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Book cover for Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America By Tanya Sheehan

Doctored

The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America

Doctored is a highly original and thoughtful study that illuminates the rich ties between nineteenth-century American portrait photography and medical practice. It illustrates how the nascent medium of photography gained legitimacy by forging ties to science and explores the deeply rooted belief in photography as a cure for social and even physical ills.” —Martin A. Berger, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Book cover for Alter Icons: The Russian Icon and Modernity  Edited by Jefferson J. A. Gatrall and Douglas Greenfield

Alter Icons

The Russian Icon and Modernity

“This elegant volume, replete with full-color plates and multiple illustrations, demonstrates that far from falling into ‘decline,’ ‘decay,’ or ‘loss’ from its encounter with modern aesthetics, the Russian icon continues to serve its ‘intermedial,’ ‘liminal’ function, remaining a phenomenon of the paradoxical ‘living tradition’ that is Orthodoxy.” —Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, University of Wisconsin–Madison

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From Diversion to Subversion

Games, Play, and Twentieth-Century Art

“Far too often the seriousness of high art has been invoked at the expense of compelling art’s sheer gratuitousness, irrepressible impertinence, and spontaneous playfulness. A welcome and particularly bracing overturning of this staid approach is David J. Getsy’s From Diversion to Subversion.” —Robert Hobbs, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityLearn More »

Book cover for Walter Pach (18831958): 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.” —William C. Agee, Hunter College, CUNY

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Humanism and the Urban World

Leon Battista Alberti and the Renaissance City

In Humanism and the Urban World, Caspar Pearson offers a profoundly revisionist account of Leon Battista Alberti’s approach to the urban environment as exemplified in the extensive theoretical treatise De re aedificatoria (On the Art of Building in Ten Books), brought mostly to completion in the 1450s, as well as in his larger body of written work. Past scholars have generally characterized the Italian Renaissance architect and theorist as an enthusiast of the city who envisioned it as a rational, Renaissance ideal.

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Book cover for Gothic Art and Thought in the Later Medieval Period: Essays in Honor of Willibald Sauerlnder Edited by Colum Hourihane

Gothic Art and Thought in the Later Medieval Period

Essays in Honor of Willibald Sauerländer

Despite the fact that the Gothic is one of the best known and most studied of all the fields of medieval art history, much remains for us to learn. Stretching in time from the early thirteenth to the middle of the sixteenth century and in space from the western shores of Ireland to the eastern borders of Europe, it is a style with many subdivisions and dialects.

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Book cover for Translating Nature into Art: Holbein, the Reformation, and Renaissance Rhetoric By Jeanne Nuechterlein

Translating Nature into Art

Holbein, the Reformation, and Renaissance Rhetoric

“Nuechterlein explores just what her title declares—how across the course of his tumultuous career Holbein translated nature into art, pioneering in his distinctive fashion a vision of picturing that fortified European painting for centuries to come.” —Larry Silver, University of PennsylvaniaLearn More »

Book cover for Vision and the Visionary in Raphael: By Christian K. Kleinbub

Vision and the Visionary in Raphael

“With a rare combination of precise and probing visual analysis and searching historical and textual scholarship, Christian Kleinbub opens entirely new prospects on the artist who personifies our concept of High Renaissance. Vision and the Visionary in Raphael demonstrates the fuller dimensions of a profound pictorial intelligence.” —David Rosand, Columbia UniversityLearn More »

Book cover for Empress Maria Theresa and the Politics of Habsburg Imperial Art: Michael Yonan

Empress Maria Theresa and the Politics of Habsburg Imperial Art

“This is the most fascinating book published about Maria Theresa in a long, long time. It should certainly be read by anyone interested in Vienna, the Habsburgs, or, more generally, the relation of art and politics in the eighteenth century. Michael Yonan is an immensely stimulating historian and art historian of Central Europe.” —Larry Wolff, New York University

 

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Book cover for The Life of Gian Lorenzo Bernini: A Translation and Critical Edition, with Introduction and Commentary, by Franco Mormando By Domenico Bernini and A critical translation with an introduction and commentary by Franco Mormando

The Life of Gian Lorenzo Bernini

A Translation and Critical Edition, with Introduction and Commentary, by Franco Mormando

“Franco Mormando not only provides us with an accurate yet highly readable translation of Bernini's biography, but also substantially contributes to our understanding of the text and the myriad issues and themes involved in it.” —Maarten Delbeke, Ghent University and Leiden University

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Book cover for The Narrative Shape of Truth: Veridiction in Modern European Literature By Ilya Kliger

The Narrative Shape of Truth

Veridiction in Modern European Literature

This book examines novels by four authors—Balzac, Stendhal, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy—as well as the writings of leading European intellectuals and philosophers. Kliger argues that the “realist” novel can be conceived as prompting us (and giving us the means) to think of truth differently, as immanent in a temporal shape rather than transcendent in a principle, a fact, or a higher order.

