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Contents Society, International Relations, Politics Destroying a Nation by Nikolaos Van Dam Drones and Terrorism by Nicholas Grossman Political Manipulation and Weapons of Mass Destruction by Ben Cole The Idea of Central Europe by Otila Dhand
History, Religion Algeria and the Cold War by Mohamed Lakhdar Ghettas Hitler’s Island War by Julie Peakman The Old Believers in Imperial Russia by Peter De Simone The Secret War for China by Panagiotis Dimitrakis Corinth in Late Antiquity by Amelia Brown The Land Beyond by Leon McCarron The Special Operations Executive in Burma by Richard Duckett Building Stalinism by Cynthia Ruder Classical Reception and Children’s Literature by Helen Lovatt, Owen Hodkinson Inferno by Margaret Kean Lost Souls by Diana Peschier Magic as a Political Crime in Medieval and Early Modern England by Francis Young Russia in the Time of Cholera by John P. Davis Embracing the Darkness by John Callow The Middle Ages and Popular Imagination by Paul B. Sturtevant Stalin’s Economic Advisors by Kyung-Deok Roh Gemini and the Sacred by Kimperly C. Patton
Art, Culture, Media The Jazz War by Will Studdert The Cinema of Jia Zhangke by Cecilia Mello Making Fashion in Multiple Chinas by Wessie Ling, Simone Segre-Reinach Photography Reframed by Ben Burbridge and Annebella Pollen Veiling Fashion by Anna-Mari – Almila
Craft on Demand by Anthea Black, Nicole Burisch There Will Be Blood by Truman Locke
Society International Relations Politics
Destroying a Nation The Civil War in Syria Nikolaos Van Dam
Nikolaos van Dam is a specialist on Syria who served as Special Envoy of the Netherlands for Syria in 2015-2-16. He has previously served as Ambassador of the Netherlands to Indonesia, Germany, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq.
July 17 Draft ms available Extent: 304 pages Images: 20 bw illustrations Politics, Middle East, Current Affairs, History
New book from author of acclaimed history of Syria
Author has on-the-ground experience as Special Envoy to Syria
Essential reading in the context of Syria’s recent crises
A ground-breaking account of Syria’s descent into chaos. Following the Arab Spring, Syria descended into civil and sectarian conflict. It has since become a fractured warzone which operates as a breeding ground for new terrorist movements including ISIS as well as the root cause of the greatest refugee crisis in modern history. In this book, former Special Envoy of the Netherlands to Syria Nikolaos van Dam explains the recent history of Syria, covering the growing disenchantment with the Assad regime, the chaos of civil war and the fractures which led to the rise and expansion of ISIS. Through an in-depth examination of the role of sectarian, regional and tribal loyalties in Syria, van Dam traces political developments within the Assad regime and the military and civilian power elite from the Arab Spring to the present day.
Drones and Terrorism Asymmetrical Warfare and the Threat to Security Nicholas Grossman Nicholas Grossman is Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Iowa. He is an expert on robotics, drones and assymetrical warfare (i.e. insurgencies, guerrilla warfare, terrorism). He has appeared on CBS news as a terrorism expert, as well as in the Daily Iowan, and was a journalist for the online magazine inFlux.
September 17 ms available april 17 Extent: 356 pages Terrorism Studies, Current affairs
A new angle on drone warfare
Could be very influential as drone incidents increase in number and severity
A subject area which is growing
An essential reading on the subject of terrorism and drone warfare. In warzones, ordinary commercially-available drones are used for extraordinary reconnaissance and information gathering. They can also be used for bombings – a drone carrying an explosive charge is potentially a powerful weapon. At the same time asymmetric warfare has become the norm – with large states increasingly fighting marginal terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere. Here, Nicholas Grossman shows how we are entering the age of the drone terrorist - groups such as Hezbollah are already using them in the Middle East. Grossman will analyse the ways in which the United States, Israel and other advanced militaries use aerial drones and ground-based robots to fight non-state actors (e.g. ISIS, al Qaeda, the Iraqi and Afghan insurgencies, Hezbollah, Hamas, etc.) and how these groups, as well as individual terrorists, are utilizing less advanced commercially-available drones to fight powerful state opponents. Robotics has huge implications for the future of security, terrorism and international relations.
Political Manipulation and Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism, Influence and Persuasion Ben Cole
October 17 ms available march 17 Extent: 336 pages Images: 12 bw illustrations International Relations, Terrorism, Middle East History
New perspectives on al Qaeda
Ties in to current debates on terrorist strategy
Cutting-edge research on CBRN weapons
Ben Cole is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool. He specialises in the process by which individuals become radicalised into violent extremism; terrorist decision making with regard to CBRN terrorism; and real-time monitoring and analysis of conflicts and terrorist movements using online media. He worked on the development of the PVE tool and guidance, and lectures regularly on CBRN terrorism. He is the author of The Changing Face of Terrorism (I.B.Tauris), co-author of Martyrdom: Radicalisation and Terrorist Violence Among British Muslims and editor of Conflict, Terrorism and the Media in Asia. An essential analysis of al Qaeda’s CBRN weapon strategy. Concerns about CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, Nuclear) weapons have featured prominently in both political debates and media reporting about the ongoing threat from al Qaeda since 9/11. This book provides a chronological account of al Qaeda’s efforts to acquire a CBRN weapon capability, and the evolution of the al Qaeda leadership’s approach to actually using CBRN weapons, set against the context of the politicisation of the threat of CBRN terrorism in US security debates. Ben Cole explores how the inherently political nature of terrorist CBRN threats has helped to shape al Qaeda’s approach to CBRN weapons, and shows how the heightened political sensitivities surrounding the threat have enabled some governments to manipulate it in order to generate domestic and international support for controversial policies, particularly the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He assesses the relative success of the al Qaeda leadership’s political approach to CBRN weapons, together with the relative success of efforts by the US, UK and Russian governments to exploit the al Qaeda CBRN threat for their wider political purposes. Shedding new light on al Qaeda’s tactics and strategy, this book will be essential reading for scholars of terrorism and extremism studies.
