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book cover for Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass Dana Walrath

Aliceheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass
“A deeply moving, informative, and funny memoir by a woman watching her mother’s descent into Alzheimer’s disease. The collaged drawings are a perfect counterpoint to the writing.”
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book cover for The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682–1876 Elizabeth Milroy

The Grid and the River

Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682–1876
The Grid and the River is magisterial. It is both an immensely erudite history and a compelling narrative of the shaping of Philadelphia, whose famous grid plan and immense park system are among the world’s most distinctive manmade environments. Philosophy, sociology, technology, politics, and art are all shown to have been actors in the making of Philadelphia’s spaces from the city’s founding until the end of the nineteenth century. In telling their complex story, Elizabeth Milroy has written the best general history of the city in a generation.”
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book cover for Serious Nonsense: Groundhog Lodges, Versammlinge, and Pennsylvania German Heritage William W. Donner

Serious Nonsense

Groundhog Lodges, Versammlinge, and Pennsylvania German Heritage
“My German grandmother, living in the Rhine valley, used to say, ‘If the badger sees his shadow on Candlemas Day (February 2), winter is going to stay for another six weeks. If not, there will be an early spring.’ This old Palatine country saying, which helped local farmers predict the weather, is nearly forgotten today. In Germany, only a few people know that this belief has been transplanted to Pennsylvania, where the groundhog has replaced the badger, and that a few thousand Pennsylvania Germans still use the old lore as a background to the celebration of their heritage and language every February. That is the story Bill Donner tells. This book will be a standard reference for researchers and for Americans with a Pennsylvania German background. And even in Germany—especially in the Palatinate—people will be interested in learning how this part of their local culture has been ‘Americanized’ over the years.”
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book cover for Without God: Michel Houellebecq and Materialist Horror Louis Betty

Without God

Michel Houellebecq and Materialist Horror
“Entirely brilliant from a methodological point of view, Without God sheds a great deal of light on the work of Michel Houellebecq. Given its very broad perspective and the importance of the issues at stake, this book will appeal to a wide range of readers.”
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Trafika Europe

Essential New European Literature, Vol. 1
Trafika Europe performs a unique service, helping to keep together, and actually helping to bind together, the diverse and often mutually unknown and unrecognized cultures of Europe—through the most basic and effective means possible: the heart and the creative imagination. Literature is the great harmonizer, the road to the discovery of common roots and the prospect of a common destiny. Readers of Trafika Europe will benefit from the rich literary heritage of this great cultural sphere.”
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book cover for The Chankas and the Priest: A Tale of Murder and Exile in Highland Peru Sabine Hyland

The Chankas and the Priest

A Tale of Murder and Exile in Highland Peru
“Based on an amazing wealth of documentation gleaned from archives and private collections on three continents, this marvelous microhistory brings to life the world of the Andean villagers of Pampachiri as they fall under the ruthless exploitation of a sadistic priest. Beginning with a series of events in this small village during the late sixteenth century, Sabine Hyland weaves a vivid story of the foundations and persistence of Chanka ethnicity, the role of the church and its clergy, and the nature of Spanish colonialism. In so doing, she provides a more balanced evaluation of the construction of a new social order.”
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The Arras Witch Treatises

Johannes Tinctor's Invectives contre la secte de vauderie and the Recollectio casus, status et condicionis Valdensium ydolatrarum by the Anonymous of Arras (1460)
“This important work sheds much light on the fifteenth-century origins of the witch craze. The ‘elaborated theory’ of witchcraft described here is absolutely fascinating, not just because it predates the classic era of witch hunting by a century but also because it was so incoherent and contentious and yet terrifyingly relevant to changing social and political conditions. This is a story about medieval superstition as well as the modernity of print and law and state building.”
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book cover for The Salem Belle: A Tale of 1692 Ebenezer Wheelwright, Edited, with an introduction and notes by Richard Kopley

