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Bread and Circuses
Theories of Mass Culture As Social Decay
Patrick Brantlinger
Lively and well written, Bread and Circuses analyzes theories that have treated mass culture as either a symptom or a cause of social decadence. Discussing many of the most influential and representative theories of mass culture, it ranges widely from Greek and Roman origins, through Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Ortega y Gasset, T. S. Eliot, and the...



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.



Amazing Dogs
A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities
Jan Bondeson
Bondeson tells the stories of some of the most extraordinary dogs in history.



Beyond Appeasement
Interpreting Interwar Peace Movements in World Politics
Cecelia Lynch, Cecelia M. Lynch
The interwar peace movements were, according to conventional interpretations, naive and ineffective. More seriously, the standard histories have also held that they severely weakened national efforts to resist Nazi Germany and Stalinist...



Books As Weapons
Propaganda, Publishing, and the Battle for Global Markets in the Era of World War II
John B. Hench
Books As Weapons tells the little-known story of the vital partnership between American book publishers and the U.S. government to put carefully selected recent books highlighting American history and values into the hands of civilians liberated from Axis forces after the D-Day...



The Cultural Politics of Fur
Julia V. Emberley
"A fascinating account of the powerful roles fur has played in various cultures and of the historical and political forces at work in the play of its meanings."—Jonathan Culler, Cornell University "In this well-written treatise, Emberley . . . views...



The Discourse of Modernism
Timothy J. Reiss
Timothy J. Reiss perceives a new mode of discourse emerging in early seventeenth-century Europe; he believes that this form of thought, still our own, may itself soon be giving way. In The Discourse of Modernism, Reiss sets up a theoretical model to describe the process by which one dominant class of discourse is replaced by another. He seeks...



Empire of Humanity
A History of Humanitarianism
Michael Barnett
From the 19th-century abolitionist movement to today's NGOs, a critical account of humanitarianism in world...



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...



Ending Empire
Contested Sovereignty and Territorial Partition
Hendrik Spruyt
At the dawn of the twentieth century, imperial powers controlled most of the globe. Within a few decades after World War II, many of the great empires had dissolved, and more recently, multinational polities have similarly disbanded. This process...



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