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Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America

In Beyond Imagined Communities four historians examine social situations, showing how more diverse cultural influences shaped Latin American nationalisms.

Illegal Drugs, Economy, and Society in the Andes

Author(s)
Francisco E. Thoumi

Some countries develop illegal drug industries, and others do not. Discerning the distinguishing characteristics--social, economic, and political--of countries with these industries forms the subject of this sophisticated and humane subject.

Frontier Passages: Ethnopolitics and the Rise of Chinese Communism, 1921-1945

Author(s)
Xiaoyuan Liu

In this pathbreaking book, Xiaoyuan Liu establishes the ways in which the history of the Chinese Communist Party was, from the Yan'an period onward, intertwined with the ethnopolitics of the Chinese "periphery."

Popular Political Support in Urban China

Author(s)
Jie Chen

Has the current political system in the People's Republic of China lost its legitimacy in the eyes of the Chinese public? On the basis of three carefully drawn surveys of Beijing residents between 1995 and 1999, the author finds that diffuse support for the current political system—based on attitudes toward institutions and values—remains strong, at least among city-dwellers, though it is gradually declining.

Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America

Religion Returns to the Public Square:Faith and Policy in America explores how and why religion has to be mixed up with American politics. Uncovering philosophical, historical, legal, and social roots of this relationship, these essays go beyond hot-button issues to reflect on the current interactions and future possibilities of religion and politics in America.

Confronting Vietnam: Soviet Policy toward the Indochina Conflict, 1954–1963, by Ilya V. Gaiduk

Confronting Vietnam: Soviet Policy toward the Indochina Conflict, 1954–1963

Author(s)
Ilya V. Gaiduk

Based on extensive research in the Russian archives, this book examines the Soviet approach to the Vietnam conflict between the 1954 Geneva conference on Indochina and late 1963, when the overthrow of the South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem and the assassination of John F. Kennedy radically transformed the conflict.

Composing Urban History and the Constitution of Civic Identities

Composing Urban History and the Constitution of Civic Identities tells the story of how fractured urban communities sometimes succeed and sometimes fail at creating a way of life embracing the many varieties of people and institutions that make cities both urban and urbane.

Finding the Middle Way:The Utraquists' Liberal Challenge to Rome and Luther

Author(s)
Zdenék V. David

Can an orthodox Christian creed and ritual be combined with a liberal church administration and a tolerant civic acceptance of not-so-orthodox views and practices? This question--perennial among Catholics for the past two centuries and the goal of the Anglican quest for a via media--finds an affirmative answer in Zdenek V. David's history of the Utraquist church of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Bohemia.

Crime and Violence in Latin America: Citizen Security, Democracy, and the State

By virtually any standard of measurement, Latin America ranks as one of the most violent regions in the world. Violence and crime pose serious threats to the relatively fragile democracies of Latin America and the Caribbean. This volume offers timely discussion by attorneys, government officials, policy analysts, and academics from the United States and Latin America of the responses of the state, civil society, and the international community to these threats.

Environmental Peacemaking

This volume examines the case for environmental peacemaking by comparing progress, prospects, and problems of initiatives in six regions--South Asia, Central Asia, the Baltic, Southern Africa, the Caucasus, and the U.S.-Mexico border.

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