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book cover for Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts John Bidwell

Graphic Passion

Matisse and the Book Arts
“This illuminating book considers Matisse’s illustrated books in admirable detail, giving unprecedented attention to the collaborative nature of Matisse’s book projects and to the relationship between their aesthetic qualities and the various technical factors that went into their production.”
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book cover for Elephant House Dick Blau and Nigel Rothfels

Elephant House

“You think you know all there is to know about elephants in captivity? Think again. Setting aside the familiar screeds and sentiments, Dick Blau and Nigel Rothfels offer a deep, multidimensional, and nuanced understanding of our relationship to zoo elephants, one that will challenge the animal rights critic and zoo advocate alike. . . . You may not change your mind about the keeping of elephants in captivity after reading this book, but you’ll see the fuller picture. And it will be impossible to come away from Elephant House unmoved.”
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book cover for Among the Bone Eaters: Encounters with Hyenas in Harar Marcus Baynes-Rock, Foreword by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Among the Bone Eaters

Encounters with Hyenas in Harar
“I shouldn’t say that I envy Marcus for his intimacy with hyenas, because intimacy is the world’s best way of gaining knowledge of an animal, and there’s no such thing as too much knowledge about hyenas. Instead, I should acknowledge the deep gratitude I feel, and that all of us should feel, about this work that he’s done and the possibilities it offers. If we knew all animals as he knows hyenas, we’d save the world.”
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Things to Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park

. . . When You’re 29 and Unemployed
“The inventive symbolism never overwhelms the emotional honesty grounding this compelling memoir, which also contributes to the burgeoning field of ‘graphic medicine’ by exploring in both frank and funny terms the complex impact of illness and death on a family.”
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My Degeneration

A Journey Through Parkinson’s
“Peter Dunlap-Shohl once again brings his unique art to the table to help educate, illustrate, and demonstrate life, hope, and strength on his journey with Parkinson’s. Creative and insightful, this book reflects all of Pete’s greatest qualities, including his constant work to help and educate all those in the PD community, patients and care partners alike.”
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book cover for From Giotto to Botticelli: The Artistic Patronage of the Humiliati in Florence Julia I. Miller and Laurie Taylor-Mitchell

From Giotto to Botticelli

The Artistic Patronage of the Humiliati in Florence
“This fascinating study sheds new light on how the Humiliati shaped art to suit their changing goals as they moved from poverty and humility to secular pleasures and wealth. Sumptuously illustrated, thoroughly researched, and well written, this book convinces the reader of the critical importance of an order whose patronage was momentous for the history of art.”
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book cover for Piranesi’s Lost Words Heather Hyde Minor

Piranesi’s Lost Words

Piranesi’s Lost Words makes a compelling case for understanding this eccentric genius as an artist akin to William Blake, one for whom writing and image-making were closely intertwined. By exploring the composite nature of Piranesi’s art, Minor not only deepens our understanding of his oeuvre but also situates it more fully within Enlightenment conversations about the classical past.”
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book cover for Raphael’s Ostrich Una Roman D’Elia

Raphael’s Ostrich

“This is a delightful, massively erudite, well-written, and well-composed treatise on an unexpected subject. . . . It is the history of a particular bird, along with its various meanings and implications, and deals with the tension between naturalism and allegory, carrying us from ancient Egypt and Israel through Greece and Rome to the Middle Ages, the High Renaissance, and beyond.”
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book cover for Contested Treasure: Jews and Authority in the Crown of Aragon Thomas W. Barton

Contested Treasure

Jews and Authority in the Crown of Aragon
“Focusing on Tortosa as a case study, Thomas Barton’s exhaustively researched and well-crafted book offers an insightful intervention into one of the thorniest historiographical questions: what was the nature and extent of royal jurisdiction over Jews in the medieval Crown of Aragon? . . . By problematizing the issue and refusing to accept monochrome interpretations, Contested Treasure makes a timely contribution to our understanding of these questions. This is a wonderful and insightful book!”
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book cover for Toledo Cathedral: Building Histories in Medieval Castile Tom Nickson

Toledo Cathedral

Building Histories in Medieval Castile
“A masterly exploration and minute analysis of a soaring masterpiece, Tom Nickson’s revelatory study directs new and penetrating light onto the social importance—and architectural significance—of his subject.”
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book cover for Rage and Denials: Collectivist Philosophy, Politics, and Art Historiography, 1890–1947 Branko Mitrović