The Idea of Central Europe Geopolitics, Culture and Regional Identity Otilia Dhand
September 17 ms available Extent: 304 pages Images: 24 bw integrated Political Geography, International Relations, History
Advances our understanding of regionalism and geopolitics in Europe
Incorporates new archive material located by the author
Timely and relevant to the resurgence of nationalism in Europe and to events in the Ukraine
Otilia Dhand is a senior vice president at Teneo Intelligence, a New York based political risk consultancy, where she focuses on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. She is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a regular media commentator on the geopolitics of Central Europe. Dr Dhand’s research on the current affairs of Central and Eastern European countries is frequently quoted in international media.She is regularly quoted in the international media, including the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Reuters, and she frequently appears in live commentaries and expert debates on the BBC, Sky News, Bloomberg TV, CNN and CNBC. ‘Central Europe is not a place: it is an idea. But an idea of what?’ How can a region seemingly slip in and out of existence? How can it mean so many different things? The idea of Central Europe has played an important role in international geopolitics, most recently in Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine, yet it has always been a somewhat elusive. Otilia Dhand provides a critical examination of the concept of Central Europe, from its early inception to the present day. Drawing upon archival material from Germany, Austria, Great Britain and the USA, much of it unavailable in the English language before now, she shows how successive manifestations of Central Europe, of whatever vintage, have failed to bring about their intended changes on the international structure. A work of outstanding scholarship that advances our understanding of regionalism and geopolitics in Europe.
Algeria and the Cold War International Relations and the Struggle for Autonomy Mohamed Lakhdar Ghettas
Mohamed Lakhdar Ghettas holds a PhD in International History from LSE. He is currently a Research Adviser at the Cordoba Foundation of Geneva, Switzerland.
August 17 Draft ms available Extent: 304 pages Images: 20 bw illustrations Middle East, History
Offers insight into the foreign policy creation processes of countries in North Africa
‘Third World’ theatres of the cold war are an important facet of the study of this period
Uses recently declassified archives across a variety of countries.
An international history of U.S.-Algerian relations from 1969 to 1978. Having concentrated on internal politics upon his accession to power in June 1965, by the end of the 1960s, Houari Boumediene took the decision to turn his attentions to foreign relations and international politics. This was to coincide with the periode of détente during the Cold War. As a result, a lot of these foreign policy measures had the aim of attempting to negotiate a position for Algeria which would be balanced between the two poles of the US and the Soviet Union. After the fall of President Nixon in 1974, the material support offered to Morocco by President Ford’s administration led the Algerian leadership, motivated by considerations both of ideology and of national security, to turn away from the U.S. and to seek stronger support from the Socialist bloc. After the succession of President Carter in 1976, in a new development, President Boumediene was once more able to redress the balance of U.S. support in Algeria’s favour. By appealing to President Carter’s human rights-based foreign policy, and as the result of the restrictions placed by the U.S. on arms transfers to Morocco, he was able effectively to neutralise Washington’s support for Rabat. In this book, Mohamed Lakhdar Ghettas details the foreign policy decision-making process, and how foreign policy reflects and enhances the domestic policy ventures at the time. By looking at Algeria during this period, Ghettas highlights how Cold War issues were often played out in ‘Third World’ contexts, giving this study a wider impact in both the study of the history of the region and international politics.
Hitler’s Island War The Men Who Fought for Leros Julie Peakman
Julie Peakman is an historian and author. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. She lives in London and on Leros.
August 17 Draft ms available Extent: 304 pages Images: 20 bw illustrations History, World war II, Military History
Eyewitness history – reallife stories and escapades
Sheds light on a pivotal World War II battle
Essential reading for military history buffs
First-hand accounts of the fight for Leros, the most devastating battle of the Dodecanese campaign. In September 1943, at the height of World War II, the Aegean island of Leros became the site of the most pivotal battle of the Dodecanese campaign as the British tried, in vain, to retain control of the island. Over the course of two short months – from 15 September 1943 to 17 November 1943 – almost 1500 men lost their lives and hundreds more ended up in Prisoner-of -War camps. In this book, Julie Peakman, a modern-day resident of Leros, brings to life the story of the men caught up in the battle based on first-hand interviews and written accounts including diaries, letters and journals. She tells of the preparations of the soldiers leading up to the battle, the desperate hand-to-hand fighting, and the suffering endured from continual bombings. She also shows the extent of the men’s despair at the allied surrender, the many subsequent daring escapes as well as the terrible years of incarceration for those who were captured and imprisoned. Many of the heartrending accounts of the battle are told here for the first time, providing a unique eyewitness take on this forgotten corner of World War II.