The Salem Belle

A Tale of 1692
“It is wonderful to have The Salem Belle back in print, edited expertly by Richard Kopley. Published eight years before The Scarlet Letter, Ebenezer Wheelwright’s novel was an important part of the cultural mix behind Hawthorne's masterpiece, as Kopley demonstrates in his perceptive introduction. The Salem Belle also stands on its own as a thought-provoking novel about Puritan times written from the perspective of nineteenth-century America.”
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book cover for Measuring Shadows: Kepler’s Optics of Invisibility Raz Chen-Morris

Measuring Shadows

Kepler’s Optics of Invisibility
“Raz Chen-Morris masterfully argues that Kepler’s optics is a response to widely shared anxieties about vision in Renaissance culture. This book is the first to show why the Paralipomena was important for Kepler, and how it was a book of cultural significance instead of a response to a narrowly defined technical issue.”
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The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio

Twenty-five years after the publication of the state’s first breeding bird atlas, The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio brings our knowledge of the state’s bird populations up to date and provides important new information. The Atlas documents the current distribution and changes in status for over two hundred bird species in Ohio, including five new breeding species, four species not known to have bred in over fifty years, and seventeen species not recorded as breeding in the first Atlas.
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book cover for Painting the Hortus deliciarum: Medieval Women, Wisdom, and Time Danielle B. Joyner

Painting the Hortus deliciarum

Medieval Women, Wisdom, and Time
“Expanding positivist scholarship, Danielle Joyner considers the Hortus deliciarum’s function and the intellectual currents that generated its illustrations. Sensitive to slippages in the copying of pictorial, scientific, and textual sources, she argues that Herrad not only compiled an encyclopedia of traditional knowledge but also taught her community ways to seek new information from it and to formulate original ideas.”
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book cover for Painting as Medicine in Early Modern Rome: Giulio Mancini and the Efficacy of Art Frances Gage

Painting as Medicine in Early Modern Rome

Giulio Mancini and the Efficacy of Art
“Many scholars have noted the originality and value of the papal physician Giulio Mancini's writings as a source for artists and artistic thinking in seventeenth-century Rome, but Frances Gage is the first to devote attention to his therapeutic and historical theories regarding painting and its display as contributing to the maintenance of good health. She presents an absorbing view of the relations between art and medical thought of the period, and in so doing contributes significantly to the histories of both art and science.”
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book cover for Pieter Bruegel’s Historical Imagination Stephanie Porras

Pieter Bruegel’s Historical Imagination

“A thoughtful, intelligent, and learned book. Stephanie Porras culminates many (lesser but) related studies on Pieter Bruegel with new material and a defining argument and provides the most current assessment of the painter’s peasant subjects. For art historians it will serve as a rich mine of cultural history, literary history, intellectual history, and even music history about Flemish culture on the eve of the Dutch Revolt.”
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book cover for Framing Majismo: Art and Royal Identity in Eighteenth-Century Spain Tara Zanardi

Framing Majismo

Art and Royal Identity in Eighteenth-Century Spain
“Through a thorough and cogent analysis of multiple images of majas and majos by canonical artists from Goya to Picasso, in fashion catalogs, costumbrista illustrations, and tapestry cartoons, Tara Zanardi traces the cultural phenomenon of majismo among eighteenth-century Spanish elites, which came to be associated with ‘true’ Spanish identity into the twentieth century. Despite attempts to connect to Spanish tradition, majismo ultimately projected ambiguous national, gender, and class identities that can still be seen in Spain today.”
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book cover for Texts in Transit in the Medieval Mediterranean Edited by Y. Tzvi Langermann and Robert G. Morrison

Texts in Transit in the Medieval Mediterranean

Texts in Transit is a pathbreaking collection of original studies, mostly in the history of science and medicine, that trace the transmission of written and oral texts around the Eastern Mediterranean basin in the Middle Ages. Each essay considers how the texts were shared, altered, and preserved as they moved between cultural milieus. Theoretically sophisticated, the studies represent cutting-edge research and offer original interpretations of the journeys taken by these texts.”
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book cover for The Continuity of the Conquest: Charlemagne and Anglo-Norman Imperialism Wendy Marie Hoofnagle

