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Caesar's Calendar: Ancient Time And The Beginnings Of History - Denis Feeney

The ancient Romans changed more than the map of the world when they conquered so much of it; they altered the way historical time itself is marked and understood. In this brilliant, erudite, and exhilarating book Denis Feeney investigates time and......

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The Caste Question: Dalits And The Politics Of Modern India - Anupama Rao

This innovative work of historical anthropology explores how India's Dalits, or ex-untouchables, transformed themselves from stigmatized subjects into citizens. Anupama Rao's account challenges standard thinking on caste as either a vestige of pre......

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Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern And Muslim Americans Respond - , Medhi Bozorgmehr

For most Americans, September 11, 2001, symbolized the moment when their security was altered. For Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans, 9/11 also ushered in a backlash in the form of hate crimes, discrimination, and a string of devastating governm......

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Cold War Captives: Imprisonment, Escape, And Brainwashing - Susan L. Carruthers

This provocative history of early cold war America recreates a time when World War III seemed imminent. Headlines were dominated by stories of Soviet slave laborers, brainwashed prisoners in Korea, and courageous escapees like Oksana Kasenkina who......

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Dignity And Defiance: Stories From Bolivia's Challenge To Globalization

Dignity and Defiance is a powerful, eyewitness account of Bolivia's decade-long rebellion against globalization imposed from abroad. Based on extensive interviews, this story comes alive with first-person accounts of a massive Enron/Shell oil spil......

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The Environment And World History

Since around 1500 C.E., humans have shaped the global environment in ways that were previously unimaginable. Bringing together leading environmental historians and world historians, this book offers an overview of global environmental history thro......

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Society Of Others: Kinship And Mourning In A West Papuan Place - Rupert Stasch

This important study upsets the popular assumption that human relations in small-scale societies are based on shared experience. In a theoretically innovative account of the lives of the Korowai of West Papua, Indonesia, Rupert Stasch shows that i......

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Speaking Of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, And The Creation Of An American Public Identity - Lila Corwin Berman

Lila Corwin Berman asks why, over the course of the twentieth century, American Jews became increasingly fascinated, even obsessed, with explaining themselves to their non-Jewish neighbors. What she discovers is that language itself became a cruci......

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Cracks In The Pavement: Social Change And Resilience In Poor Neighborhoods - Martin Sanchez-jankowski

Woven throughout with rich details of everyday life, this original, on-the-ground study of poor neighborhoods challenges much prevailing wisdom about urban poverty, shedding new light on the people, institutions, and culture in these communities. ......

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Born In The Usa: How A Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed To Put Women And Children First - Marsden Wagner

In this rare, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in hospitals across the country, a longtime medical insider and international authority on childbirth assesses the flawed American maternity care system, powerfully demonstrating how it fails to......

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Ghost Dances And Identity: Prophetic Religion And American Indian Ethnogenesis In The Nineteenth Century - Gregory Smoak

This innovative cultural history examines wide-ranging issues of religion, politics, and identity through an analysis of the American Indian Ghost Dance movement and its significance for two little-studied tribes: the Shoshones and Bannocks. The G......

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Chanting Down The New Jerusalem: Calypso, Christianity, And Capitalism In The Caribbean - Francio Guadeloupe

In this brilliantly evocative ethnography, Francio Guadeloupe probes the ethos and attitude created by radio disc jockeys on the binational Caribbean island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. Examining the intersection of Christianity, calypso, and cap......

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Japan In Print: Information And Nation In The Early Modern Period - Mary Elizabeth Berry

A quiet revolution in knowledge separated the early modern period in Japan from all previous time. After 1600, self-appointed investigators used the model of the land and cartographic surveys of the newly unified state to observe and order subject......

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The Social Sciences In Modern Japan: The Marxian And Modernist Traditions - Andrew E. Barshay

This incisive intellectual history of Japanese social science from the 1890s to the present day considers the various forms of modernity that the processes of "development" or "rationalization" have engendered and the role social scientists have p......

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Saving The Modern Soul: Therapy, Emotions, And The Culture Of Self-help - Eva Illouz

The language of psychology is all-pervasive in American culture-from The Sopranos to Oprah, from the abundance of self-help books to the private consulting room, and from the support group to the magazine advice column. Saving the Modern Soul exam......

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The Economy Of The Greek Cities: From The Archaic Period To The Early Roman Empire - Léopold Migeotte

The Economy of the Greek Cities offers readers a clear and concise overview of ancient Greek economies from the archaic to the Roman period. Léopold Migeotte approaches Greek economic activities from the perspective of the ancient sources, situati......

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