The Pennsylvania State University

Fall/Winter Season 2012

book cover for Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania by Andrew M. Wilson

Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania

Twenty years after the first Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania was published, the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania brings our knowledge of the state’s bird populations up to date, documenting current distribution and changes in status for nearly two hundred bird species. More than two thousand dedicated birdwatchers completed the surveys of birds in 4,937 blocks across the state.

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book cover for City Contented, City Discontented: A History of Modern Harrisburg by Paul Beers

City Contented, City Discontented

A History of Modern Harrisburg

“As a reporter-at-large, Paul Beers saw the city, cared that he saw it, and documented what was there to see. Now his years of observational columns are bound together for the first time in a beautiful new book, joined with rare and remarkable historical photographs. These collected columns by Paul Beers are testament to both the colossal importance of strong daily newspapers and the amazingly dedicated reporters and good editors who make them.”

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Mira Lloyd Dock and the Progressive Era Conservation Movement

“At long last we have a well-deserved biography of the intrepid Mira Lloyd Dock. Susan Rimby recognizes Dock as the strong and pivotal leader she was, not just as a helpmate to Rothrock, Pinchot, McFarland, and others. Dock rightfully stands beside them, demanding the reclamation of Pennsylvania’s devastated landscapes and cities from industrial excesses and stirring the flames of an emerging national environmental movement.”

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The House of the Black Ring

A Romance of the Seven Mountains

“A boyhood gift from my father (Pennsylvania State College Class of 1910), who had studied under Professor Pattee, The House of the Black Ring spurred my own lifelong fascination with the Pennsylvania Dutch culture. And it encouraged my ethnographic interest in my own homeland, Central Pennsylvania. Larded with dialect locutions familiar from my Centre County kinfolk’s talk, and with its sensational episodes of powwowing and witchcraft, it fleshed out neglected aspects of Pennsylvania’s rich folklife, even in its fictional form. The introduction capably sets Pattee in the then-new field of American literary scholarship and cites his book as a pioneering example of the turn-of-the-century local-color fiction about Pennsylvania. And worth the price of the book is Pattee’s opening sentence—ascribing the Seven Mountains to the refuse left over by the Great Architect after Creation!”

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S. Weir Mitchell, 1829–1914

Philadelphia's Literary Physician

“The name of Silas Weir Mitchell shades discussions of medicine, feminist literature, and the social, scientific, and literary conversations at the dawn of the twentieth century. Over a half century has elapsed since the last substantive biography of a man who ‘built a power house of a life,’ as Nancy Cervetti describes Mitchell. She has written a stunning, holistic reconnaissance of Mitchell’s work from Civil War neurology to his insights in psychiatry and hysteria, his popular literature, and his antagonism toward women’s rights. Cervetti’s fascinating biographical sculpture communicates Mitchell’s ‘keen sense of life as a performance’ and will inspire new scholarship and appeal to a readership as broad as Mitchell’s own reading publics.”

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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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Melusine; or, The Noble History of Lusignan

“The fourteenth century comes alive in this superb new translation of the classic French masterpiece Melusine; or The Noble History of Lusignan. Packed with romance and adventure, by turns poignant and hilarious, the authors’ lively and inviting prose style is guaranteed to delight fans of historical fiction as well as students of all ages. This is by far the most lucid, authentic, and enjoyable English-language version of this enchanting fairy tale available today, and I expect it to be universally recognized as the definitive translation for many years to come.”

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The Transformations of Magic

Illicit Learned Magic in the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance

In this original, provocative, well-reasoned, and thoroughly documented book, Frank Klaassen proposes that two principal genres of illicit learned magic occur in late medieval manuscripts: image magic, which could be interpreted and justified in scholastic terms, and ritual magic (in its extreme form, overt necromancy), which could not.

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Spiritual Modalities

Prayer as Rhetoric and Performance

“In an age made more anxious by its own technologies, Spiritual Modalities asks why humans across cultures and times have enacted this enigmatic but fundamentally human behavior.  What motivates us to address the sacred, and what do we expect from it? Relentlessly intellectual, Spiritual Modalities is one of the most important, sustained, and theoretically sophisticated engagements of religious rhetoric since Kenneth Burke’s Rhetoric of Religion.”

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Divining the Self

A Study in Yoruba Myth and Human Consciousness

“Captivating! Velma Love has crafted a very fine study of the Odu in diaspora. The historical, ethnographic work here fulfills the important promise of the Signifying on Scriptures model. Anyone interested in the social life of scriptures will value this book.”

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The Sacrament of Penance and Religious Life in Golden Age Spain

“Patrick O'Banion's work addresses the most understudied—and most misunderstood—of all the sacraments: penance. It resists older scholarly models that discuss the sacrament of penance exclusively in terms of power and oppression and instead seeks to examine the active participation of the faithful. Therefore, while O'Banion looks specifically at early modern Spain as a case study for examining the role that the sacrament played in the spiritual lives of ordinary people, his conclusions have broader implications for understanding devotion and practice in the Catholic world.”

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Binding Earth and Heaven

Patriarchal Blessings in the Prophetic Development of Early Mormonism

“From the perspective of historical sociology, Gary Shepherd and Gordon Shepherd have written one of the most important studies of gender in Mormon history. They expected to find ‘extreme male bias’ in the ‘patriarchal blessings’ of pastoral counsel and prediction given to women and to men by Mormon patriarchs from the mid-1830s to mid-1840s. Instead, their content analysis of these carefully recorded documents provides statistical evidence of surprising gender egalitarianism in a patriarchal Church's first decade.”

