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December 4, 2008

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- The Borghese Collections and the Display of Art in the Age of the Grand Tour

By Carole Paul, lecturer in art history, University of California at Santa Barbara. Ashgate, £65.00. ISBN 9780754661344

A study of the late-18th- century redecoration of the exhibition spaces at the Borghese palace and villa in Rome and the reinstallation of the family's vast art collection, this book makes a contribution to the understanding of Italian art at a complex moment of transition from baroque to neoclassical style.


- The Edge of Medicine: The Technology That Will Change Our Lives

By William Hanson, visiting professor of computer science, Princeton University. Palgrave Macmillan, £14.99. ISBN 9780230605756

Hanson offers true-life and intensely intimate stories about the way biotechnology is changing people's lives, discussing what the human experience will be and what preparations can be made for the challenges that these changes will bring.


- European Real Estate Markets

By Jose Luis Suarez, professor of financial management, IESE Business School. Palgrave Macmillan, £.50. ISBN 9780230013162

Suarez gives a comprehensive and fresh look at the different real estate markets in Europe, with a thorough description of the various sectors: residential, offices, retail, and industrial and logistic.

- Globalization, Development and Integration: A European Perspective

By Pompeo Della Posta, associate professor of economic policy, University of Pisa, Milica Uvalic, professor of economics, University of Perugia, and Amy Verdun, professor of political science and Jean Monnet chair, University of Victoria. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 9780230554016

Globalization, Development and Integration offers European political economy perspectives on globalisation. It looks at its general characteristics and its effects on poverty and inequality throughout the world.


- Internationalising the University: the Chinese Context

Edited by Tricia Coverdale-Jones, principal lecturer and e-learning co-ordinator in the School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth, and Paul Rastall, principal lecturer and faculty international co-ordinator, University of Portsmouth. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230203518

This volume brings together contributions from experts in the field and presents an up-to-date picture of thinking on internationalisation and its impact on Chinese and Western institutions, their regulatory framework, motivations, aspirations and quality assurance considerations.


- Cinema and Technology: Cultures, Theories, Practices

Edited by Bruce Bennett, lecturer in film studies, Lancaster University, Mark Furstenau, lecturer in film studies, Carleton University, and Adrian Mackenzie, lecturer in film studies, Lancaster University. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230524774

To understand the relationship between cinema and technology, the contributors to this book draw on media and cultural studies, media anthropology, science and technology studies, philosophy and film theory.


- Italian Reform and English Reformations, c.1535-c.1585

By M. Anne Overell, honorary research fellow in history, The Open University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9870754655794

This is the first full-scale study of interactions between Italy's religious reform and English reformations, which were notoriously liable to pick up other people's ideas and run.

- The Bee and the Eagle: Napoleonic France and the End of the Holy Roman Empire, 1806

Edited by Alan Forrest, professor of modern history, University of York, and Peter H. Wilson, G. F Grant professor of history, University of Hull. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230008939

This volume offers a comparative treatment of the key themes of Empire: monarchy, political cultures, feudalism, war and military institutions, nationalism and identity, and everyday experience.


- Addressing Rape Reform in Law and Practice

By Susan Caringella, professor of sociology, Western Michigan University. Columbia University Press, £49.95 and £17.50. ISBN 9780231134248 and 4255

Caringella canvasses the success and failure of reform in the US, as well as Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand, and assesses alternative perspectives on rape reform, making use of theoretical models, court cases and statistical data.


- Tennyson's Name: Identity and Responsibility in the Poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson

By Anna Barton, lecturer in English, Keele University. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754664086

Seeking to understand Tennyson's poetry as the work of a man concerned with making, and then living up to, one of the most famous names in literature, Barton offers close readings of major works, from his early lyrics to his Arthurian Idylls.


- ? Dark Side of the Tune: Popular Music and Violence

By Bruce Johnson, visiting professor of music, University of Glasgow, and Martin Cloonan, reader in music, University of Glasgow. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754658726

This book focuses on the "dark side" of popular music by examining the ways in which popular music has been deployed in association with violence, ranging from what appears to be an incidental relationship, to one in which music is explicitly applied as an instrument of violence.


- The Garden and the Fire: Heaven and Hell in Islamic Culture

By Nerina Rustomji, assistant professor of history, St John's University. Columbia University Press, £26.50. ISBN 9780231140843

By employing material culture as a method of historical inquiry, this book points to the reflections, discussions and constructions that actively influenced Muslims' picture of the afterworld, culminating in a distinct religious aesthetic.


- Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violence

By Adriana Cavarero, professor of political philosophy, University of Verona. Columbia University Press, £17.50. ISBN 9780231144568

With this book, Cavarero introduces a new word, "horrorism", to capture the experience of violence. Unlike terror, horrorism is a form of violation grounded in the offence of disfiguration and massacre.


- Medical Technology into Healthcare and Society: A Sociology of Devices, Innovation and Governance

By Alex Faulkner, senior research fellow, Institute of Society, Health and Ethics, Cardiff University. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230001718

Faulkner brings to light a maze of the sciences of safety and efficacy, regulation, surveillance systems, politics, industry strategy, and roles of health professionals and patients.

- Sex, Technology and Public Health

By Mark Davis, lecturer in sociology, Monash University. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 97802305256

With reference to research concerning the implications of the internet and biotechnologies for sexually transmitted infections and HIV and the concept of sexual citizenship, Davis contributes to a public health for the intersections of sexual practice and technology.

- Re-Imagining the War on Terror: Seeing, Waiting, Travelling

By Andrew Hill, research fellow, Centre for Research in Socio-Cultural Change, The Open University. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230200081

Organised around the themes of seeing, waiting and travelling, this book presents an innovative reassessment of the War on Terror, drawing upon a diversity of material to uncover aspects of the War on Terror often ignored in assessments of the conflict.

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Aid and Power in the Arab World: World Bank and IMF Policy-Based Lending in the Middle East and North Africa By Jane Harrigan, reader in economics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Hamed El-Said, reader in the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, Manchester Metropolitan University Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00 ISBN 9780230211964 This book explores the political motivations for IMF and World Bank funding in the Middle East and North Africa, looking at both geopolitics and domestic political events in the recipients.


Teaching the Rhetoric of Resistance: The Popular Holocaust and Social Change in a Post 9/11 World By Robert Samuels, lecturer in the writing programs, University of California, Los Angeles Palgrave Macmillan, £42.00 ISBN 97802306024 Samuels analyses diverse contemporary reactions to the depiction of the Holocaust and other cultural traumas in museums, movies, television shows, classroom discussions and bestselling books.


Defining Community in Early Modern Europe Edited by Michael J. Halvorson, assistant professor of history, Pacific Lutheran University, and Karen E. Spierling, assistant professor of history, Ohio State University Ashgate, £60.00 ISBN 9780754661535 Although numerous historical studies use the term “community” to express or comment on social relationships within geographic, religious, political, social or literary settings, this volume draws together examples of this varied work in order to draw comparisons and conclusions about the definition of community across Early Modern Europe.


Mobility and Modernity in Women’s Novels, 1850s-1930s: Women Moving Dangerously By Wendy Parkins, senior lecturer in English, University of Otago Palgrave Macmillan, £45.00 ISBN 9780230525429 Examining these diverse representations of mobility, this book argues it is possible to consider women’s place in modernity and the opportunities for (or limitations on) women’s agency in this period.

Presentism, Gender, and Sexuality in Shakespeare Edited by Evelyn Gajowski, professor of English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00 ISBN 9780230223837 This edited collection of essays by an international group of Shakespeare scholars explores the implications of presentism for issues of sexual orientation and gender in Shakespeare’s texts.

The Diary of Edmund Harrold, Wigmaker of Manchester 1712–15 Edited by Craig Horner, associate lecturer in history, Manchester Metropolitan University Ashgate, £55.00 ISBN 9780754661726 This volume presents a modern edition of the diary of the Manchester barber Edmund Harrold, covering the period 1712–1715. It is a frank insight into the mind of an 18th-century man, seeking to come to terms with himself, his god and a changing society.

Marlowe’s Republican Authorship: Lucan, Liberty, and the Sublime By Patrick Cheney, distinguished professor of English and comparative literature, Pennsylvania State University Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00 ISBN 9781403933416 Cheney situates Marlowe’s iconoclastic dissidence within the context of Elizabethan republican thought, demonstrating that he is the literary pioneer of a Lucanian republican authorship in English.


Frederick the Great and his Musicians: The Viola da Gamba Music of the Berlin School By Michael O’Loghlin, adjunct professor of music, University of Queensland Ashgate, £55.00 ISBN 9780754658856 This study aims to show how a unique situation in 18th- century Berlin produced the last major corpus of music written for the viola da gamba, and how the more virtuosic works were probably the result of close collaboration.

Genesis and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway By Kevin Holm-Hudson, University of Kentucky Ashgate, £55.00 and £16.99 ISBN 9780754661399 and 1474 Holm-Hudson provides an academic guide to the Genesis concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, now widely regarded as a classic work of 1970s progressive rock.

