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January 24, 2008

ART AND DESIGN

- Building St. Paul's

By James W. P. Campbell, fellow in architecture and history of art at Queens' College, Cambridge

Thames and Hudson, £12.95. ISBN 9780500342442

Campbell tells the story of the cathedral that has dominated London's skyline for 300 years and of those responsible for its construction from the time of the disastrous Great Fire to its completion in 1708.

COMPUTER SCIENCE

- Computer Games as a Sociocultural Phenomenon: Games without Frontiers, War without Tears

By Andreas Jahn-Sudmann, lecturer in film and digital media, University of Gottingen, and Ralf Stockmann, head of the Gottinger Digitization Centre in the State and University Library, Gottingen

Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230545441

An introduction to the latest approaches in the central fields of game studies that also aims to provide an extensive survey of contemporary game culture.

ECONOMICS

- State and Society in Post-Socialist Economics

Edited by John Pickles, Earl N. Phillips distinguished professor of international studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230522145

This book comprises original essays by authors from Europe, the US and Japan who have been shaping recent debates about economic governance, regime theory and the social economy.

EDUCATION

- International Students in American Colleges and Universities

By Christopher J. Lucas, professor of higher education and policy studies, University of Arkansas, and Teresa B. Brevis, adjunct professor of art appreciation, Crowder College

Palgrave Macmillan, £40.00. ISBN 9780230600119

A history of foreign students in American higher education addressed to the more than 3,500 relevant institutions and about 8,900 field practitioners in the area of student services.

ENGLISH LITERATURE

- Langland's Early Modern Identities

By Sarah A. Kelen, assistant professor of English, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Palgrave Macmillan, £40.00. ISBN 9781403965172

Kelen uses the methodologies of cultural studies and the history of the book to show how editors and readers between the 16th and the 19th centuries successively remade the 14th-century allegorical poem Piers Plowman and its author according to their own constructs of the Middle Ages.

- Contemporary Irish Republican Prison Writing: Writing and Resistance

By Lachlan Whalen, assistant professor of English, Marshall University

Palgrave Macmillan, £40.00. ISBN 9781403981936

Combining Irish and postcolonial studies, this book redefines prison literature as a genre. It analyses previously unpublished texts gathered not only from archival sources but also directly from ex-prisoners.

- Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture

By Paul Goring, professor of British literature and culture, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Continuum, £50.00 and £10.99. ISBN 9780826485649 and 5656

Goring offers an overview of literature from 1688-1789 within its political, social, scientific and philosophical context as well as a summary of critical approaches.

- The Spirit of the Age: Victorian Essays

By Gertrude Himmelfarb, professor emeritus of the Graduate School, City University of New York

Yale University Press, £22.50. ISBN 9780300123302

A representative sampling of essays from the early, middle and late Victorian periods is accompanied by an introductory note and includes authors such as Dickens, Thackeray and Wilde.

GENERAL SCIENCE

- Micropropagation of Orchids

By Joseph Arditti, professor emeritus, University of California, Irvine

Blackwell, £225.00. ISBN 9781405160889

An expanded and updated edition of the original reference work comprises two detailed volumes offering a wide variety of methods for multiplying orchids through micropropagation.

- Charles Darwin

By Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister professor of philosophy, Florida State University

Blackwell, £50.00 and £19.99. ISBN 9781405149129 and 9136

Ruse, an expert in the philosophy of biology, examines Darwin's theories and the philosophical impact they had, as well as discussing Darwin's effect on Christianity and addressing his creationist critics.

GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

- Climate and Society in Colonial Mexico: A Study in Vulnerability

By Georgina H. Endfield, reader in environmental history in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham

Blackwell, £55.00 and £24.99. ISBN 9781405145831 and 5824

Using three case studies and drawing on colonial archives, Endfield examines the relationship between climate and society in Mexico according to cultural, economic and environmental characteristics.

- The Ethics of Climate Change: Right and Wrong in a Warming World

By James Garvey, secretary, Royal Institute of Philosophy

Continuum, £45.00 and £9.99. ISBN 9780826497383 and 7376

Climate change is at the heart of contemporary public debate around the world, and Garvey's book explores the philosophical implications of, and for, this issue.

