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October 22, 2009

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- Electronic Markets: Benefits, Costs and Risks

Edited by Craig Standing, professor of strategic information management, Edith Cowan University. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 9780230229228

This book examines the developments in electronic markets in relation to three key areas: online retailing, electronic collaboration and electronic marketplaces. The chapters are written by leaders in their fields, who provide cutting-edge perspectives on how to take advantage of electronic markets.


- MATLAB with Applications to Engineering, Physics and Finance

By David Baez-Lopez, professor of computer science, Universidad de las Americas. CRC Press, £49.99. ISBN 9781439806975

Baez-Lopez shows how to perform complex mathematical tasks with MATLAB programs. After simple functions, he turns to advanced topics, including using Simulink for system modelling and simulation.

- Computer Arithmetic and Verilog HDL Fundamentals

By Joseph Cavanagh, lecturer in computer science, Santa Clara University. CRC Press, £89.00. ISBN 9781439811245

Cavanagh presents the design of computer arithmetic circuits for four arithmetic operations using three number representations. For each design method, the text illustrates the underlying theory, examples of use, organisation of the arithmetic function, logic design of the circuit, and Verilog HDL implementation.


- ?1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe

By Mary Elise Sarotte, professor of international relations, University of Southern California. Princeton University Press, £20.95. ISBN 9780691143064

Sarotte uses previously unavailable sources to explore the events after the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago and their impact on our world.

- A History of Reading and Writing: In the Western World

By Martyn Lyons, professor of history, University of New South Wales. Palgrave Macmillan. £52.50 and £17.99. ISBN 9780230001619 and 1626

For this social history of reading and writing, Lyons surveys the changing relationships that ordinary men and women have had with the written word, from early times to the present day.


- The 'Militant Democracy' Principle in Modern Democracies

Edited by Markus Thiel, assistant professor of law, Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf. Ashgate, £70.00. ISBN 9780754671831

Offering an analysis of key country approaches to militant democracy, this title features contributions from some key people working in this area, including Mark Tushnet and Helen Irving.


- Defoe's Writings and Manliness: Contrary Men

By Stephen H. Gregg, senior lecturer in English, Bath Spa University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754656050

Arguing that Defoe's writings insistently return to the issues of manliness and its contrary effeminacy, Gregg reveals how the author's works drew upon and tested the complex and diverse range of discourses through which masculinity was discussed in the period.

- Biblical Women's Voices in Early Modern England

By Michele Osherow, assistant professor of English, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754666745

Osherow presents a series of case studies of biblical heroines who engage in poetry and in song and investigates how the cultural requirement for feminine silence informs early modern readings of these characters, and how they were used to counteract cultural constraints on women's speech.

- The Historical Literature of the Jack Cade Rebellion

By Alexander L. Kaufman, assistant professor of English and philosophy, Auburn University at Montgomery. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754667032

In this study of the primary documents related to the Cade Rebellion, Kaufman demonstrates how the chroniclers produced multiple representations of the event, and argues that these varying narratives should not be dismissed as inauthentic but read as clues to ideological positions on 15th-century politics.

- Between Baudelaire and Mallarme: Voice, Conversation and Music

By Helen Abbott, lecturer in French, Bangor University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754667452

Abbott examines the verse and prose poetry of Baudelaire and Mallarme, together with their critical writings, to address how their attitudes towards the performance practice of poetry influenced the future of both poetry and music.

- Spread of Novels: Translation and Prose Fiction in the Eighteenth Century

By Mary Helen McMurran, assistant professor of English, University of Western Ontario. Princeton University Press, £44.95. ISBN 97806911415

McMurran explores the active movements of English and French fiction in the 18th century and argues that the new literary form of the novel was the result of a shift in translation.

- Bookish Histories: Books, Literature, and Commercial Modernity, 1700-1900

Edited by Ina Ferris, professor of English, University of Ottawa, and Paul Keen, professor of English, Carleton University. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230222311

This collection of essays presents a literary history that situates questions about books at the intersection of a range of debates about the role of authors and readers, the organisation of knowledge, the vogue for collecting, and the impact of overlapping technologies of writing and shifting generic boundaries.


- Aspects of the Secular Cantata in Late Baroque Italy

Edited by Michael Talbot, professor of music, University of Liverpool. Ashgate, £65.00. ISBN 9780754657941

The contributors in this volume choose aspects of the cantata relevant to their special interests in order to say new things about the works, whether historical, analytical, bibliographical, discographical or performance-based.

- (J)1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About

By Joshua Clover, associate professor of music, University of California, Davis. University of California Press, £14.95. ISBN 9780520252554

By using cultural sensations and events, Clover tracks the emergence of seemingly disconnected phenomena, from grunge to acid house to gangsta rap, asking whether pop music had been biding its time until 1989 came along to make sense of its sensibility.


- G.W.F. Hegel

Edited by Dudley Knowles, professor of philosophy, University of Glasgow. Ashgate, £150.00. ISBN 97807546265

The essays here bring together interpreters of Hegel writing in English to explore his distinguished heritage and explain its distinctive contribution to the perennial concerns of political philosophy.


- Daring and Caution in Turkish Strategic Culture: Republic at Sea

By Malik Mufti, associate professor of political science, Tufts University. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 9780230236387

Malik argues that Turkey's security policy is dominated by an insular and risk-averse "republican" strategic culture paradigm, that this paradigm has fallen into crisis, bringing some of its core elements in conflict with others, and that this crisis has permitted the reassertion of a more cosmopolitan and risk-taking "imperial" counter-paradigm.


- Contested Bodies of Childhood and Youth

Edited by Kathrin Horschelmann, lecturer in human geography, Durham University, and Rachel Colls, lecturer in geography, Durham University. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230201385

The authors respond to political and media discourses that stigmatise "unruly" youthful bodies by combining the critical analysis of imagined and disciplined youthful bodies with a focus on young people's lived and performed, embodied subjectivities.

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