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book cover for Philadelphia on Stone: Commercial Lithography in Philadelphia, 1828–1878 by Erika Piola

Philadelphia on Stone

Commercial Lithography in Philadelphia, 1828–1878

Philadelphia on Stone demonstrates very clearly the key role that Philadelphia played in the history of American lithography in the nineteenth century. It should be a key reference for anyone who is interested in that history.

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book cover for Art of Estrangement: Redefining Jews in Reconquest Spain by Pamela A. Patton

Art of Estrangement

Redefining Jews in Reconquest Spain

In Art of Estrangement Pamela Patton traces the transformation of Iberia’s Jews in the visual culture of Spain’s Christian-ruled kingdoms as their rulers strove to affiliate with mainstream Europe and distance themselves from an uncomfortably multicultural past.

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Diego Velázquez's Early Paintings and the Culture of Seventeenth-Century Seville

“Drawing upon a wealth of new sources, Tanya Tiffany has managed to reconstruct the social, intellectual, and religious world of Seville as it was when Spain’s most celebrated seventeenth-century artist lived there. Especially revealing are her detailed readings of his early works, his deservedly celebrated bodegones among them. The result is a strikingly original and wholly convincing understanding of this still poorly understood phase in Velázquez’s artistic career. This handsome volume deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone seriously interested in Velázquez, let alone the art and history of Golden Age Spain.”

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The Photography of Crisis

The Photo Essays of Weimar Germany

The Photography of Crisis is the first full account of the photo essay as a ubiquitous presence in Weimar culture and a driving force behind the visual turn in German modernism. Daniel Magilow’s examination of new text-image relations in the illustrated press and the photobook not only complicates traditional accounts of avant-garde photography and modern photojournalism but also allows us to situate the famous photographers August Sander and Albert Renger-Patzsch within the emerging logics of visuality, physiognomy, and shock that would continue to haunt photography throughout the twentieth century. This book is required reading for all photo historians and scholars of modern visual culture.”

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What Do Artists Know?

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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book cover for Mid-Latitude Weather Systems by Toby N. Carlson

Mid-Latitude Weather Systems

Mid-Latitude Weather Systems has become a classic text in synoptic meteorology. It is the first text to make extensive use of conventional weather charts and equations to illustrate fully the behavior and evolution of weather patterns. With the use of well-documented case studies, Carlson has achieved a unique presentation of selected concepts, which facilitate a clear interpretation of this active and challenging area of study.

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Gorgeous Beasts

Animal Bodies in Historical Perspective

“This book introduces us to gorgeous beasts—creatures we yearn for, treasure, misunderstand, and mistreat. Enclosure-endangered Atlantic codfish, bloodhounds unleashed on the Maroon uprisings in Jamaica, taxidermied elephants that conveyed secondhand majesty on trophy hunters, slither-painting snakes, even dog-skin gloves and civet-scented perfumes (those animal-made objects)—all testify to our human co-construction of, with, and by animals. In lush illustrations, the visual representation of animals has equal footing with their material and economic histories, and the result is a thought-provoking and sense-igniting treat.”

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Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America

Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America is a very smart work. It tackles the subject of public confession in a new way. Rather than identifying generic characteristics of apology and then determining that particular rhetorical acts do or do not satisfy these characteristics, Dave Tell treats the components of confession as fluid and as themselves subject to rhetorical evaluation. He examines six case studies in which a text is alleged to be a confession and makes a compelling argument that there are political stakes and consequences in the decision to label a text a confession as well as in the decision to contest that label. Tell's analysis challenges conventional wisdom over and over again. The reader will be amply rewarded with a depth of knowledge and insight about each of these significant historical moments, and he or she will have renewed appreciation for the working of rhetorical texts in history.”

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Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation

“Ranging widely and effectively in time, space, cases, and theory, Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation shows how and why rhetoric must be central to the practice of politics and citizenship in contemporary democracies. An impressive and strikingly original set of contributions sheds new light on the possibilities for public deliberation.”

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Speaking Hatefully

Culture, Communication, and Political Action in Hungary

“This book joins ethnographic examination of culture with public discourse in a profound and compelling account of Hungary’s struggles to forge shared meaning about ‘hate speech.’ Its relevance to the study of culturally situated communication practices extends beyond a particular nation and its historical moment into an important perspective on speech as action. It is also splendidly readable, both rich in careful detail and convincing in its broad-ranging theoretical implications.”

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The Evolving Citizen

American Youth and the Changing Norms of Democratic Engagement

“We need to understand how youth understand and experience their own citizenship if we want to reform education and politics. Because The Evolving Citizen draws on the students' own voices and ideas, interpreted insightfully, it is a valuable and skillful contribution to our understanding of citizenship today. It is a significant book—methodologically innovative, persuasive, and carrying an important message.”

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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. Stellato's analysis and commentary reveal rich veins of political rhetoric, some more familiar, some unjustly forgotten, while opening up the larger question of how language that is consciously crafted can shape national life and foreign policy.  Here the decisions of government may conflict with the will of its citizens.  Reading these speeches, we realize that the exercise of power and the power of the aesthetic, the practice of historical interpretation and the creativity of literature, often inhabit the same words.”

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The Public and Its Problems

An Essay in Political Inquiry

“This will be the definitive edition of John Dewey’s most enduring work on politics. Melvin Rogers has performed the admirable task of crafting a beautifully lucid introduction and an exhaustive annotation of the text. Students and scholars of Dewey will be in Rogers’s debt for many years to come.”

