From Sovereign to Symbol: An Age of Ritual Determinism in Fourteenth Century Japan by Thomas Conlan
From Sovereign to Symbol explores the nature of political thought in medieval Japan by analyzing the how performance of Buddhist rituals influenced the waging of Japan's fourteenth century wars and contributed to the creation of new institutions and new understanding of political power. It aims to answer the question of why the "heavenly sovereigns" or emperors of Japan survived in spite of their loss of political power and cultural authority in fourteenth century Japan. In doing so, it offers a radical reinterpretation of Japanese history and religion that the fourteenth century witnessed a paradigm shift in the understanding of power, as ritual shifted from sanctifying individuals and offices to becoming the orchestration, or actual dynamic of power in itself.
Invisible Agents: Spirits in a Central African History by David Gordon
This work shows how personal and deeply felt spiritual beliefs can inspire social movements and influence historical change. Conventional historiography concentrates on the secular, materialist, or moral sources of political agency, while instead Gordon argues that when people perceive spirits as exerting power in the visible world, these beliefs form the basis for individual and collective actions. Focusing on the history of Zambia during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, his analysis invites reflection on political and religious realms of action in other parts of the world.
Ohio University Press, 2012 (forthcoming in November)
The Government of Social Life in Colonial India: Liberalism,
Religious Law, and Women's Rights by Rachel Sturman
This important new study analyses the system of personal law in colonial India through a re-examination of women's rights. Focusing on Hindu law in western India, it challenges existing scholarship, showing how – far from being a system based on traditional values – Hindu law was developed around ideas of liberalism, and that this framework encouraged questions about equality, women's rights, the significance of bodily difference, and more broadly the relationship between state and society.
Cambridge University Press, 2012
Transnational Africa and Globalization and West African Migrations, Edited by Olufemi Vaughan
and Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké Okome
Transnational Africa and Globalization looks at the dawn of neoliberal rationality in Africa in the 1980s and the coinciding massive exodus of skilled Africans to the global North. Moving beyond the 'push and pull' framework that has dominated studies of this phenomenon, the collection instead looks at African transnational migrations against the backdrop of rapid and intensifying globalization. West African Migrations explores how African migration to Western countries after the neo-liberal economic reforms of the 1980s transformed West African states and their new transnational populations in Western countries.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment in Africa and North America,
Edited by David Gordon
Indigenous knowledge has become a catchphrase in global struggles for environmental justice. Yet indigenous knowledges are often viewed, incorrectly, as pure and primordial cultural artifacts. This collection draws from African and North American cases to argue that the forms of knowledge identified as “indigenous” resulted from strategies to control environmental resources during and after colonial encounters. Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment offers comparative and transnational insights that disturb romantic views of unchanging indigenous knowledges in harmony with the environment.
Ohio University Press, 2011
Tropical Zion: General Trujillo, FDR, and the Jews of Sosúa, by Allen Wells
Seven hundred and fifty Jewish refugees fled Nazi Germany and founded the agricultural settlement of Sosúa in the Dominican Republic, then ruled by one of Latin America’s most repressive dictators, General Rafael Trujillo. Wells tells the compelling story of General Trujillo, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the pioneers who founded a successful employee-owned dairy cooperative on the island.
Duke University Press, 2009
Shaping the Shoreline: Fisheries and Tourism on the Monterey Coast, by Connie Chiang,
In this book, Chiang examines Monterey's development from a seaside resort to a working-class fishing town and, finally, to a tourist attraction again through the subjects of work, recreation, and environment--the intersections of which are applicable to communities across the United States and abroad.
University of Washington Press, 2008
Weapons and Fighting Techniques of the Samurai, 1200-1877, by Tom Conlan
Illustrated with over 300 line drawings and color photos, explores the samurai, their ideals, and techniques and instruments of war. Conlan also explores the impact of guns and cannon on the battlefield in the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Amber Books Ltd, 2008
Working Souls: Russian Orthodoxy and Factory Labor in St. Petersburg, 1881-1917, by Page Herrlinger
In this work, Herrlinger addresses questions of religious (and irreligious) identity among workers in Russia’s most revolutionary and modern city, St. Petersburg/Petrograd. While documenting the remarkable vitality and diversity of urban religious life at the end of the Imperial era, it explores the various ways in which the components of workers’ religious identity – their practices, sensibilities, and beliefs about God, self and society – were transformed by the experience of modern factory life.
Slavica Publishers, 2007
African American Activism Before The Civil War: The Freedom Struggle in the Antebellum North, by Patrick Rael
This collection is the first work to gather together scholarly essays published from 1965 to the present on the role of African Americans and race in the struggle for equality in the northern states before the Civil War. Many of these essays are already known as classics in the field, and others are well on their way to becoming definitive in a still evolving field. Here, in one place, anchored by a comprehensive, analytical introduction discussing the historiography of antebellum black activism, the best scholarship on this crucial minority of African American activists can now be studied together.
In this book, Klingle explores the role of nature in the development of the city of Seattle from the earliest days of its settlement to the present. Combining environmental history, urban history, and human geography, Klingle shows how attempts to reshape nature in and around Seattle have often ended not only in ecological disaster but also social inequality.
Yale University Press, 2007