Hot Off Penn Press: March’s New Books

Spring in Philadelphia is tentative, to say the least, but there's nothing tentative about the books we published last month! Read on to see new offerings in American History, Political Science, and more.

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Anglicizing AmericaAnglicizing America: Empire, Revolution, Republic
Edited by Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, Andrew Shankman, and David J. Silverman

"The volume does a masterful job at pulling together the various threads on Anglicization and extending it from the midcolonial period through the early republic."—Ned Landsman, author of Crossroads of Empire

Anglicizing America revisits the theory of Anglicization and reconsiders its application to the lives and histories of the Atlantic world, from Britain to the Caribbean to the western wildernesses, at key moments before, during, and after the American Revolution.

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320 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4698-8 | $55.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9104-9 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the Early American Studies series


Against Self-RelianceAgainst Self-Reliance: The Arts of Dependence in the Early United States
William Huntting Howell

"Against Self-Reliance is a remarkably original book and an impassioned critique of liberalism. Howell makes a compelling argument that imitation and emulation occupied a central place in the emergence of the United States. This alternative story has, he suggests, important implications for the way we view our world. His analysis crackles with urgency."—Catherine Kelly, University of Oklahoma

"Modern Americans often describe their nation as founded on principles of political and economic individualism: a democratic culture of self-made men and women.Against Self-Reliance revisits the founding period to tell a different story. Focusing on the overlapping domains of politics, religion, science, education, and literature, Howell reveals the priorities of imitation, emulation, and cultural dependence on the eve and in the wake of American Independence. In this fine literary and cultural history, both historians and critics will find something new."—Eric Slauter, University of Chicago

Tracing continuities between literature, material culture, and pedagogical theory, William Huntting Howell uncovers an America that celebrated the virtues of humility, contingency, and connection to a complex whole over ambition, individuality, and distinction.

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312 pages | 6 x 9 | 19 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4703-9 | $49.95s | £32.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9116-2 | $49.95s | £32.50
A volume in the Early American Studies series


Empire by CollaborationEmpire by Collaboration: Indians, Colonists, and Governments in Colonial Illinois Country
Robert Michael Morrissey

"Drawing on an astounding array of documentary, linguistic, and material evidence, Robert Morrissey illuminates the fascinating world of the evolving Illinois Indian and French colonial towns that survived and thrived by partnering with one another and with a succession of empires—French, Spanish, and British. In explaining these innovative, flexible, pragmatic, and ambitious people, Empire by Collaboration dashes the old stereotypes of lazy French and dependent Indians."—Kathleen DuVal, University of North Carolina

"Empire by Collaboration makes an important and sophisticated argument about colonial Illinois Country. Morrissey shows how the fluid, intercultural relations that characterized initial settlement gave way within a generation to distinctly bordered communities of Francophone Christians and traditional Illinois. But these borders were not imposed from the imperial center; rather, the French community that emerged on this frontier was self-defined by culture, not ethnic origin, and as such, it is a fascinating case study of assimilation."—Leslie Choquette, Assumption College

"Empire by Collaboration is a superb contribution to Illinois Country studies. Painting on a broad canvas, Morrissey brings together Indians, French colonists, and European imperial rivalries in unprecedented fashion. Indispensable reading for anyone interested in eighteenth-century America, this book boldly pushes an often marginalized region into the mainstream of colonial history."—Carl J. Ekberg, author of French Roots in the Illinois Country

Empire by Collaboration explores the remarkable collaborative culture of colonial Illinois Country, where settlers, natives, and imperial officials negotiated local and imperial priorities and gave rise to new economies and forms of social life.