The Old Believers in Imperial Russia Oppression, Opportunism and Religious Identity in Tsarist Moscow Peter De Simone Peter De Simone is an assistant professor in the School of History at Utica College, New York. He received his PhD from Ohio State University and has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences internationally on the Old Believers
August 17 ms available may 17 Extent: 250 pages Images: 20 bw illustrations History, Religion
Appeal to both history and religion lists
Based on previously unexplored archival material from a scholar with rare linguistic skill (Church Slavonic and Old Church Slavonic)
Research serves as a microcosm of a changing Russia over a broad chronological span
A thoroughly researched account of a religious minority in Imperial Russia in the longue durée that will be of use to all scholars of Russian and Orthodox Church history. ‘Two Romes have fallen. The third stands. And there will be no fourth.’ So spoke Russian monk Hegumen Filofei of Pskov in 1510, proclaiming Muscovite Russia as heirs to the legacy of the Roman Empire following the collapse of the Byzantine Empire. The so-called ‘Third Rome Doctrine’ spurred the creation of the Russian Orthodox Church, although just a century later a further schism occurred, with the Old Believers (or ‘Old Ritualists’) challenging Patriarch Nikon’s liturgical and ritualistic reforms and laying their own claim to the mantle of Roman legacy. While scholars have commonly painted the subsequent history of the Old Believers as one of survival in the face of persistent persecution at the hands of both tsarist and church authorities, Peter De Simone here offers a more nuanced picture. Based on research into extensive, yet mostly unknown, archival materials in Moscow, he shows the Old Believers as versatile and opportunistic, and demonstrates that they actively engaged with, and even challenged, the very notion of the spiritual and ideological place of Moscow in Imperial Russia. Ranging in scope from Peter the Great to Lenin, this book will be of use to all scholars of Russian and Orthodox Church history.
The Secret War for China Espionage, Revolution and the Rise of Mao Panagiotis Dimitrakis Panagiotis Dimitrakis holds a doctorate in War Studies from King’s College London, and is an expert on intelligence and military history. He is the author of The Secret War in Afghanistan (I.B.Tauris), and Military Intelligence in Cyprus: From the Great War to Middle East Crises (I.B.Tauris) amongst others.
August 17 ms available april 17 Extent: 388 pages Images: 2 maps History, Trade, International Relations & Politics
An extremely timely and relevant historical narrative, featuring recently declassified material
Wide appeal: Chinese History, Cold War History
An urgent and necessary guide to the intricacies of the Chinese Civil War, a war which decisively shaped the modern Asian world. In 1927, Chiang Kai-shek – the head of China’s military academy and leader of the Kuomintang (KMT) – began the ‘northern expeditions’ to bring China’s northern territories back under the control of the state. It was during this period that the KMT purged communist activities, fractured the army and sparked the Chinese Civil War – which would rage for over twenty years. The communists, led by General Mao Tse-Tsung, were for much of the period forced underground and concentrated in the Chinese countryside. As the author argues, this resulted in China’s war featuring unusually high levels of espionage and sabotage, and increased the military importance of information gathering. Based on newly declassified material, Panagiotis Dimitrakis charts the double-crossings, secret meetings and bloody assassinations which would come to define China’s future. Uniquely, The Secret War for China gives equal weighting to the role of foreign actors: the role of British intelligence in unmasking Communist International (Comintern) agents in China, for example, and the allies’ attempts to turn nationalist China against the Japanese. The Secret War for China also documents the clandestine confrontation between Mao and Chiang and the secret negotiations between Chiang and the Axis Powers, whose forces he employed against the CCP once the Second World War was over. In his turn, Mao employed nationalist forces who had defected - during the last three years of the civil war about 105 out of 869 KMT generals defected to the CCP.
Corinth in Late Antiquity A Greek, Roman and Christian City Amelia Brown
Amelia Brown is a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She has published widely on ancient Greece in the late antique and early Byzantine periods.
September 17 ms available may 17 Extent: 272 pages Images: 20 bw integrated Classics, Early Christianity
The first ever comprehensive scholarly guide to Corinth in Late Antiquity
Makes use of all available sources, creating the definitive and synthetic work on the topic
Accessibly written, with researcher, student and trade audiences in mind.
A history of roman and late Antique Corinth. Late antique Corinth was on the frontline of the radical political, economic and religious transformations that swept across the Mediterranean world from the second to sixth centuries CE. A strategic merchant city, it became a hugely important metropolis in Roman Greece and, later, a key focal point for early Christianity. In late antiquity, Corinthians recognised new Christian authorities; adopted novel rites of civic celebration and decoration; and destroyed, rebuilt and added to the city’s ancient landscape and monuments. Drawing on evidence from ancient literary sources, extensive archaeological excavations and historical records, Amelia Brown here surveys this period of urban transformation, from the old Agora and temples to new churches and fortifications. Influenced by the methodological advances of urban studies, Brown demonstrates the many ways Corinthians responded to internal and external pressures by building, demolishing and repurposing urban public space, thus transforming Corinthian society, civic identity and urban infrastructure. In a departure from isolated textual and archaeological studies, she connects this process to broader changes in metropolitan life, contributing to the present understanding of urban experience in the late antique Mediterranean.
The Land Beyond A Thousand Miles on Foot through the Middle East Leon McCarron
September 17 Draft ms available Extent: 224 pages Images: 1 map
Leon McCarron is an adventurer, filmmaker and motivational speaker specialising in long-distance, human-powered expeditions. His previous projects have seen him cycle from New York to Hong Kong, walk 3000 miles across China, trek 1000 miles through the Empty Quarter desert and travel along Iran’s longest river. In 2014 he rode a horse across Argentina, following the Santa Cruz river in the footsteps of Charles Darwin. He has also produced Walking Home From Mongolia, a TV series for National Geographic, and made three independent films, including the award-winning 'Into the Empty Quarter'. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. There are many reasons why it might seem unwise to walk, mostly alone, through the Middle East. That, in part, is why Leon McCarron did it.
History, Travel, Religion Beginning in Jerusalem – the holiest city in the world- Leon follows a series of new and audacious hiking trails along ancient roads and modern thoroughfares. They lead him into the rolling hills of the West Bank, along the rugged spine of Jordan and finally across the vast, empty desert of the Sinai, to finish atop the sacred mountain.