The Continuity of the Conquest

Charlemagne and Anglo-Norman Imperialism
The Continuity of the Conquest further expands the horizons of an already expanding body of work on the medieval Charlemagne legend. That Frankish king and emperor loomed large in the imaginations of the Anglo-Normans, in ways both tacit and explicit. Wendy Hoofnagle forces us to reconceptualize what we think we know about Englishness, and indeed England itself, in the central Middle Ages.”
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book cover for Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method Edited by Sara L. McKinnon, Robert Asen, Karma R. Chávez, and Robert Glenn Howard

Text + Field

Innovations in Rhetorical Method
Text + Field productively emphasizes the praxis of methodology, augmenting and amplifying the innovative possibilities available to students and scholars researching the rhetoric of everyday life. The collection advocates for methods that are ethically responsive as well as intellectually insightful, looking to embodied approaches such as interviewing, critical ethnography, participant-observation, and personal narrative. The book implores us to revisit traditional rhetorical concepts such as text, context, audience, and judgment, employing provocative case studies to underscore its theoretical and methodological stakes.”
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book cover for Supernatural Entertainments: Victorian Spiritualism and the Rise of Modern Media Culture Simone Natale

Supernatural Entertainments

Victorian Spiritualism and the Rise of Modern Media Culture
“Approaching Victorian supernaturalism as popular spectacle, Natale makes a compelling argument that nineteenth-century spiritualism made a significant contribution to what would become the dominant religion of the twentieth century: the entertainment industry. Rather than seeing the spiritualists and their energetic followers as gullible or deluded, Natale explores the more fascinating possibility that medium, circle, and audience helped redefine the possibilities of domestic leisure and public performance.”
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book cover for Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell Edited by Alice Sowaal, and Penny A. Weiss

Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell

“This volume offers a fascinating, timely, and scholarly rereading of the work of Mary Astell that moves her from a mere curiosity—a seventeenth-century woman with feminist leanings—to a full-fledged participant in many of the philosophical issues of her day and a contributor to our contemporary debates.”
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book cover for Hope in Hard Times: Norvelt and the Struggle for Community During the Great Depression Timothy Kelly, Margaret Power, and Michael Cary

Hope in Hard Times

Norvelt and the Struggle for Community During the Great Depression
Hope in Hard Times powerfully demonstrates the importance of writing history from the ground up. Vivid details of everyday life in Norvelt are woven into a compelling narrative that illustrates how New Deal policies shaped and were reshaped by the homesteaders. Variables of race, ethnicity, class, and gender—too often posited as if already formed—emerge from this particular time and place and lead to a better understanding of where to go from here as we consider the role of government in alleviating poverty.”
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book cover for The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts: Issue 27: Souvenirs and Objects of Remembrance Edited by Jonathan Mogul

The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts

Issue 27: Souvenirs and Objects of Remembrance
Objects have always been and continue to be carriers of personal and communal memories. Although the significance of objects for personal and collective memory is not in any way a phenomenon of recent times, objects of remembrance have proliferated since the eighteenth century, speaking to a widely felt desire for tangible markers of both fleeting personal experiences and significant public events. Over the same period, new production processes and technologies and the expansion of national and international markets have made such objects more widely and cheaply available than ever before.
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book cover for J. Horace McFarland: A Thorn for Beauty Ernest Morrison