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352 pages | 6 x 9 | 24 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4699-5 | $45.00s | £29.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9111-7 | $45.00s | £29.50
A volume in the Early American Studies series


Faithful RepublicFaithful Republic: Religion and Politics in Modern America
Edited by Andrew Preston, Bruce J. Schulman, and Julian E. Zelizer

"Faithful Republic is a magnificent collection, one that showcases the impressive scholarship of a new generation of American historians working at the intersection of religion and politics. Diverse in their topics but uniformly strong in their treatment, these essays represent the cutting edge of an important field."—Kevin M. Kruse, author of One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

"The essays collected here are outstanding and bring to light some of the best scholarship on a topic in which new work is rapidly emerging and fundamentally changing. The research is excellent—the book is full of archival finds from all over the country—and the analyses are stimulating, often sparkling."—Paul Harvey, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Faithful Republic is a collection of original essays that explores the relationship between religion and politics in the United States since the early twentieth century. Rather than focusing on the traditional question of the separation between church and state, this volume touches on many aspects of American political history.

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224 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4702-2 | $45.00s | £29.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9112-4 | $45.00s | £29.50
A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series



To Breathe with BirdsTo Breathe with Birds: A Book of Landscapes
Václav Cílek. Photographs by Morna Livingston. Translated by Evan W. Mellander. Foreword by Laurie Olin.

"In reading these essays, I feel as if I have had the privilege of taking a very long walk through a landscape of towns, villages, and open countryside with an old friend. What is home to the author has in a sense become a second home to me through his vivid personal descriptions and recollections. This is a book for anyone who relishes the discovery of new places in the context of their historical evolution into a modern world that requires serious attention to ecological balance and sustainability."—Paula Deitz, author of the book Of Gardens: Selected Essays

"This is a remarkable book, one that rescues a fragment of the world and offers us perception and knowledge of a very particular place, a cultural landscape of deep meaning, beauty, and value."—Laurie Olin, from the Foreword

The first book-length appearance of Václav Cílek's work in English translation, To Breathe with Birds delves into the imaginative and emotional bonds we form with landscapes and how human existence—a recent development, geologically speaking—shapes and is shaped by a sense of place.

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192 pages | 6 x 9 | 24 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4681-0 | $34.95t | £23.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9106-3 | $34.95t | £23.00
A volume in the Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture series



The Complete Marching Band Resource ManualThe Complete Marching Band Resource Manual: Techniques and Materials for Teaching, Drill Design, and Music Arranging
Wayne Bailey, Cormac Cannon, and Brandt Payne

Now in an updated third edition, The Complete Marching Band Resource Manual presents both the fundamentals and the advanced techniques that are essential for successful leadership of college and high school marching bands.

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Third Edition
320 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | 140 illus.
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2329-3 | $47.50s | £31.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9098-1 | $47.50s | £31.00



The Medieval NewThe Medieval New: Ambivalence in an Age of Innovation
Patricia Clare Ingham

"The Medieval New is precise in its methods, pioneering in its claims, and creative in bringing together ethical, literary, theological, and historical concerns. Patricia Clare Ingham presents a sensitive and nuanced view of the relationship between 'old' and 'new' that adds immeasurably to the conversation about innovation and its relation to tradition."—Richard Newhauser, Arizona State University

Contrary to the common conception of the Middle Ages as an era opposed to innovation, The Medieval New demonstrates that medieval caution about the new was generated not by the blind appeal of tradition in a religiously conservative age, but as a response to radical expansions of possibility in realms of art and science.

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288 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4706-0 | $65.00s | £42.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9123-0 | $65.00s | £42.50
A volume in the Middle Ages Series


The Roman InquisitionThe Roman Inquisition: Trying Galileo
Thomas F. Mayer

"Thomas F. Mayer concludes his deeply researched trilogy on the Roman Inquisition with a model forensic analysis of what he sees as the single trial process of Galileo, carefully analyzed and contextualized from the controversial 1616 precept to the procedure's crisp conclusion in 1633. His judgments about official incompetence, some 'off the rails' procedures, and Galileo's poor choice of advisors are welcome."—Christopher Black, University of Glasgow

With this final installment in his trilogy on the seventeenth-century Roman Inquisition, Thomas F. Mayer has provided the first comprehensive study of the legal proceedings against Galileo.