HISTORY

- The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948

By Eugene L. Rogan, lecturer in the modern history of the Middle East and centre director of the Middle East Centre, University of Oxford, and Avi Schlaim, professor of international relations, University of Oxford

Cambridge University Press, £45.00 and £16.99. ISBN 9780521875981 and 699341

The second edition of this text has been updated to include chapters on Saudi Arabia and the Lebanon, and includes a debate on the genesis of the most intractable conflict of the 20th century.

- China's Inevitable Revolution: Rethinking America's Loss to the Communists

By Thomas D. Lutze, professor of history, Illinois Wesleyan University

Palgrave Macmillan, £42.50. ISBN 9781403979773

Lutze uses primary materials not previously accessible to Western scholars to give a new perspective on America's loss in China, arguing that there was nothing that could have been done to prevent Chinese Communism prevailing.

- Exiles and Pioneers: Eastern Indians in the Trans-Mississippi West

By John P. Bowes, assistant professor in Native American history, Dartmouth College

Cambridge University Press, £45.00 and £16.99. ISBN 9780521857550 and 674195

Bowes analyses the removal and post-removal histories of several Native American tribes, arguing that the experience of eastern tribes from the late 1700s to the 1860s centred on a struggle over their geographic and political place within the expanding US.

- Cultural Diplomacy in US-Japanese Relations, 1919-1941

By Jon Thares Davidann, professor of history, Hawaii Pacific University

Palgrave Macmillan, £42.50. ISBN 9781403975324

This study explores US-Japanese relations in the interwar period and finds that the seeds of the Pacific War were sown in the failure of cultural diplomacy and the proliferation of mutually antagonistic images.

- The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Threat of Nuclear War: Lessons From History

By Len Scott, fellow of the Royal Historical Society, professor in international politics and dean of the faculty of social sciences, University of Wales

Continuum, £25.00. ISBN 9781847060266

Parallels are drawn with present-day political and military decisions and new sources are used to detail the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, cited by many politicians and academics as the most volatile period in US history.

- When Asia Was the World: Travelling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors and Monks who Created the Riches of the East

By Stewart Gordon, senior research scholar at the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Michigan

Yale University Press, £16.00. ISBN 9780300126365

Focusing on contemporary memoirs of Muslim travellers, including those of Ibn Battuta, Gordon explores culture throughout Asia in the medieval era and demonstrates how it flourished during a time when European culture stagnated.

- Pilgrims: New World Settlers and the Call of Home

By Susan Hardman Moore, director of postgraduate studies in the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

Yale University Press, £25.00. ISBN 9780300117189

Uncovering what might appear to be the dark side of the American dream, namely the New World from the viewpoint of those who decided not to stay, Hardman Moore challenges the ideal of New England as the promised "City on a Hill".

- American Sovereigns: The People and America's Constitutional Tradition before the Civil War

By Christian G. Fritz, professor of law, University of California, Berkeley

Cambridge University Press, £50.00. ISBN 9780521881883

Fritz challenges the traditional view of American constitutional history that sees today's constitutionalism as linked by an unbroken chain to the 1787 constitutional convention.

- The Conquests of Alexander the Great

By Waldemar Heckel, professor in Greek and Roman studies, University of Calgary

Cambridge University Press, £14.99. ISBN 9780521842471

Heckel offers a revisionist interpretation of the conquests of Alexander the Great that puts emphasis on the political aims and impact of his military expeditions and propaganda and explores links to contemporary warfare.

- The Fall of Napoleon: Volume 1, The Allied Invasion of France, 1813-1814

By Michael V. Leggiere, assistant professor of history, Louisiana State University

Cambridge University Press, £25.00. ISBN 9780521875424

Both public and public archive material from France, Germany and Austria is employed in what is claimed to be the first full English-language account of the invasion of Napoleonic France in 1813-14.

LINGUISTICS

- Accentuation and Interpretation

By Hans Christian Schmitz, post-doctoral researcher in semantics, University of Frankfurt am Main

Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230002531

Humans can understand utterances even if they do not recognise all the words by recognising the words that are critical for proper interpretation. Accentuated words are more likely to be recognised than non-accentuated words. In this book, Schmitz develops a theory of accentuation according to which accentuation serves the mere pragmatic function of making utterances more comprehensible.

PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

- Photography and Philosophy: Essays on the Pencil of Nature

By Scott Walden, visiting scholar in the philosophy department, New York University

Blackwell, £45.00 and £19.99. ISBN 9781405139243 and 9250

Contemporary philosophers explore in this anthology the link between the art of photography and the theoretical questions it raises on photographic truth, objectivity and realism.

- Living Forms of the Imagination

By Douglas Hedley, senior lecturer in the philosophy of religion in the divinity faculty and fellow of Clare College, Cambridge

Continuum, £65.00 and £24.99. ISBN 9780567032942 and 2959

This book explores the necessity of enabling the imagination to prevail as part of an anti-reductionist approach to philosophical theology if we are to engage with God's action in the world.

- The Sartre Dictionary

By Gary Cox, lecturer in philosophy, University of Bristol

Continuum, £60.00 and £18.99. ISBN 9780826498915 and 8922

Cox provides a concise dictionary with more than 350 entries on the key terms used in Sartre's philosophy, his major works, philosophical influences and contemporaries.

- The Political Origins of Religious Liberty

By Anthony Gill, associate professor of political science, University of Washington

Cambridge University Press, £40.00. ISBN 9780521848145

Arguing that religious liberty results from interest-based calculations of secular rulers, Gill develops a theory of the origins of religious liberty based on the political and economic interests of governing officials.

- Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics

By Patrick Lee, professor of bioethics, Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, and Robert P. George, McCormick professor of jurisprudence, Princeton University

Cambridge University Press, £45.00. ISBN 9780521882484

Lee and George argue that human beings are rational and free physical, animal organisms, and they examine the implications of this understanding for some of the most controversial issues in contemporary ethics and politics.

- The Polemics of Exile in Jeremiah 26-45

By Mark Leuchter, lecturer in biblical studies, University of Sydney

Cambridge University Press, £50.00. ISBN 9780521879910

Leuchter challenges the traditionally held view that these verses were an attempt to prove the authenticity of Jeremiah's prophetic status, arguing that they were a response by Deuteronomistic scribes after their influence was threatened among the exilic Jewish population.

POLITICS

- Local Governance in Central and Eastern Europe

By Tomila V. Lankina, research fellow with the Local Governance Research Unit, De Montfort University, Anneke Hudalla and Hellmut Wollman, emeritus professor of public administration and public policy, Humboldt University

Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230500365

An in-depth assessment of the impact of decentralisation on local communities, with a particular focus on the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russia.

- Foreign Policy Analysis: A Comparative Introduction

By Marijke Breuning, associate professor of political science, Truman State University

Palgrave Macmillan, £52.50. ISBN 9780312296193

While focusing primarily on decision-making, this undergraduate textbook also looks at individual decision-makers, their impact within foreign policy and the context that shapes their decisions.

PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHOLOGY

- Cambridge Textbook of Effective Treatments in Psychiatry

By Peter Tyrer, professor of community psychiatry, Imperial College London, and Kenneth Silk, associate chair for clinical and administrative affairs in psychiatry, University of Michigan

Cambridge University Press, £110.00. ISBN 9780521842280

The authors provide practical guidance on treating psychiatric disorders and aim to answer the questions faced daily by psychiatrists about the treatment of patients.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

- European Childhoods: Cultures, Politics and Childhoods in Europe

By Allison James, professor of sociology, and Adrian L. James, professor of social work, University of Sheffield

Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9781403997500

Politics and culture are assessed using empirical data to determine the impact they are having on childhood in Europe, and what the future may hold once present generations have reached adulthood.

- Global Migration, Social Change, and Cultural Transformation

Edited by Emory Elliot, professor of English, and Jasmine Payne and Patricia Ploesch, graduate students in English, University of California, Riverside

Palgrave Macmillan, £42.50. ISBN 9780230600546

The essays in this collection work toward a goal of separating globalisation from strictly economic considerations, instead looking at globalisation as a force that produces profound social and cultural consequences.

- Harnessing and Guiding Social Capital for Rural Development

By Shahrukh Rafi Khan, visiting professor of economics, Mount Holyoke College, Sajid Kazmi, co-ordinator advocacy, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad, and Zeb Rifaqat, PhD candidate in anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Palgrave Macmillan, £40.00. ISBN 9781403981967

Khan and Rifaqat examine the harnessing of social capital, formalised as village or community organisations, to facilitate collective action for alleviating poverty and enhancing community wellbeing in general.

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