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From Eden to EternityFrom Eden to Eternity: Creations of Paradise in the Later Middle Ages
Alastair Minnis

"In exploring a vast repertoire of medieval speculation about Eden and heaven Alastair Minnis has almost single-handedly opened up a new and unfamiliar world of scholarship."—Denys Turner, Yale University

"From Eden to Eternity is a wonderful book, intensely engaged and engaging, propelled by a real urgency, and full of learning lightly worn. This book will become the 'go-to' study of the topic."—Nicholas Watson, Harvard University

In From Eden to Eternity, Alastair Minnis argues that Eden afforded an extraordinary amount of creative space to late medieval theologians, painters, and poets as they tried to understand the place that God had deemed worthy of the creature made in His image.

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384 pages | 6 x 9 | 32 color illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4723-7 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9147-6 | $59.95s | £39.00
A volume in the Middle Ages Series


Pivotal TuesdaysPivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century
Margaret O'Mara

"A completely captivating read. Margaret O'Mara draws an irresistibly vivid portrait of modern politics, one that takes readers on a delightful tour of the recent past—and puts our own modern-day battles into terrific context. Just a delicious book, written by an authoritative historian and brilliant narrator."—Anne Kornblut, Washington Post

"Pivotal Tuesdays is a substantial achievement—a trenchant, balanced explication of the major shifts in twentieth-century presidential politics—and a ripping good read—clear, wry, beautifully written."—Bruce Schulman, Boston University

From the era of the industrial factory to the age of the microchip, Pivotal Tuesdays explores four twentieth-century elections—1912, 1932, 1968, and 1992—using the election of the American president as a lens through which to explore the broader sweep of the nation's social, economic, and political history.

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280 pages | 6 x 9 | 30 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4746-6 | $34.95t | £23.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9171-1 | $34.95t | £23.00



1812: War and the Passions of Patriotism

Nicole Eustace

"Insisting that the pen is mightier than the sword, Eustace presents the War of 1812 more as a cultural event than a military one and examines the nation that emerged from the war, re-formed by aggressive Republican party rhetoric. . . . A powerful analysis of the political rhetoric the war generated."—Carroll Smith Rosenberg, Journal of American History

"This is far and away the most important book written on the War of 1812 in several decades."—David Waldstreicher, Temple University

In this cultural history of the War of 1812, Nicole Eustace examines the way this expensive, unproductive war won popular support through appeal to the emotions. 1812 looks at the major dramatic events of the war and the subsequent songs, speeches, and images that spoke of opportunity and romantic adventure.

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336 pages | 6 x 9 | 19 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4431-1 | $34.95t | £23.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2348-4 | $24.95t | £16.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0636-4 | $24.95t | £16.50
A volume in the Early American Studies series


Rendering NatureRendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics
Marguerite S. Shaffer and Phoebe S. K. Young, Editors

"Rendering Nature collects the work of exemplary scholars working at the nexus of the vibrant fields of American studies and environmental history: simultaneously collaborative and ambitious."—Andrew Isenberg, author of Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History, 1750-1920

Bridging the fields of environmental history and American studies, Rendering Nature examines surprising interconnections between nature and culture in distinct places, times, and contexts over the course of U.S. history.

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416 pages | 6 x 9 | 54 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4725-1 | $55.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9145-2 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the Nature and Culture in America series



The Mixed MultitudeNOW IN PAPERBACK
The Mixed Multitude: Jacob Frank and the Frankist Movement, 1755-1816

Paweł Maciejko

"With this multifaceted study of Frank and Frankism, Pawel Maciejko has made a major contribution to our understanding of the intricacies and varieties of Judaism in eastern Europe in the eighteenth century. He brings tremendous erudition and insight to the religious history of early modern Poland."—TLS

"Magnificent. . . . [Maciejko] has seemingly mined every available text on Frank and the Frankists; unlike earlier scholars, such as Gershom Scholem, he commands the Polish sources as well. He tells the story in riveting style."—Jewish Review of Books

Based on extensive archival research, this book explores the history of Frankism, a Jewish religious movement that began in Poland and spread into the Habsburg Empire and the German lands in the later eighteenth century.

