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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 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.

 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

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Robert L. Hutchings

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

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

Reconstructed Lives: Women and Iran's Islamic Revolution

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Haleh Esfandiari

The 1979 Islamic Revolution transformed all areas of Iranian life. The state set out to restrict women’s hard-won legal and social rights and to dictate aspects of their lives, including their dress, education opportunities, and relations with men. In Reconstructed Lives, Iranian women tell in their own words what the revolution attempted and how they responded.

 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

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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.

 Funding the Modern American State, 1941-1995: The Rise and Fall of the Era of Easy Finance, edited by W. Elliot Brownlee

Funding the Modern American State, 1941-1995: The Rise and Fall of the Era of Easy Finance

The current fiscal crisis faced by the American federal government represents the end of a fiscal regime that began with the financing of World War II. In this volume, an interdisciplinary group of scholars explores the history of American taxation and public finance since 1941 in an attempt to understand the political, social and economic forces that have shaped the current regime. 

Race: The History of an Idea in the West by Ivan Hannaford

Race: The History of an Idea in the West

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Ivan Hannaford

Race: The History of an Idea in the West guides readers through a dangerous engagement with an idea that so permeates Western thinking that we expect to find it, active or dormant, as an organizing principle in all societies. But as Ivan Hannaford shows, race is not a universal idea—not even in the West.

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

Many of the world’s people live in urban areas with the same problems of unemployment, corroding infrastructure, deteriorating environment, a collapsing social compact, and weakening institutions. Twenty-two leading social scientists and public officials pooled their experience at the June 1996 United Nations conference on human settlement in Istanbul, and have published their work in this book.

Bridled Ambition: Why Countries Constrain Their Nuclear Capabilities by Mitchell Reiss

Bridled Ambition: Why Countries Constrain Their Nuclear Capabilities

Author(s)
Mitchell Reiss

Relying on personal interviews with senior officials and on previously classified information, Bridled Ambition explains how and why eight countries—South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, India, and Pakistan—have curtailed their nuclear weapons programs during the past few years. It also analyses a ninth country: North Korea.

Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind, edited by Walter Reich

Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind

This book examines and explains the nature and sources of terrorists’ beliefs, actions, goals, worldviews, and states of mind. Origins of Terrorism addresses, with scholarly responsibility as well as necessary urgency, one of the most vexing intellectual and political challenges of our time.

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