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Staging Ground

An American Theater and Its Ghosts
“Rarely does one encounter so trenchant a mix of historical detail (meticulously researched) and personal history (deeply felt). Leslie Stainton weaves the twin strands of her hometown’s Fulton Theatre and her lifelong engagement with drama in ways both delicate and deft; this is one woman’s story, but the story also of our long national wrangle with make-believe and truth.”
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Émilie Charmy

Charmy’s melding of ostensibly feminine and masculine qualities—charm and seductiveness on the one hand and power and firmness on the other—confounded prevailing expectations about the nature of women’s art.
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The Curatorial Avant-Garde

Surrealism and Exhibition Practice in France, 1925–1941
Through interdisciplinary analyses of particular exhibitions and works of art in relation to the manner in which they were displayed, Jolles addresses this public face of surrealism and directs attention to the venues, the contemporary debates those venues engendered, and the critical discourses in which they participated.
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Modernism and Its Merchandise

The Spanish Avant-Garde and Material Culture, 1920-1930
“This book breaks new ground by considering the Spanish avant-garde from the standpoint of material culture. By focusing on the fascination with the commodity, it shows the Spanish avant-garde to have been much more concerned with the everyday than has been previously recognized. A major contribution to scholarship.”
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Holland's Golden Age in America

Collecting the Art of Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals
“This book provides answers for anyone who has ever wondered why there are so many great Dutch paintings in U.S. collections. Essays by leading curators and scholars draw on the history of art, as well as an understanding of cultural, economic, and political conditions, to illuminate the American taste for seventeenth-century Dutch painting.”
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Picturing Experience in the Early Printed Book

Breydenbach’s Peregrinatio from Venice to Jerusalem
“Bernhard von Breydenbach’s account of his pilgrimage from Venice to the Holy Land and Egypt revolutionized book publishing when it appeared in 1486. Erhard Reuwich’s accompanying woodcuts include highly detailed, multiblock foldout plates. Thanks to Elizabeth Ross’s beautifully written text, I feel like an armchair traveler peering over the artist’s shoulder as he documents the exotic people, cities, and creatures his party encountered. Part detective, part ethnographer, and always a sensitive art historian, Ross deftly explores the book’s creation, reception, and claims of authority and truthfulness. This is the best study in any language of the Peregrinatio in terram sanctam.”
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Mosaics of Faith

Floors of Pagans, Jews, Samaritans, Christians, and Muslims in the Holy Land
“In this magisterial study, Rina Talgam gives full justice to all aspects of the floor mosaics of the Holy Land in their multicultural contexts. Comprehensive, detailed, and well balanced in its conclusions, it will become the preeminent work of reference and interpretation in its field.”
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Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America

“A fascinating and beautifully written examination of the role of biblical art in twentieth-century America.”
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Art, Ritual, and Civic Identity in Medieval Southern Italy

“In this sumptuously illustrated and beautifully written volume, Nino Zchomelidse invites the reader to reimagine the southern Italian church as a space in which elaborately carved furnishings, illustrated scrolls, and decorated candlesticks guided ritual movement, captured the sound of voiced prayer, united communities in common worship, and proclaimed civic pride.”
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The Bernward Gospels

Art, Memory, and the Episcopate in Medieval Germany
The Bernward Gospels is a learned and well-written volume that contains innovative insights into the miniatures of one of the most important and famous medieval manuscripts.”
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Critical Perspectives on Roman Baroque Sculpture

“This collection by Anthony Colantuono and Steven Ostrow is the most important contribution to general sculpture studies of the period since Jennifer Montagu’s Roman Baroque Sculpture, to which it is the ideal complement. And, frankly, I can think of no higher praise for a book with such breadth of scope, clarity, and substance. The introduction is a ‘must-read’ for all students of the topic. In all, this is an impressive contribution to our literature.”
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Art and the Religious Image in El Greco's Italy

“Andrew R. Casper’s Art and the Religious Image in El Greco’s Italy makes an important contribution to the growing body of scholarship on El Greco, one of the most original and, often, least understood artists of the late Renaissance.”
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Patronage, Power, and Agency in Medieval Art

The essays in this volume—from those that look at patronage from a theoretical perspective to individual case studies—highlight our need to look at the subject anew.
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The Fight for Status and Privilege in Late Medieval and Early Modern Castile, 1465–1598