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Feminist Interpretations of Thomas Hobbes

Feminist Interpretations of Thomas Hobbes features the work of feminist scholars who are centrally engaged with Hobbes’s ideas and texts and who view Hobbes as an important touchstone in modern political thought. Bringing together scholars from the disciplines of philosophy, history, political theory, and English literature who embrace diverse theoretical and philosophical approaches and a range of feminist perspectives, this interdisciplinary collection aims to appeal to an audience of Hobbes scholars and nonspecialists alike.*

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A Companion to Michael Oakeshott

“Michael Oakeshott remains one of the great political philosophers of the twentieth century. Yet his writings—at least in America—rarely get the time or attention they deserve. This wonderful anthology beautifully covers virtually every aspect of Oakeshott’s life and thought. It helps us appreciate Oakeshott’s own voice in the conversation of mankind.”

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The Diarium of Magister Johannes Kelpius

The radical German Pietist Johannes Kelpius traveled to Philadelphia in 1694 with a small group of early German immigrants to America. He settled on the banks of the Wissahickon Creek, where he led a small separatist religious community based in esotericism and mysticism, inspired by the teachings of Johann Jacob Zimmerman.

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Chronicon Ephratense

A History of the Community of Seventh Day Baptists at Ephrata, Lancaster County, Penn'a

This history recounts the formation of the Seventh Day Baptist congregation in Ephrata from the early Pietest movement in Germany to the founding of Ephrata and other communities in southeastern Pennsylvania in the 1730s. Focusing on the biography of the influential leader and superintendent Conrad Beissel (1690–1768), Chronicon Ephratense explores life in the Ephrata community through intimate portraits of its inhabitants.

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Journal of Samuel Maclay

While Surveying the West Branch of the Susquehanna, The Sinnemahoning and the Allegheny Rivers in 1790

The Journal of Samuel Maclay is one man’s account of a 1790 surveying expedition, commissioned by the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, to explore the newly purchased land in northwestern Pennsylvania, including the headwaters of the west branch of the Susquehanna, the Sinnemahoning, and the Allegheny Rivers.

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Black Forest Souvenirs

Collected in Northern Pennsylvania

Black Forest Souvenirs was inspired by Henry Shoemaker’s early experience in the Black Forest of Germany and the mystical draw of its vast expanse of hemlocks, spruces, and pines interspersed with lumbermen and roaming wildlife.

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book cover for Walter Pach (1883–1958): The Armory Show and the Untold Story of Modern Art in America by Laurette E. McCarthy

Walter Pach (1883–1958)

The Armory Show and the Untold Story of Modern Art in America

“No student of modern art should miss this thorough and fascinating study of one of the most important figures of the time, still little known except to specialists.”

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For the Love of Murphy's

The Behind-the-Counter Story of a Great American Retailer

“As pointed out in the book’s introduction, superstores such as Target and Wal-Mart run the roost now. But thanks to For the Love of Murphy’s—partially compiled from interviews with some one-time employees—the story and legacy of yet another of the region’s great institutions will not be lost.”

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Confessions of a Spoilsport

My Life and Hard Times Fighting Sports Corruption at an Old Eastern University

“Read this book if you care about both sports and undergraduate education. Dowling is one of the most brilliant and dedicated teachers I know. He has been struggling for more than a decade to save the educational soul of Rutgers University. This book exposes the Faustian bargain university trustees and presidents make to field nationally competitive athletic teams.

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Sentenced to Science

One Black Man's Story of Imprisonment in America

Sentenced to Science is a searing indictment of the criminal justice and medical communities that cavalierly used Philadelphia inmates as human guinea pigs for an array of unethical and dangerous experiments. The account of Eddie Anthony’s days as a Holmesburg Prison test subject is one that readers will not soon forget.”

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America Through European Eyes

British and French Reflections on the New World from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

“Many have read Tocqueville’s observations of Jacksonian America, but how did other visitors from Europe respond to early American institutions and customs? This excellent volume discusses fine and highly varied insights from European visitors such as Gustave de Beaumont, George Berkeley, James Bryce, Michel Chevalier, G. K. Chesterton, Victor Jacquemont, and Frances Trollope. This volume is a superb introduction to the topic of European reactions to America’s new democracy.”

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Community of the Cross

Moravian Piety in Colonial Bethlehem

“This excellent religious history supplements earlier books that focus on the social history of early Bethlehem. A necessary purchase for collections emphasizing Colonial America, American religious history, and communitarian experiments, it will also interest those studying women and religion.”

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Making and Remaking Pennsylvania’s Civil War

“A valuable contribution to the literature on the American Civil War. I know of no volume that contains as many key insights into Pennsylvania’s role in the war.”

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Three Years in the "Bloody Eleventh"

The Campaigns of a Pennsylvania Reserves Regiment

“Regimental histories are notoriously uneven in quality. Some are little more than “cut & paste” compilations of official sources and modern opinion, while others are truly gems of research and writing. Joseph Gibbs’ Three Years in the Bloody Eleventh: The Campaigns of a Pennsylvania Reserves Regiment decidedly falls into the latter category. Making extensive use of manuscripts, original letters and newspaper accounts, as well as many records in the National Archives and other repositories, Gibbs has created a thoroughly researched and engagingly written story of a unit that saw incredibly heavy service.”

