We're starting off 2019 right with new titles in political science, American history, religious studies, literature, and more! Take a look below (and happy new year!).
To receive email announcements about new books—which include a 30% discount on all titles—sign up here.
Democracy and Truth: A Short History
"In her short, sharp book, the historian Sophia Rosenfeld . . . [argues] that ever since its origins in the late 18th century, modern democracy has had a peculiar relationship to truth: the current crisis merely epitomises that . . . All the biggest challenges of our time are transnational: mass migration, growing inequality, the onset of ecological Armageddon. It's arguable that the politics of the nation state have become at best irrelevant, and at worst a hindrance, to tackling such global challenges. The outlook is grim. Yet it's a tribute to the quality of this pithy, illuminating book that one nonetheless ends it provoked and inspired, rather than dispirited."—The Guardian
In this lively and illuminating book, historian Sophia Rosenfeld explores a longstanding and largely unspoken tension at the heart of democracy between the supposed wisdom of the crowd and the need for information to be vetted and evaluated by a learned elite made up of trusted experts.
224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
"Drawing on rich archives of printed materials in the Hawaiian language, Noelani Arista's The Kingdom and the Republic offers an incisive historical account of the misunderstandings and misreadings that shaped relations between native Hawaiians and European and American merchants and missionaries. Arista sets down an original and moving story about power, history and memory in the Pacific."—Ann Fabian, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
In The Kingdom and the Republic, Noelani Arista uncovers a trove of previously unused Hawaiian language documents to chronicle Hawaiians' experience of encounter and colonialism in the nineteenth century, reconfiguring familiar histories of trade, proselytization, and negotiations over law and governance in Hawaiʻi.
312 pages | 6 x 9 | 12 illus.
"As Andrew Heath determinedly reminds us, nineteenth-century urban 'consolidators,' like their better-known 'progressive' progeny, took on a gargantuan task of economic and political development. Characters as diverse as conservative Morton McMichael and radical George Lippard recognized that a city's health was intricately bound up with that of the nation and the larger world: even a utopia of private homes would need direction and continuing steerage from above. Treating Philadelphia's Consolidation Plan of 1854 as a kind of municipal bourgeois revolution, Heath turns a local conflict into an instant, urban history classic."—Leon Fink, University of Illinois, Chicago
Andrew Heath shows how Philadelphians looked to consolidate their city across internal social and sectional divisions as the republic fell apart in the Civil War era. Rallying to the cry "In Union There Is Strength," their battles over what a modern metropolis ought to be reveals how a city of mobs became a city of neighborhoods.
296 pages | 6 x 9 | 9 illus.
LITERATURE AND CULTURAL STUDIES
Wordsworth's Poetry, 1815-1845
"The best and most complete work on the later poetry of William Wordsworth. Tim Fulford's readings are thoughtful, frequently brilliant, and at times border on the luxurious in their willingness to unpack the pleasures of the verse."—Michael Gamer, University of Pennsylvania
In Wordsworth's Poetry, 1815-1845, Tim Fulford argues that Wordsworth's later work reveals an unexpectedly varied and innovative poet. Writing from the perspective of age, Wordsworth remodeled the poetry of his youth, creating a body of work that changed the terms of love poetry, political poetry, and the poetry of memorialization.
344 pages | 6 x 9
Engaging the Ottoman Empire: Vexed Mediations, 1690-1815
"Taking a truly interdisciplinary approach, Engaging the Ottoman Empire demonstrates just how prevalent the Near East was in Europe's mediascape and how constitutive it was of European identity. With originality and deftness, Daniel O'Quinn detects subtle disturbances in visual and literary representations that he uses to interrogate larger questions about political contingency, sexual desire, and intercultural mediation. O'Quinn's book is a much needed summa and an incisive work of critical analysis."—Douglas Fordham, University of Virginia
Daniel O'Quinn investigates the complex interpersonal, political, and aesthetic relationships between Europeans and Ottomans in the long eighteenth century. Richly illustrated and provocatively argued, Engaging the Ottoman Empire demonstrates that study of the Ottoman world is vital to understanding European modernity.
552 pages | 7 x 10 | 29 color, 101 b/w illus.
POLITICAL SCIENCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
"With its combination of social science theory, rigorous empirical testing, and readily evident policy implications, Visas and Walls stands to make a significant impact on the debates regarding immigration and border policies."—Christopher Rudolph, American University
States' migration and border control policies must enhance security while facilitating commerce. Sealing off borders appears as a panacea against transnational terrorist threats. Visas and Walls shows that trade and financial dependence keep borders open as long as terrorist violence does not harm states' own citizens or territories.
256 pages | 6 x 9 | 12 illus.
The Psychology of Inequality: Rousseau's "Amour-Propre"
"Michael Locke McLendon demands that we take Rousseau's forceful criticisms of amour-propre seriously on their own terms. His insights are sharp and offer a distinct path through modern political psychology—I found myself repeatedly thinking through familiar writings in new and rewarding ways."—Matthew Maguire, DePaul University
The Psychology of Inequality shows how amour-propre can be transformed into the demand for praise, whether or not one displays praiseworthy qualities, and demonstrates the ways in which this pathology continues to play a leading role in the psychology and politics of modern liberal democracies.
224 pages | 6 x 9
Beyond Virtue and Vice: Rethinking Human Rights and Criminal Law
Beyond Virtue and Vice examines human rights practices that bring crimninal law to bear on sexuality, gender, and reproduction and seek to articulate if, when, and under what conditions, recourse to criminal law is compatible with human rights in matters of gender expression and equality, sexuality, and reproductive health and justice.
360 pages | 6 x 9 | 1illus.
Intellectual Property Rights in China
"Intellectual Property Rights in China presents a well-constructed combination of data, personal recollection, and source material to produce a compelling narrative as well as a historically and politically grounded account of the development of Chinese law regarding intellectual property."—Christopher May, Lancaster University
Zhenqing Zhang argues that China does respect international intellectual property rights, but only in certain cases. In Intellectual Property Rights in China, he addresses the variation in the effectiveness of China's IPR policy and explains the mechanisms for the uneven compliance with global IPR norms.
312 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 illus.
"The Fathers Refounded is a truly brilliant book, massively researched, beautifully written, often witty, and rich with insight."—Grant Wacker, author of America's Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of America
In The Fathers Refounded, Elizabeth A. Clark examines the lives and scholarship of professors Arthur Cushman McGiffert, George LaPiana, and Shirley Jackson Case, who modernized the academic study of Christianity in the early twentieth century.
448 pages | 6 x 9
Book reviewers: To request a press copy of a Penn Press book, send your name, shipping address, and the title of your publication to email@example.com.
Educators: To request an exam copy for course use consideration, click here.