“Using hitherto unexploited sources, Crawford’s subtle analysis displays the rich complexity of local government in early modern Spain, pulling attention away from the so-called absolutism of the central government and showing how much more important the officials, regulations, and courts of local municipalities were in the real lives of Spaniards.”
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The Greek Girl's Story

“This superb new translation by Alan J. Singerman, one of the foremost specialists on Abbé Prévost, constitutes the first scholarly edition in English of The Greek Girl's Story. This remarkable novel, an early, paradigmatic example of unreliable first-person narration, one of the greatest novels ever written on the theme of jealousy, and an outstanding example of eighteenth-century Orientalism, will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. Singerman's introduction and notes are models of erudite scholarship and critical lucidity.”
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Chaos and Cosmos

Literary Roots of Modern Ecology in the British Nineteenth Century
“This expansive, well-written, and provocative study employs key ecological tropes to generate important new insights into the environmental valence of Romantic and Victorian literature. Heidi Scott’s close examination of narratives of apocalypse and toxicity is especially powerful, as is her connection of an emergent nineteenth-century ecology to current ecological paradigms, including chaotic change, disturbance ecology, and natural systems theory. Profoundly interdisciplinary in bridging the natural sciences, the humanities, and the cultural discourses of ecology, Chaos and Cosmos is a genuinely significant contribution to current scholarship in ecocriticism.”
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Poe and the Visual Arts

“Barbara Cantalupo’s admirable study enlarges our sense of Poe, reminding us that the creator of the dreadful House of Usher was also an appreciative critic of painting, and even of gardens and domestic decor. We are led to see Poe as a discriminating lover of beauty in general, and we discover both a greater balance and a richer variety in his literary enterprise.”
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Emilie Davis's Civil War

The Diaries of a Free Black Woman in Philadelphia, 1863-1865
“Emilie Davis's diary surely will find an appreciative audience among scholars and readers interested in African Americans during the Civil War era. Its entries, covering January 1863 through December 1865, yield valuable information on multiple topics, including daily life among Philadelphia's free black community, reactions to news from the war's political and military fronts, and the centrality of religion in Davis's world. Judith Giesberg and her coeditors have framed the diary beautifully and placed students of the conflict much in their debt.”
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Collective Courage

A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice
“The word ‘pathbreaking’ should not be used casually, but this is, in fact, a pathbreaking book. There is nothing like it. Jessica Gordon Nembhard’s study of Black cooperatives opens a door on a critical aspect of Black history in general and cooperative history in particular—a door very hard to open, given the challenges and difficulties with records and sources. What she has found behind the door is subjected to inspiring yet tough-minded analysis. The long trajectory of development Gordon Nembhard describes and the direction she illuminates offer profoundly important guidance as we enter an era of increasingly difficult economic and political challenges.”
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Translated Christianities

Nahuatl and Maya Religious Texts
“This is a major contribution to the history of the missionary enterprise in Mexico in both the colonial and independence periods. Christensen clearly explains the challenge faced by missionaries, both Catholic and Protestant, in attempting to translate European Christian concepts into native languages and cultures that had no equivalents. He shows their inventiveness and the misunderstandings that inevitably resulted. He does this by translating original documents in Nahuatl and Maya and giving the background and analysis of each one. The result is an illuminating and brilliant piece of historical detective work. This work will prove invaluable to professional historians and graduate students alike.”
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Borderline Exegesis

“With his proposal of a ‘borderline exegesis,’ Leif Vaage challenges traditional biblical scholarship, opening the possibility of reading the Bible with a utopian imagination. Such a reading is a conversation with the biblical texts that takes place in the margins of well-being, where the ‘good life’ cannot be taken for granted and life itself is often threatened. Stimulated by his long-term contact with borderline experiences of life in the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Vaage’s reading of various biblical texts shows how this kind of exegesis can help imagine a better world.”
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Reasoned and Unreasoned Images

The Photography of Bertillon, Galton, and Marey
“Josh Ellenbogen’s Reasoned and Unreasoned Images provides a significant theoretical discussion of photography’s aim to capture the visible and nonvisible and, more widely, of its complex relation to human perception, cognition, and memory.”
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Humanism and the Urban World

Leon Battista Alberti and the Renaissance City
“Pearson’s use of Alberti’s writings is imaginative and exhaustive, yet tactful. This is a rich and accessible account of a thinker whose concern with both rational reform and social stability could not be more timely.”
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Caravaggio

