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Archive for October, 2017

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Introducing Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly

Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly

“Therein lies one of the most common and misguided propositions about Tunisia—namely, that its successful transition to democracy can serve as a model for the rest of the Arab world and that the factors that led to Tunisia’s democracy could be, if not easily, replicated. This theory is based on a set of assumptions, some explicit and others less so, that I argue are flawed.” — Safwan Masri

This week, our featured book is Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly, by Safwan M. Masri, with a foreword by Lisa Anderson. In today’s post, read a set of excerpts hand-selected by Masri that provide an excellent introduction to the book’s ideas.

Don’t forget to enter our book giveaway for a chance to win a free copy of Tunisia!

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

New Book Tuesday: Darwin’s Theory, Implicit Bias, Film Openings, and More!

The Theory That Changed Everything

Our weekly listing of new books now available:

The Theory That Changed Everything: “On the Origin of Species” as a Work in Progress
Philip Lieberman

Race on the Brain: What Implicit Bias Gets Wrong About the Struggle for Racial Justice
Jonathan Kahn

Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes
Annette Insdorf

Mary and the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought
Rachel Fulton Brown

Now available in paperback:
Recognition or Disagreement: A Critical Encounter on the Politics of Freedom, Equality, and Identity
Axel Honneth, Jacques Rancière, Katia Genel, and Jean-Philippe Deranty

Civilizing the Chinese, Competing with the West: Study Societies in Late Qing China
Chen Hon Fai
(The Chinese University Press)

Play Therapy in Asia
Edited by Angela F. Y. Siu and Alicia K. L. Pon
(The Chinese University Press)

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Book Giveaway! Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly

Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly

“A wise and carefully drawn analysis of one of the mysteries of the Arab Spring. Safwan M. Masri explains why Tunisia, where the revolt germinated, has been the only country to give birth to a real democracy. In examining why Tunisia succeeded, Masri shows why other Arab countries failed. They lacked Tunisia’s culture of tolerance, moderation, and coexistence, which had been nurtured by decades of educational and social policy. Bottom line: Democracy needs deep roots, which sadly don’t exist in most of the Arab world.” — David Ignatius, Washington Post

This week, our featured book is Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly, by Safwan M. Masri, with a foreword by Lisa Anderson. Throughout the week, we will be featuring content about the book and its author on our blog as well as on our Twitter feed and our Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

New Book Tuesday: Inside Private Prisons and More!

Inside Private Prisons

Our weekly listing of new books now available:

Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Democracy and the Welfare State: The Two Wests in the Age of Austerity
Edited by Alice Kessler-Harris and Maurizio Vaudagna

Erotic Poems from the Sanskrit: An Anthology
Edited and translated by R. Parthasarathy

The Habermas Handbook
Edited by Hauke Brunkhorst, Regina Kreide, and Cristina Lafont

Now available in paperback:
Robert L. Belknap. Introduction by Robin Feuer Miller.

The Paradox of Risk: Leaving the Monetary Policy Comfort Zone
Ángel Ubide
(Peterson Institute for International Economics)

Gate of Mercy: Family Secrets and the History of Modern Israel
Dorit Silverman. Translated by Sondra Silverston.
(ibidem Press)

Joining a Prestigious Club: Cooperation with Europarties and Its Impact on Party Development in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine 2004–2015
Maria Shagina. Foreword by Kataryna Wolczuk.
(ibidem Press)

Kind Words, Cruise Missiles, and Everything in Between: The Use of Power Resources in U.S. Policies towards Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus 1989–2008
Barbara Kunz. Foreword by William Hill.
(ibidem Press)

The Mongol Conquests in the Novels of Vasily Yan: An Intellectual Biography
Dmitry Shlapentokh
(ibidem Press)

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Remembering Adam McKeown

Adam McKeown

Adam McKeown, a former editor of the series Columbia Studies in International and Global History, passed away recently. Together with Matthew Connelly, Adam founded this book series with Columbia University Press in 2007 and was behind its remarkable growth for a decade. Adam also contributed as an author to the series: his scholarly work Melancholy Order: Asian Migration and the Globalization of Borders was published in 2008 and quickly hailed as a masterpiece. Among other important interventions, Adam invited us to rethink the history of border control. In his eyes, state efforts to control migration mentally, physically and administratively, were first and foremost a result of globalization. As he showed, they were particularly related to nineteenth- and twentieth-century Asian migration flows in an increasingly hierarchical world.

Also in many other writings, Adam McKeown chose migration history and the history of statehood as the chain and thread to weave Asian history and global history into new fabrics. The outcome was grand and colorful – large-scale, daring writing rooted in deep local knowledge and a concomitant love for details. It is small wonder that already as a young scholar, Adam had a strong impact on a variety of research fields. He quickly made the transition from a graduate student to an influential scholar whose publications are being read around the world.

Adam McKeown was a humble person and at the same time a bold and powerful thinker. He loved academia for its intellectual environments but he felt definitely not equally passionate about institutional politics. He chose early retirement at a young age, and it is deeply saddening that a tragic accident ended this new period in his life so quickly and unexpectedly. His memory and his work remain deeply inspiring to us. As the current editors of Columbia Studies in International and Global History, we feel honored to continue at least some aspects of his work.

Cemil Aydin, Timothy Nunan, and Dominic Sachsenmaier
Series editors, Columbia Studies in International and Global History

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

New Book Tuesday: Neither Ghost nor Machine, Birth of a New Earth, Hunting Girls, and More!

Neither Ghost nor Machine

Our weekly listing of new books now available:

Neither Ghost nor Machine: The Emergence and Nature of Selves
Jeremy Sherman. Foreword by Terrence Deacon.

Now available in paperback:
Birth of a New Earth: The Radical Politics of Environmentalism
Adrian Parr

Now available in paperback:
Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from The Hunger Games to Campus Rape
Kelly Oliver

The Films of Terence Fisher: Hammer Horror and Beyond
Wheeler Winston Dixon