Rage and Denials

Collectivist Philosophy, Politics, and Art Historiography, 1890–1947
Rage and Denials makes a highly innovative contribution to the debate over holism versus individualism. Focusing on German historiography from 1890 to 1947, it documents the outrageous and bizarre claims made in the name of collectivism by highly respected—and respectable—scholars of the period. By examining the logic and pathology of historical explanation, it has deep implications for the practice of history and the social sciences today. It should be on every intelligent academic’s reading list.”
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book cover for Our Indigenous Ancestors: A Cultural History of Museums, Science, and Identity in Argentina, 1877–1943 Carolyne R. Larson

Our Indigenous Ancestors

A Cultural History of Museums, Science, and Identity in Argentina, 1877–1943
“Carolyne Larson’s revealing of the indigenous foundation of liberal constructions of Argentine national identity is both startling and convincing. She does justice to the native peoples of Argentina and provides a historical context for current museum reforms and cultural repatriation efforts today. With clear and elegant writing supported by a remarkable depth and breadth of sources, Our Indigenous Ancestors is both a must-read for specialists and an accessible delight for the general reader.”
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Joseph Cornell and Surrealism

Joseph Cornell (1903–1972), the American pioneer of collage, montage, and assemblage art, is sometimes regarded as a solitary star within the constellation of great Surrealists. The essays in Joseph Cornell and Surrealism consider connections between Cornell and the Surrealist group during the 1930s and 1940s, during Cornell’s artistic development and the heyday of Surrealism in the United States. He shared with the Surrealists his basic conception of the visual image as the product of poetic juxtaposition. In his best-known works—the collages, small constructions of found objects, and classic shadow boxes—he took key Surrealist methods in new directions.
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book cover for Farewell to Visual Studies Edited by James Elkins, Gustav Frank, and Sunil Manghani

Farewell to Visual Studies

This fifth and final volume in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series focuses on the identity, nature, and future of visual studies, discussing critical questions about its history, objects, and methods. In the Seminars and Assessments, the contributors question the canon of literature of visual studies and the place of visual studies with relation to theories of vision, visuality, epistemology, politics, and art history, giving voice to a variety of inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives. Rather than dismissing visual studies, as its provocative title might suggest, this volume aims to engage a critical discussion of the state of visual studies today, how it might move forward, and what it might leave behind to evolve in productive ways.
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book cover for The Wanton Jesuit and the Wayward Saint: A Tale of Sex, Religion, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century France Mita Choudhury

The Wanton Jesuit and the Wayward Saint

A Tale of Sex, Religion, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century France
“Students of eighteenth-century France have long been aware of the importance of the Cadière affair. Fortunately, the case has now found its historian. Mita Choudhury, a leading expert on the politics of theological conflict in Old Regime France, has given us a rich account of the scandalous provincial encounter in the early 1730s that resounded all the way to the halls of Versailles and the Sorbonne.”
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The Rhetorics of US Immigration

Identity, Community, Otherness
In the current geopolitical climate—in which unaccompanied children cross the border in record numbers, and debates on the topic swing violently from pole to pole—the subject of immigration demands innovative inquiry. In The Rhetorics of US Immigration, some of the most prominent and prolific scholars in immigration studies come together to discuss the many facets of immigration rhetoric in the United States.
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book cover for Democracy, Deliberation, and Education Robert Asen

Democracy, Deliberation, and Education

“Emboldened by John Dewey’s vision of a reciprocal relationship between education and democracy, Robert Asen invites the reader to join him and his colleagues in listening to how people talk during a series of local school-board meetings in Wisconsin. Participants struggle through some of their own differences, to be sure, but they also work through them enough to make collective, consequential decisions, using what Asen calls ‘vernacular policy discourse.’ This book compellingly captures the tone and spirit, as well as the pitfalls, of such deliberations. What happens in these meetings, we are told, is what democracy sounds like.”
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book cover for Rousseau and the Problem of Human Relations John M. Warner

Rousseau and the Problem of Human Relations

“John Warner is among the few scholars to have carefully analyzed Rousseau's understanding of human relationships, and in Rousseau and the Problem of Human Relations he has done so with great sensitivity and keen intelligence. Warner reveals with admirable clarity how Rousseau both inspires his readers to long for wholeness in harmonious relationships with others but also intimates the tragic impossibility of ever truly satisfying such longings.”
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book cover for Why Budgets Matter: Budget Policy and American Politics; Revised and Updated Edition Dennis S. Ippolito