J. Horace McFarland

A Thorn for Beauty
J. Horace McFarland (1859–1948) was one of the first Americans to sound the call for environmental and scenic protection. He helped defend Niagara Falls from power company interests, fought together with John Muir and others to preserve the Hetch Hetchy Valley at Yosemite, and after that defeat rose again to be hailed as the father of the National Park Service. Esteemed by Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William H. Taft, McFarland advised secretaries of the interior for a period spanning forty years. A lifelong resident of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he played a key role in developing a reform package calling for the cleanup of the city and its river, and the creation of a splendid municipal park system. A noted writer, photographer, and astute businessman who owned a successful printing company, he was also an acclaimed gardener and the preeminent rosarian in America.
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book cover for Indians in Pennsylvania Paul A.W. Wallace

Indians in Pennsylvania

This classic study of the history of Pennsylvania’s Indians, from the time of the European contact forward, was originally published in 1961. This second edition has been revised and updated to incorporate more modern content while keeping Wallace’s classic voice and unique perspective. This accessible work explores the primary groups of Indian peoples most important to Pennsylvania’s history—its most prevalent, primarily the Delaware or Lenni Lenape and the Susquehannock people, and the outside groups that had the largest impact upon Pennsylvania, primarily the neighboring Iroquois and refugee groups such as the Shawnee. The volume explores customs, governance, belief systems, conflict, migration, and policy, among many other topics. Sympathetic and balanced, this book has long been considered one of the best books on the Indian peoples of Pennsylvania.
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book cover for Susquehanna’s Indians Barry C. Kent

Susquehanna’s Indians

Susquehanna’s Indians is an exhaustive historical and archaeological study of the Susquehannock and other Indians of the Susquehanna Valley from 1450 to 1750 C.E. Barry Kent combines the historical and archaeological records to interpret the culture of the peoples who formerly occupied the Susquehanna Valley of central and eastern Pennsylvania until their sudden disappearance in the mid-eighteenth century. Widely accessible for specialists and nonspecialists alike, the book provides the reader with a background about techniques used to date the events in this history, a summary of the cultural characteristics of this group over time, an overview of the numerous chronological and technological stages into which this group can be placed, and an extensive discussion of archaeological findings matched alongside what is known in the written historical record. For the benefit of the general and specialist reader alike, detailed evidence, analysis, and conclusions are included separately in the book’s final section.
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book cover for William Parks: The Colonial Printer in the Transatlantic World of the Eighteenth Century A. Franklin Parks

William Parks

The Colonial Printer in the Transatlantic World of the Eighteenth Century
“This very welcome biography gathers up a surprising amount of scholarly notes on and book references to the important early American printer and newspaper publisher William Parks, and then adds new documentary evidence to the pile. To tell the story (and that it is a good narrative is one of the book's strengths) Professor A. Franklin Parks has truly had to produce a transatlantic study.”
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book cover for Lydia Bailey: A Checklist of Her Imprints Karen Nipps

Lydia Bailey

A Checklist of Her Imprints
“Karen Nipps has made a substantial contribution to early American bibliography and printing history with Lydia Bailey: A Checklist of Her Imprints. This is, so far as I know, the largest checklist of any nineteenth-century American printer's output and the only one covering such a long span of time. More than most bibliographies, it is both a work of scholarship and an incitement to more scholarship.”
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book cover for Picturing Space, Displacing Bodies: Anamorphosis in Early Modern Theories of Perspective Lyle Massey

Picturing Space, Displacing Bodies

Anamorphosis in Early Modern Theories of Perspective
“This is a strong, well-articulated argument for the place of embodiment and bodily experience in Renaissance perspective. Lyle Massey is a very unusual scholar, well informed about phenomenological, Lacanian, and structuralist readings of perspective, but just as conversant with the history of geometry and its connections to Enlightenment philosophy. This book is a tonic, just what the field needs to restore some balance and help heal the rift between post-structuralist, psychoanalytic readings and technical, geometric interpretations.”
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book cover for Unriddling the Exeter Riddles Patrick J. Murphy

