2012 in Books
In addition to the books listed here, the scholarly and creative work of our faculty this year included journal articles, papers, visual art, scores, and scripts. Faculty members delivered lectures, exhibited art, presented recitals, and mounted theatre and dance productions.
Warfare in Tenth-Century Germany
By David S. Bachrach
Boydell & Brewer, 2012
This book shows how Henry I and Otto I, the first two kings of the Saxon dynasty, recreated the empire of Charlemagne, and established themselves as the hegemonic rulers in Western Europe. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the organization, training, morale, tactics, and strategy of Ottonian armies over a long half century.
Warfare and Politics in Medieval Germany, ca. 1000 On the Variety of Our Times by Alpert of Metz (Mediaeval Sources in Translation)
Translated with an introduction by David S. Bachrach
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2012
Written in the early eleventh century, the De diversitate temporum by Alpert of Metz is an indispensable contemporary account for our understanding of the history of the Low Countries at the turn of the first millennium, and provides insight into the organization of the German kingdom at a point of transition that was marked by the end of the Ottonian dynasty.
Transatlantic Women: Nineteenth Century American Women Writers and Great Britain
Edited by Beth L. Lueck, Brigitte Bailey, and Lucinda L. Damon-Bach
University of New England Press, 2012
Fifteen scholars from diverse backgrounds analyze American women writers' transatlantic exchanges in the nineteenth century. They show how women writers (and often their publications) traveled to create or reinforce professional networks and identities, to escape strictures on women and African Americans, to promote reform, to improve their health, to understand the workings of other nations, and to pursue cultural and aesthetic education.
The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail
By W. Jeffrey Bolster
Harvard University Press, 2012
Bolster, a historian and professional seafarer, takes us through a millennium-long environmental history of our impact on one of the largest ecosystems in the world, the Atlantic. Blending marine biology, ecological insight, and a remarkable cast of characters, from notable explorers to scientists to an army of unknown fishermen, Bolster tells a story that is both ecological and human: the prelude to an environmental disaster.
Le Tremblement de terre de la Martinique (The Earthquake in Martinique)
By Charles Lafont and Charles Desnoyer
Edition by Barbara Cooper
This spectacular drama recreates the earthquake that devastated parts of the French colony of Martinique in January 1839. It also derives part of its plot from the novel, Outre-mer, by Louis Maynard de Queilhe. Cooper discovered this connection between play and novel while studying the drama’s original manuscript. Her close examination of that manuscript as well as a collection of contemporary theatre reviews from Parisian newspapers accompanies the annotated text of the play in Cooper’s edition.
The Cambridge Introduction to British Romantic Poetry (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)
By Michael Ferber
Cambridge University Press, 2012
The best way to learn about Romantic poetry is to plunge in and read a few Romantic poems. This book guides the new reader through this experience, focusing on canonical authors—Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Blake, and Shelley—and including less familiar figures as well. Ferber emphasizes connections between poets as they responded to each other and to the great literary, social, and historical changes around them.
War Trauma and its Aftermath: An International Perspective on the Balkan and Gulf Wars
By Laurence Armand French and Lidija Nikoloc-Novakovic
University Press of America, 2012
War trauma has long been associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a term coined in 1980 to explain the post-war impact of Vietnam veterans. The Gulf and Balkan wars added new dimensions to the traditional PTSD definition, due largely to the changing dynamics of these wars. This book sheds new light on the long-term psychological trauma experienced by the coalition force in recent wars in the Gulf and Balkans that, when left untreated, can have deadly consequences.
Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire
By Eliga H. Gould
Harvard University Press, 2012
The American Revolution was an international transformation of the first importance. To conform to the public law of Europe’s imperial powers, Americans crafted a union nearly as centralized as the one they had overthrown, endured taxes heavier than any they had faced as British colonists, and remained entangled with European Atlantic empires long after the Revolution ended. No factor weighed more heavily on Americans than the legally plural Atlantic where they hoped to build their empire. Gould follows the region’s transfiguration from a fluid periphery with its own rules and norms to a place where people of all descriptions were expected to abide by the laws of Western Europe.
Power and Identity in Archaeological Theory and Practice: Case Studies from Ancient Mesoamerica (Foundations of Archaeological Inquiry)
Edited by Eleanor Harrison-Buck
University of Utah Press, 2012
The contributions to this volume are all theoretically rooted to larger, global debates concerning issues of power and identity—two logically paired concepts. While social identity has been the focus of more critical analysis in recent years, the concept of power has received far less attention. Most studies focus on large-scale, institutional forms of power and the ruling body. Here, the focus is on relations of power, addressing broader segments of society outside the dominant group, that often are ignored in traditional reconstructions of past societies.