Why Budgets Matter

Budget Policy and American Politics; Revised and Updated Edition
When the first edition of Why Budgets Matter was published in 2003, the federal budget had fallen back into deficit. At the time, fairly modest changes in taxes and spending would have ensured that deficits and debt would remain at tolerable levels. Instead, the disconnect between taxes and spending that had plagued the United States since the 1960s grew even greater. A near-catastrophic economic collapse beginning in December 2007 then magnified the fiscal consequences of irresponsible policy choices. This new edition examines how and why the balanced-budget equilibrium of the 1990s was destabilized in the 2000s. It also places this latest partisan battle over the size of government in historical perspective by exploring its connection to earlier budget policy eras.
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book cover for Rhetorical Style and Bourgeois Virtue: Capitalism and Civil Society in the British Enlightenment Mark Garrett Longaker

Rhetorical Style and Bourgeois Virtue

Capitalism and Civil Society in the British Enlightenment
During the British Enlightenment, the correlation between effective communication and moral excellence was undisputed—so much so that rhetoric was taught as a means of instilling desirable values in students. In Rhetorical Style and Bourgeois Virtue, Mark Garrett Longaker explores the connections between rhetoric and ethics in the context of the history of capitalism.
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book cover for Thomas Reid on Society and Politics: Papers and Lectures Thomas Reid, and Edited by Knud Haakonssen and Paul Wood

Thomas Reid on Society and Politics

Papers and Lectures
Thomas Reid on Society and Politics reveals the Enlightenment philosopher’s acute comments on the Scottish political, social, and economic scene. Thomas Reid may not have published much on politics, but his manuscripts reveal that he was deeply concerned with social, political, and economic issues throughout his career. Published here for the first time, Reid's Glasgow lecture notes and his papers to learned societies in Aberdeen and Glasgow show that he was an acute commentator on contemporary politics and that his theoretical ideas framed solutions to some of the practical political and economic problems of his day.
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Feminist Interpretations of William James

Widely regarded as the father of American psychology, William James is by any measure a mammoth presence on the stage of pragmatist philosophy. But despite his indisputable influence on philosophical thinkers of any gender, men remain the movers and shakers in the Jamesian universe—while women exist primarily to support their endeavors and serve their needs. How could the philosophy of William James, a man devoted to Victorian ideals, be used to support feminism?
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Thinking About Love

Essays in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
“The editors of this inspiring new collection rightly contend that the question of love is woefully under-treated in contemporary Continental philosophy. This failure has impoverished both philosophy and contemporary life, making this volume a timely and much-needed intervention as well as a cause for gratitude.”
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book cover for Zen and the Unspeakable God: Comparative Interpretations of Mystical Experience Jason N. Blum

Zen and the Unspeakable God

Comparative Interpretations of Mystical Experience
“Jason Blum has given us a novel and very interesting attempt to offer a new take on the elusive subject of religious experience. The book is useful in many ways: it organizes, and criticizes, the main epistemological assumptions made by theories of mystical experience, and it argues Blum’s case over several rigorously constructed chapters. Recommended to anyone interested in religious experience.”
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After Identity

Mennonite Writing in North America
For decades, the field of Mennonite literature has been dominated by the question of Mennonite identity. After Identity: Mennonite Writing in North America is an interrogation of this prolonged preoccupation and an exploration of the potential for a move beyond it—to a truly post-identity Mennonite literature.
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book cover for Soldiers to Governors : Pennsylvania’s Civil War Veterans Who Became State Leaders Richard C. Saylor

Soldiers to Governors

Pennsylvania’s Civil War Veterans Who Became State Leaders
Six of Pennsylvania’s first eight post–Civil War governors were veterans of the American Civil War. This streak spanned four decades, from the election of John White Geary in 1866 to Samuel W. Pennypacker’s final day in office in January 1907. Even though these individuals rose to great political power, they did not forget their combat memories or neglect their old military comrades. Their war experiences shaped their vision and beliefs.
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book cover for First Pennsylvanians: The Archaeology of Native Americans in Pennsylvania Kurt W. Carr, and Roger W. Moeller

