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February 28, 2008


- Leni Riefenstahl: A Life

By Jurgen Trimborn, professor of film, theatre and art history, University of Cologne

I. B. Tauris, £14.99. ISBN 9781845116446

Trimborn uses detailed research and his own experiences with Riefenstahl to paint this portrait of a stubborn, intimidating visionary who inspired photographers and film makers with her artistry but refused to accept accountability for her role in supporting the Nazis.


- Corporate Governance and International Business: Strategy, Performance and Institutional Change

Edited by Roger Strange, senior lecturer in economics and Gregory Jackson, reader in strategy and comparative management, King's College London

Palgrave, £55.00. ISBN 9780230203396

A number of leading scholars and pieces of research are brought together to demonstrate that corporate governance and international business are clearly linked, despite not being studied together until very recently.

- Corporate Co-Evolution: A Political Perspective

By Suzana Rodrigues, professor of international business and organisation, and John Child, professor of commerce, international management and organisation, University of Birmingham

Blackwell, £45.00. ISBN 9781405121644

This book develops broad macro-economic principles of corporate strategy by examining and analysing the history and growth of Telemig, a major Brazilian telecommunications company.


- HCI Remixed: Reflections on Works That Have Influenced the HCI Community

Edited by Thomas Erickson, research staff member, IBM T. J. Watson Research Centre; and David W. McDonald, assistant professor, Information School, University of Washington, Seattle

The MIT Press, £25.95. ISBN 9780262050883

A collection of 51 personal essays by leaders in human-computer interaction about books, articles and software that have influenced their approach to the field.

- Systematics as Cyberscience: Computers, Change, and Continuity in Science

By Christine Hine, senior lecturer in sociology, University of Surrey

The MIT Press, £22.95. ISBN 9780262083713

An exploration of how information technologies have affected the practice of the science of systematics - the biological classification of organisms.


- Lived Experiences of Public Consumption: Encounters with Value in Marketplaces on Five Continents

Edited by Daniel Thomas Cook, associate professor of childhood studies, Rutgers University

Palgrave, £50.00. ISBN 9780230517042

This book makes the point that in market-commercial contexts economic value never stands alone but is always accompanied by and enfolded into human specificity.

- Moral Markets: The Critical Role of Values in the Economy

Edited by Paul J. Zak, professor of economics and the founding director of the centre for neuroeconomic studies, Claremont Graduate University

Princeton University Press, £38.95. ISBN 9780691135229

Evidence from neuroscience, social science, biology, law and philosophy is drawn on to argue that modern market exchange works only because most people, most of the time, act virtuously.


- New World Orders in Contemporary Children's Literature: Utopian Transformations

By Clare Bradford, professor of literary studies, Deakin University; Robyn McCallum, lecturer in English, Macquarie University; Kerry Mallan, professor in education, Queensland University of Technology; and John Stephens, professor in English at Macquarie University

Palgrave, £45.00. ISBN 9780230020054

How texts for children and young people have responded to the cultural, economic and political movements of the past 15 years is outlined along with a focus on international children's texts produced between 1988 and 2006.


- Science-Based Innovation: From Modest Witnessing to Pipeline Thinking

By Alexander Styhre, professor in technology management, Chalmers University

Palgrave, £55.00. ISBN 9780230013544

Combining literature reviews and empirical studies of drug development work, Styhre looks at the concerns and challenges within mobilising scientific knowhow in innovation work as well as theoretical and managerial implications for innovation management.

- Evolution and Human Nature: Darwinian Perspectives on Human Nature

By John Cartwright, senior lecturer, University of Chester

Palgrave, £60.00 and £24.99. ISBN 9780333986318 and 6325

This text explains the theoretical principles of human sociobiology and evolutionary psychology, illustrating the way humans think and behave. Additions to the previous edition include material on mental disorders, and emotions and their expression.


- Energy in Nature and Society: General Energetics of Complex Systems

By Vaclav Smil, distinguished professor, University of Manitoba

The MIT Press, £48.95 and £20.95. ISBN 9780262195652 and 693561

Smil presents a study of all the major sources of energy, from solar radiation and photosynthesis to human metabolism and thermoregulation.


- A Social History of the Deccan, 1300-1761

By Richard M. Eaton, professor in history, University of Arizona

Cambridge University Press, £17.99. ISBN 97805217167

In this account of one of the least-known parts of South Asia, Eaton recounts the history of the Deccan plateau in southern India from the 14th century to the rise of European colonialism.

