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Commerce in Russian Urban Culture 1861-1914, edited by William C. Brumfield, Boris V. Anan'ich, and Yuri A. Petrov

Commerce in Russian Urban Culture, 1861-1914

Commerce in Russian Urban Culture, 1861–1914 examines the relation between the entrepreneurial world, especially business and banking, and the cultural milieu of Russia. The contributors to this collaborative project also study cultural activity undertaken by enterprises for their own purposes, notably bank and commercial architecture.

European Defense Cooperation: Asset or Threat to NATO? by Michael Quinlan

European Defense Cooperation: Asset or Threat to NATO?

Author(s)
Michael Quinlan

This study surveys post World War II efforts to enhance practical cooperation among European countries in the provision and use of military forces. It also reviews the major issues and future prospects of the European Defense and Security Policy project launched by European Union in June 1999.

Kinship and Capitalism: Marriage, Family, and Business in the English-speaking World, 1580-1740 by Richard Grassby

Kinship and Capitalism: Marriage, Family, and Business in the English-speaking World, 1580-1740

Author(s)
Richard Grassby

This uncompromisingly empirical study reconstructs the public and private lives of urban business families during the period of England’s emergence as a world economic power. Using a broad cross-section of archival, rather than literary, sources, it tests the orthodox view that the family as an institution was transformed by capitalism and individualism.

Second Metropolis: Pragmatic Pluralism in Gilded Age Chicago, Silver Age Moscow, and Meiji Osaka by Blair A. Ruble

Second Metropolis: Pragmatic Pluralism in Gilded Age Chicago, Silver Age Moscow, and Meiji Osaka

Author(s)
Blair A. Ruble

By comparing North America’s, Russia’s, and Japan’s “second cities”—Chicago, Moscow, and Osaka—Second Metropolis discloses the extent to which social fragmentation, frequently viewed as an obstacle to democratic development, actually fostered a “pragmatic pluralism” that nurtured pluralistic public policies.

Asian Americans and Politics: Perspectives, Experiences, Prospects, edited by Gordon H. Chang

Asian Americans and Politics: Perspectives, Experiences, Prospects

This volume is the first to take a broad-ranging look at the engagement of Asian Americans with American politics. Its contributors come from a variety of disciplines—history, political science, sociology, and urban studies—and from the practical political realm.

The Breakdown of Class Politics: A Debate on Post-Industrial Stratification, edited by Terry Nichols Clark and Seymour Martin Lipset

The Breakdown of Class Politics: A Debate on Post-Industrial Stratification

Class and its linkage to politics became a controversial and exciting topic again in the 1990s. Terry Clark and Seymour Martin Lipset published “Are Social Classes Dying?” in 1991, which sparked a lively debate and much new research. This book draws on four main conferences organized by the editors.

Economic Cold War: America's Embargo against China and the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1949-1963 by Shu Guang Zhang

Economic Cold War: America's Embargo against China and the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1949-1963

Author(s)
Shu Guang Zhang

Why would countries impose economic sanctions in pursuit of their foreign policy objectives, and how effective are such economic weapons? This book examines the economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies against the People’s Republic of China in the 1950s, and their effects on Chinese domestic policy and the Sino-Soviet alliance.

Between the State and Islam, edited by Charles E. Butterworth and I. William Zartman

Between the State and Islam

Until recently, Middle East studies have focused almost exclusively on Islam and on the regime, especially on its non-democratic aspects. This volume examines how Middle Eastern peoples in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries lived and flourished while trying to shape their political and religious surroundings outside the formal structures of established religion and the state.

The United States and Pakistan, 1947-2000: Disenchanted Allies by Dennis Kux

The United States and Pakistan, 1947-2000: Disenchanted Allies

Author(s)
Dennis Kux

U.S.-Pakistan relations have been extraordinarily volatile, largely a function of the twists and turns of the Cold War. Dennis Kux has written the first comprehensive account of this roller coaster relationship from the 1940s to the end of the century.

Regional Russia in Transition: Studies from Yaroslavl', edited by Jeffrey W. Hahn

Regional Russia in Transition: Studies from Yaroslavl'

Russia’s sub-national democratization will largely shape Russians’ views of their new government, willingness to participate in it, and trust in its ability to deliver. Regional Russia in Transition: Studies from Yaroslavl’ examines democracy in a central region of Russia, a largely industrialized heartland off the beaten path from Moscow and Leningrad.

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