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LA&PS Profs publish new book and magazine article about a remarkable piece of maritime history

LA&PS Profs publish new book and magazine article about a remarkable piece of maritime history

Professor Boyd Cothran in York University’s Department of History, and Adrian Shubert, Professor Emeritus, recently published a new book, The Edwin Fox: How an Ordinary Sailing Ship Connected the World in the Age of Globalization, 1850-1914 (University of North Carolina Press, 2023), detailing the history of the Edwin Fox, a seemingly unremarkable merchant ship vessel that soon became a piece of maritime history. The Edwin Fox connected the lives and histories of millions of people all over the world.

In a recent edition of aeon.co, a front-page essay by the authors was featured, exploring their key findings in writing The Edwin Fox. The magazine aeon.co is committed to big ideas, serious enquiry and a humane worldview. Read the full article, One ship, many stories How a single, unglamorous, workaday merchant vessel tells the history of the 19th-century world in many violent chapters.

Boyd Cothran is an associate profession of U.S History in the Department of History at York University. He is also the author of Remembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), which received the 2015 Robert M. Utley Prize for the best book in military history from the Western History Association. He has also co-edited two volumes of global history, Women Warriors and National Heroes: Global Histories (Bloomsbury, 2020) and Bridging Cultural Concepts of Nature: Indigenous People and Protect Spaces of Nature (University of Helsinki Press, 2021).

The Edwin Fox book cover

Adrian Shubert is University Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at York University. An historian of Spain in the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, his articles and books have been published in both English and Spanish. His most recent book is The Sword of Luchana: Baldomero Espartero and the Making of Modern Spain (2021). He is also director of the Virtual Museum of the Spanish Civil War (www.vscw.ca). He has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and twice decorated by the king of Spain for his contributions to Spanish culture.