Leon McCarron is a star author with a strong promotional platform
A journey that reveals the soul of the Middle East - it's people - behind the headlines
Travel books on the Middle East are rare, but they sell very well.
It is a pilgrimage that takes him back through time, from the quagmire of current geopolitics to the original ideals of faithful men, and along the way looks at the various layers of history, culture and religion that have shaped the Holy Land and the surrounding area. It is also a quest that explores the paradox of a region defined by innate hospitality and kindness, yet one that is also so feared and demonized by the west. Spending time with and learning from those who live along his route, Leon takes us on a completely unique adventure into a misunderstood place that is at once confusing, conflicted and utterly compelling.
The Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Burma Jungle Warfare and Intelligence Gathering in WW2 Richard Duckett
Richard Duckett is Lecturer in History at Reading College. He is an expert on WWII in Burma.
September 17 ms available Extent: 276 pages Images: 12 bw illustrations, 2 maps Military History
Contains previously unpublished primary sources
Also story of decolonisation, the end of imperial military history and of a changing of the guard
The fist study of the SEO’s extensive and extraordinary activities in occupied Burma during the Second World War. Using newly declassified documents, The Special Operations Executive in Burma uncovers the history of SOE’s involvement in Burma from 1941 until beyond Burma’s independence from the British Empire in 1948. Richard Duckett charts the unknown story of the secret war against the Japanese, fought by the Special Operations Executive in the jungle and mountains of Burma. This is the first study of the Special Operations Executive’s extensive and extraordinary activities in occupied Burma during the Second World War. Operating in the jungle, deep behind enemy lines, the SOE played a key role in the retaking of Burma after the Japanese invasion. At the edges of the old British Empire, the story is also one of de-colonization, the end of imperial military history and of a changing of the guard – the SOE were often men ‘trained on the playing fields of Eton’ and their exploits carry a romantic, even nostalgic colour, for military historians. This book is based on absolutely meticulous primary research in the National Archives – most of the material is unseen and has never been used, and there are even some wonderful photographs we can print for the first time.
Building Stalinism The Moscow Canal and the Creation of Soviet Space Cynthia Ruder Cynthia Ruder is an associate professor of Russian Studies at the University of Kentucky. She received her PhD from Cornell University and has previously published Making History for Stalin, which focused on the 1933 construction of the Belomor Canal. She has also contributed to peer-reviewed journals and edited collections and was the only non-Russian citizen who participated in the conference to commemorate the 70th anniversary (2007) of the Moscow Canal’s opening in 1937.
October 17 ms available june 17 Extent: 304 pages Images: 10 bw illustrations History, Politics & International Relations, Geography
Extensive use of archival sources, personal interviews and contemporary material
The first English-language study of this signature Stalinist construction project
Considers the complex legacy of Stalinism in Russia today
An inter-disciplinary and innovative exploration of the allpervasive nature of Stalinism and its afterlife in Russia today. Today the 80-mile-long Moscow Canal is a source of leisure for Muscovites, a conduit for tourists and provides the city with more than 60% of its potable water. Yet the past looms heavy over these quotidian activities: the canal was built by Gulag inmates at the height of Stalinism and thousands died in the process. In this wide-ranging book, Cynthia Ruder argues that the construction of the canal physically manifests Stalinist ideology and that the vertical, horizontal, underwater, ideological, artistic and metaphorical spaces created by it resonate with the desire of the state to dominate all space within and outside the Soviet Union. Ruder draws on theoretical constructs from cultural geography and spatial studies to interpret and contextualise a variety of structural and cultural products dedicated to, and in praise of, this signature Stalinist construction project. Approached through an extensive range of archival sources, personal interviews and contemporary documentary materials these include a diverse body of artefacts – from waterways, structures, paintings, sculptures, literary and documentary works, and the Gulag itself. Building Stalinism concludes by analysing current efforts to reclaim the legacy of the canal as a memorial space that ensures that those who suffered and died building it are remembered. This is essential reading for all scholars working on the all-pervasive nature of Stalinism and its complex afterlife in Russia today.
Classical Reception and Children’s Literature Greece, Rome and Childhood Transformation Helen Lovatt, Owen Hodkinson (Eds)
October 17 ms available march 17 Extent: 320 pages Images: 18 halftone illustrations Classics, Literary Studies, Mythology, Psychology
First book to address the central and significant topic of change in classics and children’s literature
Powerful line-up of senior contributors and professors, including Edith Hall and Sheila Murnaghan
Some adjunct general as well as interdisciplinary student – classics and literary studies – appeal
Owen Hodkinson is Lecturer in Greek and Roman Cultures at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Authority and Tradition in Philostratus’ Heroikos and of Metafiction in Classical Literature: The Invention of Self-Conscious Fiction (forthcoming). Helen Lovatt is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham. Her books include Statius and Epic Games: Sport, Politics and Poetics in the Thebaid, The Epic Gaze: Vision, Gender and Narrative in Ancient Epic and In Search of the Argonauts: The Remarkable History of Jason and the Golden Fleece (forthcoming 2018). An authoritative companion and guide to one of the most exciting area of classical studies. Reception studies have transformed the classics. Many more literary and cultural texts are now regarded as ‘valid’ for classical study. And within this process of widening, children’s literature has in its turn emerged as being increasingly important. Books written for children now comprise one of the largest and most prominent bodies of texts to engage with the classical world, with an audience that constantly changes as it grows up. This innovative volume wrestles with that very characteristic of change which is so fundamental to children’s literature, showing how significant the classics, as well as classically-inspired fiction and verse, have been in tackling the adolescent challenges posed by metamorphosis. Chapters address such themes as the use made by C S Lewis, in The Horse and his Boy, of Apuleius’ The Golden Ass; how Ovidian myth frames the Narnia stories; classical ‘nonsense’ in Edward Lear; Pan as a powerful symbol of change in children’s literature, for instance in The Wind in the Willows; the transformative power of the Orpheus myth; and how works for children have handled the teaching of the classics
Inferno A Cultural History of Hell Margaret Kean Margaret Kean is a Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford and Dame Gardner Fellow in English at St Hilda's College Oxford. She is the author of John Milton's Paradise Lost: A Sourcebook and has contributed to a variety of publications including Blackwell's A Companion to Milton.
