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Beyond Gender: The New Politics of Work and Family by Betty Friedan

Beyond Gender: The New Politics of Work and Family

Author(s)
Betty Friedan

As the author of The Feminine Mystique and head of the National Organization for Women, Betty Friedan helped spark a movement that revolutionized the fight for equal rights and opportunities for women. Now, in Beyond Gender: The New Politics of Work and Family, Friedan argues that the old solutions no longer work. The time has come, she contends, for women and men to move forward from identity politics and gender-based, single-issue political activism.

Churchill as Peacemaker, edited by James W. Muller

Churchill as Peacemaker

Winston Churchill had an acute appreciation of what belongs to war and what belongs to peace; we remember his resistance to Nazi tyranny during the Second World War and his actions as a man of war. In this book, scholars from the United States, Great Britain, and South Africa examine his other actions and comments, those that reflect the primary focus of Churchill's long career: his attempts to keep and restore peace throughout the world, from Queen Victoria's little wars to the Cold War.

The Historical Imagination in Early Modern Britain: History, Rhetoric, and Fiction, 1500-1800, edited by Donald R. Kelley and David Harris Sacks

The Historical Imagination in Early Modern Britain: History, Rhetoric, and Fiction, 1500-1800

These essays by some of the most distinguished historians and literary scholars in the English-speaking world explore the overlap, interplay, and interaction between supposedly truthful history and fact-based fiction in British writing from the Tudor period to the Enlightenment. Despite the many theoretical questions posed, the discussions primarily focus on concrete works, including those of Thomas More, John Foxe, Thomas Hobbes, Adam Smith, and Edward Gibbon.

 Beyond the Monolith: The Emergence of Regionalism in Post-Soviet Russia, edited by Peter J. Stavrakis, Joan DeBardeleben, and Larry Black

Beyond the Monolith: The Emergence of Regionalism in Post-Soviet Russia

Author(s)
Larry Black

In the wake of the USSR's breakup, the eighty-nine constituent subjects of the Russian Federation emerged as political players, grasping power for local policies from a weakened central authority and electing the legislators who have altered the complexion of the central government. Beyond the Monolith examines the impact of Russia's emerging regionalism on the political, economic, and social transformation of the largest of the successor states of the Soviet Union.

The Crisis in Kashmir: Portents of War, Hopes of Peace by Sumit Ganguly

The Crisis in Kashmir: Portents of War, Hopes of Peace

Author(s)
Sumit Ganguly

This book traces the origins of the insurgency in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir. The first theoretically-grounded account, and the most complete, it is based on extensive interviews. Ganguly's central argument is that the insurgency can be explained by political mobilization and institutional decay.

 For Democracy's Sake: Foundations and Democracy Assistance in Central Europe by Kevin F. F. Quigley

For Democracy's Sake: Foundations and Democracy Assistance in Central Europe

Author(s)
Kevin F. F. Quigley

 This pathbreaking study examines foundations' democracy assistance programs in Central Europe in the years immediately following the fall of the Berlin Wall, both measuring their size and evaluating their strategies.

 Reconstructed Lives: Women and Iran's Islamic Revolution by Haleh Esfandiari

Reconstructed Lives: Women and Iran's Islamic Revolution

Author(s)
Haleh Esfandiari

The Islamic revolution of 1979 transformed all areas of Iranian life. For women, the consequences were extensive and profound, as the state set out to reverse legal and social rights women had won and to dictate many aspects of women's lives, including what they could study and how they must dress and relate to men. Reconstructed Lives presents Iranian women telling in their own words what the revolution attempted and how they responded. Through a series of interviews with professional and working women in Iran, Haleh Esfandiari gathers dramatic accounts of what has happened to their lives as women in an Islamic society. 

 American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War: An Insider's Account of U.S. Policy in Europe, 1989-1992 by Robert L. Hutchings

American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War: An Insider's Account of U.S. Policy in Europe, 1989-1992

Author(s)
Robert L. Hutchings

As director for European affairs at the National Security Council from 1989 to 1992, Robert Hutchings was at the heart of U.S. policymaking toward Europe and the Soviet Union during the dizzyingly fast dissolution of the Soviet bloc. American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War presents an insider's report on and analysis of U.S. performance during a crucial turn of world history.

The Politics of Elections in Southeast Asia, edited by R. H. Taylor

The Politics of Elections in Southeast Asia

Though most governments in Southeast Asia are widely described as authoritarian, elections have been a feature of politics in the region for many decades. The Politics of Elections in Southeast Asia identifies the common and distinguishing features of electoral politics in the region.

Preparing for the Urban Future: Global Pressures and Local Forces

Preparing for the Urban Future: Global Pressures and Local Forces

More and more of the world's people live in urban areas, which share the same problems: unemployment, corroding infrastructure, deteriorating environment, a collapsing social compact, and weakening institutions. Twenty-two leading social scientists and experienced public officials pooled their experience at the June 1996 United Nations conference on human settlement in Istanbul. Their collaborative effort is published in Preparing for the Urban Future: Global Pressures and Local Forces.

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