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Narrative, Emotion, and Insight

Narrative, Emotion, and Insight is a stunning collection of essays on narrative and the arts. Bringing together the most distinguished figures in the field, it offers exciting new reflections on the nature and significance of narrative in film, literature, music, theater, and life. The essays work together to reveal deep connections among the many different philosophical contexts in which narrative plays a part, generating important new insights and pointing to rich new areas of study.” —Marya Schechtman, University of Illinois, Chicago

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Book cover for The Aroma of Righteousness: Scent and Seduction in Rabbinic Life and Literature By Deborah A. Green

The Aroma of Righteousness

Scent and Seduction in Rabbinic Life and Literature

The Aroma of Righteousness makes highly original and important contributions to two subject areas that do not normally meet—rabbinic scriptural interpretation, particularly of the Song of Songs, and the religious employment of physical senses, herein scent—especially by locating both in their broader Jewish and general cultural settings. It is a richly rewarding book to read and savor.” —Steven D. Fraade, Yale UniversityLearn More »

Book cover for Transcending Textuality: Quevedo and Political Authority in the Age of Print By Ariadna Garca-Bryce

Transcending Textuality

Quevedo and Political Authority in the Age of Print

“Ariadna García-Bryce’s Transcending Textuality elegantly synthesizes and deftly engages seemingly disparate lines of thought while taking advantage of her well-honed insights into the political overtones of classical rhetoric and its influence on Quevedo. A clearly spectacular picture of Quevedo’s political thought emerges from this book’s pages.” —Charles Victor Ganelin, Miami UniversityLearn More »

Book cover for Unriddling the Exeter Riddles: By 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. It will likely be seen as the most significant publication on the Old English riddles since Craig Williamson’s edition of 1977.” —Hugh Magennis, Queen’s University, BelfastLearn More »

Book cover for Licensing Loyalty: Printers, Patrons, and the State in Early Modern France By Jane McLeod

Licensing Loyalty

Printers, Patrons, and the State in Early Modern France

“Jane McLeod’s detailed research helps us see how interest groups like provincial printers helped construct the Old Regime’s regulatory mechanisms. Challenging widespread assumptions about the role of print media in subverting the monarchy, McLeod shows that the Revolution of 1789 would be a challenge as much for printers as for the officials charged with supervising them.” —Jeremy D. Popkin, University of KentuckyLearn More »

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

“Erin Rowe’s absorbing study illuminates how the search for a symbol of national identity ironically exacerbated economic, political, and ideological divisions in a nation that was unified only by the awareness of its own decline.” —Alison Weber, University of VirginiaLearn More »

Book cover for Melancholy Politics : Loss, Mourning, and Memory in Late Modern France By Jean-Philippe Mathy

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.” —Éric Fassin, École normale supérieure, ParisLearn More »

Book cover for Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding By Alexis Shotwell

Knowing Otherwise

Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding

“The suggestion that the body thinks has roots in Marxist thinking and in the work of some feminists, but Alexis Shotwell’s engaging exploration, defense, and illustration of this idea goes well beyond any previous consideration in European and North American philosophy. Knowing Otherwise will certainly benefit philosophers and will provide philosophical strength and inspiration to activists for social justice.” —Susan Babbitt, Queen’s UniversityLearn More »

Book cover for Too Young to Run?: A Proposal for an Age Amendment to the U.S. Constitution  By John Seery

Too Young to Run?

