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July 30, 2009

CHEMISTRY

- Modern Molecular Photochemistry of Organic Molecules

By Nicholas J. Turro, William P. Schweitzer professor of chemistry, Columbia University, V. Ramamurthy, Bernaud Bauss professor of organic chemistry, Tulane University, and Juan Scaiano, professor of organic chemistry, University of Ottawa. Palgrave Macmillan, £48.99. ISBN 9781891389252

This revision of Turro's original textbook presents an introduction to organic chemistry and covers the mechanisms of organic chemistry's photoreactions and the photochemistry of the basic functional groups.

HISTORY

- Welsh History in the Early Middle Ages: Texts and Societies

By Wendy Davies, emeritus professor of history, University College London. Ashgate, £75.00. ISBN 9780754659716

Presented in this volume are Davies' early studies on the text of the Book of Llan Dav and later pieces that explore the place of Wales in the wider world of the early Middle Ages.

LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS

- Intercultural Interaction: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Intercultural Communication

By Helen Spencer-Oatey, director, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, and Peter Franklin, professor of languages, communication and culture in international business and management, HTWG Konstanz University of Applied Sciences. Palgrave Macmillan, £65.00 and £18.99. ISBN 9781403986306 and 6313

The authors draw on concepts and findings from a range of different disciplines and use authentic examples of intercultural interaction to illustrate points on contemporary concepts and practice.

LAW

- Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law: American and European Strategies

Edited by Amichai Magen, lecturer in law, Stanford University, Thomas Risse, professor of international politics, Free University of Berlin, and Michael A. McFaul, professor of political science and director, Centre on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law, Stanford University. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 9780230220065

European and American experts compare US and European Union strategies to promote democracy around the world.

LITERATURE

- Conceptualizing Cruelty to Children in Nineteenth-Century England: Literature, Representation, and the NSPCC

By Monica Flegel, assistant professor of English, Lakehead University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754664567

Considering a wide range of texts, Flegel provides a framework for understanding the concept of child cruelty popularised by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

- Kant and Theology at the Boundaries of Reason

By Chris L. Firestone, associate professor of philosophy, Trinity International University. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754661306

Firestone shows that Kant's philosophy establishes three distinct grounds for transcendental theology and then evaluates the form and content of theology that emerges when Christian theologians adopt these grounds.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

- European Gender Regimes and Policies: Comparative Perspectives

By Sevil Sumer, associate professor of sociology, University of Bergen. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754670865

Sumer reviews recent advances of gender policies in different countries in the European Union, together with empirical data on gender relations in the labour market and within families.

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