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February 26, 2009

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- The Idol in the Age of Art: Objects, Devotions and the Early Modern World

Edited by Michael W. Cole, associate professor of history of art, University of Pennsylvania, and Rebecca E. Zorach, associate professor of history of art, University of Chicago. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754652908

By presenting essays concerned with European subjects and European perceptions of other cultures, The Idol in the Age of Art aims to contribute to ongoing attempts to globalise the study of European art.

- Image Making in Byzantium, Sasanian Persia and the Early Muslim World: Images and Cultures

By Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh professor of art history, Pennsylvania State University. Ashgate, £80.00. ISBN 9780754659495

In this third collection of papers, Cutler turns his attention to relations between Byzantium and the East, although this generic concept embraces societies as far afield as Islamic Andalusia and Sasanian Persia.


- How Managers Have Learnt to Lead: Exploring the Development of Leadership Practice

By Steve Kempster, professor of leadership, University of Cumbria. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 9780230220959

Kempster explores how leadership practice is learnt via chapter reviews of leadership, learning and leadership development. From this foundation, he goes on to examine the leadership learning of public and private sectors, women managers and owner-managers.


- Cooperative Banking: Innovations and Developments

By Vittorio Boscia, professor of banking, University of Salento, Alessandro Carretta, professor of financial markets and institutions, University of Rome, and Paola Schwizer, professor of banking, University of Parma. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 9781403996695

This book provides insights into specific issues related to innovation and development in co-operative banking, describing the current role and rationale of co-operative banking and examining the contents of some provisions to analyse the likely impact on the strategic, organisational and operative model of co-operative banks around the world.

- Corruption, Development and Institutional Design

Edited by Janos Kornai, distinguished research professor of economics, Central European University, Laszlo Matyas, university professor of econometrics, Central European University, and Gerard Roland, professor of economics and political science, University of California, Berkeley. Palgrave Macmillan, £65.00. ISBN 9780230546998

With the aim of providing a comprehensive analysis of institutions, and of the global economy more generally, this volume explores systems of institutions, the interactions between institutions and the effect that corruption can have on them.


- ?Before My Helpless Sight: Suffering, Dying and Military Medicine on the Western Front, 1914-1918

By Leo van Bergen, lecturer in medical history, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Ashgate, £35.00. ISBN 9780754658535

This book examines military victims of the First World War, looking at what could happen in the life of a soldier, from the moment he got on the train that took him to the Western front until his death and burial.

- ? From Heads of Household to Heads of State: The Preaccession Households of Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, 1516-1558

By J.L. McIntosh, assistant professor of history, University of Tennessee. Columbia University Press, £42.95. ISBN 9780231135504

McIntosh argues that Mary I and Elizabeth I were authority figures before they acceded to the English throne, as independent heads of households and property owners claiming a social and political status usually reserved for elite men.


- Emissaries in Early Modern Literature and Culture: Mediation, Transmission, Traffic, 1550-1700

Edited by Brinda Charry, assistant professor of English, Keene State College, and Gitanjali Shahani, assistant professor of English, San Francisco State University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754662075

This collection takes up the literary and cultural productions and representations of ambassadors, factors, traders, translators, spies, middlemen, merchants, missionaries and other agents, who served as complex conduits for the global transport of goods, religious ideologies and sociocultural practices throughout the early modern period.

- ? Popular Shakespeare: Simulation and Subversion on the Modern Stage

By Stephen Purcell, lecturer in Shakespeare, theatre history and contemporary performance, Southampton Solent University. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230577039

A wide-ranging account of Shakespearean performance in Britain since the 1990s, this book examines an interrelated set of shifts in what the name Shakespeare means to us today.


- Phenomenology and Eschatology: Not Yet in the Now

Edited by Neal DeRoo, teaching fellow in philosophy, Boston College, and John P. Manoussakis, visiting assistant professor in philosophy, College of the Holy Cross. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754667018

The editors bring together leading thinkers such as Lacoste, Romano, Kearney and Hart to explore the ways in which phenomenology and eschatology, two seemingly unrelated disciplines, illuminate each other.

- Faiths, Public Policy and Civil Society: Problems, Policies, Controversies

By Adam Dinham, reader in faiths and civil society, Goldsmiths, University of London. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230573307

Using empirical data and theory, this book explores the role of faiths as public actors, their contribution to welfare services, how they help build or break down community cohesion and what it means for them and for others to be involved in new modes of governance.


- Gendering the World Bank: Neoliberalism and the Gendered Foundations of Global Governance

By Penny Griffin, lecturer in politics and international relations, University of New South Wales. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 97802302187

Griffin refuses to see the world of economic policymaking and development "common sense" as value neutral, focusing instead on revealing how gender matters in and to the global political economy.

- Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond

By Anny Bakalian, associate director, and Mehdi Bozorgmehr, co-director, both of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Centre, City University of New York. University of California Press, £32.95 and £12.95. ISBN 9780520257344 and 7351

Through fieldwork and interviews with community leaders, Bakalian and Bozorgmehr show how ethnic organisations mobilised to show their commitment to the US while defending their rights and distancing themselves from the terrorists.


- Where We Live Now: Immigration and Race in the United States

By John Iceland, professor of sociology and demography, Pennsylvania State University. University of California Press, £29.95 and £11.95. ISBN 97805202576 and 7634

In his examination of residential segregation patterns, Iceland addresses such questions as: What evidence suggests that immigrants are assimilating residentially? Does the assimilation process change for immigrants of different racial and ethnic backgrounds? How has immigration affected the residential patterns of native-born blacks and whites?