A Proposal for an Age Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

“Seery engages the important but neglected subject of the American age qualifications for public office and does so in an extraordinarily broad-gauged way that sheds a great deal of light on American democracy more generally.” —Robert Bennett, Northwestern University School of Law

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Book cover for Feudal America: Elements of the Middle Ages in Contemporary Society By Vladimir Shlapentokh and Joshua Woods

Feudal America

Elements of the Middle Ages in Contemporary Society

“In this ingenious and imaginative work, Shlapentokh and Woods point to aspects of the social life of the Middle Ages that are found in the present. A sizable minority of us live in castles, or gated communities, and are protected by our modern-day knights—private security officers. We elect mini-dynasties to provide continuity in political life, and we celebrate our warriors. While modernity illuminates feudal societies, feudal patterns illuminate modernity as well.” —Peter K. Manning, Northeastern UniversityLearn More »

Book cover for The Time of Popular Sovereignty: Process and the Democratic State By Paulina Ochoa Espejo

The Time of Popular Sovereignty

Process and the Democratic State

“How can ‘the people’ govern when they are always changing and most of them never meet? By depicting ‘the people’ as ever in process, Paulina Ochoa Espejo provides fresh answers to some of the most perplexing problems of modern democratic theory. An important and stimulating contribution.” —Rogers M. Smith, University of Pennsylvania

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Book cover for Appeals to Interest: Language, Contestation, and the Shaping of Political Agency By Dean Mathiowetz

Appeals to Interest

Language, Contestation, and the Shaping of Political Agency

“Why don't citizens vote in their interests? On what grounds can anyone other than the citizen herself say what her interest might be? Mathiowetz's eloquent book breaks through this stalemated debate, explaining the seeming intransigence of these questions as a conceptual confusion rooted in the dominant, individualist and psychological conception of interest as calculating self-regard. This insightful, exciting work brings interest to the center of democratic political thought.” —Lisa Disch, University of Michigan

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Book cover for Reconstructing Rawls: The Kantian Foundations of Justice as Fairness By Robert S. Taylor

Reconstructing Rawls

The Kantian Foundations of Justice as Fairness

“In Reconstructing Rawls, Robert Taylor develops a sophisticated reading of Kant's moral theory and uses it to critically reconstruct Rawls's justice as fairness. In doing so, he generates many original insights and illuminates the work of both authors. This is a powerful call to embrace a comprehensive Kantian foundation for justice as fairness.” —Jon Mandle, University at Albany, SUNY

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Book cover for Rawlsian Explorations in Religion and Applied Philosophy: By 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.” —Robert S. Taylor, University of California, Davis

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Book cover for The Bolivian Revolution and the United States, 1952 to the Present: By James F. Siekmeier

The Bolivian Revolution and the United States, 1952 to the Present

“James Siekmeier has produced a model of scholarship in this concise analysis of U.S. relations with Bolivia from the Revolution of 1952 to the present. With superb multi-archival research in Bolivia and the United States, Siekmeier demonstrates the multifaceted nature of the bilateral relationship.” —Stephen G. Rabe, University of Texas at Dallas

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Book cover for Made in Mexico: Regions, Nation, and the State in the Rise of Mexican Industrialism, 1920s1940s By Susan M. Gauss

Made in Mexico

Regions, Nation, and the State in the Rise of Mexican Industrialism, 1920s1940s

“Among the best recent monographs on modern Mexico, the book sheds light on national politics, state-building, foreign relations, and the role of the PRI, business, and organized labor in forging the new Mexico of the postwar era.” —Alan Knight, University of OxfordLearn More »

Book cover for Rural Protest and the Making of Democracy in Mexico, 19682000: By Dolores Trevizo

Rural Protest and the Making of Democracy in Mexico, 19682000

Rural Protest and the Making of Democracy in Mexico provides a unique, in-depth exploration of the underlying causes of Mexico’s democratic electoral transition from 1968 to 2000.” —Roderick Ai Camp, Claremont McKenna College

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Book cover for Before the Revolution: Women's Rights and Right-Wing Politics in Nicaragua, 18211979 By Victoria Gonzlez- Rivera

Before the Revolution

Women's Rights and Right-Wing Politics in Nicaragua, 18211979

“This book is a pioneering study of the development of a vibrant feminist movement in Nicaragua during the early twentieth century, as well as of the role of a later generation of women who gave conditional support to the Somoza regime in exchange for suffrage and increased political, educational, and economic opportunities.” —Frances Kinloch Tijerino, Instituto de Historia de Nicaragua y Centroamérica (IHNCA-UCA)

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Book cover for Forgotten Franciscans: Works from an Inquisitional Theorist, a Heretic, and an Inquisitional Deputy By Martin Austin Nesvig