Philosophy and theology

Philosophy in Turbulent Times: Canguilhem, Sartre, Foucault, Althusser, Deleuze, Derrida By Elisabeth Roudinesco, director of studies, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne Columbia University Press, £15.95 ISBN 9780231143004 Roudinesco launches a defence of Canguilhem, Sartre, Foucault, Althusser, Deleuze and Derrida against the “new philosophers” of the late 1970s and 1980s, who denounced the work, and sometimes the private lives, of this great generation.

American Christians and Islam: Evangelical Culture and Muslims from the Colonial Period to the Age of Terrorism By Thomas S. Kidd, associate professor of history, Baylor University Princeton University Press, £17.95 ISBN 9780691133492 Tracing Islam’s role in the popular imagination of American Christians from the colonial period to today, Thomas Kidd demonstrates that Protestant evangelicals have viewed Islam as a global threat since the nation’s founding.

Ernst Cassirer: The Last Philosopher of Culture By Edward Skidelsky, lecturer in philosophy, University of Exeter Princeton University Press, £19.95 ISBN 9780691131344 This is the first English-language intellectual biography of the German-Jewish philosopher Ernst Cassirer (1874-1945), a leading figure on the Weimar intellectual scene and one of the last and finest representatives of the liberal-idealist tradition l Reason, Faith and History: Philosophical Essays for Paul Helm Edited by Martin Stone, professor of philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Ashgate, £55.00 ISBN 9780754609261 This book offers a unique collection of essays on key topics in the philosophy of religion. Published in honour of Paul Helm, this book presents specially commissioned chapters by the most distinguished philosophers and theologians in the field.

Thomas Kuhn’s “Linguistic Turn” and the Legacy of Logical Empiricism: Incommensurability, Rationality and the Search for Truth By Stefano Gattei, postdoctoral fellow of philosophy, University of Pisa Ashgate, £55.00 ISBN 9780754661603 Presenting a critical history of the philosophy of science in the 20th century, focusing on the transition from logical positivism in its first half to the “new philosophy of science” in its second, Gattei examines the influence of several key figures.

Religion, Politics, and Turkey’s EU Accession By Dietrich Jung, senior researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, and Catherina Raudvere, professor of history of religions, Copenhagen University Palgrave Macmillan, £42.50 ISBN 9780230607644 This volume brings together a number of distinct historians, political scientists, social anthropologists, and legal scholars to discuss religion in the context of the European Union and Turkey


Pragmatism and Social Hope: Deepening Democracy in Global Contexts By Judith M. Green, associate professor of philosophy, Fordham University Columbia University Press, £20.50 ISBN 9780231144582 Drawing on the wisdom of past and present pragmatist thinkers, Judith M. Green maps a contemporary form of citizenship that emphasises participation and co-operation and reclaims the critical role of social movements and nongovernmental organisations.

The Myth of Digital Democracy By Matthew Hindman, professor of information technology and politics, Arizona State University Princeton University Press, £32.95 and £13.50 ISBN 9780691137612 and 8688 This book reveals that, contrary to popular belief, the internet has done little to broaden political discourse but in fact empowers a small set of elites, some new, but most familiar.

Hypocrisy Trap: The World Bank and the Poverty of Reform By Catherine Weaver, assistant professor of political science, Kansas University Princeton University Press, £35.00 and £13.50 ISBN 9780691134345 and 8190 Catherine Weaver explores how the characteristics of change in a complex international organisation make hypocrisy difficult to resolve, especially after its exposure becomes a critical threat to the organisation’s legitimacy and survival.

French NGOs in the Global Era: A Distinctive Role in International Development By Gordon D. Cumming, senior lecturer in European studies, Cardiff University Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00 ISBN 9781403945242 With its comparative dimension, its annexes and its blending of theory and practice, this book aims to be essential reading for specialists in, and students of, politics, sociology, French and development studies.

Future Public Health: Burdens, Challenges and Opportunities By Sandra Dawson, professor of management, University of Cambridge, and Zoë Slote Morris, senior research associate in engineering, University of Cambridge Palgrave Macmillan, £.50 ISBN 9780230013599 Situating public health in its social, environmental and political context, this book provides an analysis of policy frameworks, effective interventions and robust measurement and evaluation.

Germany’s Gathering Crisis: The 2005 Federal Election and the Grand Coalition By Alister Miskimmon, senior lecturer in European politics and international relations, Royal Holloway, University of London, William Paterson, director, Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham, and James Sloam, lecturer in politics and international relations, Royal Holloway, University of London Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00 ISBN 9780230516854 The contributors to this volume deal with the gathering crisis during the Red-Green government (1998-2005) and the government’s efforts to impose a reform agenda upon the country, and provide an evaluation of the success of the Grand Coalition in meeting these challenges since 2005.

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