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Unrivaled

by Michael Beckley Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

The United States has been the world's dominant power for more than a century. Now many analysts believe that other countries are rising and the United States is in decline. Is the unipolar moment over? Is America...


Research Guide to the Russian and Soviet Censuses

by Ralph S. Clem Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

Taken together, the Russian census of 1897 and the Soviet censuses of 1926, 1959, 1970, and 1979 constitute the largest collection of empirical data available on that country, but until the publication of this...


Revolutionary Acts

by Lynn Mally Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

During the Russian Revolution and Civil War, amateur theater groups sprang up in cities across the country. Workers, peasants, students, soldiers, and sailors provided entertainment ranging from improvisations...


Rewolucja

by Robert E. Blobaum Cornell University Press (May 20, 2016)

The revolution of 1905 in the Russian-ruled Kingdom of Poland marked the consolidation of major new influences on the political scene. As he examines the emergence of a mass political culture in Poland, Robert...


Proletarian Peasants

by Robert Edelman Cornell University Press (August 06, 2016)

In this book, conceived and written for the general reader as well as the specialist, Robert Edelman uses a case study of peasant behavior during a particular revolutionary situation to make an important contribution...


The Sources of Anti-Slavery Constitutionalism in America, 1760-1848

by William M. Wiecek Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

This ambitious book examines the constitutional and legal doctrines of the antislavery movement from the eve of the American Revolution to the Wilmot Proviso and the 1848 national elections. Relating political...


Reasons of State

by G. John Ikenberry Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

In this lucid and theoretically sophisticated book, G. John Ikenberry focuses on the oil price shocks of 1973–74 and 1979, which placed extraordinary new burdens on governments worldwide and particularly on...


Lord I'm Coming Home

by John Forrest & Deborah Blincoe Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Lord I'm Coming Home focuses on a small, white, rural fishing community on the southern reaches of the Great Dismal Swamp in North Carolina. By menas of a new kind of anthropological fieldwork, John Forrest...


Allegories of America

by Frederick M. Dolan Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Allegories of America offers a bold idea of what, in terms of political theory, it means to be American. Beginning with the question What do we want from a theory of politics? Dolan explores the metaphysics...


Homicide in American Fiction, 1798–1860

by David Brion Davis Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Homicide has many social and psychological implications that vary from culture to culture and which change as people accept new ideas concerning guilt, responsibility, and the causes of crime. A study of attitudes...


The Discourse of Modernism

by Timothy J. Reiss Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Timothy J. Reiss perceives a new mode of discourse emerging in early seventeenth-century Europe; he believes that this form of thought, still our own, may itself soon be giving way. In The Discourse of Modernism...


Power, Protection, and Free Trade

by David A. Lake Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Why do nations so frequently abandon unrestricted international commerce in favor of trade protectionism? David A. Lake contends that the dominant explanation, interest group theory, does not adequately explain...


Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India

by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

In Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger analyzes six representative Indian folklore genres from a single regional repertoire to show the influence of their intertextual...


Bang Chan

by Lauriston Sharp & Lucien M. Hanks Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Bang Chan traces the changing cultural characteristics of a small Siamese village during the century and a quarter from its founding as a wilderness settlement outside Bangkok to its absorption into the urban...


Chinatown No More

by Hsiang-Shui Chen Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

By focusing on the social and cultural life of post-1965 Taiwan immigrants in Queens, New York, this book shifts Chinese American studies from ethnic enclaves to the diverse multiethnic neighborhoods of Flushing...


Madame Bovary on Trial

by Dominick LaCapra Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

In 1857, following the publication of Madame Bovary, Flaubert was charged with having committed an "outrage to public morality and religion." Dominick LaCapra, an intellectual historian with wide-ranging literary...


Nuclear Summer

by Louise Krasniewicz Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

When thousands of women gathered in 1983 to protest the stockpiling of nuclear weapons at a rural upstate New York military depot, the area was shaken by their actions. What so disturbed residents that they...


Chinese Working-Class Lives

by Hill Gates Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Taiwan’s working class has been shaped by Chinese tradition, by colonialism, and by rapid industrialization. This book defines that class, explores that history, and presents with sensitive honesty the life...