Forgotten Franciscans

Works from an Inquisitional Theorist, a Heretic, and an Inquisitional Deputy

“Martin Nesvig recovers the words and deeds of three long-forgotten Franciscans who were far removed from the archetypal sixteenth-century missionary role, yet were part of the struggle to preserve he Christian religion and transfer it to a new world. There are still some gems to be discovered in the rich archival records of the Inquisition and the Franciscan order, and this work proves it.” —Asuncin Lavrin, Professor Emerita, Department of History, Arizona State University

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Book cover for Decentralization, Democratization, and Informal Power in Mexico: By Andrew Selee

Decentralization, Democratization, and Informal Power in Mexico

“Andrew Selee has written a compelling, insightful book on decentralization and democracy in Mexico. Based on research that began in 1992, Selee illuminates the changes but also the continuities in the politics of three Mexican municipalities. Selee’s original, nuanced analysis is an extremely valuable contribution to scholarly understanding of democratic institutions.” —Cynthia McClintock, George Washington University

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Book cover for Deepening Local Democracy in Latin America: Participation, Decentralization, and the Left By Benjamin Goldfrank

Deepening Local Democracy in Latin America

Participation, Decentralization, and the Left

“An incisive and thorough analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of experiences of participatory democracy in contemporary Latin America.” —F. E. Panizza, The London School of Economics and Political ScienceLearn More »

Book cover for Mining for the Nation: The Politics of Chile's Coal Communities from the Popular Front to the Cold War By Jody Pavilack

Mining for the Nation

The Politics of Chile's Coal Communities from the Popular Front to the Cold War

“The research in Mining for the Nation is highly original. It fills a gap in Chilean labor and mining history, both in English and in Spanish. The book offers a reinterpretation of the Popular Front experience in Chile and the first serious book-length political history of the coal region and the role of the Communist Party there from the 1930s to 1952.” —Brian Loveman, San Diego State University

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Book cover for Contesting Legitimacyin Chile: Familial Ideals, Citizenship, and Political Struggle, 19701990 By Gwynn Thomas

Contesting Legitimacyin Chile

Familial Ideals, Citizenship, and Political Struggle, 19701990

“Politicians and activists are constantly making reference to family. They use family as a metaphor for political community. They tell us how they will help families. They justify their political actions by referring to their own familial roles. Using Chile as a case study, Gwynn Thomas explains how and why family rhetoric enters politics.” —Karin Rosemblatt, University of Maryland

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Book cover for Decentralization and Recentralization in the Developing World: Comparative Studies from Africa and Latin America By J. Tyler Dickovick

Decentralization and Recentralization in the Developing World

Comparative Studies from Africa and Latin America

“Why does decentralization stick in some countries but not in others? How do presidents try to recentralize authority? Under what conditions do they succeed? In the first major book to appear on the politics of recentralization, J. Tyler Dickovick offers compelling answers to these questions.” —Kent Eaton, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Book cover for Decolonizing Democracy: Transforming the Social Contract in India By Christine Keating

Decolonizing Democracy

Transforming the Social Contract in India

“Christine Keating has made me think afresh not only Locke and Hobbes, but even Pateman. This rich exploration of the deals made and resisted as British colonial elites and Indian nationalists and feminists crafted the new Indian state will be valuable for anyone interested in democracy, postcolonial politics, and the gendering of both.” —Cynthia Enloe, author of Nimo's War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War

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Book cover for The Colonels' Coup and the American Embassy: A Diplomat's View of the Breakdown of Democracy in Cold War Greece  By Robert V. Keeley and Prologue by John O. Iatrides

The Colonels' Coup and the American Embassy

A Diplomat's View of the Breakdown of Democracy in Cold War Greece

The so-called Colonels’ coup of April 21, 1967, was a major event in the history of the Cold War, ushering in a seven-year period of military rule in Greece. In the wake of the coup, some eight thousand people affiliated with the Communist Party were rounded up, and Greece became yet another country where the fear of Communism led the United States into alliance with a repressive right-wing authoritarian regime.

