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History and Political Science

Obedient Germans? A Rebuttal

A New View of German History

Peter Blickle. Translated by Thomas A. Brady

Obedient Germans? A Rebuttal is a concise book, brimming with smart ideas and important, little-known information. It lays to rest the notion that ordinary people passively let 'history' sweep over them, instead of actively creating their own history. It is also a powerful antidote to some of the... More

To Live in the Center of the Moment

Literary Autobiographies of Aging

Barbara Frey Waxman

In To Live in the Center of the Moment, Barbara Frey Waxman examines the emergence of the evocative literature of aging and demonstrates how these autobiographies challenge negative cultural associations of old age. Waxman has selected narratives that focus not on the broad sweep of a person's life... More

Louisa S. McCord

Selected Writings

Richard C. Lounsbury, ed.

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The Virginia Adventure

Roanoke to James Towne

Ivor Noël Hume

In The Virginia Adventure, Noel Hume turns his attention to the two earliest English settlements in Virginia, Roanoke and James Towne, with fascinating results. Combining information gathered through excavations of the sites with contemporary accounts from journals, letters, and official records of... More

Featherless Chickens, Laughing Women, and Serious Stories

Jeannie B Thomas

Interested in preserving her family folklore, Jeannie B. Thomas recorded detailed oral histories from her mother and two grandmothers. While analyzing the tapes of these sessions, she notices the inappropriate laughter often accompanied the retelling of painful stories. In this book, Thomas... More

Running on the Record

Civil War-Era Politics in New Hampshire

Lex Renda

In this valuable study, Lex Renda uses retrospective voting theory—a quantitative political science model for assessing political allegiances—to explore the connections between voters’ judgments and public policy in New Hampshire before, during, and after the Civil War. According to this theory,... More

Interracialism and Christian Community in the Postwar South

The Story of Koinonia Farm

Tracy Elaine K'meyer

Now available in paperback, Tracy K'Meyer's book is a thoughtful and engaging portrait of Koinonia Farm, an interracial Christian cooperative founded in 1942 by two white Baptist ministers in southwest Georgia. The farm was begun as an expression of radical southern Protestantism, and its... More

William Edward Dodd

The South's Yeoman Scholar

Fred Arthur Bailey

William Edward Dodd rose from an impoverished background to become one of the early twentieth century's more distinguished southern historians. While many southern intellectuals of his time denied the existence of class conflict, Dodd made it his life's theme and was unique in using history as a... More

Under the Cover of Kindness

The Invention of Social Work

Leslie Margolin

In Under the Cover of Kindness, Leslie Margolin looks at how this country's social welfare system developed and with what results. From his detailed examination of social work texts, primarily case histories, he argues persuasively that social work disguises its own assumptions and claims to power... More

The Modernity of Witchcraft

Politics and the Occult in Postcolonial Africa

Peter Geschiere. Translated by Janet Roitman and Peter Geschiere

To many Westerners, the disappearance of African traditions of witchcraft might seem inevitable wuth continued modernization. In The Modernity of Witchcraft, Peter Geschieres uses his own experiences among the Maka and in other parts of eastern and southern Cameroon, as well as other... More

A Woman's War

Southern Women, Civil War, and the Confederate Legacy

Edward D. C. Campbell, Jr. and Kim S. Rice. Foreword by Suzanne Lebsock

Enhanced by excerpts from primary documents as well as numerous illustrations, this collection of essays by some of the country’s most prominent Civil War historians intends to move women to the center stage of Civil War history. Topics range from the experiences of female slave contrabandists, to... More

Imagining Miami

Ethnic Politics in a Postmodern World

Sheila L. Croucher

Miami has long captured the world's attention in provocative ways. During the 1980s, a series of violent racial disturbances focused national and international attention there as analysts and observers scrambled to explain the demise of the "Magic City." What has emerged is a popular image of Miami... More

The Papers of George Washington
Confederation Series, vol. 5
February-December 1787

George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

The extensive correspondence regarding Shays' Rebellion and widespread alarm over the state of the Union continues in this volume, and there are the usual letters numbering in the hundreds which deal with his more personal concerns: farm and family, slave and tenant, tradesman and artisan. But the... More