October 17 Ms available april 17 Extent: 288 pages Images: 40 bw illustrations History, Literature
A unique and diverse exploration of a fascinating subject
Highly promotable author
Strong cross-disciplinary appeal: to students of literature, history, religion and art - and general readers
Doom, damnation and everlasting anguish: why do we remain so fascinated by the horrors of hell? Eternal fire, diabolical torment, graphic mortification of the flesh and a smoke-filled underworld pierced by the despairing shrieks of the damned: the idea of Hell has for thousands of years exerted both fascination and terror. And despite its horrors, it is hard to resist its almost seductive allure. Whether expressed in medieval Doom paintings and grim warnings of everlasting suffering, or in modern psychological interpretations, the belief in a ghastly terminus for the souls of the cursed has proved remarkably resilient and persistent. It has far outlived specific portrayals by artists, writers and theologians, and has seemed far more resonant an idea than either a heavenly Paradise or New Jerusalem. In her rich and wide-ranging book, Margaret Kean tells the history of hell through literature, philosophy, art, music and film. She shows that affirmations of human freedom and the value of the individual have remained closely tied to the notion of hell even as contemporary narratives have replaced a medieval mindset. From Dante and Bosch to Blake and Milton, and from Joseph Conrad and Primo Levi to Angel Heart, Alien 3 and Event Horizon, Kean vividly explores hell as both secular confessional and divinely ordained penal colony - as metaphor for alienation and infernal locale for one's never-ending worst nightmare.
Lost Souls Women, Religion and Mental Illness in the Victorian Asylum Diana Peschier Diana Peschier is an expert in Victorian literature and nineteenth-century religion. Her last book, Nineteenth-Century Anti Catholic Discourses: The Case of Charlotte Brontë is about Charlotte Brontë and the influence of anti-Catholic discourse on her life and her novels. She received her PhD in English from London University, an M.A. in Women’s History and a B.A. in Theology from Leeds University. She also has a short story/memoir which is being edited for publication in a collection of stories about madness.
October 17 Draft ms available Extent: 272 pages Images: 16 bw illustrations History, Literature, Psychoanalysis
New perspective on Victorian mental health
Established independent author with track record
An examination of the records of women in nineteenthcentury mental asylums. It is generally accepted that what has been termed by scholars as ‘the rise of the Victorian Madwoman’ marked a turning point in the treatment of women with mental illnesses. It was during the nineteenth-century that madness became closely associated with femininity in scientific, literary and popular discourse. Whilst keeping this theory in mind, Peschier examines the records of mental asylums in the London area during the middle part of the nineteenth-century in order to ascertain the reasons given for why women, and to a lesser extent men, were admitted. After the implementation of the Lunatics Act 1845 for the first time all counties and principal boroughs of England and Wales were required to make provision for the care of lunatics which led to an unprecedented period of asylum construction, The book examines patients’ case notes, treatment plans and final outcomes. These records are compared to the popular ideas of the madwoman found in imaginative literature of the time to see if the widely held belief that women were incarcerated in asylums for petty or even spurious reasons was actually true. Whilst carrying out this research Peschier came to the conclusion that a close reading of asylum records reveals a pattern of women’s behaviour and perceived insanity which is interpreted according to Victorian theories and teaching around female mental health .
Magic as a Political Crime in Medieval and Early Modern England A History of Sorcery and Treason Francis Young Francis Young is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and gained a PhD in history from the University of Cambridge. He is the author and editor of several books, including English Catholics and the Supernatural, 1553-1829, The Gages of Hengrave and Suffolk Catholicism, 1640-1767, The Abbey of Bury St Edmunds: History, Legacy and Discovery and A History of Exorcism in Catholic Christianity. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC on historical topics.
October 17 ms available Extent: 256 pages Images: History, Religion, Magic & Folklore
A big book with a big idea: the political events of English history cannot be understood except through the history of magic and its accusers
First book to explore English magical treason as quite separate and distinct from witchcraft
Author is an authoritative figure on witchcraft and magic
Can English history be understood apart from accusations of magic and treason? The 400-year history of a vital and neglected topic. Treason and magic were first linked together during the reign of Edward II. Theories of occult conspiracy then regularly led to major political scandals, such as the trial of Eleanor Cobham Duchess of Gloucester in 1441. While accusations of magical treason against high-ranking figures were indeed a staple of late medieval English power politics, they acquired new significance at the Reformation when the ‘superstition’ embodied by magic came to be associated with proscribed Catholic belief. Francis Young here offers the first concerted historical analysis of allegations of the use of magic either to harm or kill the monarch, or else manipulate the course of political events in England, between the fourteenth century and the dawn of the Enlightenment. His book addresses a subject usually either passed over or elided with witchcraft: a quite different historical phenomenon. He argues that while charges of treasonable magic certainly were used to destroy reputations or to ensure the convictions of undesirables, magic was also perceived as a genuine threat by English governments into the Civil War era and beyond.
Russia in the Time of Cholera Disease and the Environment under Romanovs and Soviets John P. Davis John P. Davis has previously taught at Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky, where he received his PhD. He is currently an assistant professor of history at Hopkinsville Community College, Kentucky.
