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Bread and Circuses
Theories of Mass Culture As Social Decay
Patrick Brantlinger
Brantlinger shows how the belief in the historical inevitability of social decay—a belief today perpetuated by the mass media themselves—has become the dominant view of mass culture in our time.


"Bread and Circuses is a joy to read. Brantlinger is learned, witty, and, best of all, inviting of conversation."—Voice Literary Supplement



Sign or Symptom?
Exceptional Corporeal Phenomena in Religion and Medicine in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Described as 'the hand of God', as ‘pathological’ or even as ‘a clever trick’, exceptional corporeal phenomena such as miraculous cures, stigmata, and incorrupt corpses have triggered heated debates in the past. Depending on their definition as either ‘supernatural’, ‘psycho-somatic’ or ‘fraudulent’, different authorities have sought to explain...



Afterlife
A History of Life after Death
Philip C. Almond
As Philip C. Almond reveals in his new and zestful history of the hereafter, whichever image or metaphor has been employed by visionaries, writers, philosophers, or theologians, it has tended to oscillate between two contrary poles: the resurrection of the body and the immortality of the soul.



Nationalist Passions
Stuart J. Kaufman
Nationalist Passions poses a stark challenge to extreme rationalist understandings of political conflict. Stuart J. Kaufman elaborates a compelling theory of ethnic politics to explain why ethnic violence erupts in some contexts and how peace is maintained in others.



Empire's Twin
U.S. Anti-imperialism from the Founding Era to the Age of Terrorism
Empire's Twin broadens our conception of anti-imperialist actors, ideas, and actions; it charts this story across the range of American history, from the Revolution to our own era; and it opens up the transnational and global dimensions of American anti-imperialism.



Machines as the Measure of Men
Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance
Michael Adas
This new edition includes a new preface by the author that discusses how subsequent developments in gender and race studies, as well as global technology and politics, enter into conversation with his original arguments.



With Sails Whitening Every Sea
Mariners and the Making of an American Maritime Empire
Brian Rouleau
Brian Rouleau argues that because of their ubiquity in foreign ports, American sailors were the principal agents of overseas foreign relations in the early republic.



Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods
International Development and the Making of the Postwar Order
Eric Helleiner
On the basis of extensive historical research and access to new archival sources, Helleiner provides a major reinterpretation of the negotiations at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in 1944.



Faithful Narratives
Historians, Religion, and the Challenge of Objectivity
This volume brings together twelve eminent scholars whose research has exemplified compelling strategies for negotiating the difficulties inherent in the history of religion.



The Endtimes of Human Rights
Stephen Hopgood
A passionate and provocative argument that the idea of universal human rights has become not only ill adapted to current realities but also overambitious and unresponsive.



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