The Papers of George Washington
Confederation Series, vol. 6
January- September 1788

George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

Beginning with the decision made early in 1787 to attend the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in the summer, Washington's papers in volume 6 of the series reveal him as once again a public figure no longer standing outside and above the fray as he had been seeking to do with some success... More

To Herland and Beyond

The Life and Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Ann J. Lane

To "Herland" and Beyond is Ann J. Lane's perceptive biography of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, one of America's most important fin-de-siecle feminists. Drawing from an abundance of diaries, letters, essays, and two autobiographies- one published and one unpublished- Lane contends that her subject's... More

Launching the "Extended Republic"

The Federalist Era

Ronald Hoffman and Peter J. Albert, eds.

The essays in this volume explore some of the potentially divisive realities that characterized the Federalist Era. Nine distinguished authors address themes that include the ideological assumptions that fueled the political debate, the interrelated chracter of social and political history, the... More

The Inner Jefferson

Andrew Burstein

Thomas Jefferson's personal life has always been a puzzle to biographers. Even his contemporaries found him difficult to know. In Jefferson's correspondence, however, Andrew Burstein has found a key to the inner man. This penetrating and thoughtful portait confronts widespread misunderstandings... More

Women and Public Policies

Reassessing Gender Politics

Joyce Gelb and Marian Lief Palley

Women and Public Policies, praised by Janet Boles as "the first attempt to deal with several women's policies in a systematic manner within a common framework," analyzes how the women's movement of the 1970s influenced federal policy. The authors treat four issues- credit, education, pregnancy... More

Fatal Glory

Narciso Lopez and the First Clandestine U.S. War against Cuba

Tom Chaffin

Until now, the story of Narciso Lopez's daring invasions of Cuba has remained one of the great lost sagas of American history. Wildly famous during the mid-nineteenth century as the leader of a filibuster, a clandestine army, Lopez led the first armed challenge to Spain's long domination over Cuba... More

The American Culture Wars

Current Contests and Future Prospects

James L. Nolan, Jr., ed.

Even though the majority of Americans hold moderate views on issues such as abortion, homosexual rights, funding for the arts and public broadcasting, and multicultural education, extremists tend to dominate public debate. James Davidson Hunter explained this polarization of American politics and... More

Lost Worlds

How Our European Ancestors Coped with Everyday Life and Why Life Is So Hard Today

Arthur E. Imhof

Publication of Lost Worlds introduces to English-speaking readers one of the most original and engaging historians in Germany today. Known for his work in historical demography, Arthur E. Imhof here branches out into folklore, religion, anthropology, psychology, and the history of art. Rooted in... More

The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 7
October 1776-January 1777

George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

Volume 7 documents the dramatic events of the New York campaign and the ensuing New Jersey campaign, a seemingly endless string of American reverses and retreats terminated by surprising victories at Trenton and Princeton. The volume opens with Washington's withdrawal of most of his army from... More

Disciplining Old Age

The Formation of Gerontological Knowledge

Stephen Katz

In Disciplining Old Age Stephen Katz gives us a sophisticated and theoretically rigorous approach to what gerentology does. He deftly and subtly combines the theories of Foucault, Bourdieu, and the Althusser in his analysis of what he calls the "gerontological web."Katz explores how political and... More

Yankee Correspondence

Civil War Letters between New England Soldiers and the Home Front

Nina Silber and Mary Beth Sievens

These letters by New England soldiers and their families, many published for the first time, speak of the hardships of the war, especially frustrations with the army, homefront suffering, and government policies. They are grouped by six major themes: the military experience, the meaning of the war... More

The Papers of James Madison
Presidential Series, vol. 3
3 November 1810-4 November 1811

James Madison. Edited by J. C. A. Stagg, Jeanne Kerr Cross, and Susan Holbrook Perdue

Edited by J.C.A. Stagg, Jeanne Kerr Cross, and Susan Holbrook PerdueThis carefully annotated and indexed volume sheds new light on many of the domestic and foreign tensions that were soon to culminate in the War of 1812.The twelve-month period covered in this volume was dominated by foreign policy... More