?Trivial Complaints: The Role of Privacy in Domestic Violence Law and Activism in the US

By Kirsten S. Rambo, former visiting assistant professor of women's studies, Emory University. Columbia University Press, £42.95. ISBN 9780231135573

Rambo explores the historical relationship between privacy and domestic violence through an analysis of litigation and activism between the late 19th century and the late 20th century.

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Business and management

The Management of Meaning in Organizations By Slawek Magala, head of the department of organisational theory and human resource management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00 ISBN 9780230013612 Magala discusses the past, present and future of meaning, showing how management of meaning in organisations fuels sociocultural evolution in complex societies, changing semantic fields of possible meanings ahead.


Restructuring Welfare Organizations in Europe By Paola Mattei, research fellow in economics, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00 ISBN 9780230217324 Mattei offers an analysis of the pressures from within public organisations providing welfare services and focuses on the new institutional governance affecting health care and state education in the new millennium.

Anticipating Correlations: A New Paradigm for Risk Management

By Robert Engle, professor of finance and Michael Armellino professorship in the management of financial services, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University Princeton University Press, £28.95 ISBN 9780691116419 Engle introduces an important new method for estimating correlations for large systems of assets, Dynamic Conditional Correlation; demonstrates the role of correlations in financial decision making; and addresses the economic underpinnings and theoretical properties of correlations and their relation to other measures of dependence.


Shaping Church Law Around the Year 1000: The Decretum of Burchard of Worms By Greta Austin, associate professor in the history of Christianity, University of Puget Sound Ashgate, £65.00 ISBN 9780754650911 This study of Burchard’s Decretum, a popular book of Catholic canon law compiled just after the year 1000, sheds new light on the development of law and theology long before the Gregorian Reform, normally considered a watershed in the history of the Latin Church.

Readers, Texts and Compilers in the Earlier Middle Ages: Studies in Medieval Canon

Law in Honour of Linda Fowler-Magerl

Edited by Martin Brett, fellow in history, Robinson College, University of Cambridge, and Kathleen G. Cushing, senior lecturer in medieval history, University of Keele Ashgate, £55.00 ISBN 9780754662358 The essays in this volume explore the creation and transmission of canonical texts and the motives of their compilers, while also addressing the issues of how the law was interpreted and used by diverse audiences in the earlier Middle Ages.

Early Medieval Studies in Memory of Patrick Wormald Edited by Stephen Baxter, lecturer in medieval British history, King’s College London, Catherine Karkov, professor of art history, University of Leeds, Janet Nelson, chair in medieval history, King’s College London and David Pelteret, senior research fellow in history, King’s College London Ashgate, £85.00 ISBN 9780754663317 Covering key theses including those on kingship, law, image, ideology and culture, this collection offers contributions from an international cast of medieval scholars, providing a cross-section of the latest research.

Transformations of Late Antiquity: Essays for Peter Brown Edited by Philip Rousseau, Andrew W. Mellon distinguished professor of early Christian studies, Catholic University of America, and Manolis Papoutsakis, lecturer in Syriac and classical Armenian languages and literatures, Princeton University Ashgate, £65.00 ISBN 9780754665533 All the essays here in some way explore the notion of transformation in considering the late antique ability to turn the past to new uses, and to set its wealth of principle and insight to work in new settings.

Contested Triumphs: Politics, Pageantry, and Performance in Livy’s Republican Rome By Miriam R. Pelikan Pittenger, associate professor of classics, Hanover College University of California Press, £42.95 ISBN 9780520241398 This analysis of Roman political culture in the middle Republic focuses on the concerns of the Roman Senate as it decided whether or not to award triumphal honours to a victorious general.

Lincoln on Race and Slavery

Edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher university professor of history of American civilisation and director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University Princeton University Press, £14.95 ISBN 9780691142340 Gates presents the full range of Lincoln’s views on race and slavery, gathered from his private letters, speeches, official documents and even jokes, arranged chronologically from the late 1830s to the 1860s.


Joseph Conrad and the Performing Arts

Edited by Katherine Isobel Baxter, research assistant professor of English, University of Hong Kong, and Richard J. Hand, reader in theatre and media drama, University of Glamorgan Ashgate, £55.00 ISBN 9780754664901 The contributors to this volume examine major and neglected works within the context of the performing arts, including popular theatrical traditions, early cinema, shadow plays, Shakespeare and opera.

Abstractions of Evidence in the Study of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books By Joseph A. Dane, professor of Middle English literature, University of Southern California Ashgate, £55.00 ISBN 9780754665014 Dane critiques the use of material evidence in studies of manuscript and printed books by delving into accepted notions about the study of print culture. He questions the institutional and ideological presuppositions that govern medieval studies, descriptive bibliography and library science.

Shakespeare and the Culture of Paradox By Peter G. Platt, associate professor of English, Barnard College Ashgate, £55.00 ISBN 9780754665519 Platt examines Renaissance culture through the lens of paradox, specifically analysing paradoxes surrounding geography, equity law, and the acting in and witnessing of the Elizabethan-Jacobean theatre itself.


A Garland of Feminist Reflections: Forty Years of Religious Exploration By Rita M. Gross, emeritus professor of comparative studies in religion, University of Wisconsin University of California Press, £35.00 and £14.95 ISBN 9780520255852 and 5869 The essays in A Garland of Feminist Reflections represent the major aspects of Gross’ work and provide an overview of her methodology in women’s studies in religion and feminism.

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