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Showboats: The History of an American Institution

by Philip Graham

This book is a delightful and authoritative record of America's showboats from the first one, launched in 1831, to the last, ultimately tied up at a St. Louis dock. It is also a record of the men and women who...


Belo: From Newspapers to New Media

by Judith Garrett Segura

Founded in Galveston in 1842 with the launch of the Daily News, the Belo Corporation entered the twenty-first century as a powerhouse conglomerate, owning four daily newspapers (including the Dallas Morning...


Palace Politics: How the Ruling Party Brought Crisis to Mexico

by Jonathan Schlefer

Bringing rare interviews and meticulous research to the cloaked world of Mexican politics in the mid-twentieth century, Palace Politics provides a captivating look at the authoritarian Mexican state-one of the...


Reconstructing Beirut: Memory and Space in a Postwar Arab City

by Aseel Sawalha

Once the cosmopolitan center of the Middle East, Beirut was devastated by the civil war that ran from 1975 to 1991, which dislocated many residents, disrupted normal municipal functions, and destroyed the vibrant...


The History of the Incas

by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, Brian S. Bauer & Vania Smith

The History of the Incas may be the best description of Inca life and mythology to survive Spanish colonization of Peru. Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, a well-educated sea captain and cosmographer of the viceroyalty,...


Vital Enemies: Slavery, Predation, and the Amerindian Political Economy of Life

by Fernando Santos-Granero

Analyzing slavery and other forms of servitude in six non-state indigenous societies of tropical America at the time of European contact, Vital Enemies offers a fascinating new approach to the study of slavery...


Women Legislators in Central America: Politics, Democracy, and Policy

by Michelle A. Saint-Germain & Cynthia Chavez Metoyer

During the years between 1980 and 1999, in the midst of war and economic crisis, a record number of women were elected to national legislatures in Central American republics. Can quantitative increases in the...


Brazil Imagined: 1500 to the Present

by Darlene J. Sadlier

The first comprehensive cultural history of Brazil to be written in English, Brazil Imagined: 1500 to the Present captures the role of the artistic imaginary in shaping Brazil's national identity. Analyzing...


Yucatán's Maya Peasantry and the Origins of the Caste War

by Terry Rugeley

Conflicts between native Maya peoples and European-derived governments have punctuated Mexican history from the Conquest in the sixteenth century to the current Zapatista uprising in Chiapas. In this deeply...


Jewish Women in Fin de Siècle Vienna

by Alison Rose

Despite much study of Viennese culture and Judaism between 1890 and 1914, little research has been done to examine the role of Jewish women in this milieu. Rescuing a lost legacy, Jewish Women in Fin de Siècle...


Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation

by Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez & Emilio Zamora

Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez 's edited volume Mexican Americans & World War II brought pivotal stories from the shadows, contributing to the growing acknowledgment of Mexican American patriotism as a meaningful force...


Israel's Years of Bogus Grandeur: From the Six-Day War to the First Intifada

by Nissim Rejwan

On the eve of the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel was nineteen years old and as much an adolescent as the average nineteen-year-old person. Issues of identity and transition were the talk among Israeli intellectuals,...


Outsider in the Promised Land: An Iraqi Jew in Israel

by Nissim Rejwan

In 1951, Israel was a young nation surrounded by hostile neighbors. Its tenuous grip on nationhood was made slipperier still by internal tensions among the various communities that had immigrated to the new...


The Last Jews in Baghdad: Remembering a Lost Homeland

by Nissim Rejwan & Joel Beinin

Once upon a time, Baghdad was home to a flourishing Jewish community. More than a third of the city's people were Jews, and Jewish customs and holidays helped set the pattern of Baghdad's cultural and commercial...


Mapping and Empire: Soldier-Engineers on the Southwestern Frontier

by Dennis Reinhartz & Gerald D. Saxon

From the sixteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries, Spain, then Mexico, and finally the United States took ownership of the land from the Gulf Coast of Texas and Mexico to the Pacific Coast of Alta and...


Austin, Cleared for Takeoff: Aviators, Businessmen, and the Growth of an American City

by Kenneth B. Ragsdale

Austin, Texas, entered the aviation age on October 29, 1911, when Calbraith Perry Rodgers landed his Wright EX Flyer in a vacant field near the present-day intersection of Duval and 45th Streets. Some 3,000...


Narrative Threads: Accounting and Recounting in Andean Khipu

by Jeffrey Quilter & Gary Urton

The Inka Empire stretched over much of the length and breadth of the South American Andes, encompassed elaborately planned cities linked by a complex network of roads and messengers, and created astonishing...


The Great Syrian Revolt and the Rise of Arab Nationalism

by Michael Provence

The Great Syrian Revolt of 1925 was the largest and longest-lasting anti-colonial insurgency in the inter-war Arab East. Mobilizing peasants, workers, and army veterans, rather than urban elites and nationalist...


Constructing the Image of the Mexican Revolution: Cinema and the Archive

by Zuzana M. Pick

With a cast ranging from Pancho Villa to Dolores del Río and Tina Modotti, Constructing the Image of the Mexican Revolution demonstrates the crucial role played by Mexican and foreign visual artists in revolutionizing...


Israeli Culture between the Two Intifadas: A Brief Romance

by Yaron Peleg

Over the past two decades, profound changes in Israel opened its society to powerful outside forces and the dominance of global capitalism. As a result, the centrality of Zionism as an organizing ideology waned,...