First Pennsylvanians

The Archaeology of Native Americans in Pennsylvania
In First Pennsylvanians, Kurt Carr and Roger Moeller provide a broad, accessible, and wide-ranging overview of the archaeological record of Native Americans in Pennsylvania from early prehistory through the Paleoindian, Archaic, Transitional, Woodland, and Contact periods, stretching from 16,500 years ago to 1750 C.E. The authors present and analyze specific traits of each archaeological time period covered and use the archaeological record to provide a glimpse of Native Americans’ daily life in Pennsylvania. First Pennsylvanians also includes personal stories and anecdotes from archaeologists about their experiences in the field as well as a wealth of illustrations and diagrams. The chapters examine the environment, social groups, tools, subsistence, and settlement patterns of Native Americans in Pennsylvania and describe how these factors profoundly affected the populations and cultures of these early inhabitants of the region.
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Foragers and Farmers of the Early and Middle Woodland Periods in Pennsylvania

The essays in Foragers and Farmers of the Early and Middle Woodland Periods in Pennsylvania reflect a range of recent thought and research on what Paul Raber describes as one of the most “enigmatic periods of Pennsylvania’s prehistory.” The essays represent a variety of viewpoints and approaches to the period, from the site-specific to the synthetic, and they include evidence from all parts of the commonwealth. Together, they define the principal themes and issues in Early and Middle Woodland studies and show a variety of ways in which researchers in Pennsylvania are attempting to address them. The issues outlined in Foragers and Farmers offer a framework in which continuing research on this period can contribute to the broader study of some of the major questions in archaeology.
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The Nature and Pace of Change in American Indian Cultures

Pennsylvania, 4000 to 3000 BP
Three thousand to four thousand years ago, the Native Americans of the Mid-Atlantic region experienced a groundswell of cultural innovation. This remarkable era, known as the Transitional period, saw the advent of broad-bladed bifaces, cache blades, ceramics, steatite bowls, and sustained trade, among other ingenious and novel objects and behaviors. In The Nature and Pace of Change in American Indian Cultures, eight expert contributors examine the Transitional period in Pennsylvania and posit potential explanations of the significant changes in social and cultural life at that time.
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book cover for A Sisterhood of Sculptors: American Artists in Nineteenth-Century Rome Melissa Dabakis

A Sisterhood of Sculptors

American Artists in Nineteenth-Century Rome
“Long awaited, A Sisterhood of Sculptors is a rich and satisfying account of that brave band of nineteenth-century Americans who defied Victorian conventions of womanhood to live in Italy as professional marble sculptors. Melissa Dabakis embeds these audacious women in the struggles for suffrage and the politics of race, as well as the pre-1876 taste and demand for large-scale neoclassical sculptures, rendering them inseparable from the larger forces of history that shaped and confined them.”
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book cover for The Dark Side of Genius: The Melancholic Persona in Art, ca. 1500–1700 Laurinda S. Dixon

The Dark Side of Genius

The Melancholic Persona in Art, ca. 1500–1700
“Laurinda Dixon brilliantly illuminates melancholy, the dark mental condition, which was both feared and sought by artists and writers in early modern Europe. Her comprehensive history insightfully explores social attitudes about creativity and madness in art, literature, and medicine.”
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book cover for Urban Legends: Civic Identity and the Classical Past in Northern Italy, 1250–1350 Carrie E. Beneš

Urban Legends

Civic Identity and the Classical Past in Northern Italy, 1250–1350
“Carrie Beneš has emerged, through a series of important articles, as a leader—in fact, a pioneer—in a new and fruitful field of scholarly endeavor: the medieval history of classical, which is to say Greco-Roman, symbols, myths, and objects. While the manifold uses of the ancient world have long been recognized and seen as characteristic of the Italian Renaissance, Beneš shows that high and late medieval Italian city-states made use of the ancient world in interesting and often surprising ways. She blends the acumen of a specialist in documentary culture with the scholarly imagination characteristic of the best cultural historians. This book—as thorough, information packed, and clearly written as it is—will help redraw the picture of the history of medieval Italy, and it will serve as a model for engagement and debate regarding a period and a region often overlooked.”
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book cover for The Curatorial Avant-Garde: Surrealism and Exhibition Practice in France, 1925–1941 Adam Jolles

The Curatorial Avant-Garde

Surrealism and Exhibition Practice in France, 1925–1941
“Jolles discusses the Surrealists’ own exhibitions, with which writers and artists possessing no formal curatorial training attempted to wrest control back from the high art establishment, with wild results. Exhibitions centered on Surrealism are currently having a moment, making it the perfect time to look at the way these artists displayed their own art.”
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What Do Artists Know?