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Book cover for Governing Disorder: UN Peace Operations, International Security, and Democratization in the PostCold War Era By Laura Zanotti

Governing Disorder

UN Peace Operations, International Security, and Democratization in the PostCold War Era

“Laura Zanotti is a distinguished critical scholar in conflict studies and international relations. This book is essential for understanding the intrusive mechanisms, as employed by the United Nations and the so-called international community, that discipline and disempower societies that do not conform to ideals of 'good governance.'” —Michael Pugh, University of Bradford

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Book cover for Choosing Equality: Essays and Narratives on the Desegregation Experience Edited by Robert L. Hayman Jr., Leland Ware, and with a Foreword by Vice President Joe Biden

Choosing Equality

Essays and Narratives on the Desegregation Experience

“In clear words, thorough research, and powerful arguments, Hayman and Ware—through their own voices and those of contributors, some of whom were the titans for justice—retell the road to Brown v. Board of Education. They do so through a deep exploration of Delaware’s untold story. A truly important book, Choosing Equality is a must-read.” —Reginald Leamon Robinson, Howard University School of LawLearn More »

Book cover for Medieval Roles for Modern Times: Theater and the Battle for the French Republic By Helen Solterer

Medieval Roles for Modern Times

Theater and the Battle for the French Republic

“Especially moving is her research on Moussa Abadi, who coached Jewish children hiding from the Nazis in the south of France, teaching them theatrical techniques so that they could protect themselves from arrest. An ethnographer, a reader of images, scenes, and voices, and a cultural detective, Helen Solterer is at the forefront of an important new methodology: the study of intersecting centuries, disciplines, and spaces, known in France as l'histoire croisée.” —Alice Kaplan, Yale UniversityLearn More »

Book cover for High-Speed Society: Social Acceleration, Power, and Modernity Edited by Hartmut Rosa and William E. Scheuerman

High-Speed Society

Social Acceleration, Power, and Modernity

“Ever since Paul Virilio coined the term ‘dromology’ (the study of speed) in 1977, searching for the meaning of ever speedier change has become a progressively more respectable path of scholarship. This anthology of writings dedicated solely to this topic is the first of its kind, and as such has great value, especially for readers who are unfamiliar with the major thinkers to have considered societal celerity seriously.” —Contemporary Sociology

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Book cover for Battling for Manassas: The Fifty-Year Preservation Struggle at Manassas National Battlefield Park Joan M. Zenzen

Battling for Manassas

The Fifty-Year Preservation Struggle at Manassas National Battlefield Park

“This impressive book will interest the many people who share America's extraordinary love affair with Civil War battlefields. It covers the earliest moves to create the Manassas National Battlefield Park up through the Disney controversy. The interpretations are fair and balanced, with many important insights that will be of value in future efforts to combine preservation with responsible economic development.” —James M. McPherson, Princeton University

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Book cover for Mexican Messiah: Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador By George W. Grayson

Mexican Messiah

Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador

“[Mexican Messiah] is a must for researchers concentrating on the PRD and will also be of interest to those focusing more generally on Mexican party politics. Given its accessible style and relatively brief theoretical section, it may also be a good read for a more general, non-academic audience.” —Tina Hilgers, The Americas

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Book cover for Peruvian Rebel: The World of Magda Portal, with a Selection of Her Poems By Kathleen Weaver

Peruvian Rebel

The World of Magda Portal, with a Selection of Her Poems

“Kathleen Weaver’s biography of Magda Portal brings to life a woman too long lost from our histories—an extraordinary fighter for women’s rights and social justice in Peru, as well as a gifted poet. She is one of the key figures in the twentieth-century struggles of oppressed people in Latin America, and her life story should inspire as well as educate readers of this fine biography.” —Howard Zinn, Boston UniversityLearn More »

Book cover for Savage Democracy: Institutional Change and Party Development in Mexico By Steven T. Wuhs

Savage Democracy

Institutional Change and Party Development in Mexico

“Steven Wuhs fills a huge gap in the literature on Mexico’s emerging democratic regime with this systematic comparative study of party development of the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s two challengers, the National Action Party and the Party of the Democratic Revolution. Drawing on the vast scholarship on political parties and his extensive field research, Wuhs shows how the PAN’s institutional development allowed it to best the PRD in the quest to oust the PRI.” —Joseph L. Klesner, Kenyon CollegeLearn More »

Book cover for Participatory Budgeting in Brazil: Contestation, Cooperation, and Accountability By Brian Wampler

Participatory Budgeting in Brazil

Contestation, Cooperation, and Accountability

 