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376 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 map
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4315-4 | $65.00s | £42.50
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2343-9 | $22.50t | £15.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0458-2 | $22.50t | £15.00
A volume in the Jewish Culture and Contexts series



London and the Making of Provincial LiteratureLondon and the Making of Provincial Literature: Aesthetics and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1800-1850
Joseph Rezek

"An important and excellent book, of equal interest to specialist readers and to those unfamiliar with the story of how Scottish, Irish, and American literature arose in the shadow of London's literary power. Indebted to Bourdieu but working with a new method of his own, Rezek shows how it is still possible, in an oft visited landscape, to make extraordinary discoveries."—Pascale Casanova, author of The World Republic of Letters

Examining the production of books and the circulation of material texts between London and the provincial centers of Dublin, Edinburgh, and Philadelphia, Joseph Rezek claims that the publishing vortex of London inspired a dynamic array of economic and aesthetic practices that shaped an era in literary history.

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296 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4734-3 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9162-9 | $59.95s | £39.00
A volume in the Material Texts series



Early Modern Cultures of TranslationEarly Modern Cultures of Translation
Karen Newman and Jane Tylus, Editors

"A strong collection that opens any number of important conversations."—Jonathan Goldberg, Emory University

"As the editors point out in their introduction, translation is crucial to early modernity in particular, and early modern translation is ill-understood. With this timely topic, the book will make a powerful contribution to the field."—Karla Mallette, University of Michigan

The fourteen essays in Early Modern Cultures of Translation present a convincing case for understanding early modernity as a "culture of translation."

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368 pages | 6 x 9 | 16 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4740-4 | $55.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9180-3 | $55.00s | £36.00



Does Regulation Kill Jobs?NOW IN PAPERBACK
Does Regulation Kill Jobs?

Edited by Cary Coglianese, Adam M. Finkel, and Christopher Carrigan

"This superb book answers the important question posed by its title in a careful and highly nuanced manner: regulations do not 'kill' jobs in the cataclysmic ways sometimes implied in today's shrill political debate, but they do at times have impacts on employment that can affect workers' well-being and should be taken into account in order to make better regulatory decisions."—Richard L. Revesz, Lawrence King Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, New York University School of Law

Does Regulation Kill Jobs? analyzes the effects of regulation on employment and offers suggestions for improved economic analysis and regulatory decision making.

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304 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4576-9 | $49.95s | £32.50
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2345-3 | $26.50t | £17.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0924-2 | $26.50t | £17.50


How to Accept German ReparationsNOW IN PAPERBACK
How to Accept German Reparations

Susan Slyomovics

"…How to Accept German Reparations is a fascinating read, with insights on reparations, mourning, and memory that far transcend the particular instance of the Holocaust. Anyone interested in these issues, no matter where they apply, should read this book."—Human Rights Quarterly

"[An] idiosyncratic, far-ranging, well written book. … this is several thoughtful books in one."—Lora Wildenthal, German History

Susan Slyomovics examines the implications of German reparations after World War II, working through the lens of anthropological and human rights discourse, as well as through the lives of Holocaust survivors in her own family. What does it mean for individual suffering to be monetized?

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384 pages | 6 x 9 | 18 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4606-3 | $69.95s | £45.50
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2349-1 | $24.95t | £16.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0965-5 | $24.95t | £16.50
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series


Afghanistan DeclassifiedNOW IN PAPERBACK
Afghanistan Declassified: A Guide to America's Longest War

Brian Glyn Williams

"Afghanistan Declassified is a superb guide to understanding America's longest war. A detailed study of that battle-scarred country's history and tribes, it helps us understand how, like the Soviets, the U.S. has become ensnared in this dysfunctional society."—Richard A. Clarke, former U.S. chief counter-terrorism advisor and author of Against All Enemies

Originally published by the U.S. Army to provide an overview of the terrain, tribes, history, and course of the war for American troops, Afghanistan Declassified provides an essential background to the war in Afghanistan as well as offering a vivid account of the country's people, history, and geography.

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264 pages | 6 x 9 | 13 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4403-8 | $34.95t | £23.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2344-6 | $24.95t | £16.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0615-9 | $24.95t | £16.50


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