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the origin of others toni morrison foreword by ta-nehisi coates “there is no more compelling writer for our global times toni morrison’s writings explore slavery racism the violence against women the dehumanization of minorities—all the barbarisms that are too often endured and justified in the name of civility progress order and modernity her imaginative reach is poignant and powerful and though she speaks as an african-american she embodies aesthetic and ethical values that extend way beyond the u.s.” —homi bhabha america’s foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics race fear borders the mass movement of peoples the desire for belonging what is race and why does it matter what motivates the human tendency to construct others why does the presence of others make us so afraid drawing on her norton lectures toni morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on

crime and punishment in the russian revolution mob justice and police in petrograd tsuyoshi hasegawa “this book makes a fundamental contribution to our understanding of the russian revolution by revealing the violent chaotic lived experience in the capital city in 1917 in a narrative full of colorful characters and stories hasegawa gives us a street-level view of the collapse of state authority that cleared the way for the bolshevik seizure of power.” —eric lohr american university russians from all walks of life poured into the streets of the imperial capital after the february revolution of 1917 joyously celebrating the end of tsar nicholas ii’s monarchy one year later with lenin’s bolsheviks now in power petrograd’s deserted streets presented a very different scene no celebrations marked the revolution’s anniversary amid widespread civil strife and lawlessness a fearful citizenry stayed out of sight in crime and punishment in the

the federal judiciary strengths and weaknesses richard a posner “posner’s newest book is a delightfully iconoclastic critique of ideas many judges and academics hold dear full of interesting original and wide-ranging claims for reform in the federal judiciary and law school teaching.” —victoria nourse author of œmisreading law misreading democracy no sitting federal judge has ever written so trenchant a critique of the federal judiciary as richard a posner does in this his most confrontational book skewering the politicization of the supreme court the mismanagement of judicial staff the overly complex system of appeals the threat of originalism outdated procedures and the backward-looking traditions of law schools and the american judicial system posner has written a cri de coeur and a battle cry also by richard a posner with the prospect that the supreme court will soon be divergent paths remade in substantial potentially revanchist ways the 9780674286030

i remain yours common lives in civil war letters christopher hager when north and south went to war millions of american families endured their first long separation for men in the armies—and their wives children parents and siblings at home—letter writing was the sole means to communicate yet for many of these union and confederate families taking pen to paper was a new and daunting task i remain yours narrates the civil war from the perspective of ordinary people who had to figure out how to salve the emotional strain of war and sustain their closest relationships using only the written word christopher hager presents an intimate history of the civil war through the interlaced stories of common soldiers and their families the previously overlooked words of a carpenter from indiana an illiterate teenager from connecticut a grieving mother in the mountains of north carolina and a also by christopher hager blacksmith’s daughter on the iowa prairie reveal through

safe passage the transition from british to american hegemony kori schake history records only one peaceful transition of hegemonic power the passage from british to american dominance of the international order what made that transition uniquely cooperative and nonviolent does it offer lessons to guide policy as the united states faces its own challengers to the order it has enforced since the 1940s to answer these questions kori schake explores nine points of crisis or tension between britain and the united states from the monroe doctrine in 1823 to the establishment of the unequal “special relationship” during world war ii over this period safe passage shows the united states gradually changed the rules that britain had established at its imperial height it was able to do so peacefully because during the crucial years britain and the united states came to look alike to each other and different from other nations britain followed america’s lead in becoming more

self-consciousness and objectivity american niceness an introduction to absolute idealism a cultural history sebastian rödl carrie tirado bramen self-consciousness and objectivity undermines a foundational dogma of contemporary philosophy that knowledge in order to be objective must be knowledge of something that is as it is independent of being known to be so sebastian rödl revives the thought—as ancient as philosophy but largely forgotten today—that knowledge precisely on account of being objective is self-knowledge knowledge knowing itself thus he intervenes in a discussion that runs through the work of bernard williams thomas nagel adrian moore and others who seek to comprehend the claim to objectivity we raise in making judgments while these authors think that the quest for objectivity demands that we transcend the first person rödl argues that it is through the firstperson thought contained in every judgment that our judgments possess the objectivity that

austrian reconstruction and the collapse of global finance 1921–1931 nathan marcus in 1921 austria became the first interwar european country to experience hyperinflation the league of nations among other actors stepped in to help reconstruct the economy but a decade later austria’s largest bank creditanstalt collapsed historians have correlated these events with the banking and currency crisis that destabilized interwar europe—a narrative that relies on the claim that austria was a victim of financial interlopers in this corrective history nathan marcus deemphasizes the negative role of external players in austria’s reconstruction and points to the greater impact of domestic malfeasance and predatory speculation on the nation’s financial and political decline this book shows how the league of nations’ efforts to curb austrian hyperinflation in 1922 were politically constrained the league left austria in 1926 but foreign interests intervened

still points robert gardner edited by adele pressman foreword by eliot weinberger corpus of maya hieroglyphic inscriptions volume 10 part 1 cotzumalhuapa oswaldo chinchilla mazariegos series edited by still points is a collection of remarkable and evocative still photographs taken by award-winning nonfiction filmmaker and author robert gardner during his anthropological and filming expeditions around the world thousands of his original photographic transparencies and negatives from the kalahari desert new guinea colombia india ethiopia niger and other remote locations are now housed in the photographic archives of harvard’s peabody museum of archaeology and ethnology this elegantly produced volume presents a curated selection of more than 70 color and black-and-white images made by gardner between the 1950s and the 1980s edited by adele pressman gardner s wife and literary executor and with a foreword by eliot weinberger still points both honors an important and influential

knowing bodies passionate souls sense perceptions in byzantium justinianic mosaics of hagia sophia and their aftermath natalia b teteriatnikov edited by susan ashbrook harvey • margaret mullett how does sense perception contribute to human cognition how did the byzantines understand that contribution byzantine culture in all its domains showed deep appreciation for sensory awareness and sensory experience the senses were reckoned as modes of knowledge—intersecting realms both human and divine bodily and spiritual physical and intellectual scholars have attended to aspects of sight and sound in byzantine culture but have generally left smell taste and touch undervalued and understudied through collected essays that redress the imbalance the contributors explore how the byzantines viewed the senses how they envisaged sensory interactions within their world and how they described narrated and represented the senses at work the result is a fresh charting of the byzantine

inventing the individual madison’s hand larry siedentop mary sarah bilder the origins of western liberalism here in a grand narrative spanning 1,800 years of european history a distinguished political philosopher firmly rejects western liberalism’s usual account of itself its emergence in opposition to religion in the early modern era larry siedentop argues instead that liberal thought is in its underlying assumptions the offspring of the church “a magnificent work of intellectual psychological and spiritual history it is hard to decide which is more remarkable the breadth of learning displayed on almost every page the infectious enthusiasm that suffuses the whole book the riveting originality of the central argument or the emotional power and force with which it is deployed.” —david marquand new republic “a philosophical history in the spirit of voltaire condorcet hegel and guizot at a time when we on the left need to be stirred from our

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