October 17 ms available june 17 Extent: 304 pages Images: 8 bw illustrations History, Politics & International Relations, Geography
The first monograph on the conclusion of the cholera epoch in tsarist/Soviet Russia
Draws on the lessons of historiography’s ‘material turn’ – thus appeal to a wide range of specialists
Considers timely epidemiological issues
As the nineteenth century drew to a close and epidemics in western Europe were waning, the deadly cholera vibrio continued to wreak havoc in Russia, outlasting the Romanovs. Scholars have since argued that cholera eventually fell prey to better sanitation and strict quarantine under the Soviets, citing as evidence imperial mismanagement, a ‘backward’ tsarist medical system and physicians’ anachronistic environmental interpretations of the disease. Drawing on extensive archival research and the so-called ‘material turn’ in historiography, however, John P. Davis here demonstrates that Romanov-era physicians’ environmental approach to disease was not illgrounded, nor a consequence of neo-liberal or populist political leanings, but born of pragmatic scientific considerations. The physicians confronted cholera in a broad and sophisticated way, essentially laying the foundations for the system of public health that the Soviets successfully used to defeat cholera during the New Economic Policy (1922–1928). By focusing for the first time on the conclusion of the cholera epoch in Russia, Davis adds an indispensable layer of nuance to the existing conception of Romanov Russia and its complicated legacy in the Soviet period.
Embracing the Darkness A Cultural History of Witchcraft John Callow
John Callow is a writer and historian specializing in seventeenth-century politics, witchcraft and popular cultures. He is the author of 13 books, including of Witchcraft and Magic in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-century Europe, which he coauthored with Geoffrey Scarre. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC.
November 17 ms available Extent: 304 pages Images: 10 bw illustrations History, Religion, Witchcraft
The first comprehensive cultural history of the witch to be published in English
Gripping reading for historians, students of culture and religion, and general readers
Interest in witchcraft is exponential: from films, novels and rock songs to exponents of MBS and Wicca
Few cultural icons are as powerful and resonant as the figure of the witch. As dusk fell on a misty evening in 1521, Martin Luther –hiding from his enemies at Wartburg Castle – found himself seemingly tormented by demons hurling walnuts at his bedroom window. In a fit of rage, the great reformer threw at the Devil the inkwell from which he was preparing his colossal translation of the Bible. A belief in the supernatural, and in black magic, has been central to European cultural life for 3000 years. From the Salem witch trials to the macabre novels of Dennis Wheatley; from the sadistic persecution of eccentric village women to the seductive sorceresses of TV’s Charmed; and from Derek Jarman’s punk film Jubilee to Ken Russell’s The Devils, John Callow brings the twilight world of the witch, mage and necromancer to vivid and fascinating life.
The Middle Ages in the Popular Imagination Memory, Film and Medievalism Paul B. Sturtevant Paul Sturtevant is a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC and the managing editor of Curator: The Museum Journal. He completed his PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds. He is also the ‘Public Medievalist’, and founder of the very popular eponymous blog (http://www.publicmedievalist.com/).
November 17 ms available june 17 Extent: 304 pages Images: 10 bw illustrations Classics, History, International Relations & Politics
Based on in-depth and extensive interviews
The first evidence-based study of its kind
A contribution to both medievalism and public history; both rapidly growing fields
The first evidence-based exploration of the wider public’s understanding of the Middle Ages. It is often assumed that people outside academia know very little about the Middle Ages. But the truth is not so simple. Non -specialists in fact learn a great deal from the myriad medievalisms – post-medieval imaginings of the medieval world, from Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones – that pervade our everyday culture. These offer compelling, if not necessarily entirely accurate, visions of the so-called ‘Dark Ages’ that are repeatedly being developed, synthesised and remade. But what does the public really know? How do the conflicting medievalisms they consume contribute to this? And why is this important? In this book Paul Sturtevant adapts sociological methods to answer these important questions. Based on extensive interviews and focus groups the book details the ways – both formal and informal – that people learn about the medieval past and the many more ways that this informs, or even distorts, our present. In the process, Sturtevant also sheds light in more general terms onto the ways non-specialists learn about the past, and why understanding this is so important. The Middle Ages in the Popular Imagination will be of interest to anyone working on medieval studies, medievalism, memory studies, medieval film studies, informal learning or public history.
Stalin’s Economic Advisors The Varga Institute and the Making of Soviet Foreign Policy Kyung-Deok Roh
Kyung-Deok Roh is assistant professor at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, GIST, in South Korea. He has lectured and contributed to peer-reviewed journals extensively on the subject of the Varga Institute.
November 17 ms available june 17 Extent: 256 pages Images: 10 bw illustrations History, Soviet Union
Offers a new and telling insight into Stalin’s relationship with the academic milieu, and the complex genesis of Soviet policy
Based on extensive archival research
A thorough and comprehensive companion to the Soviet Union’s most influential think tank – and the first book-length treatment
The first comprehensive study of the Varga Institute from its inception to its collapse. Soviet foreign policy in the Stalin era is commonly assumed to have been a direct product of either Marxist ideology or the leader’s whims. Both assumptions, however, oversimplify the complex and subtle factors involved in its creation and implementation. Kyung-Deok Roh provides an alternative, more nuanced, explanation and demonstrates the key role played by Stalin’s economic advisors. The so-called ‘Varga Institute’ , a ‘think tank’ led by Evgenii Varga, developed a unique scholarly discourse on the capitalist economy and international politics, based on an amalgam of Marxist economics and, notably, the work of American economist W. E. Mitchell. The institute’s scholarship, which suggested the resilience, adaptability and stability of the capitalist economy, created the discursive space within which decisions were made, and influenced Stalin to move increasingly from aggressive strategies towards more cautious international policies. This first comprehensive study of this pivotal group, demonstrates the many complex ways that Soviet foreign policy was created and sheds new light onto the controversial relationship between Soviet academia and the party.