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The Lincoln Trail in Pennsylvania

A History and Guide

“What a ride for the Lincoln buff. . . .Philadelphia, Harrisburg, York, Hanover, Gettysburg, Pittsburgh, and Erie also figure in the 210-page book, which will appeal to those with an interest in Pennsylvania and Civil War history.”

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Restoring Democracy to America

How to Free Markets and Politics from the Corporate Culture of Business and Government

“John F. M. McDermott’s Restoring Democracy in America is a sweeping, powerful political sociology of the conservative reaction that dominated the politics and culture of advanced capitalist democracies after the post–World War II ‘welfare state consensus’ weakened in the 1970s. His book brings social theory to bear upon a nuanced historical analysis of the rise (and now crisis) of deregulated, finance-driven, postindustrial capitalism. He adeptly shows how the Right succeeded (with difficulty) in bringing together the managerial elite’s turn against the welfare state and the ‘antimodernist’ cultural impulses of deindustrialized communities. But McDermott does not simply chart the rise and consolidation of conservative rule; his analysis also illuminates the social dynamics that may give rise to democratic forces that can revive progressive politics.”

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Johnny

A Spy's Life

“This book provides fascinating insight into the activities of an agent of Britain’s foreign intelligence service (SIS or MI6) that historians of intelligence have long wanted to know more about. It should be read by anyone interested in intelligence history or the history of international relations.”

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Comrades and Commissars

The Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil War

Comrades and Commissars is the best book ever written about the Lincoln Battalion. Eby does not accept the standard politically correct line, but neither does he go to the opposite extreme. Rather, he demonstrates a very good grasp of the volunteers as individuals, not as political puppets, and is thoroughly sympathetic to them on the human level, while at the same time showing the real character of the politics involved.”

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The Soldiers' Revolution

Pennsylvanians in Arms and the Forging of Early American Identity

“This is an intricate and passionately argued book that compels scholars critically to assess the Revolution and the theoretical framework that informs The Soldiers' Revolution.”

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Ethnographies and Exchanges

Native Americans, Moravians, and Catholics in Early North America

“The anthology succeeds in recovering Native as well as missionary voices, carefully building context to make those voices understandable to contemporary readers and reintroducing these important texts in exciting ways that will stimulate further study.”

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Cult of the Will

Nervousness and German Modernity

“Cowan deftly incorporates many contemporary fin-de-siècle examples to argue his central contention that attempts at control were widespread and deemed crucial for a rapidly transforming German society.”

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Museums of the Mind

German Modernity and the Dynamics of Collecting

“Despite certain unnecessary complexities, it is the principal merit of this study to have highlighted the connections that bind the process of internalisation of memory in German literature with the tangible nature of museums as both objective and imaginative structures.”

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book cover for The Politics of National Capitalism: Peronism and the Argentine Bourgeoisie, 1946–1976 by James P. Brennan

The Politics of National Capitalism

Peronism and the Argentine Bourgeoisie, 1946–1976

“This book is a masterpiece that should be read by those interested in the history of Argentina and in real political economy with a historical perspective.”

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Governing Disorder

UN Peace Operations, International Security, and Democratization in the Post–Cold War Era

Governing Disorder is not only an unconventional examination of ‘power’; it is about politics and its ineluctable dilemmas that cannot be ‘solved’ by rational design or the simple transfer of ‘solutions’ that once worked, or worked somewhere else. It will be read with interest by international relations scholars, practitioners, organization theorists, and activists. It will certainly not be embraced by all of them, for the ‘politics’ to which this book draws attention might be too controversial. Nevertheless, it elevates the discourse and leads to new insights and a research agenda that is heuristically fruitful and extremely important for practical politics.”

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Knowing Otherwise

Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding

“Exploring sensuous knowing that resists explicit formalization but is crucial to the possibility of a critical grasp of the world and the possibility of change, Alexis Shotwell investigates socially embedded, bodily, affective praxis that both registers and opens up truly ‘knowing otherwise.’ Looking for sites of rupture of settled feeling and common sense, she explores the workings of shame that can move subjects beyond ineffective antiracist and antisexist guilt and asks how transformative social change may yet be possible. Her grasp of intersectional feminist philosophy, critical theory in the Marxist tradition, critical race theory, trans cultures and scholarship, philosophical approaches informed by Buddhist thought, and aesthetic theory after Kant is deep and creative. Knowing Otherwise is a wonderful, thoughtful, moving book.”

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book cover for A Country Storekeeper in Pennsylvania: Creating Economic Networks in Early America, 1790–1807 by Diane E. Wenger

A Country Storekeeper in Pennsylvania

Creating Economic Networks in Early America, 1790–1807

In early America, traditional commercial interaction revolved around an entity known as the “general store.” Unfortunately, most of these elusive small-town shops disappeared from our society without leaving business-related documents behind for scholars to analyze. This gap in the historical knowledge of America has made it difficult to understand the nature of the networks and trade relationships that existed between cities and the surrounding countryside at the time.

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The Most Learned Woman in America

A Life of Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson

The Most Learned Woman in America is a delightful addition to the growing corpus of knowledge that we have concerning America’s ‘Founding Mothers.’ Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson was famous in her time, virtually unknown in our own. Yet, as Anne Ousterhout points out in her painstakingly researched work, she was a woman who was known in her own right; she was never merely an appendage of the men to whom she was related. Fergusson’s literary salon in Philadelphia placed her at the very center of the cultural and intellectual world of colonial America.”

