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Narkomania

by Jennifer J. Carroll Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

Against the backdrop of a post-Soviet state set aflame by geopolitical conflict and violent revolution, Narkomania considers whether substance use disorders are everywhere the same and whether our responses...


Enlightenment and the Gasping City

by Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

With air pollution now intimately affecting every resident of Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko seeks to understand how, as a physical constant throughout the winter months, the...


The Act of Living

by Marco Di Nunzio Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

According to the World Bank, Ethiopia has one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, yet it is also one of the poorest African countries. Marco Di Nunzio's analysis of two street hustlers in Ethiopia offers...


America the Fair

by Dan Meegan Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

What makes a person liberal or conservative? Why does the Democratic Party scare off so many possible supporters? When does our "injustice trigger" get pulled, and how can fairness overcome our human need to...


Gender, War, and World Order

by Richard C. Eichenberg Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

Motivated by the lack of scholarly understanding of the substantial gender difference in attitudes toward the use of military force, Richard C. Eichenberg has mined a massive data set of public opinion surveys...


The Dark Sides of Empathy

by Fritz Breithaupt & Andrew B. B. Hamilton Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

Many consider empathy to be basis of moral action. However, the ability to empathize with others is also a prerequisite for deliberate acts of humiliation and cruelty toward them. In The Dark Sides of Empathy...


Enduring Alliance

by Timothy Andrews Sayle Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

Born from necessity, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has always seemed on the verge of collapse. Even now, some sixty years after its inception, some consider its foundation uncertain and its structure...


Poppies, Politics, and Power

by James Tharin Bradford Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

Historians have long neglected Afghanistan's broader history when portraying the opium industry. But in Poppies, Politics, and Power, James Tharin Bradford rebalances the discourse, showing that it is not the...


To Shape Our World For Good

by C. William Walldorf, Jr. Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

Why does the United States pursue robust military invasions to change some foreign regimes but not others? Conventional accounts focus on geopolitics or elite ideology. C. William Walldorf, Jr., argues that...


The Credibility Challenge

by Inken von Borzyskowski Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

The key to the impact of international election support is credibility; credible elections are less likely to turn violent. So argues Inken von Borzyskowski in The Credibility Challenge, in which she provides...


The Sexual Economy of War

by Andrew Byers Cornell University Press (May 15, 2019)

In The Sexual Economy of War, Andrew Byers argues that in the early twentieth century, concerns about unregulated sexuality affected every aspect of how the US Army conducted military operations. Far from being...


The Democracy Development Machine

by Nicholas Copeland Cornell University Press (May 15, 2019)

Nicholas Copeland sheds new light on rural politics in Guatemala and across neoliberal and post-conflict settings in The Democracy Development Machine. This historical ethnography examines how governmentalized...


When Violence Works

by PATRICK BARRON Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

Why are some places successful in moving from war to consolidated peace while others continue to be troubled by violence? And why does postconflict violence take different forms and have different intensities?...


The Racial Politics of Division

by Monika Gosin Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

The Racial Politics of Division deconstructs antagonistic discourses that circulated in local Miami media between African Americans, "white" Cubans, and "black" Cubans during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift and the...


Divorcing Traditions

by Katherine Lemons Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

Divorcing Traditions is an ethnography of Islamic legal expertise and practices in India, a secular state in which Muslims are a significant minority and where Islamic judgments are not legally binding. Katherine...


Making Space for the Dead

by Erin-Marie Legacey Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

The dead of Paris, before the French Revolution, were most often consigned to mass graveyards that contemporaries described as terrible and terrifying, emitting "putrid miasmas" that were a threat to both health...


Democracy for Sale

by Edward Aspinall & Ward Berenschot Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

Democracy for Sale is an on-the-ground account of Indonesian democracy, analyzing its election campaigns and behind-the-scenes machinations. Edward Aspinall and Ward Berenschot assess the informal networks and...