The Art of Realism
“[If] the reader is in search of an incisive and well-grounded reassessment of the nature of Caravaggio’s revolutionary ‘realism,’ they should read John Varriano’s engaging study . . . which cogently unpacks the various ways in which Caravaggio must have worked to orchestrate his riveting imagery.”
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The Complete Plays of Jean Racine

Volume 2: Bajazet
Racine has presented us with his four most mercilessly observed, most subtly delineated, and most ambiguously fascinating characters. Indeed, Bajazet is certainly Racine’s most undeservedly neglected tragedy.
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Lorenzo de' Medici at Home

The Inventory of the Palazzo Medici in 1492
“This translation will be welcomed by teachers and scholars in every corner of the English-speaking world and will provide a useful and, in many ways, inexhaustible resource for many years to come.”
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Not in Our Name

American Antiwar Speeches, 1846 to the Present
“Jesse Stellato's splendid collection of antiwar speeches, Not in Our Name, presents material unique to the literature of protest and dissent, one of the glories of American letters and a tribute to the power of open democracy and the First Amendment. ”
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The Gift of Tongues

Women's Xenoglossia in the Later Middle Ages
“Christine Cooper-Rompato’s fascinating book demonstrates the importance of ‘xenoglossia’ (miraculous language acquisition) for late medieval readers and writers. The Gift of Tongues raises important issues about gender, language, and religious culture. Offering both an overview of the subject and a focused study of its significance for authors such as Margery Kempe and Chaucer, this book makes valuable contributions to our understanding of late medieval religion and literary history.”
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Economics as Religion

From Samuelson to Chicago and Beyond
“Market economics is best understood as a religion. When I first read this claim in a book by Robert Nelson . . ., I had doubts. . . . [But] the more one thinks about the function of market economics in modern society, the stronger the case gets for treating it as a religion.”
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Jean Jaurès

The Inner Life of Social Democracy
“Jean Jaurès, perhaps the most remarkable exponent of social democracy not just in France but anywhere, deserves to be better known. Geoffrey Kurtz’s introduction to his life and work succeeds brilliantly in reviving both Jaurès and the unduly neglected social democratic tradition in French political culture. This book deserves to be read by all students of European politics.”
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Bribes, Bullets, and Intimidation

Drug Trafficking and the Law in Central America
“Encyclopaedic in its coverage and size, Julie Marie Bunck and Michael Ross Fowler’s book is an important and impressive examination of ‘just how drugs have moved across the region and with what consequences’ (p.8).”

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Bankrupt Representation and Party System Collapse

“Jana Morgan takes one of the great enigmas of the recent Latin American political experience—the collapse of Venezuela’s seemingly entrenched two-party system—and makes it comprehensible in this original and insightful book.”
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The Evolving Citizen

American Youth and the Changing Norms of Democratic Engagement
“Jay Childers's work places itself within the scholarly conversation accurately, repeatedly, and convincingly, and Childers uses primary texts that, to my knowledge, have not been frequently investigated by other scholars.”
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Listening, Thinking, Being

Toward an Ethics of Attunement
“Lisbeth Lipari offers readers an intricate and masterfully crafted analysis of how the human experience of being as an ethical relation with others is enacted by means of listening. Historical, literary, intercultural, scientific, musical, and philosophical perspectives, as well as some quite moving personal experiences acquired during her field research, grant the analysis a far-ranging scope and function. The eloquence of Lipari's prose also adds to a very rewarding read. Highly recommended.”
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The Story of Johnstown

Its Early Settlement, Rise and Progress, Industrial Growth, and Appalling Flood on May 31st, 1889
The Story of Johnstown, published just a year after the devastating Johnstown flood of May 1889, is considered by many to be one of the best contemporary journalistic accounts of the flood.
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The Bible in Iron

or The Pictured Stoves and Stove Plates of The Pennsylvania Germans
The Bible in Iron is a richly illustrated book published in 1914 that documents and studies cast-iron stoves of Pennsylvania German origin.
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The Indian Steps

And Other Pennsylvania Mountain Stories
This early Shoemaker collection of literary folklore paints a colorful picture of the natural landscape, folklore, and society of Central Pennsylvania, which Henry Shoemaker held dear. Beginning with the notable legend of the Indian Steps near Stone Valley, this volume includes stories about fantastical fairies, mysterious hermits, serendipitous romance, Native American legends, ghosts, and hauntings.
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The Passenger Pigeon in Pennsylvania