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Wives of Steel

Voices of Women from the Sparrows Point Steelmaking Communities

Wives of Steel addresses a key failure of most studies of industrial communities. Too often scholars assume that male-dominated industries and their communities are shaped by men who hold the industrial jobs. By placing women at the forefront of the Sparrows Point story, Olson shows how women experienced deindustrialization differently than men. Forced to join the workforce to help families survive the loss of well-paying union jobs, many women discovered the rewards of increased independence and autonomy. The result is a more complicated, and more persuasive, picture of America’s postindustrial communities. Wives of Steel will find an eager audience among labor, women’s, community studies scholars; students; and the general public.”

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A Capitol Journey

Reflections on the Press, Politics, and the Making of Public Policy in Pennsylvania

“Whether you are happy about—or horrified by—the hardball politics played in Harrisburg, you will learn much from A Capitol Journey about the ‘stories behind the stories’ of Pennsylvania government over the past four decades. As an outsider looking in, and as an insider looking out, Vince Carocci is the perfect guy to write this book.”

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Elections in Pennsylvania

A Century of Partisan Conflict in the Keystone State

Elections in Pennsylvania fills an important void in the literature on the political history of the state. In this single volume a reader can find a veritable treasure trove of statistical information on nearly every statewide elected office from 1900 to 2004. Treadway’s analysis of the data reveals important heretofore undiscovered trends in the behavior of Pennsylvania’s voters, and he offers thoughtful and incisive explanations of his findings. This is a significant work that deserves to be read by scholars, practitioners, and citizens of the Keystone State.”

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The Realignment of Pennsylvania Politics Since 1960

Two-Party Competition in a Battleground State

The Realignment of Pennsylvania Politics Since 1960 is a significant and masterfully researched work explaining the historical evolution of Pennsylvania politics over the past forty-five years. Filled with useful charts, graphs, and maps of Pennsylvania’s voting behavior and voting trends, the book is likely to fascinate readers with interest in the Keystone State’s politics.”

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Stage Fright

Politics and the Performing Arts in Late Imperial Russia

“In this lively and stimulating book, Paul du Quenoy explores the relationship between politics and the performing arts in late imperial Russia. Drawing on a wide range of published and unpublished sources, the author challenges the assumption that the performing arts were closely engaged in the broader political struggles of the late tsarist period and suggests that apathy was more common. The result is a thought-provoking new perspective.”

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Poets, Saints, and Visionaries of the Great Schism, 1378–1417

“Blumenfeld-Kosinski’s choice to focus on the imaginaire of the Great Schism is extremely productive; since the book focuses so extensively on visions and prophecies, one might even say it is an inspired choice. One of the most fascinating dimensions of her approach is the way in which it enables exploration of concepts and images across generic boundaries. Her book offers a fresh perspective on a rich period as well as some extremely well-known medieval writers.”

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How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself

The Russian Idea of Kraevedenie

“Emily Johnson’s book is cogently written and very well researched; it deserves a wide readership not only in Russian studies but in comparative European studies as well. Her broad intellectual curiosity, focused through the lens of St. Petersburg’s cultural history, is both impressive and exemplary. This interdisciplinary study will have a wide resonance among those interested in local history, literary and cultural studies, and the history of nontraditional education.”

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Russia’s First Civil War

The Time of Troubles and the Founding of the Romanov Dynasty

“A sweeping, detailed, readable account of the first Russian civil war and an excellent analysis of the war’s causes and development. . . . This one deserves a place on the shelf of anyone interested in the period.” “Chester S. L. Dunning’s new book is a historical tour de force, a major reconceptualization of Russia’s Time of Troubles, 1598-1613.”

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Universities Under Dictatorship

“Although the scholarship on the history of universities under dictatorships is extensive, this is the first volume to address this issue in comparative perspective. The book will help readers rethink the very content of the idea of ‘academic freedom.’”

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Experiment in Occupation

Witness to the Turnabout: Anti-Nazi War to Cold War, 1944–1946

“Arthur Kahn had an extraordinary opportunity to observe events on the ground, as the American and British armies moved across Germany during the final phases of the war and subsequently during the early period of Allied occupation. He has produced a book that relies primarily on his own first-hand observations and rich documentary materials, most of which have not previously appeared in print. What differentiates this work from other accounts is Kahn's familiarity with German politics at the local level and his knowledge of how high-level Military Government policies were translated into actual practice. Kahn has an important story to tell and possesses a trove of documentary evidence to support some of his most interesting claims.”

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On the Battlefields of the Cold War

A Soviet Ambassador's Confession

“Both for those who experience it only as history and those who have enduring memories of life during that time, On the Battlefields of the Cold War is a fascinating resource in helping better understand this defining era in international relations.”

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Inside the Soviet Alternate Universe

The Cold War's End and the Soviet Union's Fall Reappraised

“Overall, Inside the Soviet Alternate Universe is a sophisticated, well-reasoned argument about the demise of the USSR and the problems of dealing with different mindsets and cultures. As such, Combs’s book deserves study by historians, analysts, and politicians alike.”

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Textbook Reds

Schoolbooks, Ideology, and Eastern German Identity

“The interviews he recorded with both teachers and students soon after reunification, reproduced in a section entitled ‘The Voices Behind the Page’ and encompassing nearly half the book, represent some of the most insightful original sources we have on this enigmatic process. Textbook Reds should be included on every reading list dealing with East German politics and culture. A German translation would make a valuable contribution to the ongoing—and excruciatingly slow—renegotiation of German culture and society since 1989.”