Small Arms

by Mia Bloom & John Horgan Cornell University Press (May 15, 2019)

Why do terrorist organizations use children to support their cause and carry out their activities? Small Arms uncovers the brutal truth behind the mobilization of children by terrorist groups.

Mia Bloom and...


Statebuilding by Imposition

by Reo Matsuzaki Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

How do modern states emerge from the turmoil of undergoverned spaces? This is the question Reo Matsuzaki ponders in Statebuilding by Imposition. Comparing Taiwan and the Philippines under the colonial rule of...


Research as Development

by Salla Sariola & Bob Simpson Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

In Research as Development, Salla Sariola and Bob Simpson show how international collaboration operates in a setting that is typically portrayed as "resource-poor" and "scientifically lagging." Based on their...


Political Survivors

by Emma Kuby Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

In 1949, as Cold War tensions in Europe mounted, French intellectual and former Buchenwald inmate David Rousset called upon fellow concentration camp survivors to denounce the Soviet Gulag as a "hallucinatory...


New Directions in Cypriot Archaeology

by Catherine Kearns & Sturt W. Manning Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

New Directions in Cypriot Archaeology highlights current scholarship that employs a range of new techniques, methods, and theoretical approaches to questions related to the archaeology of the prehistoric and...


Advancing Equity Planning Now

by Norman Krumholz & Kathryn Wertheim Hexter Cornell University Press (January 15, 2019)

What can planners do to restore equity to their craft? Drawing upon the perspectives of a diverse group of planning experts, Advancing Equity Planning Now places the concepts of fairness and equal access squarely...


The Costs of Conversation

by Oriana Skylar Mastro Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

After a war breaks out, what factors influence the warring parties' decisions about whether to talk to their enemy, and when may their position on wartime diplomacy change? How do we get from only fighting to...


Unrivaled

by Michael Beckley Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

The United States has been the world's dominant power for more than a century. Now many analysts believe that other countries are rising and the United States is in decline. Is the unipolar moment over? Is America...


Research Guide to the Russian and Soviet Censuses

by Ralph S. Clem Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

Taken together, the Russian census of 1897 and the Soviet censuses of 1926, 1959, 1970, and 1979 constitute the largest collection of empirical data available on that country, but until the publication of this...


Creative Union

by Kiril Tomoff Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Why did the Stalin era, a period characterized by bureaucratic control and the reign of Socialist Realism in the arts, witness such an extraordinary upsurge of musical creativity and the prominence of musicians...


Currencies of Imagination

by Ivan V. Small Cornell University Press (January 15, 2019)

In Vietnam, international remittances from the Vietnamese diaspora are quantitatively significant and contribute important economic inputs. Yet beyond capital transfer, these diasporic remittance economies offer...


The Refugee-Diplomat

by Diego Pirillo Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

The establishment of permanent embassies in fifteenth-century Italy has traditionally been regarded as the moment of transition between medieval and modern diplomacy. In The Refugee-Diplomat, Diego Pirillo offers...


More Than Words

by Richard Fox Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Grounded in ethnographic and archival research on the island of Bali, More Than Words challenges conventional understandings of textuality and writing as they pertain to the religious traditions of Southeast...


The Venture Capital State

by Robyn Klingler-Vidra Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Silicon Valley has become shorthand for a globally acclaimed way to unleash the creative potential of venture capital, supporting innovation and creating jobs. In The Venture Capital State Robyn Klingler-Vidra...


Anthropogenic Rivers

by Jerome Whitington Cornell University Press (January 15, 2019)

In the 2000s, Laos was treated as a model country for the efficacy of privatized, "sustainable" hydropower projects as viable options for World Bank-led development. By viewing hydropower as a process that creates...


Pop City

by Youjeong Oh Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Pop City examines the use of Korean television dramas and K-Pop music to promote urban and rural places in South Korea. Building on the phenomenon of Korean pop culture, Youjeong Oh argues that the marketing...