Unriddling the Exeter Riddles

“This is a dazzling book, sparkling with easy erudition and wit, and very well written. Patrick Murphy offers a fresh approach to a much-studied group of poems in Old English literature. Taking issue with the view that the riddles come from an entirely bookish tradition, Unriddling the Exeter Riddles demonstrates that these poems, though deeply imbued with monastic learning, also draw richly upon other traditions, most significantly those of popular oral culture. It will likely be seen as the most significant publication on the Old English riddles since Craig Williamson’s edition of 1977.”
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book cover for Saint and Nation: Santiago, Teresa of Avila, and Plural Identities in Early Modern Spain Erin Kathleen Rowe

Saint and Nation

Santiago, Teresa of Avila, and Plural Identities in Early Modern Spain
“This is a significant book that will change the way historians think about the intersection of politics, religion, and national identity in early modern Spain.”
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The Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy

“As innovators in democratic process, we know how much we depend on learning from practical trials and real-world experiences. This work captures the experience in detail and provides an important reference point for anyone hoping to bring deliberation and the citizen’s voice back into how we do government.”
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book cover for Constitutive Visions: Indigeneity and Commonplaces of National Identity in Republican Ecuador Christa J. Olson

Constitutive Visions

Indigeneity and Commonplaces of National Identity in Republican Ecuador
Constitutive Visions demonstrates, in rich detail, how visual representations serve as rhetorical acts that constitute nations—acts every bit as important as the constitutions, laws, political speeches, and policies that make up a national rhetorical culture. Christa Olson pushes rhetoric scholars to extend their reach beyond the English world and beyond dominant Western traditions, a trend in contemporary scholarship that she models masterfully. This book will become a benchmark for both experienced scholars and novices seeking to examine how national and visual arguments take on rhetorical power across time and space.”
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book cover for Speaking Hatefully: Culture, Communication, and Political Action in Hungary David Boromisza-Habashi

Speaking Hatefully

Culture, Communication, and Political Action in Hungary
“This book is interesting and provocative, not to say courageous. It takes a term that arouses intense passions in the United States and analyzes it in an alien cultural/political context in ways that go beyond the usual tenor of U.S. conversations on such topics, showing that even positions one may find odious have an internal ‘logic’ in local sociohistorical contexts. That alone is an important contribution to scholarship on political debate, which usually assumes competing ‘sides’ and, at least implicitly, privileges certain positions over others. In this way, the analysis poses provocative questions about scholars’ own potential ‘cultural’ biases and political engagements. (Whether scholars are ready to accept the challenge is another question.)”
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book cover for The Narrative Shape of Truth: Veridiction in Modern European Literature Ilya Kliger

The Narrative Shape of Truth

Veridiction in Modern European Literature
“In this investigation of the ‘veridictory mutation’ in the modern European novel Ilya Kliger positions the genre’s rise amidst a broader shift in European thought (moving from Kant to Hegel) towards a conception of truth as embodied in a mediating and productive temporality. . . . Kliger’s compelling account of truth and narrative in the realist novel offers rich insights into the relationship between modernity’s shifting perceptions of time and truth, and the depictive power of the novel.”
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book cover for Kant and the Promise of Rhetoric Scott R. Stroud

Kant and the Promise of Rhetoric

“Scott Stroud brings unparalleled knowledge of communication theory to the study of Kant's moral philosophy. His book thus makes a unique contribution to recent work on Kant's conception of morality in real life, enriching our understanding of the moral education of children and the moral support that adults can give one another.”
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Spiritual Modalities

Prayer as Rhetoric and Performance
Spiritual Modalities shows what rhetoric has to offer the conversations about prayer—its emphasis on situatedness, with its insistence (and Burke's insistence especially) on seeing language as inseparable from bodies, attitudes, values, contexts, and culture. William FitzGerald captures that additive quality and stands to lure scholars from other fields into rhetoric.”
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book cover for Binding Earth and Heaven: Patriarchal Blessings in the Prophetic Development of Early Mormonism Gary Shepherd and Gordon Shepherd