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Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev

Volume 1: Commissar, 1918–1945

“Nikita Khrushchev was one of the most important political leaders of the twentieth century. Without his memoirs, neither the rise and fall of the Soviet Union nor the history of the Cold War can be fully understood. By dictating his memoirs and publishing them in the West, Khrushchev transformed himself from the USSR’s leader to one of its first dissidents. His remarkably candid recollections were a harbinger of glasnost to come. Like virtually all memoirs, his have a personal and political agenda, but even what might be called Khrushchev’s 'myth of himself' is vital for understanding how this colorful figure could place his contradictory stamp on his country and the world. The fact that the full text of Khrushchev’s memoirs will now be available in English is cause for rejoicing.”

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Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev

Volume 2: Reformer, 1945–1964

“This is the second of three huge volumes that present, for the first time in English, a complete version of the tape-recorded memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (SPSU) from September 1953 to October 1964. This second volume is especially useful in its discussion of political rivalries, the Machiavellian nature of Soviet politics, and the dilemmas of Soviet military policy in the nuclear age.”

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Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev

Volume 3: Statesman, 1953–1964

“The single most comprehensive, candid, and authoritative account of the inner workings of the Kremlin leadership. . . . One of the most extraordinary archives of the twentieth century.”

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Family, Gender, and Law in Early Modern France

“This collection of seven articles is an excellent primer for those new to the field of family history in early modern France. . . . For those teaching a French culture and civilization course, Family, Gender and Law in Early Modern France is a worthy resource. It helps to set the stage for understanding what occurred in France before and after the Old Regime, and fosters a greater appreciation for what predecessors desired in a civil society.”

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Women at Work in Preindustrial France

“This is the first full-length study of women in all-female and mixed guilds in Old Regime France.  . . . Hafter contributes a great deal to our understanding of gender and the gendering of work, of the function of women’s work in patriarchal society, of the agency women held in early modern France to control their work, of the ways this control brought women into the public sphere of the old regime, and of the ways ideas about gender and work changed over the eighteenth century and into the revolution.”

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The Jacobin Republic Under Fire

The Federalist Revolt in the French Revolution

“Hanson’s book provides a useful synthesis of material that is often neglected or skimmed over in the telling of the story of the French Revolution. The bibliography of archival, primary, and secondary sources should prove especially beneficial to those interested in research on the French Revolution, while the departmental maps offer helpful visual aids to understanding the political events and situations under discussion. This book will be a welcome addition to my library.”

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Lost Worlds

The Emergence of French Social History, 1815–1970

“This book is an outstanding scholarly achievement that explores a revolution in scholarly thought with uncommon grace and erudition.” “Dewald’s open-minded, thoughtful, judicious approach draws on novels and literary criticism as well as historiography. His lucid style and coherent argumentation make his book a joy to read.”

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The French Nobility in the Eighteenth Century

Reassessments and New Approaches

“Smith, well known for his studies of the French nobility, presents a stimulating collection of essays originally presented at a 2002 North Carolina Humanities Center symposium.

Grouped under three themes—economy, political culture, and ‘aristocratic reaction’—the essays, an exceptional blend of broad overview and detailed specialization, highlight the interrelationship of political, social, and intellectual change.”

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Catholic and French Forever

Religious and National Identity in Modern France

“Few contemporary authors command the time-transcendent wisdom that enables Byrnes to place in perspective the rich detail provided by years of historical research. Couple that learning with an elegant prose style and one has not only an informative piece of scholarship but a delightful book.”

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Signs of Devotion

The Cult of St. Æthelthryth in Medieval England, 695–1615

“Overall, by judiciously choosing her materials and detailing their social, religious, and political contexts, Blanton clearly conveys the trajectory of Æthelthryth’s cult and provides insight not just into that cult but into devotional life in medieval England. The book is richly illustrated and includes a useful apparatus of tables, maps, and genealogies as well as an appendix listing evidence of Æthelthryth’s cult, from surviving images and artifacts to references to guilds, fairs, and church dedications.”

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Mary's Mother

Saint Anne in Late Medieval Europe

“This fascinating book traces the explosive growth of devotion to Saint Anne in the late Middle Ages. Nixon deftly shows how educated clerics promoted Saint Anne in order to exercise control over lay piety for religious, economic, and social ends. The changes in Anne's image and the meteoric rise and decline of her cult reflect the success of this program and a shift in attitudes about the sexual and social role of married women. Mary's Mother is wonderfully clear, engagingly written, and solidly researched—a pleasure to read.”

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Icons of Power

Ritual Practices in Late Antiquity

“Exploring the permeable borders between esoteric Jewish practices and rabbinic Judaism and setting those Jewish practices alongside Christian and pagan procedures, [Janowitz] illuminates a shared discourse of similar concerns and competing strategies. . . . Beyond her careful elucidation of relatively obscure texts, this study should appeal broadly to theorists of ritual. . . . Monographs on this subject suitable for undergraduate courses are rare; the theoretical sophistication of this book only aids in its utility.”

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The Anointment of Dionisio

Prophecy and Politics in Renaissance Italy

“This engaging book by Marion Leathers Kuntz presents her research into Dionisio’s fascinating life; her account of his time in Venice is particularly lively. But the great virtue of The Anointment of Dionisio is the way it uses the detail of its subject’s life to analyze the broader perspective of the intellectual and political climate of Counter-Reformation Italy.”

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Conceiving a Nation

The Development of Political Discourse in the Hebrew Bible

“Mira Morgenstern is a deep reader of biblical texts, and her readings give us a new and provocatively modern understanding of Israelite nationhood—constructed, as it were, from the margins, by dreamers, strangers, and women, among others. This is an illuminating and exciting book.”