Its Remarkable History, Habits and Extinction, with Interesting Side Lights on the Folk and Forest Lore of the Alleghenian Region of the old Keystone State
The volume contains observations and reflections on the migration patterns and behavior of the pigeon, as well as contributions from local amateur ornithologists and nature enthusiasts, including a chapter written by Henry Shoemaker.
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Emperor Qin Shihuang

Born in 259 BC, Emperor Qin Shihuang was best known for the unification of China in 221BC, for the standardizing Chinese units of measurement, and for ordering the building of the Great Wall.
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Cao Xueqin

While little record of Cao's early childhood and adulthood survive, his most lasting legacy is the postumously-published Dream of the Red Chamber, considered a masterpiece of Chinese literature.
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Laozi

Laozi is best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism.
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Confucius

Confucius was a teacher, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history whose philosophy emphasized morality, justice, social relationships, and sincerity.
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Infinite Autonomy

The Divided Individual in the Political Thought of G. W. F. Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche
“In a measured yet fascinating way, Jeffrey Church draws upon Hegel and Nietzsche to develop a compelling notion of the ‘historical individual.’ He begins to open up a theoretical path toward a notion of individuality that is less fraught with contradiction than the liberal notion of the self, and toward a notion of community that is less anti-individualistic than most communitarian visions. This book will thus pose a significant challenge to liberals and communitarians alike, but it is likely to appeal to thoughtful readers in all camps.”
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Becoming Human

Romantic Anthropology and the Embodiment of Freedom
“In Becoming Human, Chad Wellmon accomplishes three significant feats: he provides a genealogy of the conceptual crisis that still haunts cultural anthropology, demonstrates the complexities of the ‘Enlightenment project’ that developed a richer notion of humanity than post-Enlightenment caricatures of the autonomous cogito suggest, and puts those complexities to work in a redefinition of modernity with a critical potential that can address contemporary issues.”
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An Image of the Soul in Speech

Plato and the Problem of Socrates
“In extending and deepening our understanding of Plato’s depiction of Socrates’ subtle sense of human motivation, thought and action, this book makes a valuable contribution to the large body of scholarship on the figure of Socrates.”
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Matters of Spirit

J. G. Fichte and the Technological Imagination
“Scribner presents a compelling interpretation of Fichte’s philosophical development, one that is sensitive both to internal tensions in Fichte’s philosophy and to the historical emergence of materialism. Because of this, Matters of Spirit is sure to become standard reading among scholars of German idealism.”
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Religious Upbringing and the Costs of Freedom

Personal and Philosophical Essays
Religious Upbringing and the Costs of Freedom is a creative compilation of essays that challenges the boundaries of philosophy by, in effect, initiating a serious dialogue with religion from the standpoint of a mostly secularist community through the medium of philosophical autobiography. These essays also challenge the meaning of religious indoctrination and examine the complex relation of religious life to cultural development.”
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Receptive Human Virtues

A New Reading of Jonathan Edwards's Ethics
“No other scholar has focused so intently on Edwards’s views of the human virtues or illustrated so carefully the problems inherent in their articulation in his theology or the solutions he devised to overcome those problems. The style is lucid and unpretentious, and Cochran contributes to a lively continuing conversation among ethicists and historians about the plausibility of an ethics of virtue in a Christian moral theology. By arguing skillfully that an ethics of virtue can have, as it did for Edwards, Christian rather than exclusively Aristotelian presuppositions, she stakes out a forceful position in a continuing debate.”
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Human Rights and Memory

“This excellent book shows that the human rights regime gives rise to a geography of human rights that founds a new geography of power both within and between states. Within states it empowers powerless groups, and between states it empowers powerful states to intervene. This is part of a cosmopolitan realism that Levy and Sznaider are promoting and practicing very convincingly—a must-read.”
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Dialectics, Dogmas, and Dissent

Stories from East German Victims of Human Rights Abuse
“John Rodden is turning into the Studs Terkel of the GDR, a patient interlocutor who gets people talking and asks the probing question when it is needed. As time goes on, and both lives and memories fade, this kind of oral history record becomes increasingly valuable.”
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Humanitarianism and Modern Culture

Humanitarianism and Modern Culture is a timely and fascinating book that cuts across reportage of pop literary references to illuminate our understanding of the role of popular culture in shaping humanitarian discourse.”
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Can Globalization Promote Human Rights?

