Collection : The Wilder House Series in Politics, History and Culture

Series editors: David Laitin and George Steinmetz

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The Affirmative Action Empire
Nations and Nationalism in the Soviet Union, 1923–1939
Terry Martin
The Soviet Union was the first of Europe's multiethnic states to confront the rising tide of nationalism by systematically promoting the national consciousness of its ethnic minorities and establishing for them many of the institutional forms...



Bandits and Bureaucrats
The Ottoman Route to State Centralization
Karen Barkey



Democracy in Translation
Understanding Politics in an Unfamiliar Culture
Frederic C. Schaffer
Frederic C. Schaffer challenges the assumption often made by American scholars that democracy has been achieved in foreign countries when criteria such as free elections are met. Elections, he argues, often have cultural underpinnings that...



Democracy in Translation
Understanding Politics in an Unfamiliar Culture
Frederic Charles Schaffer, Frederic C. Schaffer
Frederic C. Schaffer challenges the assumption often made by American scholars that democracy has been achieved in foreign countries when criteria such as free elections are met. Elections, he argues, often have cultural underpinnings that...



Democracy, Revolution, and History
The work of Barrington Moore, Jr., is one of the landmarks of modern social science. A distinguished roster of contributors here discusses the influence of his best-known work, Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy.



The Familial State
Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe
Julia Adams
The seventeenth century was called the Dutch Golden Age. Over the course of eighty years, the tiny United Provinces of the Netherlands overthrew Spanish rule and became Europe's dominant power. Eventually, though, Dutch hegemony collapsed as quickly...



Gifts, Favors, and Banquets
The Art of Social Relationships in China
Mayfair Mei-hui Yang
An elaborate and pervasive set of practices, called guanxi, underlies everyday social relationships in contemporary China. Obtaining and changing job assignments, buying certain foods and consumer items, getting into good hospitals, buying train...



Hausaland Divided
Colonialism and Independence in Nigeria and Niger
William F. S. Miles
How have different forms of colonialism shaped societies and their politics? William F. S. Miles focuses on the Hausa-speaking people of West Africa whose land is still split by an arbitrary boundary established by Great Britain and France at the turn of the...



Identity in Formation
The Russian-Speaking Populations in the New Abroad
David D. Laitin
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, nationality groups have claimed sovereignty in the new republics bearing their names. With the ascendance of these nationalities, Russian speakers living in the post-Soviet republics face a radical crisis of identity. That crisis is at the heart of David D. Laitin's book.



Language and Power
Exploring Political Cultures in Indonesia
Benedict R. O'G. Anderson
In this lively book, Benedict R. O'G Anderson explores the cultural and political contradictions that have arisen from two critical facts in Indonesian history—that while the Indonesian nation is young, the Indonesian state is ancient, originating...



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