We at HEB would be somewhat shocked if Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism did not top the charts as the book that is most frequently accessed by Humanities E-Book users. And the first half of 2017 did indeed see Imagined Communities at the top of the Top 25 of our most popular titles. In recent years, we have observed a growing interest in the topics of nationalism and colonialism that is borne out by the debut into our top titles list of Mike Davis’s Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World and Arjun Appadurai’s Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization. Anne McClintock’s Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest remains a favorite with our readers.
Works concerning race and race relations have become more popular in recent years on our top titles lists: Steven Hahn’s A Nation Under our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration, Gail Bederman’s Manliness & Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917, Tera Hunter’s To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labor After the Civil War, and Mae Ngai’s Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America are, we believe, increasingly being assigned to courses. (More HEB titles on this topic can be found on our Race in America Pinterest board).
A new entry, Garcilaso de la Vega’s Royal Commentaries of the Incas and General History of Peru, joins Nancy Scheper-Hughes’s Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil in our top titles list for January to June 2017, perhaps reflecting a burgeoning interest in Latin American studies in recent years.
Subscribers’ usage may vary from the overall HEB top titles list, of course, depending on syllabi and course assignments and the research interests of faculty. As always, we welcome your feedback—what are the top HEB titles at your institution?