alexis Peskine’s Identité Internationale. 2010. From the cover design of Reimagining Liberation.

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Elleni Centime Zeleke on Ethiopia in Theory

Co-Host of In Theory Disha Karnad Jani interviews Elleni Centime Zeleke, Assistant Professor in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, about her book, Ethiopia In Theory: Revolution and Knowledge Production, 1964-2016 (Brill, 2019; Haymarket Books, 2020).


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After the Flood: Lydia Barnett on Global Environment, Imagination, and Empire

Editor Luna Sarti interviews Lydia Barnett, Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University about her book After the Flood: Imagining the Global Environment in Early Modern Europe (Johns Hopkins University Press: 2019) which has been honored with the Morris D. Forkosch Prize from the Journal of the History of Ideas for the best first book in intellectual history.

The book discusses how the story of Noah’s flood has been understood, interpreted, and retold by different authors between the late 16th and early 18th century and illuminates the flood’s complicated legacy in the emergence of a global environmental consciousness. They talk about deep time, human agency and “natural” disasters, and speculate on the role of sin as an intellectual tool of the Anthropocene.

Featured Image: Jammerliche und erschröckliche Zeittung auß Niderland, Brabandt, Holandt, Seelandt, Flandern und Frießlandt 1570), Münchener DigitalisierungsZentrum, Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek.