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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...


Clarissa's Ciphers

by Terry Castle Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

As Samuel Richardson's 'exemplar to her sex,’ Clarissa in the eponymous novel published in 1748 is the paradigmatic female victim. In Clarissa’s Ciphers, Terry Castle delineates the ways in which, in a world...


Creative Union

by Kiril Tomoff Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Why did the Stalin era, a period characterized by bureaucratic control and the reign of Socialist Realism in the arts, witness such an extraordinary upsurge of musical creativity and the prominence of musicians...


War Tourism

by Bertram M. Gordon Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

As German troops entered Paris following their victory in June 1940, the American journalist William L. Shirer observed that they carried cameras and behaved as "naïve tourists." One of the first things Hitler...


Meaning and Interpretation

by G. L. Hagberg Cornell University Press (March 15, 2018)

'What is the meaning of a word?' In this thought-provoking book, Hagberg demonstrates how this question—which initiated Wittgenstein's later work in the philosophy of language—is significant for our understanding...


More Than Words

by Richard Fox Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Grounded in ethnographic and archival research on the island of Bali, More Than Words challenges conventional understandings of textuality and writing as they pertain to the religious traditions of Southeast...


The Venture Capital State

by Robyn Klingler-Vidra Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Silicon Valley has become shorthand for a globally acclaimed way to unleash the creative potential of venture capital, supporting innovation and creating jobs. In The Venture Capital State Robyn Klingler-Vidra...


Novels, Readers, and Reviewers

by Nina Baym Cornell University Press (March 15, 2018)

This book describes and characterizes responses of American readers to fiction in the generation before the Civil War. It is based on close examination of the reviews of all novels—both American and European—that...


Bread and Circuses

by Patrick Brantlinger Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

Lively and well written, Bread and Circuses analyzes theories that have treated mass culture as either a symptom or a cause of social decadence. Discussing many of the most influential and representative theories...


Revolution of the Mind

by Michael David-Fox Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

Using archival materials never previously accessible to Western scholars, Michael David-Fox analyzes Bolshevik Party educational and research initiatives in higher learning after 1917. His fresh consideration...


The Electrification of Russia, 1880-1926

by Jonathan Coopersmith Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

?p?he Electrification of Russia, 1880–1926 is the first full account of the widespread adoption of electricity in Russia, from the beginning in the 1880s to its early years as a state technology under Soviet...


Perilous Futures

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Since his death, the writings of Carl Schmitt (1888–1985) have been debated, cited, and adopted by political and legal thinkers on both the left and right with increasing frequency, though not without controversy...


The Hungry Steppe

by Sarah Cameron Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

The Hungry Steppe examines one of the most heinous crimes of the Stalinist regime, the Kazakh famine of 1930–33. More than 1.5 million people perished in this famine, a quarter of Kazakhstan’s population,...


Dark Pasts

by Jennifer M. Dixon Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Over the past two decades, many states have heard demands that they recognize and apologize for historic wrongs. Such calls have not elicited uniform or predictable responses. While some states have apologized...


The One, Other, and Only Dickens

by Garrett Stewart Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

In The One, Other, and Only Dickens, Garrett Stewart casts new light on those delirious wrinkles of wording that are one of the chief pleasures of Dickens’s novels but that go regularly unnoticed in Dickensian...


Atomic Assurance

by Alexander Lanoszka Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Do alliances curb efforts by states to develop nuclear weapons? Atomic Assurance looks at what makes alliances sufficiently credible to prevent nuclear proliferation; how alliances can break down and so encourage...


Empire of Hope

by David Leheny Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Empire of Hope asks how emotions become meaningful in political life. In a diverse array of cases from recent Japanese history, David Leheny shows how sentimental portrayals of the nation and its global role...


Taming Japan's Deflation

by Gene Park, Saori N. Katada, Yoshiko Kojo & Giacomo Chiozza Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Bolder economic policy could have addressed bouts of deflation in post-Bubble Japanese history, write Gene Park, Saori N. Katada, Giacomo Chiozza, and Yoshiko Kojo in Taming Japan’s Deflation. Despite warnings...


Modernism à la Mode

by Elizabeth M. Sheehan Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Modernism à la Mode argues that fashion describes why and how literary modernism matters in its own historical moment and ours. Bringing together texts, textiles, and theories of dress, Elizabeth Sheehan shows...


Improvisational Islam

by Nur Amali Ibrahim Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Improvisational Islam is about novel and unexpected ways of being Muslim, where religious dispositions are achieved through techniques that have little or no precedent in classical Islamic texts or concepts....


Phantasmatic Shakespeare

by Suparna Roychoudhury Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Representations of the mind have a central place in Shakespeare’s artistic imagination, as we see in Bottom struggling to articulate his dream, Macbeth reaching for a dagger that is not there, and Prospero...


On the Threshold of Eurasia

by Leah Feldman Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

On the Threshold of Eurasia explores the idea of the Russian and Soviet "East" as a political, aesthetic, and scientific system of ideas that emerged through a series of intertextual encounters produced by Russians...


The Commander's Dilemma

by Amelia Hoover Green Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Why do some military and rebel groups commit many types of violence, creating an impression of senseless chaos, whereas others carefully control violence against civilians? A classic catch-22 faces the leaders...


