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August 27, 2009

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EDUCATION

- Global Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students

By Laurence Peters, University of Maryland

ISTE, $31.95

ISBN 9781564842589

Peters provides an introduction to global networks such as iEarn, Global Schoolhouse and ePals; an overview of Web 2.0 tools that support global learning, such as wikis, blogs and podcasts; and hundreds of web resources.

HISTORY

- Belfast Boys: How Unionists and Nationalists Fought and Died Together in the First World War

By Richard S. Grayson, head of the politics department and senior lecturer in British and Irish politics, Goldsmiths, University of London

Continuum, £25.00

ISBN 9781847250087

Grayson tells the story of West Belfast's involvement in fighting on the Western Front throughout the First World War, focusing on the story of the volunteers of the 36th and 16th divisions who fought at the Somme and Messines.

- Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe

By Jon R. Snyder, professor of Italian studies and comparative literature, University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California Press, £30.95

ISBN 9780520228191

Snyder studies Europe, with a special focus on Italy, to explore attitudes toward the art of dissimulation in the 16th and 17th centuries with a discussion of many canonical and lesser-known works.

LITERATURE

- Women's Diaries as Narrative in the Nineteenth-Century Novel

By Catherine Delafield, part-time tutor in English, University of Leicester

Ashgate, £55.00

ISBN 9780754665175

Using private diary writing as a model, Delafield investigates the cultural significance of 19th-century women's writing and reading practices and examines historical and fictional diaries by authors such as Frances Burney, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anne Bronte, Wilkie Collins and Bram Stoker.

- Milton's Ovidian Eve

By Mandy Green, teaching and research fellow in English, Durham University

Ashgate, £55.00

ISBN 9780754666660

Incorporating existing scholarship, close textual readings and 17th-century writings, this book is an exploration of the Ovidian allusions central to understanding Paradise Lost and Eve, one of Milton's most complicated characters.

PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

? Heaven's Touch: From Killer Stars to the Seeds of Life, How We Are Connected to the Universe

By James B. Kaler, professor emeritus of astronomy, University of Illinois

Princeton University Press, £16.95

ISBN 9780691129464

Beginning with a look at the gentle ebb and flow of lunar and solar tides, Kaler then ventures across the solar system to consider how the planets can act to produce climate change and even global disaster. He also demonstrates how Jupiter's gravity can throw asteroids toward potentially devastating collision with Earth, and how even our whole galaxy might hurl comet storms at us.

POLITICS

- The New Silk Road Diplomacy: China's Central Asian Foreign Policy since the Cold War

By Hasan H. Karrar, visiting scholar, Asian Institute, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto

University of British Columbia Press, $85.00

ISBN 9780774816922

The New Silk Road Diplomacy traces the way in which China constructed a gradualist approach to Central Asia that promoted multilateral diplomacy after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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