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series, and the seminars on which they are based, brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another’s work. The outcome of each of these convergences is an extensive and “unpredictable conversation” on knotty and provocative issues about art. This third volume in the series, What Do Artists Know?, is about the education of artists. The MFA degree is notoriously poorly conceptualized, and now it is giving way to the PhD in art practice. Meanwhile, conversations on freshman courses in studio art continue to be bogged down by conflicting agendas. This book is about the theories that underwrite art education at all levels, the pertinent history of art education, and the most promising current conceptualizations.
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Beyond the Aesthetic and the Anti-Aesthetic

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series, and the seminars on which they are based, brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another’s work. The outcome of each of these convergences is an extensive and “unpredictable conversation” on knotty and provocative issues about art. This fourth volume in the series, Beyond the Aesthetic and the Anti-Aesthetic, focuses on questions revolving around the concepts of the aesthetic, the anti-aesthetic, and the political. The book is about the fact that now, almost thirty years after Hal Foster defined the anti-aesthetic, there is still no viable alternative to the dichotomy between aesthetics and anti- or nonaesthetic art. The impasse is made more difficult by the proliferation of identity politics, and it is made less negotiable by the hegemony of anti-aesthetics in academic discourse on art. The central question of this book is whether artists and academicians are free of this choice in practice, in pedagogy, and in theory.
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Invoking Angels

Theurgic Ideas and Practices, Thirteenth to Sixteenth Centuries
Invoking Angels makes an important contribution to the growing scholarly literature on medieval and early modern ritual magic.”
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book cover for Alchemical Belief: Occultism in the Religious Culture of Early Modern England Bruce Janacek

Alchemical Belief

Occultism in the Religious Culture of Early Modern England
“Alchemists pursued the secrets of creation, and Alchemical Belief takes their aspirations seriously. With careful readings and well-chosen cases, Bruce Janacek demonstrates that alchemical writings need to be read in the context of their authors’ broader intellectual and devotional pursuits. Alchemical writings lent themselves to the expression of irenic, unifying aspirations for Christianity and provided solutions to the political and religious conflicts rending the early modern world. This argument is as refreshing as it is ambitious.”
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book cover for Magic in the Cloister: Pious Motives, Illicit Interests, and Occult Approaches to the Medieval Universe Sophie Page

Magic in the Cloister

Pious Motives, Illicit Interests, and Occult Approaches to the Medieval Universe
“In addition to exploring manuscripts and their contents in detail, Magic in the Cloister is original in its focus on a known group of men who owned and read these books and perhaps tried out some of the rituals in them. This is unusual because many manuscripts of magical texts have been lost, or we do not know who owned them. The book therefore presents much new information about the readers of magical texts. It also approaches this issue from a new angle. Sophie Page shows that magical texts could appeal to people who were part of the religious establishment (monks in a wealthy monastery) and who had a monastic vocation.”
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Authority Figures

Rhetoric and Experience in John Locke's Political Thought
“Many canonical authors in political theory have been read with fresh, even radical, insights in the past decade, but Locke seems to be particularly resistant to such rereadings. In Authority Figures, Torrey Shanks has managed to pull this off. She does so by reading Locke as an ‘Epicurean materialist’—that is, as someone with an appreciation for the unexpected, the unpredictable, and the unforeseen. Shanks demonstrates that Locke practices a set of rhetorical strategies that reflect and enact this Epicurean materialism in his texts. Once you start to read Locke in this way, everything changes, becoming deeply contingent. The rigid and unyielding Locke whom we all grew up reading becomes an altogether different figure—a difference with important consequences for how we read Locke politically.”
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David Hume

Historical Thinker, Historical Writer
David Hume: Historical Thinker, Historical Writer is a timely and wide-ranging reevaluation of a major facet of Hume’s writing. This collection shows how ‘Hume the historian’ was evolving through his philosophical works and essays, both before and during the period of his great historical writing.”
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book cover for Chaos and Cosmos: Literary Roots of Modern Ecology in the British Nineteenth Century Heidi C. M. Scott