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The Moravian Mission Diaries of David Zeisberger

1772–1781

“The scholarly apparatus of the book is unsurprisingly thorough and meticulous. The register of persons is something every book of Pennsylvania history should have. The entire volume is beautifully produced from the map end papers to the informative footnotes. Every library worth its Pennsylvania salt ought to own this book.”

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At the Margins of the Renaissance

Lazarillo de Tormes and the Picaresque Art of Survival

“Maiorino successfully shifts the discussion of Renaissance texts in particular and of literature in general from heroes of the upper or even the middle classes to the 'common people.' He accomplishes this by returning us to an early form of the novel and the prototype of picaresque fiction, the Lazarillo de Tormes, taking this early 'novel' as the starting point for a wide-ranging and stimulating discussion of various tropes and images that will lead toward a greater understanding of the ways in which aesthetic and socioeconomic factors figure in literary texts.”

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First Pages

A Poetics of Titles

“Professor Maiorino’s First Pages, sparkling with witty aperçus, offers the first systematic and genuinely comparative study of ‘titology’ in literature. Proceeding from the thesis that the title is ‘the seed that contains the tree,’ the sophisticated work provides both theory and practice of its fascinating topic, taking representative examples from the Renaissance to the present. The reader will never again look at a literary title with the same innocence as before.”

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Avodah

Ancient Poems for Yom Kippur

“[T]he editors and translators of this collection, do an intelligent and nuanced job introducing the poems, summarizing the scriptural, historical, linguistic, artistic, and hermeneutic traditions that resonate in the Hebrew originals.”

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Telling Tales

Sources and Narration in Late Medieval England

“In this insightful, closely argued, richly detailed, and very engaging book, Joel T. Rosenthal brings his full attention and considerable intellectual skills to bear on three types of 'so-called lesser sources.'”

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The Vulgar Tongue

Medieval and Postmedieval Vernacularity

“This is a rich, ambitious, and provocative book. It should interest any reader concerned with the ways in which intellectuals, past and present, help shape both definitions and social evaluations of the vernacular.”

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Transforming Talk

The Problem with Gossip in Late Medieval England

“Susan Phillips has done us a great service in writing this book about medieval gossip, for not only does she extend the premises mentioned above with theoretical, historical, and literary support, and in clear and intelligent prose, but she also focuses her exploration at the site of the beginnings of what we recognize as English, the early modern world of late Middle English, the language of Chaucer, Manning, and Dunbar, the world of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England.”

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As Ever Yours

The Letters of Max Perkins and Elizabeth Lemmon

Maxwell E. Perkins, famed editor of such literary luminaries as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Thomas Wolfe, was a man whose personal and professional lives often intersected. Nowhere is this more evident than in his correspondence with Elizabeth Lemmon, the Virginia socialite who became his long-distance confidante. Despite the platonic nature of their relationship, others realized the intensity of their connection. The letters contained in As Ever Yours, published here for the first time, reveal an epistolary love story—and they provide fresh insights into Perkins the man and Perkins the editor.

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The House of Blackwood

Author-Publisher Relations in the Victorian Era

“Elegantly designed and illustrated, beautifully written, and full of fresh material presented in a lively manner, The House of Blackwood is a notable addition to Victorian publishing history.”

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Censorship and Conflict in Seventeenth-Century England

The Subtle Art of Division

“Robertson’s work is a welcome contribution to a field already warmly contested, and the ‘British Index’ online will surely prove invaluable, enabling new questions to be asked as well as old ones answered.”

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Romney

And Other New Works About Philadelphia By Owen Wister

“Thanks in great part to superb editing by Butler, this volume is a welcome addition to the Wister canon. Romney would have taken its place alongside The Virginian (1902) and Lady Baltimore (1906) . . . but he never completed it.

The novel occasionally brings to mind the work of Howells, James, and Henry Adams, and Wister’s thesis anticipates the urban-contrast arguments of E. Digby Baltzell’s Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia (1979). Nicely illustrated, with an introduction, notes, chronology, and appendixes detailing other pertinent works, this book is highly recommended at all levels.”

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Five Chapters on Rhetoric

Character, Action, Things, Nothing, and Art

“Is it possible to say something new about one of the oldest topics of political philosophy, the question of rhetoric? Michael Kochin’s penetrating book proves that it is. He does so by taking seriously a whole range of sources on political speech, communication, and persuasion, from Aristotle and Demosthenes to social science on the nature of public opinion to Bruno Latour’s sociology of knowledge, and by reflecting on the topic in unusual depth. His book is original and it has a provocative simplicity.”

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Legal Argumentation and Evidence

“Impressively researched and clearly written, this book is a notable contribution to the study of legal argumentation.”

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Homeland Mythology

Biblical Narratives in American Culture

“For too long, scholars assumed that national policy could be understood in terms of rational choice economics and game theory. Fortunately, we are coming again to realize the power of stories in our national rhetoric. Homeland Mythology is a timely and engaging analysis of what it means for America to be our home. Christopher Collins has done us a great service in examining the roots of many of our unexamined national myths.”

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Debating God's Economy

Social Justice in America on the Eve of Vatican II

“This is a skillfully contextualized, intelligent, and empathetic study of the authors, activists, and social scientists on all sides of the debate that rocked the American Catholic Church between the Depression and Vatican II. It raises new and fruitful questions about the nature and workings of the American Catholic community on the eve of Vatican II.”