Gemini and the Sacred Twins and Twinship in Religion and Mythology Kimberley C. Patton (Ed) Kimberley C. Patton is Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion at Harvard University. Her previous books include A Magic Still Dwells: Comparative Religion in the Postmodern Age, The Sea Can Wash Away all Evils: Modern Marine Pollution and the Ancient Cathartic Ocean and Religion of the Gods: Ritual, Paradox, and Reflexivity (Winner of an AAR Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion - AnalyticalDescriptive Study of Religion category).
December 17 ms available march 17 Extent: 320 pages Images: 25 bw illustrations Religion, classics & the ancient world
Author is a high profile & award-winning Harvard Professor
A major contribution to a field of great cultural significance
The most complete and comprehensive treatment of twinship in print
Why have twins, across the globe and throughout history, exerted such persistent and mysterious fascination? Rarely treated neutrally, in any cultural context, twins present an anomaly: the appearance from the same womb of two human beings when only one is expected. The anxiety they caused could often only be resolved through ritual and belief. Twins may be allied with the celestial or animal realms: they have sometimes been construed as ‘extra-human’. This multidisciplinary work explores the imaginative sacred history of twinship, and examines the multiple ways in which the ‘doubling’ of a human being may be religiously and culturally expressed. Encompassing twins in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean worlds, native American spirituality, mythology and folklore and South Asian spirituality, the book offers a variety of perspectives on this fascinating topic. Subjects discussed include the great Roman foundation myth of Romulus and Remus; the significance of the twin Christian saints Cosmas and Damian; the meanings of twinship in Yoruba myths and iconography; the legacy of the twin Healer-Saints of ancient Greece, Castor and Pollux (transformed by Zeus into the constellation Gemini); and Odin’s relationship with his twin ravens, Huginn and Munnin.
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The Jazz War Radio, Nazism and the Struggle for the Airwaves in World War II Will Studdert Will Studdert completed his PhD at the University of Kent, where he was supervised by Professor David Welch and Professor Ulf Schmidt and externally examined by Jeffrey Richards.
August 17 ms available Extent: 288 pages Images: 8 bw integrated History, World war II, Media & Culture
Strong contribution to our understanding of Nazi propaganda
Research is based around the superb and largely unheard oral testimony of the players of ‘Charlie and his Orchestra‘
Contemporary testimony of the effect of jazz and swing on soldiers, civilians and propaganda makers
A superb history of World War II. World War II saw both sides sinking huge amounts of money and effort into the propaganda war. Radio was by far the most popular media, and both the BBC and Goebbels’ German equivalent (the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment) could be heard in both Germany and England. The radio output of the combatants was overwhelmingly jazz-based and music was the hook through which to deliver the message of cultural superiority and imminent victory. Here the Nazi’s had a major problem. Despite Germany’s rich jazz scene of the twenties and thirties, the music was considered to display ‘negro rhythm’ and ‘Jewish characteristics’ which were unacceptable to Hitler. The music was considered irresistible, and thus begins on of the key stories of this book: Goebbels’ bizarre efforts to fake an indigenously German jazz band, which were called, for the benefit of British and American listeners, ‘Charlie and his Orchestra’. They were to play a more acceptable version of swing music which Goebbels christened, with characteristic flair, ‘New German Entertainment Music’. Studdart’s research reveals how Goebbels’ henchman Hans Hinkel attempted to launch a Nazi jazz label to control the releases of Louis Armstrong and others in occupied Europe, and how he was regularly pelted with fruit by Nazi soldiers when he prevented the playing of jazz at ‘entertaining the troops’ rallies.
Making Fashion in Multiple Chinas Chinese Styles in the Transglobal Landscape Wessie Ling, Simone Segre-Reinac (Eds)
September 17 Draft ms available Extent: 272 pages Images: 36 bw illustrations Fashion, Culture, Asian Studies
A thorough vision of fashion from the very many components of Chinese identities has not been covered yet
Analyses the role of “Chinese fashion” as a primary force in determining new trends in a globalised arena
Wessie Ling is Reader in Fashion at Northumbria University and a practising visual artist. She is the author of Fusionable Cheongsam and has written on Chinese fashion for the Encyclopedia of East Asian Design. Simona Segre Reinach is Professor of Fashion Studies at Bologna University. In 2013, she curated the exhibit 80's-90's Facing Beauties: Italian Fashion and Japanese Fashion at a Glance at the Museo della città di Rimini. Much has been written about the transformation of China from being a clothing-manufacturing site to a fast-rate fashion consuming society. Less, however, has been written on the making of Chinese fashion. The expert contributors to Fashion in Multiple Chinas explore how the many Chinese fashions operate across the widespread, fragmented and diffused, Chinese diaspora. They demonstrate how the making of Chinese fashion is composed of numerous layers, often involving a web of global entanglements between manufacturing and circulation, retailing and branding. They cover the mechanics of the PRC fashion industry, the creative economy of Chinese fashion, its retail and branding, and the cultural identity of Chinese fashion from the diasporas comprising the transglobal landscape of fashion production.
