Books Spring/Summer 2018 by Harvard University Press

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the people vs democracy why our freedom is in danger and how to save it yascha mounk “mounk mounts a powerful argument that liberal democracy stands at a critical point he points us wisely toward a domesticated inclusive nationalism and a renewed civic faith an important book that should be read widely.” —dani rodrik author of economics rules and the globalization paradox the world is in turmoil from india to turkey and from poland to the united states authoritarian populists have seized power as a result yascha mounk shows democracy itself may now be at risk two core components of liberal democracy—individual rights and the popular will—are increasingly at war with each other as the role of money in politics soared and important issues were taken out of public contestation a system of “rights without democracy” took hold populists who rail against this say they want to return power to the people but in practice they create something just

globalists the end of empire and the birth of neoliberalism quinn slobodian “well-executed engaging and important this is by far the best book i have read on neoliberalism ever.” —bruce caldwell director of the center for history of political economy duke university “a remarkable study elegant and lucid slobodian’s complete mastery of his subject is evident.” —angus burgin johns hopkins university neoliberals hate the state or do they in the first intellectual history of neoliberal globalism quinn slobodian follows a group of thinkers from the ashes of the habsburg empire to the creation of the world trade organization to show that neoliberalism emerged less to shrink government and abolish regulations than to redeploy them at a global level slobodian begins in austria in the 1920s empires were dissolving and nationalism socialism and democratic self-determination threatened the stability of the global capitalist system in response austrian

the rise of rome from the iron age to the punic wars kathryn lomas “lomas’s clear narrative and up-to-date archaeological knowledge is just the right combination to bring the fascinating story of the emergence of rome as a world power to a wider audience.” —christopher smith university of st andrews by the third century bc the once-modest settlement of rome had conquered most of italy and was poised to build an empire throughout the mediterranean basin what transformed a humble city into the preeminent power of the region in the rise of rome the historian and archaeologist kathryn lomas reconstructs the diplomatic ploys political stratagems and cultural exchanges whereby rome established itself as a dominant player in a region already brimming with competitors the latin world she argues was not so much subjugated by rome as unified by it this new type of society that emerged from rome’s conquest and unification of italy would serve as a political model

a world of empires the russian voyage of the frigate pallada edyta m bojanowska ivan goncharov author of ™the frigate pallada on the british in madeira “it is certainly vexing that the english put down roots in all climes and soils it is even more vexing that they proudly carry on like a hen with its egg and cackle about their achievements to the whole world.” many people are familiar with american commodore matthew perry’s expedition to open trade relations with japan in the early 1850s less well known is that on the heels of the perry squadron followed a russian expedition secretly on the same mission serving as secretary to the naval commander was novelist ivan goncharov who turned his impressions into a book the frigate pallada which became a bestseller in imperial russia in a world of empires edyta bojanowska uses goncharov’s fascinating travelogue as a window onto global imperial history in the mid-nineteenth century reflecting on encounters in

catholic modern the challenge of totalitarianism and the remaking of the church james chappel in 1900 the catholic church stood staunchly against human rights religious freedom and the secular state according to the catholic view modern concepts like these unleashed by the french revolution had been a disaster yet by the 1960s those positions were reversed how did this happen why and when did the world’s largest religious organization become modern james chappel finds an answer in the shattering experiences of the 1930s faced with the rise of nazism and communism european catholics scrambled to rethink their church and their faith simple opposition to modernity was no longer an option the question was how to be modern these were life and death questions as catholics struggled to keep church doors open without compromising their core values although many catholics collaborated with fascism a few collaborated with communists in the resistance both strategies required novel

america classifies the immigrants from ellis island to the 2020 census joel perlmann when more than twenty million immigrants arrived in the united states between 1880 and 1920 the government attempted to classify them according to prevailing ideas about race and nationality but this proved hard to do ideas about racial or national difference were slippery contested and yet consequential—were “hebrews” a “race,” a “religion,” or a “people” as joel perlmann shows a self-appointed pair of officials created the government’s 1897 list of races and peoples which shaped exclusionary immigration laws the wording of the u.s census and federal studies that informed social policy across the five decades ending in the 1920s american immigration policy built increasingly upon the belief that some groups of immigrants were desirable others not debates over this policy institutionalized race distinctions between whites and nonwhites but

beginning at the end colonial al-andalus robert stilling eric calderwood decadence modernism and postcolonial poetry during the struggle for decolonization frantz fanon argued that artists who mimicked european aestheticism were “beginning at the end,” skipping the inventive phase of youth for a decadence thought more typical of europe’s declining empires robert stilling takes up fanon’s assertion to argue that decadence became a key idea in postcolonial thought describing both the failures of revolutionary nationalism and the assertion of new cosmopolitan ideas about poetry and art in stilling’s account anglophone postcolonial artists have reshaped modernist forms associated with the idea of art for art’s sake and often condemned as decadent reimagining aestheticism as a mode of anticolonial critique like their european counterparts postcolonial artists have had to negotiate between the imaginative demands of art and the pressure to conform to

selected poems nikos engonopoulos translated by david connolly nikos engonopoulos 1907–1985 was one of the most prominent representatives of greek surrealist poetry and painting closely associated with andreas embeirikos the “patriarch” of surrealism in greece and with nicolas calas an influential figure of the european and american avant-garde engonopoulos developed highly experimental pictorial and poetic aesthetics in both his paintings and poems he engaged in a critical often ironic dialogue with greek history and cultural traditions and their ideological appropriations in established cultural and political discourses engonopoulos was arguably the keenest advocate of surrealist black humor and irony in greece his overall approach to the greek past informed as it was by the socio-aesthetic principles of french surrealism constitutes one of the most ingenious and provocative cases of artistic mythogenesis in the european avant-garde this volume offers a collection

a comparative dictionary of raute and rawat guardian of a dying flame tibeto-burman languages of the central himalayas Śāriputra c 1335–1426 and the end of late indian buddhism jana fortier arthur mckeown raute and rawat are endangered languages belonging to the raji-raute language cluster within the large sino-tibetan family of languages spoken across asia the raute and rawat people are forest foragers in the central himalayan region living by hunting gathering and trade of wooden carvings to outsiders their remarkably conservative mother tongues contain a wealth of concepts about egalitarianism religious animism and aspects of forest life understanding these language concepts may provide a better appreciation of the cultural history of forest-dwelling peoples in asia and a way of living that is in danger of becoming obsolete—as farming communities convert the forests to fields and people face pressure to assimilate the dictionary provides a full description of

dark ghettos dignity tommie shelby michael rosen injustice dissent and reform its history and meaning why do american ghettos persist scholars and commentators often identify some factor—such as single motherhood joblessness or violent street crime—as the key to solving the problem and recommend policies accordingly but tommie shelby argues these attempts to “fix” ghettos or “help” their poor inhabitants ignore fundamental questions of justice and fail to see the urban poor as moral agents responding to injustice “provocative˜ shelby doesn’t lay out a jobs program or a housing initiative indeed as he freely admits he offers ‘no new political strategies or policy proposals.’ what he aims to do instead is both more abstract and more radical to challenge the assumption common to liberals and conservatives alike that ghettos are ‘problems’ best addressed with narrowly targeted government programs or civic

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