The Rise and Decline of the American Century

by William O. Walker Iii Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

In 1941 the magazine publishing titan Henry R. Luce urged the nation’s leaders to create an American Century. But in the post-World-War-II era proponents of the American Century faced a daunting task. Even...


The Clamor of Lawyers

by Peter Charles Hoffer & WilliamJames Hull Hoffer Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

The Clamor of Lawyers explores a series of extended public pronouncements that British North American colonial lawyers crafted between 1761 and 1776. Most, though not all, were composed outside of the courtroom...


National Secession

by Philip G. Roeder Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

How do some national-secessionist campaigns get on the global agenda whereas others do not? Which projects for new nation-states, Philip Roeder asks, give rise to mayhem in the politics of existing states? National...


Waste

by Eiko Maruko Siniawer Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

In Waste, Eiko Maruko Siniawer innovatively explores the many ways in which the Japanese have thought about waste—in terms of time, stuff, money, possessions, and resources—from the immediate aftermath of...


Rising Titans, Falling Giants

by Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

As a rising great power flexes its muscles on the political-military scene it must examine how to manage its relationships with states suffering from decline; and it has to do so in a careful and strategic manner....


Lofty Towers

by John Cleese Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

And now for something completely different. Professor at Large features beloved English comedian and actor John Cleese in the role of ivy league professor at Cornell University. His almost twenty years as professor-at-large...


The Experts' War on Poverty

by Romain D. Huret & John Angell Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

In the critically acclaimed La Fin de la Pauverté, Romain D. Huret identifies a network of experts who were dedicated to the post-World War II battle against poverty in the United States. John Angell’s translation...


Understanding Others

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

To what extent do we and can we understand others—other peoples, species, times, and places? What is the role of others within ourselves, epitomized in the notion of unconscious forces? Can we come to terms...


Living with Animals

by Natalie Porter & Ilana Gershon Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Living with Animals is a collection of imagined animal guides—a playful and accessible look at different human-animal relationships around the world. Anthropologists and their co-authors have written accounts...


The Smile of the Human Bomb

by Gideon Aran & Jeffrey Green Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

In 2017, nearly six thousand people were killed in suicide attacks across the world.

In The Smile of the Human Bomb, Gideon Aran dissects the moral logic of the suicide terrorism that led to those deaths. The...


Politics under the Influence

by Anna L. Bailey Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

"You know just how serious a problem alcoholism has become for our country. Frankly speaking, it has taken on the proportions of a national disaster." So spoke Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2009 as the...


Battling the Buddha of Love

by Jessica Marie Falcone Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Battling the Buddha of Love is a work of advocacy anthropology that explores the controversial plans and practices of the Maitreya Project, a transnational Buddhist organization, as it sought to build the "world's...


Borderline Citizens

by Robert C. McGreevey Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Borderline Citizens explores the intersection of US colonial power and Puerto Rican migration. Robert C. McGreevey examines a series of confrontations in the early decades of the twentieth century between colonial...


Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan

by Justin Jesty Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Justin Jesty’s Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan reframes the history of art and its politics in Japan post-1945. This fascinating cultural history addresses our broad understanding of the immediate...


Quick Cattle and Dying Wishes

by Erica Fudge Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

What was the life of a cow in early modern England like? What would it be like to milk that same cow, day-in, day-out, for over a decade? How did people feel about and toward the animals that they worked with,...


Smoking under the Tsars

by Tricia Starks Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Approaching tobacco from the perspective of users, producers, and objectors, Smoking under the Tsars provides an unparalleled view of Russia’s early adoption of smoking. Tricia Starks introduces us to the...


The Perraults

by Oded Rabinovitch Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

In The Perraults, Oded Rabinovitch takes the fascinating eponymous literary and scientific family as an entry point into the complex and rapidly changing world of early modern France. Today, the Perraults are...


Good Governance Gone Bad

by Darius Ornston Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

If we believe that the small, open economies of Nordic Europe are paragons of good governance, why are they so prone to economic crisis? In Good Governance Gone Bad, Darius Ornston provides evidence that adapting...


Images from the Region of the Pueblo Indians of North America

by Aby M. Warburg & Michael P. Steinberg Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

Aby M. Warburg (1866–1929) is recognized not only as one of the century’s preeminent art and Renaissance historians but also as a founder of twentieth-century methods in iconology and cultural studies in...


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...


Seductive Reasoning

by Ellen Rooney Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

Seductive Reasoning takes a provocative look at contemporary Anglo-American literary theory, calling into question the critical consensus on pluralism's nature and its status in literary studies. Drawing on...


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...


Chaucer and the Poets

by Winthrop Wetherbee Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

In this sensitive reading of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, Winthrop Wetherbee redefines the nature of Chaucer’s poetic vision. Using as a starting point Chaucer’s profound admiration for the achievement...


The Institution of Criticism

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl Cornell University Press (May 20, 2016)

German radicals of the 1960s announced the death of literature. For them, literature both past and present, as well as conventional discussions of literary issues, had lost its meaning. In The Institution of...


The Self and Its Pleasures

by Carolyn J. Dean Cornell University Press (May 20, 2016)

Why did France spawn the radical poststructuralist rejection of the humanist concept of 'man' as a rational, knowing subject? In this innovative cultural history, Carolyn J. Dean sheds light on the origins of...