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Asian Medicine and Globalization

by Joseph S. Alter

As more and more Asian medical practices cross into Western culture through the popularity of yoga and herbalism, and as Western medicine finds its way east in the form of plastic surgery, these systems of meaning...


Mechthild of Magdeburg and Her Book: Gender and the Making of Textual Authority

by Sara S. Poor

Sometime around 1230, a young woman left her family and traveled to the German city of Magdeburg to devote herself to worship and religious contemplation. Rather than living in a community of holy women, she...


Musically Speaking: A Life Through Song

by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

"Music, I have come to realize, is for me a kind of golden thread running through my life. It has helped maintain my connection with the past that otherwise might have been severed by catastrophe and time. I...


Ms. Mentor's New and Ever More Impeccable Advice for Women and Men in Academia

by Emily Toth

Ms. Mentor, a brilliant and irascible intellectual who never leaves her ivory tower, writes Q&A columns full of perfect wisdom for academics. With wicked wit, she exposes viperous colleagues, teaching evaluation...


Censorship and Cultural Sensibility: The Regulation of Language in Tudor-Stuart England

by Debora Shuger

"This is a major work. Shuger deals with the rules of appropriate language use in early modern Europe, making an argument about censorship in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England that is original,...


Gender and Christianity in Medieval Europe: New Perspectives

by Lisa M. Bitel & Felice Lifshitz

Gender and Christianity in Medieval Europe seeks to explain the convergence of religion and gender in medieval Christendom. Essays in the volume examine how Europeans identified themselves as women, men, and...


An Infinity of Nations: How the Native New World Shaped Early North America

by Michael Witgen

An Infinity of Nations tells the story of the indigenous peoples who ruled the western interior of North America, focusing in particular on the Great Lakes and Northern Great Plains.


The Most Beautiful Man in Existence: The Scandalous Life of Alexander Lesassier

by Lisa Rosner

"Reading this book is a bit like stumbling across a new Pepys, or discovering the journals of James Boswell."—Roy Porter, author of London: A Social History


Empires of Love: Europe, Asia, and the Making of Early Modern Identity

by Carmen Nocentelli

Drawing on a wide range of Dutch, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish sources, Empires of Love shows how the encounter with Asia shaped the way early modern Europeans came to define their racial...


Expectations of Justice in the Age of Augustine

by Kevin Uhalde

Expectations of Justice in the Age of Augustine examines the complex and varying roles Christian bishops played during late antiquity and how their experiences fundamentally affected Christian ideals of divine...


Chechnya: From Nationalism to Jihad

by James Hughes

The conflict in Chechnya involves many of the most contentious issues in contemporary international politics. By providing us with a persuasive and challenging study, Hughes sets out the indispensable lessons...


Dice, Cards, Wheels: A Different History of French Culture

by Thomas M. Kavanagh

Kavanagh argues that the history of gambling as a cultural practice provides new and important insights into how French culture has responded to the challenge of understanding what identity, responsibility,...


The Romance of Adultery: Queenship and Sexual Transgression in Old French Literature

by Peggy McCracken

"A provocative study of an intriguing subject. . . . The Romance of Adultery establishes perceptive and tantalizing connections between literature and history while sensibly resisting the teptation to see the...


Spectacles of Empire: Monsters, Martyrs, and the Book of Revelation

by Christopher A. Frilingos

The author reads the Book of Revelation as a text firmly situated in the world of imperial Roman Asia Minor, where it was written. He argues that Revelation is a Christian version of that world, complete with...


Optiques: The Science of the Eye and the Birth of Modern French Fiction

by Andrea Goulet

Goulet argues that modern narrative forms are crucially structured by scientific and philosophical debates about the nature of vision.


Libya and the United States, Two Centuries of Strife

by Ronald Bruce St John

"This is a wonderfully measured, insightful, comprehensive treatment of the subject that will, in my estimation, become a standard not only for the academic community but also for the policy and intelligence...


Dangerous to Know: Women, Crime, and Notoriety in the Early Republic

by Susan Branson

This tale of kidnapping, betrayal, and murder follows the lives of two women on the margins of early nineteenth-century society, showing how they manipulated conventions to further their own ends while redefining...


Seduced, Abandoned, and Reborn: Visions of Youth in Middle-Class America, 1780-1850

by Rodney Hessinger

In attempting to steer young adults safely away from the dangers of market-driven society, reformers in early America created values that came to define the emerging urban middle class.


The Sports Franchise Game: Cities in Pursuit of Sports Franchises, Events, Stadiums, and Arenas

by Kenneth L. Shropshire

Kenneth Shropshire describes the franchise warfare that pits city against city in the bidding competition to capture a major league team, using interviews with major players to present an insider's perspective...


Tragicomic Redemptions: Global Economics and the Early Modern English Stage

by Valerie Forman

Valerie Forman contends that three seemingly unrelated domains—new economic theories and practices; the discourses of Christian redemption; and the rise of tragicomedy as the stage's most popular genre—were...