Chaos and Cosmos

Literary Roots of Modern Ecology in the British Nineteenth Century
“Heidi Scott’s book belongs to the ‘new wave’ of ecocriticism—scientifically literate and fully engaged with the urgent issues of environmental deterioration, global warming, and sustainability. She connects the new scientific zeitgeist of complexity and chaos with the poetics of ecology, showing how, intriguingly, the poets got there first. More importantly, the sciences and humanities share a single vision here, as they must if the planet is to be saved.”
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book cover for A Rhetorical Conversation: Jewish Discourse in Modern Yiddish Literature Jordan D. Finkin

A Rhetorical Conversation

Jewish Discourse in Modern Yiddish Literature
“In this brilliant new book, Jordan Finkin illuminates with great flair and precision the many ways in which Talmudic discourse has shaped Yiddish language and literature, from the smallest peculiarities of Yiddish syntax to its largest cultural and discursive formations—the orchestrated associative digressions, the argumentative style, the entire cultural world known as ‘derekh hashas,’ the way of the Talmud.”
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Understanding the Qurʾanic Miracle Stories in the Modern Age

“Isra Yazicioglu's Understanding the Qurʾanic Miracle Stories in the Modern Age is an intriguing study not only of the Qurʾan but also of the reception history of the sacred text in light of the challenge of rationalism. Meandering from the Qurʾan itself to Ghazali and Ibn Rushd as well as Peirce and Hume and Nursi, Yazicioglu's work serves as a useful reminder of how intellectual trends in each era have shaped our interaction with divine revelation in a way that is timeless—and also timely.”
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book cover for Books and Religious Devotion: The Redemptive Reading of an Irishman in Nineteenth-Century New England Allan F. Westphall

Books and Religious Devotion

The Redemptive Reading of an Irishman in Nineteenth-Century New England
“Allan Westphall brings together an extensive knowledge of Thomas Connary’s sources (his books), the scholarship directly and indirectly dealing with a reader’s interaction with his texts, and the old Irish and medieval sources of Connary’s Catholicism. This fresh, original study explores the significance of a reader’s text embellishments and examines how a farmer and ‘book keeper’ can integrate himself into his books—making them an extension of himself.”
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book cover for Jacob Green’s Revolution: Radical Religion and Reform in a Revolutionary Age S. Scott Rohrer

Jacob Green’s Revolution

Radical Religion and Reform in a Revolutionary Age
“Jacob Green, an independent-minded Presbyterian minister, played a leading role in New Jersey during the tumultuous days of the American Revolution. S. Scott Rohrer's innovative biography rescues this intriguing figure from unwarranted obscurity. In so doing, it also illuminates the strong (but complicated) connections between religion and politics at the dawn of the American nation. Rohrer's attention to the closely related biography of a loyalist Episcopalian (Thomas Bradbury Chandler) only sharpens the portrait of Green that stands at the heart of this fine study.”
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book cover for Church and Estate: Religion and Wealth in Industrial-Era Philadelphia Thomas F. Rzeznik

Church and Estate

Religion and Wealth in Industrial-Era Philadelphia
“In this remarkably rich and revealing book, Thomas Rzeznik has rediscovered the marrow and meaning of religion for the elite classes of Philadelphians. Rzeznik brings rare sensitivity and common sense to a subject too much the domain of pundits quick to dismiss the integrity of upper-class faith and too little the focus of sustained historical analysis. The result is a finely wrought book that should re-open discussions of the religious impulses of Progressivism and renew considerations of the centrality of religion in modern American life.”
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book cover for Making Iron on the Bald Eagle: Roland Curtin’s Ironworks and Workers’ Community Gerald G. Eggert

Making Iron on the Bald Eagle

Roland Curtin’s Ironworks and Workers’ Community
“Eggert relates a classic tale of proprietary achievement, local prominence, and ultimate stagnation within a family firm. . . .

“Eggert ably shows that examining life and labor far from the big cities and their relentless innovations enriches our understanding of the history most Americans experienced and made. We are once again in his debt.”
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Mira Lloyd Dock and the Progressive Era Conservation Movement

“Mira Lloyd Dock was a Progressive’s Progressive. An ardent conservationist, a well-trained botanist, and a tireless member of the Pennsylvania State Forest Commission, this early twentieth-century Pennsylvanian fought hard for women’s rights and conservation in the Keystone State and throughout the country. Dock is a reminder, Susan Rimby’s fine biography makes clear, of the power that an engaged citizenry holds in its quest for social equality and environmental justice.”
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