- Ghosts of War in Vietnam

By Heonik Kwon, reader in social anthropology, University of Edinburgh

Cambridge University Press, £25.00. ISBN 9780521880619

Taking a unique approach to the cultural history of war, the author introduces stories about spirits claiming social justice and about his own efforts to wrestle with the physical and spiritual presence of ghosts.

- Out of Austria: The Austrian Centre in London in World War II

By Marietta Bearman, Charmian Brinson, Richard Dove, Anthony Grenville and Jennifer Taylor, all members of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, University of London

I. B. Tauris, £52.50. ISBN 9781845114756

In what is claimed to be the first book on the cultural and political life of Austrian refugees in Britain, the authors evaluate the Austrian Centre's activities while also examining the Austrians' often fraught relations with their hosts.

- In the Shadow of the King

By Heidi A. Walcher, lecturer in the history of the Near and Middle East, School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London

I. B. Tauris, £49.50. ISBN 9781850434344

Walcher has produced a study that is both a biography of one of the most colourful individuals in the history of modern Iran, Zill al-Sultan, and a study of the social and political circumstances of late 19th-century Iran.

- Notables and the Nation: The Political Schooling of the French, 1787-1788

By Vivian R Gruder, professor of history emerita, Queen's College, City University of New York

Harvard University Press, £38.95. ISBN 9780674025349

In a detailed examination of this critical transition, Gruder examines how the French people became engaged in a movement of opposition that culminated in demands for the public's role in government.

- Galileo's Glassworks: The Telescope and the Mirror

By Eileen Reeves, associate professor of comparative literature, Princeton University

Harvard University Press, £14.95. ISBN 9780674026674

In an inquiry into scientific and cultural history, Reeves explores two fundamental questions of intellectual accountability: what did Galileo know of the invention of the telescope, and when did he know it?

- Henry Kissinger and the American Century

By Jeremi Suri, professor of history, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Harvard University Press, £15.95. ISBN 9780674025790

Drawing on research worldwide in addition to extensive interviews with Kissinger and others, Suri analyses the sources of Kissinger's ideas and power and explains why he pursued the policies he did.

- The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America

By Hugh Wilford, professor of history, California State University

Harvard University Press, £18.95. ISBN 9780674026810

Wilford provides a comprehensive account of the clandestine relationship between the CIA and its front organisations, tracing the rise and fall of America's front network from its origins in the 1940s to its collapse in the 1960s.

- Embattled Garrisons: Comparative Base Politics and American Globalism

By Kent E. Calder, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Centre for East Asian studies, Johns Hopkins University

Princeton University Press, £35.00. ISBN 9780691131436

Calder traces the history of overseas bases from their beginnings in the Second World War through to the present day, comparing the different challenges the US, Britain, France and the Soviet Union have confronted.

- Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism

By Daniel Ziblatt, associate professor of government and social studies, Harvard University

Princeton University Press, £13.50. ISBN 9780691136493

Ziblatt undertakes one of the first systematic comparisons of the late unifications of Italy and Germany, putting the origins of these nation-states and the nature of European political development in new light.


- Dialectics for the New Century

Edited by Bertell Ollman, professor of politics, New York University; and Tony Smith, professor and chair of the department of philosophy and religious studies, Iowa State University

Palgrave, £50.00. ISBN 9780230535312

This collection brings together leading dialectical theorists from North America, Europe and Asia from a variety of disciplines, contrasting dialectical approaches with opposing methodological frameworks.


- China's Legal System

Edited by Donald C Clarke, professor in law, George Washington University

Cambridge University Press, £16.99. ISBN 9780521719292

A volume of essays, part of an annual series on a topic relating to contemporary China, scrutinising the Chinese legal system.


- Harmonic Analysis on Finite Groups

By Tullio Ceccherini-Silberstein, professor of mathematical analysis, University of Sannio; Fabio Scarabotti, professor of mathematical analysis, Universita degli Studi di Roma-La Sapienza; and Filippo Tolli, assistant professor of mathematical analysis, Third University of Rome

Cambridge University Press, £40.00. ISBN 9780521883368

Starting from a few concrete problems such as random walks on the discrete circle and the finite ultrametric space, this book develops the necessary tools for the asymptotic analysis of these processes.