“This is a book which, in the words of Paul Collier, can help ‘citizens of the rich world . . . take responsibility for their own ignorance about trade policy’ without capitulating to the simplicities of neoliberalism. It refuses to discuss human rights in an economic vacuum, but neither does it advocate forswearing them in the name of economic growth. Masterly in its use of evidence, careful and balanced in argument, this book is essential reading for anyone who is suspicious of the too-easy moral rectitude of some of globalization’s ‘radical’ critics, but who still prioritizes human rights in all circumstances and wants the rest of the world to do so too.”
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Economic Restructuring and Family Well-Being in Rural America

“This is a timely and important book on a very underresearched and misunderstood topic. As numerous others point out, ‘rural’ America is not just farms and rural areas, and its problems are not all that different in some fundamental ways from urban ones. This book should be required reading for anyone interested in better understanding how global economic changes have affected not only jobs but, crucially, the people who hold them, the places they live, the people they live with.”
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Opening Windows onto Hidden Lives

Women, Country Life, and Early Rural Sociological Research
Opening Windows onto Hidden Lives is essential reading for anyone interested in rural women's studies, and particularly rural women's history. Zimmerman and Larson have painstakingly excavated a treasure trove of materials vital to an informed understanding of American farm women in the first half of the twentieth century. Although the work in its entirety is impressive and very useful, the annotated bibliography alone makes the book worth reading.”
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Peru and the United States, 1960–1975

How Their Ambassadors Managed Foreign Relations in a Turbulent Era
“Walter’s work is, in sum, the most meticulous examination to date of the contentious nature of the US–Peruvian relationship during these critical years, pending the full opening of the Peruvian archives. It benefits inestimably from the author’s sound analysis, his nuanced assessments and the limpidity of his prose as well as from the publisher’s high production standards.”
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“Drawing on his experiences as the senior U.S. diplomat stationed in Bratislava before and immediately after Slovak independence, Paul Hacker provides a fascinating account of Slovakia’s ‘velvet divorce’ from its Czech partner and its challenging early development as a newly independent democracy seeking to integrate into the trans-Atlantic community.”
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The Fourth Enemy

Journalism and Power in the Making of Peronist Argentina, 1930–1955
“In this book, James Cane examines one of the most controversial aspects of Juan Perón’s government in the 1940s and 1950s: his control of the press. Perón’s strategy, Cane convincingly argues, was actually the culmination of political practices initiated in the 1930s and of a process triggered by the modernization of the printed press. This is a significant contribution to Argentine cultural and political history.”
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Sustaining Civil Society

Economic Change, Democracy, and the Social Construction of Citizenship in Latin America
Sustaining Civil Society confirms Philip Oxhorn’s intellectual leadership in the field of citizenship and civil society studies. This book probes the construction of citizenship at the intersection of complex economic, sociocultural, and political transformations in societies deeply scarred by egregious inequalities. Oxhorn masterfully weaves together sophisticated theoretical analysis with empirically rich case studies of Bolivia, Chile, and Mexico to establish new benchmarks for research in comparative politics and political sociology.”
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Folkloric Poverty

Neoliberal Multiculturalism in Mexico
“In this historically grounded work, Overmyer-Velázquez ably demonstrates the ways in which both the state and indigenous organizations in Guerrero used the figure of the folkloric Indian to frame, motivate, and pursue their goals over time. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in the region, she narrates the evolution of a regional indigenous movement as it interacts with state agencies and officials and attempts to build alliances and strengthen its base of support. Not enough attention has been paid to indigenous organizations in Guerrero, which is surprising given their importance to larger Indian organizations on the national level in Mexico. This engaging and eminently readable book will be of great interest to scholars and students in a range of fields, including anthropology, sociology, political science, and public policy.”
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Barrio Democracy in Latin America

Participatory Decentralization and Community Activism in Montevideo
Barrio Democracy in Latin America combines a fascinating history of three key neighborhoods of Montevideo with an original argument about how local associational cultures are crucial for understanding what makes participatory democracy work. This book comes highly recommended.”
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Privacy Rights

