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The Hundred Years War, Volume 4The Hundred Years War, Volume 4: Cursed Kings
Jonathan Sumption

In the early fifteenth century, France suffered a complete internal collapse. As the warring parties within fought for the spoils of the kingdom under the vacant gaze of the mad King Charles VI, the country was left at the mercy of one of the most remarkable rulers of the European Middle Ages: Henry V of England.

Sumption recounts in extraordinary detail the relentless campaign of conquest that brought Henry to the streets and palaces of Paris within just a few years. He died at the age of thirty-six in a French royal castle in 1422, just two months before he would have become King of France.

Six centuries later, these extraordinary events are overlaid by the resounding words of Shakespeare and the potent national myths of England and France. In Cursed Kings, Jonathan Sumption strips away the layers to rediscover the personalities and events that lie beneath.

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928 pages | 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 | 23 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4799-2 | $59.95s | £39.00
A volume in the Middle Ages Series


Crimes of PeaceCrimes of Peace: Mediterranean Migrations at the World's Deadliest Border
Maurizio Albahari

"This is a remarkable book—an intellectual treat that is also a political statement, a complex but compelling ethnography of state indifference, and a tribute to the humanity of those few who saw fit to show it when the agents of the state preferred to turn their backs. Written with precision and passion, it moves through personal encounters, media reports, legal documents, and eyewitness accounts to piece together the collective criminality of a state—and, indeed, a superstate, the European Union—that should be held accountable for the thousands of deaths and infinite suffering that should never have occurred, the deaths and suffering of those trying to reach a European haven and found it instead to be a vast, racially motivated, and largely oblivious gated community."—Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University

In Crimes of Peace, Maurizio Albahari investigates why the Mediterranean Sea is the world's deadliest border, and what alternatives might improve this state of affairs. Albahari transforms abstract statistics into names and narratives that place the responsibility for the Mediterranean migration crisis in the heart of liberal democracy.

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272 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4747-3 | $65.00s | £42.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9172-8 | $65.00s | £42.50
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series


The Metropolitan AirportThe Metropolitan Airport: JFK International and Modern New York
Nicholas Dagen Bloom

"Nicholas Dagen Bloom has written the first good book on JFK International. Writing in a fluent, accessible style, he is attuned to the multiple areas of the airport's significance, from its impact on the New York regional economy to its design, environmental impact, and political status under the Port Authority of New York."—Elizabeth Blackmar, Columbia University

In The Metropolitan Airport, Nicholas Dagen Bloom chronicles the untold story of JFK International's complicated and turbulent relationship with the New York City metropolitan region. It is an indispensable book for those who seek to understand the revolutionary impact of airports on the modern American city.

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248 pages | 6 x 9 | 31 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4741-1 | $39.95t | £26.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9164-3 | $39.95t | £26.00
A volume in the American Business, Politics, and Society series


Christian Human RightsChristian Human Rights
Samuel Moyn

"Samuel Moyn has emerged as the most important voice on the history of human rights in the twentieth century, and his book Christian Human Rights will be of interest to anyone who cares about human rights in general and the often forgotten context of the run-up to the Universal Declaration in particular."—Jan-Werner Müller, Princeton University

In Christian Human Rights, Samuel Moyn asserts that the rise of human rights after World War II was prefigured and inspired by a defense of the dignity of the human person that first arose in Christian churches and religious thought in the years just prior to the outbreak of the war.

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264 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4818-0 | $24.95t | £16.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9277-0 | $19.95t | £13.00
A volume in the Intellectual History of the Modern Age series



America at the Ballot BoxAmerica at the Ballot Box: Elections and Political History
Gareth Davies and Julian E. Zelizer, Editors

"An exciting collection of new research from major scholars that makes it clear why the historical study of presidential elections should be of interest to all of us."—David Greenberg, Rutgers University

A chronological collection of essays, America at the Ballot Box uses the history of presidential elections to illuminate both the fundamental character of American political democracy, and its evolution from the early Republic to the late twentieth century.

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352 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4719-0 | $49.95s | £32.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9136-0 | $49.95s | £32.50
A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series



eFieldnoteseFieldnotes: The Makings of Anthropology in the Digital World
Roger Sanjek and Susan W. Tratner, Editors

"From a well-argued exploration of historical continuities between practices and premises in the earlier world of fieldnotes and those characteristic of the current digital terrain, to a sophisticated, complex, and candid discussion of ethics in the broadest sense, eFieldnotes is an extraordinarily interesting and worthy successor to the classic Fieldnotes, and a lively set of provocations on its own."—Donald Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz

Sixteen scholars address the impact of digital technologies on how anthropologists do fieldwork and on what they study. Reflecting on fieldwork globally, they discuss shifting boundaries between home and field, ethics in online fieldwork, new forms of digital data and collaboration, and the future of fieldnote archiving.

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312 pages | 6 x 9 | 27 illus.
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-4778-7 | $34.95s | £23.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9221-3 | $34.95s | £23.00
A volume in the Haney Foundation Series



The Art of Veiled SpeechThe Art of Veiled Speech: Self-Censorship from Aristophanes to Hobbes
Han Baltussen and Peter J. Davis, Editors

"The essays in this volume perform a very broad sweep of premodern European centuries and provide an excellent corrective to the misconception that censorship, as we think of it, originated in the early modern period. The editors are well aware that they have taken on a vast subject, and their desire to treat it across such a wide swath and in so many different contexts is very bold."—Ralph M. Rosen, University of Pennsylvania

The Art of Veiled Speech offers new insights into the historical origins of self-censorship used to temper controversial views, revealing that the human voice cannot easily be silenced.

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336 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4735-0 | $79.95s | £52.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9163-6 | $79.95s | £52.00



The Secret Faith of Maestre HonoratusThe Secret Faith of Maestre Honoratus: Profayt Duran and Jewish Identity in Late Medieval Iberia
Maud Kozodoy

"A long overdue study dedicated to a unique figure in late Iberian Jewish letters, Profayt Duran. Maud Kozodoy meticulously grounds her subject in the political, cultural, and intellectual history of his moment and moves carefully through Profayt Duran's major works, which are beautifully read, cited, and contextualized."—Susan Einbinder, University of Connecticut

The Secret Faith of Maestre Honoratus explores late medieval Iberian Jewish culture through the figure of Profayt Duran, a rationalist Jewish scholar who was compelled during the riots of 1391 to become a Christian in name, and whose broad-ranging philosophical and scientific education was mustered in defense of his religious convictions.

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320 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4748-0 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9181-0 | $59.95s | £39.00
A volume in the Middle Ages Series



Thinking Sex with the Early ModernsThinking Sex with the Early Moderns
Valerie Traub

"Valerie Traub's brilliant book 'thinks sex' at once with the early moderns and with the late postmoderns—ourselves. Taking on the field's toughest conundrums, from the challenges of queer temporality to the imperatives of lesbian visibility, Thinking Sex charts exciting new terrain at the critical intersection of theory and history. This is both vintage Traub and Traub at the height of her powers, a milestone in queer, feminist, and early modern studies alike."—Susan S. Lanser, author of The Sexuality of History

What do we know about early modern sex? And how do we know it? How, when, and why does sex become history? In Thinking Sex with the Early Moderns, Valerie Traub addresses these questions and, in doing so, reorients the ways in which historians and literary critics, feminists and queer theorists approach sexuality and its history.

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480 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4729-9 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9158-2 | $59.95s | £39.00
A volume in the Haney Foundation Series


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