John Cage (Critical Lives Series)
By Rob Haskins
Reaktion Books, 2012
In his new biography, Rob Haskins considers John Cage’s life, art, ideas and work, evaluating the twin pillars of Cage’s creative output and the ideas that lie behind it. Demystifying the artist’s use of chance, and his relationship to Zen Buddhism, the book explores Cage’s belief that everyday life and art are one and the same.
Mound Builders and Monument Makers of the Northern Great Lakes, 1200–1600
By Meghan C.L. Howey
University of Oklahoma Press, 2012
The first systematic examination of earthen constructions in what is today Michigan, this book reveals complicated indigenous histories that played out in the area before European contact. Howey’s richly illustrated investigation increases our understanding of the diverse cultures and dynamic histories of the pre-Columbian ancestors of today’s Great Lake tribes.
Religion and Politics in a Global Society: Comparative Perspectives from the Portuguese-Speaking World
Edited by Paul Christopher Manuel, Alynna Lyon, and Clyde Wilcox
Lexington Books, 2012
This book explores the legacy of the Portuguese colonial experience, with careful consideration of the lasting impression that this experience has had on the cultural, religious, and political dynamics in the former colonies. Applying the insights derived from three theoretical schools (religious society, political institutions, and cultural toolkit), this volume offers in-depth case studies on Angola, Brazil, East Timor, Goa, Mozambique, and Portugal—societies connected by a shared colonial past and common cultural and sociolinguistic characteristics.
Research and Social Change: A Relational Constructionist Approach (Routledge Advances in Research Methods)
By Sheila McNamee and Dian Marie Hosking
This book bridges scholarly forms of inquiry and practitioners’ daily activities. It introduces inquiry as a process of relational construction, offering resources to practitioners who want to reflect on how their work generates practical effects.
Evidence that We Are Descended from Chairs
Poems by Andrew Merton
Accents Publishing, 2012
An exciting debut collection of poetry by veteran journalist and essayist Andrew Merton. Former Poet Laureate of the United States Charles Simic provides an insightful foreword to introduce Merton's work.
Environmental Politics in Egypt: Activists, Experts and the State (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics)
By Jeannie Sowers
Drawing on extensive fieldwork conducted in Egypt from the late 1990s to 2011, this book shows how experts and activists used distinctive approaches to influence state and firm decision-making in three important environmental policy domains: industrial pollution from large-scale industry, the conservation of threatened habitat, and water management of the irrigation system.
The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest and Social Change in Egypt
Edited by Jeannie Sowers and Chris Toensing
The toppling of Hosni Mubarak marked the beginning of a revolutionary restructuring of Egypt's political and social order. Sowers and Toensing bring together updated essays from Middle East Report—the premier journal covering the region—that offer unrivaled analysis of the major social and political trends that underpinned these tumultuous events.
Nation and Nurture in Seventeenth-Century English Literature
By Rachel Trubowitz
Oxford University Press, USA, 2012
This book connects changing seventeenth-century English views of maternal nurture to the rise of the modern nation, especially between 1603 and 1675. It demonstrates that shifting early modern perspectives on Judeo-Christian relations deeply inform the period's interlocking reassessments of maternal nurture and the nation, especially in the case of Milton.
Comparative Environmental Politics: Theory, Practice, and Prospects
Edited by Paul F. Steinberg and Stacy D. VanDeveer
The MIT Press, 2012
After a comprehensive review of the literature exploring domestic environmental politics around the world, this book provides a sample of major currents within the field, showing how environmental politics intersects with such topics as the greening of the state, the rise of social movements and green parties, European Union expansion, corporate social responsibility, federalism, political instability, management of local commons, and policymaking under democratic and authoritarian regimes.
Applied Statistics: From Bivariate through Multivariate Techniques, Second Edition
By Rebecca Warner
SAGE Publications, Inc., 2012
This book provides a clear introduction to widely used topics in bivariate and multivariate statistics, including multiple regression, discriminant analysis, MANOVA, factor analysis, and binary logistic regression. Warner uses an applied approach that does not require formal mathematics; equations are accompanied by verbal explanations, and students are asked to think about the meaning of the equations.
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