Covert Regime Change

by Lindsey A. O'Rourke Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

States seldom resort to war to overthrow their adversaries. They are more likely to attempt to covertly change the opposing regime, by assassinating a foreign leader, sponsoring a coup d’état, meddling in...


Perilous Futures

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Since his death, the writings of Carl Schmitt (1888–1985) have been debated, cited, and adopted by political and legal thinkers on both the left and right with increasing frequency, though not without controversy...


Winning Hearts and Votes

by Steven Brooke Cornell University Press (January 15, 2019)

In non-democratic regimes around the world, non-state organizations provide millions of citizens with medical care, schooling, childrearing, and other critical social services. Why would any authoritarian countenance...


The Migrant Passage

by Noelle Kateri Brigden Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

At the crossroads between international relations and anthropology, The Migrant Passage analyzes how people from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala navigate the dangerous and uncertain clandestine journey...


Remaking the Chinese Empire

by Yuanchong Wang Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Remaking the Chinese Empire examines China’s development from an empire into a modern state through the lens of Sino-Korean political relations during the Qing period. Incorporating Korea into the historical...


Obscene Pedagogies

by Carissa M. Harris Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

As anyone who has read Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales knows, Middle English literature is rife with sexually explicit language and situations. Less canonical works can be even more brazen in describing illicit...


When Right Makes Might

by Stacie E. Goddard Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Why do great powers accommodate the rise of some challengers but contain and confront others, even at the risk of war? When Right Makes Might proposes that the ways in which a rising power legitimizes its expansionist...


Dark Pasts

by Jennifer M. Dixon Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Over the past two decades, many states have heard demands that they recognize and apologize for historic wrongs. Such calls have not elicited uniform or predictable responses. While some states have apologized...


The Avars

by Walter Pohl Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

The Avars arrived in Europe from the Central Asian steppes in the mid-sixth century CE and dominated much of Central and Eastern Europe for almost 250 years. Fierce warriors and canny power brokers, the Avars...


Atomic Assurance

by Alexander Lanoszka Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Do alliances curb efforts by states to develop nuclear weapons? Atomic Assurance looks at what makes alliances sufficiently credible to prevent nuclear proliferation; how alliances can break down and so encourage...


Empire of Hope

by David Leheny Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Empire of Hope asks how emotions become meaningful in political life. In a diverse array of cases from recent Japanese history, David Leheny shows how sentimental portrayals of the nation and its global role...


Taming Japan's Deflation

by Gene Park, Saori N. Katada, Giacomo Chiozza & Yoshiko Kojo Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Bolder economic policy could have addressed bouts of deflation in post-Bubble Japanese history, write Gene Park, Saori N. Katada, Giacomo Chiozza, and Yoshiko Kojo in Taming Japan’s Deflation. Despite warnings...


Improvisational Islam

by Nur Amali Ibrahim Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Improvisational Islam is about novel and unexpected ways of being Muslim, where religious dispositions are achieved through techniques that have little or no precedent in classical Islamic texts or concepts....


The Commander's Dilemma

by Amelia Hoover Green Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Why do some military and rebel groups commit many types of violence, creating an impression of senseless chaos, whereas others carefully control violence against civilians? A classic catch-22 faces the leaders...


The Rise and Decline of the American Century

by William O. Walker Iii Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

In 1941 the magazine publishing titan Henry R. Luce urged the nation’s leaders to create an American Century. But in the post-World-War-II era proponents of the American Century faced a daunting task. Even...


National Secession

by Philip G. Roeder Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

How do some national-secessionist campaigns get on the global agenda whereas others do not? Which projects for new nation-states, Philip Roeder asks, give rise to mayhem in the politics of existing states? National...


Waste

by Eiko Maruko Siniawer Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

In Waste, Eiko Maruko Siniawer innovatively explores the many ways in which the Japanese have thought about waste—in terms of time, stuff, money, possessions, and resources—from the immediate aftermath of...