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Welcome to the September issue of Bluelines!

We’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a sale on some of our favorite Hispanic studies titles! Save 30–60% when you use discount code HHM22 at checkout. Sale begins 9/12 and ends 9/25. Keep an eye on our sales page for current sales and specials. Or, better yet, subscribe to our emails so you don’t miss out on special offers.


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Cover for The Seven Democratic Virtues The Seven Democratic Virtues

What You Can Do to Overcome Tribalism and Save Our Democracy

Christopher Beem

“Beem uses his deep understanding of Western philosophical and theological traditions, plus contemporary social and cognitive psychology, to construct a strong and distinctive argument that we must cultivate certain virtues to combat polarization and misinformation. He offers essential guidance for anyone who cares about democracy.”—Peter Levine, author of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America

Cover for Negotiating the Christian Past in China Negotiating the Christian Past in China

Memory and Missions in Contemporary Xiamen

Jifeng Liu

Negotiating the Christian Past in China coalesces granular, deeply researched ethnographic data into a fresh and expansive take on the unique patterns of Church-state engagement and the relationship between social memory and faith identity. This story is local and global, particular and general. For anyone who has not yet visited, or cannot travel to, Xiamen, especially Gulangyu Island, this book is the next best thing.”—Joseph T. H. Lee, Pace University

Cover for Jews of Iran Jews of Iran

A Photographic Chronicle

Hassan Sarbakhshian, Lior B. Sternfeld, and Parvaneh Vahidmanesh

“[A] rare look inside Jewish homes, synagogues and other spaces, which the Jewish community normally keeps fairly locked down from outsiders.”—The Jerusalem Post

Cover for Georg Forster Georg Forster

German Cosmopolitan

Todd Kontje

Georg Forster is a well-conceived and important book that comes at a moment of unresolved tension around questions of nationalism and cosmopolitanism, globalization and imperialism, individual identity and group identity, and populism and democracy—questions that were central to Forster’s life and his writings. Written by one of the foremost scholars in German literary approaches to other cultures, it will make an important contribution to the scholarship on Enlightenment travel, thought, and writing.”—John Noyes, author of Herder: Aesthetics Against Imperialism

subject/series highlight

“Anger is essential; hatred is disastrous.”

Christopher Beem, author of The Seven Democratic Virtues, was featured on the podcast Future Hindsight, where he discussed democratic thinking and acting.

Listen to the interview here.

awards & reviews

Cover for The Persian Revival

The Persian Revival: The Imperialism of the Copy in Iranian and Parsi Architecture by Talinn Grigor has been awarded the Saidi-Sirjani Book Award from the Association for Iranian Studies.

psu press presents

Panelists participating in an author event via Zoom

Join us at 4pm on Thursday, 10/6 for “Dimyonot: Jews and the Cultural Imagination” featuring authors of four of our books in the Dimyonot series. Register for the event here.

Watch a recording of August’s event, “Germans Beyond Europe,” on our YouTube Channel.

Click here to learn more about PSU Press Presents.

unlocked book of the month

Each month we’re highlighting a book available through PSU Press Unlocked, an open-access initiative featuring scholarly digital books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. This month’s pick: Old Times in Oildom.

journals news

We are excited to announce the hiring of Annie Spencer, Journals Production Coordinator to the team at PSU Press! Annie joins us after working with Medieval Institute Publications for the past two years while receiving their M.A. in Medieval Studies from Western Michigan University. Welcome to the team, Annie!

new from eisenbrauns

See more from Eisenbrauns over at Ancient News.

new from graphic mundi

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