The Old Faith and the Russian Land

by Douglas Rogers Cornell University Press (December 15, 2010)

The Old Faith and the Russian Land is a historical ethnography that charts the ebbs and flows of ethical practice in a small Russian town over three centuries. The town of Sepych was settled in the late seventeenth...


War and Shadows

by Mai Lan Gustafsson Cornell University Press (December 15, 2010)

Vietnamese culture and religious traditions place the utmost importance on dying well: in old age, body unblemished, with surviving children, and properly buried and mourned. More than five million people were...


Privatizing China

by Li Zhang & Aihwa Ong Cornell University Press (July 22, 2015)

Everyday life in China is increasingly shaped by a novel mix of neoliberal and socialist elements, of individual choices and state objectives. This combination of self-determination and socialism from afar has...


The Transformation of a Religious Landscape

by Valerie Ramseyer Cornell University Press (October 26, 2015)

The Transformation of a Religious Landscape paints a detailed picture of the sheer variety of early medieval Christian practice and organization, as well as the diverse modes in which church reform manifested...


The Nation in the Village

by Keely Stauter-Halsted Cornell University Press (September 25, 2015)

How do peasants come to think of themselves as members of a nation? The widely accepted argument is that national sentiment originates among intellectuals or urban middle classes, then "trickles down" to the...


Machines as the Measure of Men

by Michael Adas Cornell University Press (January 26, 2015)

Over the past five centuries, advances in Western understanding of and control over the material world have strongly influenced European responses to non-Western peoples and cultures. In Machines as the Measure...


By Honor Bound

by Nancy Shields Kollmann Cornell University Press (August 10, 2016)

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Russians from all ranks of society were bound together by a culture of honor. Here one of the foremost scholars of early modern Russia explores the intricate and highly...


Speaking of Slavery

by Steven A. Epstein Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

In this highly original work, Steven A. Epstein shows that the ways Italians employ words and think about race and labor are profoundly affected by the language used in medieval Italy to sustain a system of...


The Mind of Thucydides

by Jacqueline de Romilly, Elizabeth Trapnell Rawlings, Jeffrey Rusten & Hunter R. Rawlings Iii Cornell University Press (December 15, 2017)

The publication of Jacqueline de Romilly's Histoire et raison chez Thucydide in 1956 virtually transformed scholarship on Thucydides. Rather than mining The Peloponnesian War to speculate on its layers of composition...


Dark Age Nunneries

by Steven Vanderputten Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

In Dark Age Nunneries, Steven Vanderputten dismantles the common view of women religious between 800 and 1050 as disempowered or even disinterested witnesses to their own lives. It is based on a study of primary...


Our Frontier Is the World

by Mischa Honeck Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Mischa Honeck’s Our Frontier Is the World is a provocative account of how the Boy Scouts echoed and enabled American global expansion in the twentieth century.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has long been...


Women's Work and Chicano Families

by Patricia Zavella Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

At the time Women’s Work and Chicano Families: Cannery Workers of the Santa Clara Valley was published, little research had been done on the relationship between the wage labor and household labor of Mexican...


Cities for Profit

by Gavin Shatkin Cornell University Press (August 11, 2017)

Cities for Profit examines the phenomenon of urban real estate megaprojects in Asia—massive, privately built planned urban developments that have captured the imagination of politicians, policymakers, and...


Venice's Intimate Empire

by Erin Maglaque Cornell University Press (June 15, 2018)

Mining private writings and humanist texts, Erin Maglaque explores the lives and careers of two Venetian noblemen, Giovanni Bembo and Pietro Coppo, who were appointed as colonial administrators and governors....


Troubled Waters

by Mehran Kamrava Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Troubled Waters looks at four dynamics in the Persian Gulf that have contributed to making the region one of the most volatile and tension-filled spots in the world. Mehran Kamrava identifies the four dynamics...


The Poison Plot

by Elaine Forman Crane Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

An accusation of attempted murder rudely interrupted Mary Arnold’s dalliances with working men and her extensive shopping sprees. When her husband Benedict fell deathly ill and then asserted she had tried...


