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The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority

by Ellen D. Wu

The Color of Success tells of the astonishing transformation of Asians in the United States from the "yellow peril" to "model minorities"--peoples distinct from the white majority but lauded as well-assimilated,...


Before and After Muhammad: The First Millennium Refocused

by Garth Fowden

Islam emerged amid flourishing Christian and Jewish cultures, yet students of Antiquity and the Middle Ages mostly ignore it. Despite intensive study of late Antiquity over the last fifty years, even generous...


Lending to the Borrower from Hell: Debt, Taxes, and Default in the Age of Philip II: Debt, Taxes, and Default in the Age of Philip II

by Mauricio Drelichman & Hans-Joachim Voth

Why do lenders time and again loan money to sovereign borrowers who promptly go bankrupt? When can this type of lending work? As the United States and many European nations struggle with mountains of debt, historical...


The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century

by Angela Stent

The Limits of Partnership offers a riveting narrative on U.S.-Russian relations since the Soviet collapse and on the challenges ahead. It reflects the unique perspective of an insider who is also recognized...


Cultures in Motion

by Daniel T. Rodgers, Bhavani Raman & Helmut Reimitz

In the wide-ranging and innovative essays of Cultures in Motion, a dozen distinguished historians offer new conceptual vocabularies for understanding how cultures have trespassed across geography and social...


American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland

by Robert O. Self

As the birthplace of the Black Panthers and a nationwide tax revolt, California embodied a crucial motif of the postwar United States: the rise of suburbs and the decline of cities, a process in which black...


How the Idea of Religious Toleration Came to the West

by Perez Zagorin

Religious intolerance, so terrible and deadly in its recent manifestations, is nothing new. In fact, until after the eighteenth century, Christianity was perhaps the most intolerant of all the great world religions....


A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations: From the Origins to the Present Day

by Abdelwahab Meddeb & Benjamin Stora

This is the first encyclopedic guide to the history of relations between Jews and Muslims around the world from the birth of Islam to today. Richly illustrated and beautifully produced, the book features more...


Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature

by D. Graham Burnett

In Moby-Dick, Ishmael declares, "Be it known that, waiving all argument, I take the good old fashioned ground that a whale is a fish, and call upon holy Jonah to back me." Few readers today know just how much...


Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty

by Randy E. Barnett

The U.S. Constitution found in school textbooks and under glass in Washington is not the one enforced today by the Supreme Court. In Restoring the Lost Constitution, Randy Barnett argues that since the nation's...


Death to Tyrants!: Ancient Greek Democracy and the Struggle against Tyranny

by David Teegarden

Death to Tyrants! is the first comprehensive study of ancient Greek tyrant-killing legislation--laws that explicitly gave individuals incentives to "kill a tyrant." David Teegarden demonstrates that the ancient...


Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza: Engaging the Islamist Social Sector: Engaging the Islamist Social Sector

by Sara Roy

Many in the United States and Israel believe that Hamas is nothing but a terrorist organization, and that its social sector serves merely to recruit new supporters for its violent agenda. Based on Sara Roy's...


Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA

by Benjamin C. Waterhouse

Lobbying America tells the story of the political mobilization of American business in the 1970s and 1980s. Benjamin Waterhouse traces the rise and ultimate fragmentation of a broad-based effort to unify the...


Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London

by Seth Koven

In the 1880s, fashionable Londoners left their elegant homes and clubs in Mayfair and Belgravia and crowded into omnibuses bound for midnight tours of the slums of East London. A new word burst into popular...


Three Critics of the Enlightenment: Vico, Hamann, Herder

by Isaiah Berlin, Henry Hardy & Jonathan Israel

Isaiah Berlin was deeply admired during his life, but his full contribution was perhaps underestimated because of his preference for the long essay form. The efforts of Henry Hardy to edit Berlin's work and...


Wild Profusion: Biodiversity Conservation in an Indonesian Archipelago: Biodiversity Conservation in an Indonesian Archipelago

by Celia Lowe

Wild Profusion tells the fascinating story of biodiversity conservation in Indonesia in the decade culminating in the great fires of 1997-98--a time when the country's environment became a point of concern...


The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico

by Joseph Masco

The Nuclear Borderlands explores the sociocultural fallout of twentieth-century America's premier technoscientific project--the atomic bomb. Joseph Masco offers the first anthropological study of the long-term...


The Hand of Compassion: Portraits of Moral Choice during the Holocaust

by Kristen Renwick Monroe

Through moving interviews with five ordinary people who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, Kristen Monroe casts new light on a question at the heart of ethics: Why do people risk their lives for strangers and...


Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things?: Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation

by Robert Bartlett

From its earliest centuries, one of the most notable features of Christianity has been the veneration of the saints--the holy dead. This sweepingly ambitious history from one of the world's leading medieval...


Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980's: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980's

by Gil Troy

Did America's fortieth president lead a conservative counterrevolution that left liberalism gasping for air? The answer, for both his admirers and his detractors, is often "yes." In Morning in America, Gil Troy...