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Welcome to the April issue of Bluelines!

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Cover for Gibbon's Christianity Gibbon’s Christianity

Religion, Reason, and the Fall of Rome

Hugh Liebert

“Liebert has made extensive use of the most recent scholarship, and his study broadens the context for understanding Gibbon’s words by discussing in detail the kinds of narratives of conversion that were familiar to Gibbon and in light of which he shaped his own distinctive story. One of the most striking features of Gibbon’s Christianity is that it re-creates the genealogy of Gibbon’s evolution in telling his own story and that of Rome. The connection of the two, as shown here in detail, is an outstanding advance in the scholarship on the author and his great work.”—Ralph Lerner, author of Naïve Readings: Reveilles Political and Philosophic

Cover for The Moving Statues of Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam The Moving Statues of Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam

Automata, Waxworks, Fountains, Labyrinths

Angela Vanhaelen

The Moving Statues of Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam is an entirely original study of Amsterdam’s pleasure palaces, or doolhoven, and a fascinating read that delights and instructs in a manner akin to the spaces it deftly analyzes. Vanhaelen’s text considers courtyard fountains, labyrinths, automata, waxworks, and clockworks, moving beyond standard descriptions of wonder to reflect on the nature of the city, the body, and knowledge itself in the early modern period.”—Stephanie Porras, author of Pieter Bruegel’s Historical Imagination

Cover for Radical Dreams Radical Dreams

Surrealism, Counterculture, Resistance

Edited by Elliott H. King and Abigail Susik

Radical Dreams reignites Surrealism’s revolutionary appeal from the 1960s and 1970s and rewrites an often forgotten chapter of the movement.”—Stephanie D’Alessandro, Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cover for Rethinking the New Technology of Journalism Rethinking the New Technology of Journalism

How Slowing Down Will Save the News

Seong Jae Min

“A highly readable journey through a history of technological innovations and journalism that argues against investing in the “new” for its own sake. A fascinating development in the scholarship around slow journalism.”—Megan Le Masurier, editor of Slow Journalism

subject/series highlight

Read a Q&A with S. Scott Rohrer, author of The Folly of Revolution, on our Tumblr.

Q: Who was Thomas Bradbury Chandler, and why is he important to U.S. history?

A: Chandler (1726–1790) was an Anglican minister from New Jersey and one of the most important critics of the revolutionary movement. He first gained notoriety in the 1760s when he led a campaign to bring an Anglican bishop to American shores—a move that radicals opposed because they feared it would buttress the power of both the monarchy and the Church of England and thus undercut colonial autonomy. Chandler in the 1770s then became one of the most notorious pamphleteers that loyalism produced. His political tracts attacked the legitimacy of the Continental Congress and warned that independence from Britain would bring ruin to the colonies. Chandler’s importance to U.S. history is twofold. His story takes readers deep into a little understood world, where many Americans revered monarchy. Second, Chandler’s attacks on the revolutionaries were among the most penetrating in the loyalist movement. A Friendly Address to All Reasonable Americans, for instance, questioned the central premises of the revolutionary movement and argued that American liberties would be safer in the empire than out.

Click here to read the full Q&A on PSU Press’s Tumblr.

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Join us at 4pm on Friday, 4/8 for “Communication in the Disinformation Age” featuring authors Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher, Seong Jae Min, and Billie Murray. Register for the event here.

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