Writing “Inside the US Navy of 1812–1815”

by eea | Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 4:00 PM

The anticipation of anniversaries of significant events have often stimulated authors to focus attention on the event or personalities to be celebrated or commemorated. Usually the sequence of these anniversaries occurs every fifty years or so after the initial occurrence. To be a part of the event, the author needs to anticipate by several years the amount of research that will be required to contribute a timely piece of work that would make a difference. At the same time, one must ask “what could I contribute that has not already been written?” To answer that question, there are several possible answers: discovery of new evidence, development of a new interpretation, or simply, or the challenge of writing a better, more comprehensive account of the event than has been done in the past. In my case, it was the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Over time, this two and one-half year conflict between the United States and Great Britain was an almost forgotten, often derided historical event. But between 1960 and 2012, there has been a revival of War of 1812 scholarship that has grown until a new generation of American, Canadian, and even British historians had awakened to the...Read More

Killing Season: A Paramedic's Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic

by eea | Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 4:00 PM

When I started as a 911 paramedic on the streets of Hartford, Connecticut over twenty-five years ago, I believed drug users were victims of their own character flaws. They lacked personal responsibility and their behavior was criminal. Keep using drugs, I’d tell them, and you will end up dead or in jail, which many of them did. Today, my views on drug users are different. As the overdoses escalated, I began asking my patients how they got started on their perilous journeys. While no two tales were the same, they shared unremitting similarities. I heard the phrase over and over “I used to be a normal person once.” Emily was a cheerleader who broke her back when her teammates dropped her. Chloe, abandoned by her heroin user mother as a child, tried heroin herself to find out what made her mother love heroin more than her. Tom volunteered for the armed forces the day after 9-11 and returned from Iraq with a purple heart and a terrible addiction to pain pills. My patients’ entries into addiction – whether through legal drugs prescribed by their doctors following injury or illness, offered by a friend to help with nagging pain, or through...Read More

Unlocking the Potential of Post-Industrial Cities

by eea | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 4:00 PM

As urban economists, we are interested in everything that affects the economic well-being of people, businesses, and neighborhoods in cities. Cities are exciting and dynamic places where diverse groups of people benefit from close interaction. However, cities can simultaneously have negative side effects for residents and businesses. Children can be exposed to lead paint in old houses, which affects their cognitive reasoning and contributes to worse performance in school, and increases the chance of being involved in violent crime. Traffic congestion and the separation of places of residence from places with good jobs can make finding gainful employment a challenge. Old, post-industrial cities such as Baltimore, Detroit, and St. Louis have additional challenges with decades of population and job loss combined with the environmental legacy of former industrial sites. In all of these contexts, there is a pressing need to identify the right investment that can attenuate these ill effects and is feasible to implement. In our new book, Unlocking the Potential of Post-Industrial Cities , we explore the challenges faced by the six post-industrial cities of Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis and provide a roadmap for knowledge of how to address...Read More

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, The Yale Review join JHU Press Journals

by may | Friday, April 2, 2021 - 8:53 AM

Two distinguished journals have joined the Johns Hopkins University Press scholarly publishing roster. The addition of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (GJIA) and The Yale Review brings the total collection of journals published by JHU Press to 101.

GIA_thumb.jpg The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs is the official publication of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. The GJIA is committed to cultivating a dialogue accessible to readers with all levels of knowledge about foreign affairs and international politics by providing a diverse array of timely, peer-reviewed content penned by top policymakers, business leaders, and academic luminaries. TYR_thumb.jpg The Yale Review , founded in 1819, is the oldest literary quarterly in the United States. It publishes new works by the most distinguished contemporary writers, explores the broader movements in American thought, science, and culture, and reviews the best new books in a variety of fields. "JHU Press is thrilled to welcome the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and The Yale Review to our publishing family," said Journals Publisher William Breichner. "For over 20 years, the GJIA has been giving voice to respected experts...Read More

Cold War Correspondents: Soviet and American Reporters on the Ideological Frontlines

by eea | Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 3:00 PM

Between 1945 and 1991, dozens of American and Soviet journalists moved to the capital cities of Communism and Capitalism to report on the rival superpower. They wanted to understand a country that appeared to stand against everything that they held dear and explain that country to their readers. They spent years living abroad, travelled around, made friends, read the local newspapers, went to the movies, shopped, took their kids to the playground, and wrote about these experiences for audiences back home. In an era of closed borders, the reports of foreign correspondents were the nearest readers could come to actual visits to Moscow or New York City. Ordinary people, pundits, and policymakers on both sides came to see the Soviet Union or the United States through the eyes of these journalists. My first encounter with these protagonists was through the books that American and Soviet journalists wrote at the end of their assignments. These were detailed accounts, where journalists provided rich descriptions of the Soviet Union or the United States and talked about their personal and professional experiences. The books were peppered with captivating stories and thoughtful analyses of life on the other side. What surprised me, however, was how...Read More