Participation without Democracy

by Garry Rodan Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Over the past quarter century new ideologies of participation and representation have proliferated across democratic and non-democratic regimes. In Participation without Democracy, Garry Rodan breaks new conceptual...


Objects of War

by Leora Auslander & Tara Zahra Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Historians have become increasingly interested in material culture as both a category of analysis and as a teaching tool. And yet the profession tends to be suspicious of things; words are its stock-in-trade....


The Battle for Fortune

by Charlene Makley Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

In a deeply ethnographic appraisal, based on years of in situ research, The Battle for Fortune looks at the rising stakes of Tibetans’ encounters with Chinese state-led development projects in the early 2000s....


Embattled River

by David Schuyler Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

In Embattled River, David Schuyler describes the efforts to reverse the pollution and bleak future of the Hudson River that became evident in the 1950s. Through his investigative narrative, Schuyler uncovers...


Mr. X and the Pacific

by Paul J. Heer Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

George F. Kennan is well known for articulating the strategic concept of containment, which would be the centerpiece of what became the Truman Doctrine. During his influential Cold War career he was the preeminent...


The Teahouse under Socialism

by Di Wang Cornell University Press (June 15, 2018)

To understand a city fully, writes Di Wang, we must observe its most basic units of social life. In The Teahouse under Socialism, Wang does just that, arguing that the teahouses of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan...


Laboratory of Socialist Development

by Artemy M. Kalinovsky Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Artemy Kalinovsky’s Laboratory of Socialist Development investigates the Soviet effort to make promises of decolonization a reality by looking at the politics and practices of economic development in central...


Political Corruption and Scandals in Japan

by Matthew M. Carlson & Steven R. Reed Cornell University Press (March 15, 2018)

Combining history with comparative politics, Matthew M. Carlson and Steven R. Reed take on political corruption and scandals, and the reforms designed to counter them, in post–World War II Japan.

Political...


School of Europeanness

by Dace Dzenovska Cornell University Press (April 15, 2018)

In School of Europeanness, Dace Dzenovska argues that Europe’s political landscape is shaped by a fundamental tension between the need to exclude and the requirement to profess and institutionalize the value...


Democracy in Exile

by Daniel Bessner Cornell University Press (April 15, 2018)

Anyone interested in the history of U.S. foreign relations, Cold War history, and twentieth century intellectual history will find this impressive biography of Hans Speier, one of the most influential figures...


Hearing Allah’s Call

by Julian Millie Cornell University Press (August 09, 2017)

"Innovative and illuminating, Hearing Allah’s Call is an excellent account of Muslim oratorical practice in West Java."—Bill Watson, author of Of Self and Nation

"One of the most important features of recent...


Raised under Stalin

by Seth Bernstein Cornell University Press (July 11, 2017)

In Raised under Stalin, Seth Bernstein shows how Stalin’s regime provided young people with opportunities as members of the Young Communist League or Komsomol even as it surrounded them with violence, shaping...


Order at the Bazaar

by Regine A. Spector Cornell University Press (July 03, 2017)

Order at the Bazaar delves into the role of bazaars in the political economy and development of Central Asia. Bazaars are the economic bedrock for many throughout the region—they are the entrepreneurial hubs...


Over the Horizon

by David M. Edelstein Cornell University Press (August 15, 2017)

How do established powers react to growing competitors? The United States currently faces a dilemma with regard to China and others over whether to embrace competition and thus substantial present-day costs...


Not According to Plan

by Maria Belodubrovskaya Cornell University Press (September 01, 2017)

" Not According to Plan is a clearly and engagingly written book on the mechanisms of film production under Stalin that offers invaluable insights into the mechanisms of film production and screenwriting."—Birgit...


Taming the Disorderly City

by Martin J. Murray Cornell University Press (August 08, 2017)

In postapartheid Johannesburg, tensions of race and class manifest themselves starkly in struggles over "rights to the city." Real-estate developers and the very poor fight for control of space as the municipal...