“An essential text for the curious and discerning reader of one of the most important current innovations in Latin American democracy. The text also offers valuable new details on well-known cases, such as Porto Alegre, the original home of PB, as well as explanations and observations of less well-known cases that turned out poorly, such as Blumenau.” —Aaron Schneider, Journal of Latin American Studies

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Book cover for Harnessing Globalization: The Promotion of Nontraditional Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America By Roy C. Nelson

Harnessing Globalization

The Promotion of Nontraditional Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America

“While the focus of the book is Latin America, Nelson also provides cases from Ireland and Singapore, adding breadth to the applicability of the conclusions. This volume will be of value to students and practitioners of international business, public policy, and development economics.” —S. Amin Gutirrez de Pieres, Choice

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Book cover for The Voter's Dilemma and Democratic Accountability: Latin America and Beyond By Mona M. Lyne

The Voter's Dilemma and Democratic Accountability

Latin America and Beyond

The Voter’s Dilemma and Democratic Accountability: Latin America and Beyond presents an elegant and sophisticated logic of democratic accountability and makes a significant contribution to the literatures on democratic accountability, clientelism, and Latin American studies.” —Gustavo A. Flores-Macas, Political Science Quarterly

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Book cover for Land, Protest, and Politics: The Landless Movement and the Struggle for Agrarian Reform in Brazil By Gabriel Ondetti

Land, Protest, and Politics

The Landless Movement and the Struggle for Agrarian Reform in Brazil

“Ondetti provides the most comprehensive and useful work [on this subject], giving a meticulous chronology, statistical report (through 2006), and a well-written analysis of the ebb and flow of invasion activity since it began in the 1980s.” —E. M. Dew, ChoiceLearn More »

Book cover for Argentina's Radical Party and Popular Mobilization, 19161930: By Joel Horowitz

Argentina's Radical Party and Popular Mobilization, 19161930

“At a time when historical scholarship on Latin America is awash in postmodern cultural and gender studies, often dealing with subjects of trivial consequence, Joel Horowitz’s book tackles an enormously important subject. His research is extraordinarily deep here and the chapters are brimming with insights.” —James P. Brennan, University of California, Riverside

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An Account of the Manners of the German Inhabitants of Pennsylvania, Written 1789

At a time in U.S. history when negative stereotypes and prejudices toward the Germans in Pennsylvania abounded, Benjamin Rush’s account sought to redeem their image in the eyes of Americans—both citizens and leaders. Rush uses sixteen points to discuss his observation of the habits and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans, portraying them as hardworking and industrious farmers, opposed to debt and excess.Learn More »

Book cover for Rauch's Pennsylvania Dutch Hand-Book: A Book for Instruction: Rauch's Pennsylvania Deitsh Hond-Booch: En Booch for Inshtructa By E. H. Rauch

Rauch's Pennsylvania Dutch Hand-Book

A Book for Instruction: Rauch's Pennsylvania Deitsh Hond-Booch: En Booch for Inshtructa

During the latter half of the nineteenth century, Pennsylvania German, often referred to as “Deitsh” or “Dutch,” was spoken by a third of the state’s population, yet up until that time, few had attempted to document the typically oral tradition in writing. E. H. Rauch was considered an early leader among those dedicated to exposing the dialect to the masses through print.

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Old Schuylkill Tales

A History of Interesting Events, Traditions and Anecdotes of the Early Settlers of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

Ella Zerbey Elliott’s Old Schuylkill Tales, published in 1906, presents today’s readers with an array of turn-of-the-century stories, anecdotes, and reminiscences of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, from its earliest settlement in the eighteenth century to its foundation as a county and growth into a major hub of mining and industry.

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Book cover for North Pennsylvania Minstrelsy: As Sung in the Backwood Settlements, Hunting Cabins and Lumber Camps in Northern Pennsylvania, 18401910 Compiled by Henry W. Shoemaker

North Pennsylvania Minstrelsy

As Sung in the Backwood Settlements, Hunting Cabins and Lumber Camps in Northern Pennsylvania, 18401910

Compiled by Shoemaker over two decades, with the assistance of John C. French and John H. Chatham, this volume includes over one hundred songs and ballads from Union, Snyder, Centre, Lycoming, Clinton, Tioga, Potter, McKean, Forest, Cameron, Elk, and Clearfield Counties in Pennsylvania.

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