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Federal Taxation in America: A Short History, 2nd edition, by W. Elliot Brownlee

Federal Taxation in America: A Short History, 2nd edition

Author(s)
W. Elliot Brownlee

W. Elliot Brownlee describes the five principal stages of federal taxation in relation to the crises that led to their adoption—the formation of the republic, the Civil War, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II—with a new chapter focusing on the tax policies of the George W. Bush administration.

Illegal Drugs, Economy, and Society in the Andes by Francisco E. Thoumi

Illegal Drugs, Economy, and Society in the Andes

Author(s)
Francisco E. Thoumi

Some countries develop illegal drug industries, and others do not. Discerning the distinguishing characteristics—social, economic, and political—of countries with these industries forms the subject of Francisco Thoumi’s sophisticated and humane study.

Russian-Eurasian Renaissance? U.S. Trade and Investment in Russia and Eurasia, edited by Jan H. Kalicki and Eugene K. Lawson

Russian-Eurasian Renaissance? U.S. Trade and Investment in Russia and Eurasia

This book presents an unprecedented dialogue with leading U.S., Russian, and Eurasian economic experts and policy-makers on the pivotal issues of economic reform, trade, and investment, and the prospects for an economic renaissance in the new states of the former Soviet Union.

Governance on the Ground: Innovations and Discontinuities in the Developing World, edited by Patricia L. McCarney and Richard E. Stren

Governance on the Ground: Innovations and Discontinuities in the Developing World

Governance on the Ground shows people at a local level working through municipal institutions to take more responsibility for their own lives and environment. This study reports what social scientists in eight local networks found when they chose their own subjects for a worldwide comparative study of institutional reform at the local level.

China after Jiang, edited by Gang Lin and Xiaobo Hu

China after Jiang

One of the first evaluations of China’s leadership transition with Jiang Zemin’s 2002 retirement as Communist Party chief, this book probes the country’s related institutional transitions—both those under way and those still needed if China is to remain stable and prosperous in the 21st century.

Popular Political Support in Urban China by Jie Chen

Popular Political Support in Urban China

Author(s)
Jie Chen

Has the current political system in the People’s Republic of China lost its legitimacy in the eyes of the Chinese public? On the basis of three carefully drawn surveys of Beijing residents between 1995 and 1999, the author finds that diffuse support for the current political system—based on attitudes toward institutions and values—remains strong, at least among city-dwellers, though it is gradually declining.

Frontier Passages: Ethnopolitics and the Rise of Chinese Communism, 1921-1945 by Xiaoyuan Liu

Frontier Passages: Ethnopolitics and the Rise of Chinese Communism, 1921-1945

Author(s)
Xiaoyuan Liu

In this pathbreaking book, Xiaoyuan Liu establishes the ways in which the history of the Chinese Communist Party was, from the Yan’an period onward, intertwined with the ethnopolitics of the Chinese “periphery.”

Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America, edited by Sara Castro-Klarén and John Charles Chasteen

Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America

Beyond Imagined Communities shows how more diverse cultural influences shaped Latin American nationalisms in the nineteenth century by examining social situations and the production of cultural objects such as novels, folklore, and national literary histories.

Composing Urban History and the Constitution of Civic Identities

Composing Urban History and the Constitution of Civic Identities tells the story of how fractured urban communities sometimes succeed and sometimes fail at creating a way of life embracing the many varieties of people and institutions that make cities both urban and urbane.

Confronting Vietnam: Soviet Policy toward the Indochina Conflict, 1954–1963, by Ilya V. Gaiduk

Confronting Vietnam: Soviet Policy toward the Indochina Conflict, 1954–1963

Author(s)
Ilya V. Gaiduk

Based on extensive research in the Russian archives, this book examines the Soviet approach to the Vietnam conflict between the 1954 Geneva conference on Indochina and late 1963, when the overthrow of the South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem and the assassination of John F. Kennedy radically transformed the conflict.

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