Moral and Legal Foundations
“Advocates of privacy should welcome Adam Moore’s engaging defense of privacy rights, and in particular his iconoclastic challenge to the prevailing view that privacy is fine so long as it does not impinge on free speech. . . . [He provides] tools, in the form of principles, arguments, and examples, to help us rigorously put our intuitions about privacy to the test.”
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Decolonizing Democracy

Transforming the Social Contract in India
“Christine Keating has made me think afresh about not only Locke and Hobbes but even Pateman. This rich exploration of the deals made and resisted as British colonial elites and Indian nationalists and feminists crafted the new Indian state will be valuable for anyone interested in democracy, postcolonial politics, and the gendering of both.”
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Paying Attention to Foreign Affairs

How Public Opinion Affects Presidential Decision Making
“This important study focuses on the most difficult and least studied aspect of public opinion—its impact on American foreign policy. Thomas Knecht develops a model linking types of decisions and the stages of the decision-making process with the likely impact of public opinion. The fine case studies of the Gulf War and the response to the Ethiopian famine draw on both archival research and interviews. This is a major addition to the growing literature on public opinion and foreign policy.”
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Appeals to Interest

Language, Contestation, and the Shaping of Political Agency
Appeals to Interest is a meticulous work, compelling and full of insight. It provides a resoundingly astute analysis of how and why appeals to interest depend on agency, specifically in terms of ‘who’ an agent is. There is no doubt that this book has the potential to add substantially to our understanding of the ever-evolving realm of politics.”
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America's Longest Run

A History of the Walnut Street Theatre
“The book is beautifully produced with a lush, velvet cover that sits as comfortably in one’s hands as, no doubt, patrons sit in the theatre’s lush seats. Readers throughout the country will enjoy this book; although it is a case study of only one significant theatre, it is a comprehensive, fascinating introduction to American culture and society as depicted through the history of its entertainments.”
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Liberalizing the Mind

Two Centuries of Liberal Education at Franklin & Marshall College
“Franklin & Marshall exemplifies a unique American academic gem—the liberal arts college. Griffith insightfully chronicles a two-century commitment to an educational mission that remained remarkably consistent through changing intellectual currents and social conditions. This volume details how unlikely ventures launched by small German minorities in southeastern Pennsylvania eventually morphed into a nationally recognized institution. The book offers an affectionate description of the struggles and successes of one small college that will delight members of the Franklin & Marshall community, while also locating the story in a national context that will inform scholars.”
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The First White House Library

“This book's greatest strength is the information it provides about the individual titles Fillmore collected for the first White House Library. For those interested in the history of either the White House or Millard Fillmore, the catalogue's numerous insights into the selection process and detailed discussion of which editions were most likely included in the collection will also be useful.”
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How Books Came to America

The Rise of the American Book Trade
Unlike many studies of the book business, How Books Came to America is more concerned with business than it is with books. Its focus is on how books are manufactured and sold, rather than how they are written and read. It is, nevertheless, the story of the people who created and influenced the book business in the colonies and the United States.
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David Franks

Colonial Merchant
“Mark Abbott Stern’s well-written and extremely well-researched biography of Philadelphia merchant David Franks (1720–1793) ranks among the best works on early American Jews. It is also the finest study I know that clarifies the complicated story of army contracting during the French and Indian War and the bureaucratic intricacies of caring for prisoners of war during the American Revolution.”
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On Race and Racism in America

Confessions in Philosophy
On Race and Racism in America offers a variety of perspectives on American philosophy's relative blindness to issues of race.
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From Progressive to New Dealer

Frederic C. Howe and American Liberalism
“Kenneth E. Miller’s From Progressive to New Dealer is an indispensable analysis of a significant progressive intellectual reformer whose first book, The City: The Hope of Democracy, was published more than a century ago in 1905. . . . Readers interested in the varieties of progressive reform thought from 1900 to Howe’s death in 1940 will find this a compelling biography.”
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book cover for Lessons from America: Liberal French Nobles in Exile, 1793–1798 by Doina Pasca Harsanyi

Lessons from America

Liberal French Nobles in Exile, 1793–1798
“By providing the fullest, smartest, and most judicious account of French liberal nobles in the United States, Harsanyi has written a book that will be of keen interest to scholars of the French Revolution, the early American republic, the Atlantic world, and the development of modern political ideologies.”
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