Photography Reframed New Visions in Contemporary Photographic Culture Ben Burbridge and Annebelle Pollen (Eds)
September 17 ms available april 17 Extent: 288 pages Images: 40 bw illustrations Visual Culture, Contemporary Art, Photography Studies
Explores the key issues that contemporary photography is facing today
Original pieces accessibly written on photographic culture
Designed for general interest alongside scholars, students, curators, practitioners
Ben Burbridge is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Co-Director of the Centre for Photography and Visual Culture at the University of Sussex is widely published in the field of photography, art and politics. Curatorial projects include the 2012 Brighton Photo Biennial, Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space and Revelations: Experiments in Photography. Annebella Pollen is Principal Lecturer in the History of Art and Design at the University of Brighton. She is the author of The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift: Intellectual Barbarians, Mass Photography: Collective Histories of Everyday Life and co-editor of Dress History: New Directions in Theory and Practice. A vital road map to developments in twenty-first century photography. At a critical point in the development of photography, this book offers an engaging, detailed and far-reaching examination of the key issues that are defining contemporary photographic culture. Photography Reframed addresses the impact of radical technological, social and political change across a diverse set of photographic territories: the ontology of photography; the impact of mass photographic practice; the public display of intimate life; the current state of documentary, and the political possibilities of photographic culture. These lively, accessible essays by some of the best writers in photography together go deep into the most up-to-date frameworks for analysing and understanding photographic culture and shedding light on its histories. Photography Reframed is a vital road map for anyone interested in what photography has been, what it has become, and where it is going.
Veiling Fashion Space and the Hijab in Minority Communities Anna-Mari Almila Anna-Mari Almila is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Sociology of Fashion at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Her research interests include cultural sociology of fashion, fashion and social theory, and sociology of wine. She is the editor of The Routledge International Research Companion to Veils and Veiling Practices.
September 17 ms available Extent: 256 pages Images: 10 bw illustrations Visual Culture, Middle East, Politics
How the veil features in Muslim women’s fashion consciousness
What the Hijab means in Muslim minorities an ongoing debate
Crosses fashion & material culture, sociology of religion, gender studies
A fresh understanding of the meaning and experience of Muslim dress in minority contexts. Veiling in Fashion explores the worlds of women who wear the hijab, for reasons ranging from religious observance to making fashion statements. The book is based in participant observation among women, across generations, from Shi’a and Sunni, Somali, Iranian, Iraqi, Afghan communities living in Helsinki. The Finnish experience representative of Western European experiences in exhibiting common tensions between official policies open to migration and popular views that are virulently anti-immigrant. These women comprise a test-case of working, playing, being fashion consumers in these social and political spaces. Drawing upon a wide range of theoretical resources, it shows how veiling involves a complex mixture of phenomena, including the interplay of space and gender, diverse forms of material culture, and dynamics of globalization, trans-national migration and community-building. The book provides an innovative approach to studying veiling by connecting varied realms of practice: It shows how domains as apparently separate as fashion, materiality, city spaces, private life, religious beliefs, and cosmopolitan social conditions are all tightly bound up together in ways that only a sensitive multi-disciplinary approach can reveal.
Craft on Demand The New Politics of the Handmade Anthea Black, Nicole Burisch (Eds)
October 17 ms available march 17 Extent: 304 pages Images: 32 bw illustrations Fashion
Radical critique of craft politics in the global economy
Original chapters from writers and makers
For all engaged in studying and making crafts
Anthea Black is an artist and cultural worker based in Toronto, Canada. She has exhibited in Canada, the US, Norway and The Netherlands and curated exhibitions No Place: Queer Geographies on Screen and PLEASURE CRAFT. Nicole Burisch is a critic and curator based in Montreal, Canada. She has worked with organizations such as Mentoring Artists for Women's Art, Artexte, and Centre des arts actuels Skol and was a 2014-2016 Core Fellow Critic-in-Residence with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.since 2005. Making the new politics of craft and sustainability The handmade has become inseparable from capitalist modes of production and consumption and this change demands new understandings of objects, aesthetics and labour. Craft on Demand examines the role of the handmade in contemporary art, craft and design as part of a dramatically shifting global economy. New writing and artists projects by international scholars and practitioners explore the politics of scarcity, hoarding and sustainability, craftivism and ‘ethical’ consumption, urban space and new technologies, race, cultural heritage and sovereignty. Engaging with craft, art, design students and practitioners who want a radical rethink of the politics and economics of the handmade, they claim craft as a dynamic critical field for thinking through the most immediate issues of our time.
There Will Be Blood The Secret Diary of a TV Executive Truman Locke
Truman Locke has held senior jobs at some of the world's biggest and best television companies, and is now a commissioning editor at a major broadcaster.
November 17 ms available april 17 Extent: 304 pages Images: 10 bw illustrations Visual Culture
There is no other book like it
It is to television what You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again and The Devil Wears Prada are to the worlds of film and fashion
Tells the truth about TV exposing its hidden values and practices, and revealing what it takes to succeed and make money in a cut-throat creative industry
A unique insider account of how television programs are conceived, developed, pitched, commissioned and made. Some Things You Should Know tells a page-turning, semifictional story, set within the world of television. It's a story of lies, crime, sex, violence and complex relationships, inspired by real people and real events. The central character and narrator is a flawed, talented, believable anti-hero named Truman Locke. It's his job to have ideas and win commissions for TV programmes, which gives him a license to go anywhere and have adventures, to ask questions and get into trouble. In this line of work, one clever thought or moment of inspiration can make you a fortune and change your life. Equally one misstep can bring everything crashing down. Under Intense pressure, in a cynical and ruthless world, he starts to lose his way. His lie-spinning and risk-taking run out of control, jeopardizing the things he cares most about and putting him in real danger. As well as being gripping and exciting, the book is a very honest and thought-provoking read: what is TV for? Who decides what we watch and how? What motivates TV producers and what do they believe in? How do they really think and behave? What does it take to succeed and make money in a cut-throat creative industry?