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A Tribal Order: Politics and Law in the Mountains of Yemen

by Shelagh Weir

A Tribal Order describes the politico-legal system of Jabal Razih, a remote massif in northern Yemen inhabited by farmers and traders. Contrary to the popular image of Middle Eastern tribes as warlike, lawless,...

The Wrecking of La Salle's Ship Aimable and the Trial of Claude Aigron

by Robert S. Weddle & François Lagarde

When Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, landed on the Texas coast in 1685, bent on founding a French colony, his enterprise was doomed to failure. Not only was he hundreds of miles from his intended landfall-the...

Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga: A Frontier Mission in South Texas

by Tamra Lynn Walter

In the early part of the eighteenth century, the Spanish colonial mission Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga was relocated from far south Texas to a site along the Guadalupe River in Mission Valley, Victoria County....

Michoacán and Eden: Vasco de Quiroga and the Evangelization of Western Mexico

by Bernardino Verástique

Don Vasco de Quiroga (1470-1565) was the first bishop of Michoacán in Western Mexico. Driven by the desire to convert the native Purhépecha-Chichimec peoples to a purified form of Christianity, free of the...

The Seduction of Brazil: The Americanization of Brazil during World War II

by Antonio Pedro Tota, Lorena B. Ellis & Daniel J. Greenberg

Following completion of the U.S. air base in Natal, Brazil, in 1942, U.S. airmen departing for North Africa during World War II communicated with Brazilian mechanics with a thumbs-up before starting their engines....

El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader

by Araceli Tinajero & Judith E. Grasberg

The practice of reading aloud has a long history, and the tradition still survives in Cuba as a hard-won right deeply embedded in cigar factory workers' culture. In El Lector, Araceli Tinajero deftly traces...

Muslim Reformers in Iran and Turkey: The Paradox of Moderation

by Günes Murat Tezcür

Moderation theory describes the process through which radical political actors develop commitments to electoral competition, political pluralism, human rights, and rule of law and come to prefer negotiation,...

Texas Monthly On . . .: Texas Women

by editors of Texas Monthly & Evan Smith

Since 1973, Texas Monthly has spotlighted hundreds of Texans who, for better or worse, make this state like no place else. TEXAS MONTHLY On . . . Texas Women profiles thirteen women who are not only fascinating...

Environmental City: People, Place, Politics, and the Meaning of Modern Austin

by William Scott Jr. Swearingen

As Austin grew from a college and government town of the 1950s into the sprawling city of 2010, two ideas of Austin as a place came into conflict. Many who promoted the ideology of growth believed Austin would...

Ross Sterling, Texan: A Memoir by the Founder of Humble Oil and Refining Company

by Ross S. Sterling, Ed Kilman & Don Carleton

Born on a farm near Anahuac, Texas, in 1875 and possessed of only a fourth-grade education, Ross Sterling was one of the most successful Texans of his generation. Driven by a relentless work ethic, he become...

The Texas City Disaster, 1947

by Hugh W. Stephens

On April 16, 1947, a small fire broke out among bags of ammonium nitrate fertilizer in the hold of the ship Grandcamp as it lay docked at Texas City, Texas. Despite immediate attempts to extinguish the fire,...

Violence and Activism at the Border: Gender, Fear, and Everyday Life in Ciudad Juarez

by Kathleen Staudt

Between 1993 and 2003, more than 370 girls and women were murdered and their often-mutilated bodies dumped outside Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua, Mexico. The murders have continued at a rate of approximately thirty...

State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents

by Don Graham

John Steinbeck once famously wrote that "Texas is a state of mind." For those who know it well, however, the Lone Star State is more than one mind-set, more than a collection of clichés, more than a static...

Texas by Terán: The Diary Kept by General Manuel de Mier y Terán on His 1828 Inspection of Texas

by General Manuel de Mier y Terán, John Wheat & Jack Jackson

Texas was already slipping from the grasp of Mexico when Manuel Mier y Terán made his tour of inspection in 1828. American settlers were pouring across the vaguely defined border between Mexico's northernmost...

A Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala, Second Revised Edition

by W. George Lovell

Though a 1996 peace accord brought a formal end to a conflict that had lasted for thirty-six years, Guatemala's violent past continues to scar its troubled present and seems destined to haunt its uncertain future....

Bat Bomb: World War II's Other Secret Weapon

by Jack Couffer

It was a crazy way to win World War II in the Pacific- All the United States had to do was to attach small incendiary bombs to millions of bats and release them over Japan's major cities. As the bats went to...

Flames after Midnight: Murder, Vengeance, and the Desolation of a Texas Community, Revised Edition

by Monte Akers

What happened in Kirven, Texas, in May 1922, has been forgotten by the outside world. It was a coworker's whispered words, "Kirven is where they burned the [Negroes]," that set Monte Akers to work at discovering...

A Political History of the Texas Republic, 1836-1845

by Stanley Siegel

This book is unique among the histories of the Texas Republic: it is the first to examine the fledgling nation from the point of view of its dynamic political life. Policies with far-reaching results were formulated...

Western Window in the Arab World

by Leon Borden Blair

Since November 8, 1942, when American troops in Operation Torch first landed on the beaches of North Africa, almost a million Americans-military personnel and their dependents-have lived in Morocco. Their impact...

The Emergence of Kurdish Nationalism and the Sheikh Said Rebellion, 1880-1925

by Robert Olson & William F. Tucker

The last quarter of the nineteenth century was crucial for the development of Kurdish nationalism. It coincided with the reign of Abdulhamid II (1876-1909), who emphasized Pan-Islamic policies in order to strengthen...