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Cracking Under Pressure

Narrating the Decline of the Amsterdam Squatters' Movement

As a movement significant for its influence on radical movements elsewhere in Europe and for its contribution to Amsterdam’s reputation as a center of countercultural activity, this case study affords an opportunity to examine not only why movements decline but also how—how activists respond to decline first by downplaying it, then by debating it, and finally by adjusting to it.

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Ownership, Authority, and Self-Determination

Moral Principles and Indigenous Rights Claims

“This is an important and original book, not only for those people interested in indigenous claims, but for all political theorists interested in the difficult questions of political legitimacy and the relationship of political authority to land and people.”

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Political Solidarity

“Lucidly written, theoretically interesting, and closely in touch with the real world, this book should be read by anyone interested in feminism, social ontology, political philosophy, or progressive politics.”

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The Burke-Wollstonecraft Debate

Savagery, Civilization, and Democracy

“This book should be read. O’Neill has given great and creditable effort to bringing these figures into fresh focus. If the overall effect is not so persuasive as he may wish, the questions about Burke and Wollstonecraft raised by this study, and its suggestion of a boundary beyond which the Scot’s influence does not extend, remain valuable.”

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State, Labor, and the Transition to a Market Economy

Egypt, Poland, Mexico, and the Czech Republic

“In this ambitious and innovative study, Paczyńska draws upon an unusual pairing of very different countries—Poland and Egypt, Mexico and the Czech Republic—to produce an important addition to the comparative literature on organized labor and market reform.”

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The Prospects for Liberal Nationalism in Post-Leninist States

“Cheng Chen’s study of liberal nationalism in postcommunist states is a path-breaking volume that analyzes with great erudition the important subject of the lingering legacies of Marxist-Leninism on postcommunist states.”

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Legalizing Transnational Activism

The Struggle to Gain Social Change from NAFTA's Citizen Petitions

“Within the pages of this densely argued and richly documented book, Graubart has effectively challenged both international lawyers and social movement scholars (not to mention political scientists) to take more seriously the incremental effects of soft-law on state legal autonomy in the hard times of international globalization. That is an achievement that social movement scholars who doubt the importance of the political process in the emergence and outcomes of contentious politics will need to contend with.”

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Copper Workers, International Business, and Domestic Politics in Cold War Chile

“A solidly researched and well-written history of the least known of Chile’s large copper mines. . . . A major original contribution to our understanding of Cold War Chile that demonstrates the centrality of copper miners, their unions, and leaders to Chile’s social, economic, and political history.”

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Dictatorship, Democracy, and Globalization

Argentina and the Cost of Paralysis, 1973–2001

Dictatorship, Democracy, and Globalization melds several compelling strands: trend-break changes in the world economy, the interaction of domestic and international politics in the United States, and Argentinean relations with the international financial community. The integration of these themes is subtle, convincing, and innovative. Veigel’s critical take on globalization and the political economy of development, along with his thoughtful insights into Argentinean economic history and politics, sets a new benchmark for appraising the rise (and decline) of the so-called Washington consensus.”

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In the Name of Reason

Technocrats and Politics in Chile

In the Name of Reason brilliantly shakes up the pejorative conventional wisdom regarding technocracy and democracy. Patricio Silva links the problem of technocracy to the larger question of the role of the middle class in Latin American politics and socioeconomic development. Largely of middle-class origins, technocrats may make a positive contribution by offering their political masters a buffer from political pressures in the policy process, thereby contributing to political stability and state-building.”

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The Roots of Morality

The Roots of Morality is the crowning glory of Maxine Sheets-Johnstone’s career-long three-volume survey of the sources of human thinking, power, and morals in the operations of human nature. With her trademark erudition and comprehensiveness of thought, drawing dramatically from disciplines as diverse as biology, sociology, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, and literature, she traces the origins of morality in patterns of human behavior that shape our troubled journey from birth to death. Sheets-Johnstone gives a breathtaking tour of the deep tensions between our aggressive self-interest and our counterbalancing concern for the welfare of others.

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Morality and Our Complicated Form of Life

Feminist Wittgensteinian Metaethics

“Peg O’Connor offers a compelling Wittgensteinian alternative to the realist-versus-antirealist debates in meta-ethics. Grounded in 'deep conventionalism,' she argues that 'our world is not one part natural and one part social, but rather is a shared world where these are intermingled and tangled, resulting in ways of acting and conventions that are inescapably bound together.' In a field that remains paralyzed by whether there exist objective moral values, O’Connor’s work offers a breath of fresh air.”

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Idea and Ontology

An Essay in Early Modern Metaphysics of Ideas

Idea and Ontology is an important book that should change our thinking about the development of philosophy in the pre-Kantian period. With care, attention to detail, and philosophical rigor, Hight systematically demolishes the popular 'early modern tale' about an epistemological turn and shows the ineliminability of the question 'What kind of thing is an idea?' Hight’s sympathetic and sophisticated interpretation of Berkeley is rightly placed center stage in his account of the progress from Descartes to Hume and gives us a new insight into his relation to his predecessors and especially to Locke.”

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Structure and Being

A Theoretical Framework for a Systematic Philosophy

“Puntel’s Structure and Being is a rare work of integration and synthesis. A book conceived and executed in the grand tradition of philosophical systematization, it integrates treatments of a wide array of fundamental philosophical problems within a grand overarching design. Examining key theories and theses from the Anglo-American analytic and the Continental European traditions, it expounds and exemplifies a holistic vision of philosophy that can be appreciated by philosophers of both traditions alike.”

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