- Numerical Methods for Special Functions

By Amparo Gil, lecturer in the department of mathematics, Autonomous University of Madrid; Javier Segura, lecturer in the department of mathematics, statistics and computation, Universidad de Cantabria; and Nico M. Temme, lecturer in mathematics, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica

Cambridge University Press, £55.00. ISBN 9780898716344

This book provides an overview of numerical methods for computing special functions and discusses when to use these methods depending on the function and the range of parameters.

- Riemannian Geometry and Geometric Analysis

By Jurgen Jost, director, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences

Springer, £34.50. ISBN 9783540773405

This established reference work aims to lead its readers to the most relevant topics of contemporary mathematical research, and has been fully updated and revised in this fifth edition.


- Buddhists, Brahmins and Belief: Epistemology in South Asian Philosophy of Religion

By Dan Arnold, assistant professor in the philosophy of religion and Buddhist studies, University of Chicago

Columbia University Press, £14.50. ISBN 9780231132817

Arnold examines how the Brahmanical tradition of Purva Mimamsa and the writings of the 7th-century Buddhist Madhyamika philosopher Candrakirti challenged dominant Indian Buddhist views of epistemology.


- Extending the European Security Community

By Emilian Kavalski, Izaak Walton Killam postdoctoral fellow at the department of political science, University of Alberta

I. B. Tauris, £52.50 ISBN. 9781845114978

Kavalski offers a comparative analysis of the role played by external actors in the Balkan region, providing an insight into the processes of peace promotion and the patterns of security community building.

- Development Studies

By Jeffrey Haynes, professor of politics, London Metropolitan University

Polity, £45.00 and £12.99. ISBN 9780745638478 and 8485

In this short overview, Haynes uses a chronological and conceptual approach to introduce the central themes and theoretical perspectives in the study of development.

- Ten Years of New Labour

Edited by Matt Beech, lecturer in politics and director, Centre for British Politics; and Simon Lee, senior lecturer in political economy, University of Hull

Palgrave, £60.00 and £19.99. ISBN 97802305744 and 4434

Established researchers evaluate the ideas, institutions and policies that shaped Tony Blair's decade in office, as well as a critical analysis of his Government's key domestic and foreign policy choices.

- Global Governance: Feminist Perspectives

Edited by Shirin M. Ray, professor in politics and international studies, University of Warwick; and Georgina Waylan, senior lecturer in politics, University of Sheffield

Palgrave, £55.00 and £19.99. ISBN 9780230537040 and 7057

Bringing together interdisciplinary and multi-level analyses of global governance, this volume demonstrates the diversity within feminist approaches, including case studies from institutions such as the International Criminal Court and the World Bank.

- Constituting Communities: Political Solutions to Cultural Conflict

Edited by Per Mouritsen, associate professor of political science; and Knud Erik Jurgensen, Jean Monnet professor of political science, Aarhus University

Palgrave, £50.00. ISBN 9781403997432

Authors from several social science disciplines advocate, discuss and challenge some of the main contemporary political solutions to cultural conflict in Europe and the European Union.


- Intimacies: Love and Sex across Cultures

Edited by William R. Jankowiak, professor of anthropology, University of Nevada

Columbia University Press, £44.00 and £14.50. ISBN 9780231134361 and 4378

In this follow-up to Romantic Passion: A Universal Experience? Jankowiak examines how different cultures rationalise the expression of passion and comfort in love and sexual relations.

- European Modernism and the Information Society: Informing the Present, Understanding the Past

Edited by W. Boyd Rayward, professor emeritus, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois

Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754649281

This volume considers the views of early 20th-century European thinkers on the creation, dissemination and management of publicly available information.

- Crime, Criminal Justice and Masculinities

Edited by Stephen Tomsen, associate professor, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Australia

Ashgate, £130.00. ISBN 97807546401

This book features the leading contemporary articles that are part of, or related to, the "new masculinities" approach in this sphere, comprising a range of theoretical and empirical work, including cultural and ethnographic analyses.

- Jihadi Terrorism and the Radicalisation Challenge in Europe

Edited by Rik Coolsaet, professor of international relations at Ghent University

Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754672173

Focusing on jihadi terrorism and radicalisation in Europe, this is a look at the growing tendency of self-radicalisation and self-recruitment of individuals. It provides both a precise state of the threat as well as an analysis of the radicalisation process.

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