Faculty & Staff News
Prof. Ball's New Book Covered by the Spanish Press
The UAA History Department congratulates Professor Ball, whose book Cómo ser rey [How to be king] is now available for purchase from the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica. Published by Ediciones El Viso, this bilingual critical edition is the result of Ball's collaboration with Professor Geoffrey Parker of the Ohio State University. Cómo ser rey provides -- for the first time -- a complete transcript of two lengthy original sets of secret instructions written by the Emperor Charles V to his son, the future Philip II of Spain, on 4 May and 6 May of 1543. At the time, Charles was leaving Philip, who was not yet sixteen years old, as his regent in Spain. The originals of these important historical documents are held in the collection of the Hispanic Society of America in New York City. The book also provides a scholarly introduction to the instructions, a modern Spanish edition of the texts, and an English translation of the introduction and of the instructions themselves.
According to Parker and Ball, these documents prove beyond all doubt that Charles composed and revised both instructions (by far the longest he ever wrote) entirely alone and in secret. The emperor personally wrote them at a time of great stress and hectic activity, as he was preparing to leave once again for war. He was thus in the midst of preparing the necessary papers for Philip's regency government and the plans for military and naval operations against his enemies. Nonetheless, he knew that he must leave detailed advice for his son because he might be killed or captured. Covering everything from advice about sex and marriage to frank assessments of the officials on whom Philip would have to rely, these secret instructions provide significant insights into the concerns of one of the greatest statesmen of the early modern period and a masterclass on how to be king.Last week Jesús Calero, a Spanish journalist at ABC (one of Spain's national daily newspapers), received one of the first advance copies of the book. Calero interviewed Professors Ball and Parker about the secret instructions and the book that resulted. Calero's article about Cómo ser rey ran in ABC's culture section on Sunday, September 21 (the anniversary of Emperor Charles V's death). The article is also available online.
[Posted 22 September 2014]
Prof. Hartman Attends NEH Institute
Prof. Ball Presents at Conference in Italy
Prof. Ball spent part of her summer in Europe, where she conducted research in Spain for her book project and attended the annual meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies in Modena, Italy. There she presented a paper entitled "Celebrating Dynasty: The Birth of a Prince and Imperial Identity in the Seventeenth Century." Ball argues that the birth of the Prince Balthasar Carlos in 1629 provides a window for examining the way that news traveled, how networks worked, and how various individuals and groups, such as municipal authorities, ambassadors, religious brotherhoods, and universities, used celebrations to foster their connections to the newborn prince as imperial subjects in an early modern absolutist monarchy. At the same time, local circumstances complicated how imperial identity was materially expressed and experienced across boundaries of rank, race, and gender in cities like Madrid, Rome, and Lima. At the conference, which took place at the end of June and was held in the historic part of the Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Prof. Ball also chaired a panel on Women, Religion, and Marriage in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America.
[posted 20 August 2014]
Prof. Dunscomb Conducts Book Research in Yokohama
Professor Paul Dunscomb, who is now the History Department's chairperson, spent much of the summer of 2014 in Yokohama, Japan, doing preliminary research on his next book project on the Crisis in Japanese Professional Baseball of 2004. The announcement of the plan to merge the Kintetsu Buffaloes and Orix Bluewave in June of that year precipitated a major crisis not only for Japanese pro ball but an existential crisis for the Japanese as they struggled to figure out what had become of their nation as it began to emerge from the long Lost Decade (1992-2004). The crisis generated narratives of decline but also strength, resilience, and the possibility of positive change. It also generated a cast of characters in the form of team owners, would-be team owners, players, and ordinary fans which allows Dunscomb to analyze how the political economy of postwar Japan had ceased to be viable and the many alternatives that individual Japanese (often to the consternation of the establishment) were creating for themselves. In examining how the crisis played out we can learn much about how change happens in Japan and especially note the origins of the changes which ultimately led to the end of LDP rule in 2009.
[posted 18 August 2014]
Prof. Ha's Book Now Available in Korean Edition
A Korean translation of Professor Songho Ha' book The Rise and Fall of the American System (2009) has been published by Hakgobang Press and is now out. Professor Yang, Hong-seok, a specialist in early American history at Dong-Kuk University in Seoul, spent two years working on translating the text for this new Korean edition. Professor Ha was also heavily involved in the final editing process to ensure the accuracy of the translation. Since its initial publication in 2009, The Rise and Fall of the American System has been well received and the first print run of the book sold out. Accounting History (2011) commented that "this book is excellent historical material for political leaders of government, civil servants, professors of government and philosophy, and students of political science and United States history." Professor Ha's book has also been cited in a textbook A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson (2013). Congratulations on your continued success, Professor Ha!
[posted 14 August 2014]