Binding Earth and Heaven

Patriarchal Blessings in the Prophetic Development of Early Mormonism
“This is a truly original work. It draws upon both primary and secondary sources to demonstrate the importance of the Mormon ritual institution of patriarchal blessings, which is widespread among Mormons at the grassroots but little known outside the church.”
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Finding Kluskap

A Journey into Mi'kmaw Myth
“Jennifer Reid presents truly original material—previously unknown stories that she recorded with Mi’kmaw friends. She also ties existing sources together in new ways. Finding Kluskap thus succeeds in presenting both new material and new interpretation—while still synthesizing existing literature in meaningful ways.”
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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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Sacred Plunder

Venice and the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade
“This insightful work is the first to explore the effects that waves of displaced relics from Constantinople had on Venice and, more broadly, Latin Christianity. Peeling back layers of narrative in the translation accounts, David Perry reveals evolving attitudes and anxieties about crusading, sanctity, and power. His expertise with these scattered sources illuminates his analysis, and his evocative prose makes it a real pleasure to read.”
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Trust, Democracy, and Multicultural Challenges

“Highly informative as well as rich in insightful contradictions, [Trust, Democracy, and Multicultural Challenges is] an invitation to endorse pluralism not as a final horizon or a political telos, but as a policy tool and a heuristic device with emancipatory powers.”
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"I Don't See Color"

Personal and Critical Perspectives on White Privilege
“Post-racial? Think again. This compelling collection of essays cogently explains, with words from the heart, why the aspiration differs from the present American reality. White privilege remains at the center of the enigma, illuminated by the works in this timely and thought-provoking volume.”
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book cover for Rawlsian Explorations in Religion and Applied Philosophy Daniel A. Dombrowski

Rawlsian Explorations in Religion and Applied Philosophy

“Daniel Dombrowski’s book is an important contribution to our understanding of the implications of Rawls’s political theory for law, policy, politics, and religion. It uses justice as fairness to shed light on many issues—war, animal rights, affirmative action, and religious diversity in a democratic society—that have been relatively neglected in the literature on Rawls. Dombrowski brings to the task both analytic precision and a religious sensibility, and his ability to tease out the often hidden religious assumptions and implications of Rawls’s theory is impressive. Moreover, the concrete positions that Dombrowski stakes out—support for pacifism and animal rights, opposition to legacies and affirmative action—are controversial, especially from within a Rawlsian framework, and they should deservedly garner the book much scholarly attention.”
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Melancholy Politics

Loss, Mourning, and Memory in Late Modern France
“Mathy has long been a lucid interpreter of French intellectual history. His new book is particularly timely, as it sheds a historian’s light on the current controversial politics of national identity in France. Mathy shows that it is best understood in the context of a national ‘depression’—and his reflections on ‘melancholy politics’ give precise meaning to what could otherwise be a vague notion.”
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book cover for Jean Jaurès: The Inner Life of Social Democracy Geoffrey Kurtz

Jean Jaurès

The Inner Life of Social Democracy
“Jean Jaurès is one of the most interesting figures of French socialism and the Second International. Geoffrey Kurtz’s intelligent and thoughtful book succeeds admirably in capturing the man’s philosophical erudition, political courage, and contemporary importance. Jaurès’s deep commitment to reformism, cosmopolitanism, and pacifism anchored one of the important wings of the international socialist movement, and his equally important intellectual work informed generations of students and activists alike. Kurtz succeeds admirably in uncovering ‘the inner life of social democracy,’ and his own courage in approaching his subject contributes to a very important and revealing examination of what it means to be a socialist.”
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book cover for Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment Denise Schaeffer

Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment

Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment is a splendid book. Denise Schaeffer treats an enormously complex question in a way that is simple, elegant, and altogether free of jargon. She first shows how each stage of Emile’s education is always double—meant seriously, but also designed to prepare for its own supersession—and then reveals this educational sequence also at work in Rousseau’s education of his reader. The quite considerable achievement of Schaeffer’s book is to employ the same sequence in her own writing, where the straightforward political issue with which she begins is gradually deepened and gives way to the question of what it is about the human soul that requires this sort of indirect education. Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment will be regularly read by Rousseau scholars and advanced students, but owing to the accessibility, and really the beauty, of its prose, it will inevitably find its way to a broader audience of students of philosophy and political theory at every level.”
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book cover for Priests of the French Revolution: Saints and Renegades in a New Political Era Joseph F. Byrnes

Priests of the French Revolution

Saints and Renegades in a New Political Era
“Joseph Byrnes offers the long-awaited first historical synthesis on the patriot clergy of the French Revolution. A necessary scholarly reconsideration, based on reliable sources, and far from the usual caricatures.”
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book cover for Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France Sarah Horowitz

Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France

“By emphasizing the role of emotions in politics, Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France demonstrates the value of considering emotions and private life in understanding the careers of political figures. While the book emphasizes the interconnectedness of the public and private spheres, Sarah Horowitz takes a balanced approach on this matter. She recognizes the power of separate spheres discourse and its resulting limitations on women’s direct involvement in politics, yet she also shows that women’s ‘private’ natures made them useful tools as men sought to build emotional ties to other politicians, particularly those who were on opposing sides. In demonstrating how elite women and men understood friendship and politics in this period, the work makes a significant and original contribution to existing scholarship on early nineteenth-century France.”
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The Colonels' Coup and the American Embassy

A Diplomat’s View of the Breakdown of Democracy in Cold War Greece
“[The Colonels’ Coup and the American Embassy] is an excellent description of the embassy’s knowledge of the events leading to the coup and the inner workngs of the embassy. . . . [Keeley] is an excellent writer.”
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book cover for A Matter of Simple Justice: The Untold Story of Barbara Hackman Franklin and a Few Good Women Lee Stout

A Matter of Simple Justice

The Untold Story of Barbara Hackman Franklin and a Few Good Women
“The words ‘untold story’ always pique my interest, since those stories often contain wonderful surprises. A Matter of Simple Justice is just such a story. I am thrilled that our friend Barbara Hackman Franklin—along with President Nixon—is finally getting the credit she deserves for advancing the cause of women in the workplace.”
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book cover for Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action Thomas W. Benson

Posters for Peace

Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action
“With Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action, Thomas Benson generously shares an archival treasure trove with readers. By itself that might be enough, but Benson doesn't stop there. He offers a thoughtful and sophisticated rhetorical analysis of the posters that reads them in historical context, elaborates the visual traditions from which they drew their representations, and considers how viewers of the era might have responded to them. In doing so, he makes a compelling case for the posters' rhetorical importance, both then and now. The book skillfully models the practice of visual rhetorical history for students and scholars alike.”
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book cover for Condorcet: Writings on the United States Edited, translated, and with an introduction by Guillaume Ansart

Condorcet

Writings on the United States
“The volume is a vital, genuinely original contribution to the literature on Condorcet's political thought—and how he applied his general views on republicanism and constitutionalism to the case of the United States—as well as on early European responses to American constitutional development.”
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book cover for The Practice of Pluralism: Congregational Life and Religious Diversity in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1730–1820 Mark Häberlein

The Practice of Pluralism

Congregational Life and Religious Diversity in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1730–1820
“Thorough and persuasive. The people of Lancaster come across as devoted and essentially conservative, supporting their churches and attached to their ways of worship, even if individuals among them occasionally changed their minds. Häberlein persuasively shows that the laity provided the true continuity of the church.”
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S. Weir Mitchell, 1829–1914

Philadelphia's Literary Physician
“Cervetti has produced an elegantly written, incredibly detailed, and impressively comprehensive narrative of Mitchell’s journey from the insecure son of an overbearing father to the highly esteemed and influential researcher and clinician in physiology and neurology to a kind of medical public intellectual and literati.”
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