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The Confusions Of Pleasure: Commerce And Culture In Ming China - Timothy Brook

The Ming dynasty was the last great Chinese dynasty before the Manchu conquest in 1644. During that time, China, not Europe, was the center of the world: the European voyages of exploration were searching not just for new lands but also for new tr......

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White Saris And Sweet Mangoes: Aging, Gender, And Body In North India - Sarah Lamb

This rich ethnography explores beliefs and practices surrounding aging in a rural Bengali village. Sarah Lamb focuses on how villagers' visions of aging are tied to the making and unmaking of gendered selves and social relations over a lifetime. L......

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Japan's Total Empire: Manchuria And The Culture Of Wartime Imperialism - Louise Young

In this first social and cultural history of Japan's construction of Manchuria, Louise Young offers an incisive examination of the nature of Japanese imperialism. Focusing on the domestic impact of Japan's activities in Northeast China between 193......

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Living Letters Of The Law: Ideas Of The Jew In Medieval Christianity - Jeremy Cohen

In Living Letters of the Law, Jeremy Cohen investigates the images of Jews and Judaism in the works of medieval Christian theologians from Augustine to Thomas Aquinas. He reveals how-and why-medieval Christianity fashioned a Jew on the basis of it......

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Expectations Of Modernity: Myths And Meanings Of Urban Life On The Zambian Copperbelt - James Ferguson

Once lauded as the wave of the African future, Zambia's economic boom in the 1960s and early 1970s was fueled by the export of copper and other primary materials. Since the mid-1970s, however, the urban economy has rapidly deteriorated, leaving wo......

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Warfare And Agriculture In Classical Greece, Revised Edition - Victor Davis Hanson

The ancient Greeks were for the most part a rural, not an urban, society. And for much of the Classical period, war was more common than peace. Almost all accounts of ancient history assume that farming and fighting were critical events in the liv......

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Envisioning Power: Ideologies Of Dominance And Crisis - Eric R. Wolf

With the originality and energy that have marked his earlier works, Eric Wolf now explores the historical relationship of ideas, power, and culture. Responding to anthropology's long reliance on a concept of culture that takes little account of po......

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Art Of The Gold Rush: (published In Association With The Oakland Museum Of California And The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento) - , Harvey L. Jones

The California Gold Rush captured the get-rich dreams of people around the world more completely than almost any event in American history. This catalog, published in celebration of the sesquicentennial of the 1848 discovery of gold at Sutter's Mi......

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From Savage To Negro: Anthropology And The Construction Of Race, 1896-1954 - Lee D. Baker

Lee D. Baker explores what racial categories mean to the American public and how these meanings are reinforced by anthropology, popular culture, and the law. Focusing on the period between two landmark Supreme Court decisions-Plessy v. Ferguson (t......

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Conquests And Historical Identities In California, 1769-1936 - Lisbeth Haas

Spanning the period between Spanish colonization and the early twentieth century, this well-argued and convincing study examines the histories of Spanish and American conquests, and of ethnicity, race, and community in southern California. Lisbeth......

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On The Postcolony - Achille Mbembe

Achille Mbembe is one of the most brilliant theorists of postcolonial studies writing today. In On the Postcolony he profoundly renews our understanding of power and subjectivity in Africa. In a series of provocative essays, Mbembe contests diehar......

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