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The Faustian market: the German-Soviet partnership and the origins of World War II, Ian ona johnson (Oxford University Press). With the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, Germany promised to limit its army to 100,000 men and not to buy or produce tanks, planes or poison gas – but Russia has secretly offered an exit to the defeated Germans. The first attempts at connection between the two enemy nations took place in 1919, when the war was barely over and long before Adolf Hitler came to power, writes Johnson, assistant professor of military history in the PJ family. Moran. Johnson tells a compelling story of the little-known partnership that ended with Hitler’s betrayal of Joseph Stalin, Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, and the horrors of World War II.

Gift to the Church and to the World: Fifty Years of Introduction to Christianity by Joseph Ratzinger, edited by John C. Cavadini and Donald Wallenfang (Pickwick Publications). Academics from around the world gathered at Notre Dame in 2018 for a conference reflecting the 50th anniversary of the publication of Introduction to Christianity by Joseph Ratzinger – later Pope Benedict XVI. The conference culminated in this book of essays edited by Cavadini, professor of theology at Notre Dame, and Wallenfang, professor of theology and philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and written by renowned scholars reflecting on the lasting influence of Ratzinger on Christian theology. The volume provides an overview and context for the contributions of the Pope Emeritus to modern Christianity.

Ireland and America: Empire, Revolution and Sovereignty, edited by Patrick Griffin ’87 and Francis D. Cogliano (University of Virginia Press). Examining 18th-century America through an Irish lens, these essays by scholars of American and Atlantic history reexamine the experiences of Ireland and the emerging United States in their relations with the British Empire. Edited by Griffin, professor of Madden-Hennebry family history and director of the University’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, and Cogliano, professor of American history at the University of Edinburgh, the collection clarifies the roles important things that the Irish would play at home and in America as the new nation began to build its own empire. “For better or for worse,” they write, “Ireland and America were places shaped by revolution and empire, just as the two nations would shape empire and revolution. “

Media Crossroads: Intersections of Space and Identity in Screen Cultures, edited by Paula J. Massood, Angel Daniel Matos ’14M.A.,’ 16Ph.D. and Pamela Robertson Wojcik (Duke University Press). From the TV series Portlandia at Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda video game series, media scholars examine many representations of space and place and how they intersect with sexuality, race, ethnicity, age, class and capabilities. Co-edited by Wojcik, professor and president of the Department of Cinema, Television and Theater of Notre Dame, the essays of Media hub explore the layering of these categories in everything from film and virtual reality to selfie photography. “Much of the work on space and media can be more aptly described as cinema and the city,” write the editors. “And yet there is an ever-growing body of work examining how different media filter different spaces.”

Global 1968: Cultural revolutions in Europe and Latin America, A. James McAdams and Anthony P. Monta (Press of the University of Notre-Dame). In these essays, historians, filmmakers, literary scholars and others explore the events and impact of the tumultuous year 1968 and its aftermath in Europe and Latin America. Contributors examine societal conflicts, student and worker protests, the reaction to Vatican II, and new forms of artistic expression. Edited by McAdams, William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs at Notre Dame, and Monta, Dean of the College and Professor of English at Holy Cross College, 1968 World Cup examines the short and long term cultural and political consequences of this momentous year.

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