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“Blucher: Scourge of Napoleon” by Michael V. Leggiere, is the winner of the 2014 Literary Award of the International Napoleonic Society!

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The International Napoleonic Society promotes outstanding scholarship in the field of Napoleonic history. Many books on various Napoleonic topics are published each year, and publishers from around the world submit their best examples to compete for the Society’s annual Literary Book Award. These books are carefully reviewed by our Literary Committee, which consists of some of the top scholars in the field. The committee, by secret ballot, selects the top two books to receive an award.

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Santa Barbara Independent’s Q&A with Robert M. Senkewicz, co-author of “Junipero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary”.

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There are so many books out on Serra. Why another one? What did you think you might find out that would be different? Rose Marie Beebe and I were doing some work on early California, and the missions always kept coming up. We’d consult the translations out there of Serra’s letters, and they were really, really stiff. So we began to wonder, “Serra can’t be that stiff.” We started wondering what a different translation of Serra’s letters would look like. That was the main thing. A lot of stuff on Serra, he’s presented in one extreme or the other: selfless, magnanimous saint or genocidal-maniac-type person. We thought let’s try to avoid the extremes and take him on his own terms and see where that leads us. That turned out to be something that hadn’t been done about Serra.

How did your translation differ than what had been done before? How does Serra shine through the ages in a different way? What happens is his emotions tend to come out more openly in the translation that Rose Marie did. He’s an administrator, so he writes a lot of boring bureaucratic stuff. Unfortunately, that tone in previous translations seeps into letters that are personal. We tried to separate those so when he’s writing another missionary or the governor, his emotions come out. This allows us to see him as a much more complicated, complex kind of figure.

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Junipero Serra: The Man Behind the Canonization Controversy

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On July 24, Professor Beebe and Professor Senkewicz will speak about their just-completed book, “Junipero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary” at Santa Clara University. Their work is an attempt to get behind the controversy over the canonization of Serra and to illuminate the man himself. While the work of Beebe and Senkewicz is historical and does not take a position on the canonization, what they have to say is sure to assist both those who believe Serra should be canonized as an intrepid evangelizer of the New World and those who believe that Serra was a central figure in the destruction of the Native American way of life and thus is unworthy of the honor of sainthood. The canonization is scheduled to take place during the visit of Pope Francis to Washington, D.C., this September.

Event information: http://www.scu.edu/events/index.cfm?event=49031

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“Colorado: A Historical Atlas” is now available!

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Chock-full of the best and latest information on Colorado, this new edition features thirty new chapters, updated text, more than 100 color maps and 100 color photos, and a best-of listing of Colorado authors and books, as well as a guide to hundreds of tourist attractions.

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Dwayne Mack, author of “Black Spokane: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Inland Northwest,” talks about his new book.

Dwayne MackIn 1981, decades before mainstream America elected Barack Obama, James Chase became the first African American mayor of Spokane, Washington, with the overwhelming support of a majority-white electorate. Chase’s win failed to capture the attention of historians—as had the century-long evolution of the black community in Spokane. In Black Spokane: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Inland Northwest, Dwayne A. Mack corrects this oversight—and recovers a crucial chapter in the history of race relations and civil rights in America. Read more about the book…

 

Courtesy of  Berea College Magizine.