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368 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4655-1 | $89.95s | £58.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9032-5 | $89.95s | £58.50
A volume in the Haney Foundation Series



Kabul CarnivalKabul Carnival: Gender Politics in Postwar Afghanistan
Julie Billaud

"Kabul Carnival examines the contested and changing gender politics in Afghanistan, largely focusing on recent issues but locating them in a wider historical sweep, setting a context in which orientalism and debates about modernity are echoed in the contemporary international agenda to reconstruct Afghanistan."—Patricia Jeffery, University of Edinburgh

Offering one of the first long-term on-the-ground ethnographies of Afghanistan since the arrival of allied forces in 2001, Kabul Carnival explores the contradictions, ambiguities, and unintended effects of the emancipatory projects designed for Afghan women and imposed by the international community.

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256 pages | 6 x 9 | 20 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4696-4 | $55.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9114-8 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the Ethnography of Political Violence series


Pulse of the PeoplePulse of the People: Political Rap Music and Black Politics
Lakeyta M. Bonnette

"Pulse of the People masterfully marries political psychology scholarship and research methods with the growing literature on the ever increasing impact of Hip-Hop culture both nationally and globally."—Melanye Price, Rutgers University

Examining the history of rap music, particularly the subgenre of political rap, and coupling public opinion research with lyrical analysis, Lakeyta M. Bonnette illustrates the ways rap music serves as a vehicle for the expression and advancement of political thought in urban Black communities.

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232 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4684-1 | $49.95s | £32.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9113-1 | $49.95s | £32.50
A volume in the American Governance: Politics, Policy, and Public Law series


Debating the American StateDebating the American State: Liberal Anxieties and the New Leviathan, 1930-1970
Anne M. Kornhauser

"Richly detailed and sharply argued, this beautifully-realized intellectual history offers a fresh perspective on how key liberal thinkers, not least John Rawls, grappled with the American state the New Deal made. Anyone concerned to understand the immanent tensions characteristic of the inescapable collision between constitutional democracy and concentrated power should ponder this deep and original assessment, and should consider the compelling lessons and legacies it conveys."—Ira Katznelson, author of Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time

"An extremely well-researched and brilliantly analyzed study of the burgeoning growth and the missing legitimacy of the administrative state and its relationship to the ideal of the rule of law. Debating the American State is a stellar example of deep and rigorous transdisciplinarity."—Elizabeth Borgwardt, author of A New Deal for the World: America's Vision for Human Rights

"Anne Kornhauser thinks with a flair of originality about important subjects and has a knack for explaining complicated political ideas in lucid, accessible language. Tracing in a highly original way how recent debates over liberalism originated during the New Deal and how they evolved since, her book is a major contribution to modern political and intellectual history and sheds light on the turbulent debates over democracy, the rule of law, and the power of the state with which we live."—Eric Foner, Columbia University

Through a broad and unusual cast of characters—from American social scientists and legal academics, to German refugee intellectuals, to the philosopher John Rawls—Debating the American State shows that the "leviathan" administrative state was never given a proper and principled justification by the liberals who built and supported it.

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336 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4687-2 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9115-5 | $59.95s | £39.00


State Theory and Andean PoliticsState Theory and Andean Politics: New Approaches to the Study of Rule
Christopher Krupa and David Nugent, Editors

"A heroic, successful, and grounded assault on the apparent empirical reality of the state and its 'state effects.' These intrepid scholars hurl themselves at the Andean state, but they bring an analytical imagination and ethnographic practice to match the shape-shifting social production of the state that we can all learn from. A major break in the sterile, realist clouds that have obscured a more nuanced understanding of both state effects and state affects."—James C. Scott, Yale University

"A very important book for political anthropologists and historians of state formation. Its compelling and unique argument will be a fascinating intervention"—Nancy Postero, University of California, San Diego

"A splendid collection of very strong essays by first-class scholars that contributes to the regional ethnographic and historical literature and to discussions of the nature of the state, political rule, and citizenship in the region. State Theory and Andean Politics fills a void."—Finn Stepputat, Danish Institute for International Studies

State Theory and Andean Politics explores the material and cultural processes by which states come to appear as real and tangible parts of everyday life in the Andes, showing the state to be one of many forces vying for a claim to legitimate domination in a highly contested political field.

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336 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4694-0 | $69.95s | £45.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9107-0 | $69.95s | £45.50


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