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Islam and the Arabs in Spanish Scholarship

Islam and the Arabs in Spanish Scholarship

Author: James T. Monroe, Michelle M. Hamilton, David A. Wacks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2021

Spanish Arabism was a touchstone of the major intellectual and political issues facing Spain as it emerged from its imperial past into its current form as a modern nation-state. James T. Monroe's survey of four centuries of Spanish scholarship on the cultural history of al-Andalus (Muslim Spain) establishes Spanish scholars on the forefront of European scholars confronting the Orientalism and colonialism at the heart of their national projects. This reissue of James T. Monroe's classic study of Spanish Arabism features a new foreword by Michelle M. Hamilton and David A. Wacks that offers an overview of its impact and of how the investigation of Spanish Arabism has blossomed since the publication of Monroe's pathbreaking study.

Play in Renaissance Italy

Play in Renaissance Italy

Author: Peter Burke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/07/2021

Far from being merely 'frivolous', scholars in diverse fields now recognise how central games, play and playfulness are to human culture, development and ingenuity, and how vital to the great scientific, political and artistic endeavours of the Renaissance world. From comic verse to practical jokes, pornography to satire, acting to acrobatics, the Renaissance witnessed the flowering of play in all its forms. In the first wide-ranging and accessible introduction to play in Renaissance Italy, Peter Burke, celebrated historian of the Italian Renaissance, synthesises over forty years' research, explores the various forms of play in this period and offers an overview that reveals the many connections between its different domains. While play could be rough, the Church played an increasing role in determining acceptable and unacceptable forms of play, and after campaigns against violence and obscenity, much of the licentiousness characteristic of the early Renaissance was tamed. This entertaining study of play reveals much about the culture of Renaissance Italy, and illuminates an essential element in human life.

Britain's Levantine Empire, 1914-1923

Britain's Levantine Empire, 1914-1923

Britain's Levantine Empire, 1914-1923 explains the rise and decline and nature and extent of British military rule in the urban eastern Mediterranean during the course of the First World War and its aftermath. Combining novel case studies and theoretical approaches, the volume reveals the extent of military control that Britain established and anticipated maintaining in the post-Ottoman world, before a series of confrontations with nationalist and socialist anti-imperialists forced a new division of the eastern Mediterranean, still visible in the political borders of the present day. Britain's Levantine Empire, 1914-1923 tells this story through the eyes and ears of the British servicemen who built this empire, analysing the testimony of over 100 such military personnel sent to Alexandria, Thessaloniki, Istanbul, and the towns and islands between them, as they voyaged, made camp, and explored and patrolled the city streets. Whereas histories examining soldiers' experiences in the First World War have almost exclusively focused on their lives at the frontlines, this study provides a much needed in-depth history of soldiers' experience and impact on the urban hubs of the Eastern Mediterranean, where urban planning, nightlife and entertainment, policing, and security were transformed by the presence of so many men at arms and the imperialist interventions that accompanied them.

Play in Renaissance Italy

Play in Renaissance Italy

Author: Peter Burke Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/07/2021

Far from being merely 'frivolous', scholars in diverse fields now recognise how central games, play and playfulness are to human culture, development and ingenuity, and how vital to the great scientific, political and artistic endeavours of the Renaissance world. From comic verse to practical jokes, pornography to satire, acting to acrobatics, the Renaissance witnessed the flowering of play in all its forms. In the first wide-ranging and accessible introduction to play in Renaissance Italy, Peter Burke, celebrated historian of the Italian Renaissance, synthesises over forty years' research, explores the various forms of play in this period and offers an overview that reveals the many connections between its different domains. While play could be rough, the Church played an increasing role in determining acceptable and unacceptable forms of play, and after campaigns against violence and obscenity, much of the licentiousness characteristic of the early Renaissance was tamed. This entertaining study of play reveals much about the culture of Renaissance Italy, and illuminates an essential element in human life.

Caste and Equality in India

Caste and Equality in India

Author: Akio (Kyoto University, Japan) Tanabe Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2021

This book presents an alternative view of caste in Indian society by analyzing caste structure and change in local communities in Orissa from historical and anthropological perspectives. Focusing on the agricultural society in the Khurda district of Orissa between the eighteenth century and 2019, the book links discussions on the current transformation of society and politics in India with analyses of long-term historical transformations. The author suggests that, beyond status and power, there is another value which is important in Indian society, namely ontological equality which functions as the politico-ethical ground for asserting respect and concern for life of others. The book argues that the value of ontological equality has played an important role in creating and affirming the diverse society which characterizes India. It further contends that the movement towards vernacular democracy, that has become conspicuous since the second half of the 1990s, is a historically ground-breaking event which opens a path beyond the postcolonial predicament, supported by the affirmation of diversity by the subalterns based on the value of ontological equality. This important contribution to the study of Indian society will be of interest to academics working on the social, political and economic history, sociology, anthropology and political science of South Asia, as well as to those interested in social and political theory.

Histories of Surveillance from Antiquity to the Digital Era

Histories of Surveillance from Antiquity to the Digital Era

Author: Andreas (Enigma Museum, Denmark) Marklund Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2021

Deploying empirical studies spanning from early Imperial China to the global security landscape after the Nine-Eleven terrorist attacks, seventeen scholars from across the globe offers a comprehensive overview of the history of surveillance that sheds new light on the hidden mechanisms of power that impels surveillance as societal phenomenon, past, present and future. The contexts are political, social, economic and within the world of business.

History of Rome, Volume VIII

History of Rome, Volume VIII

Author: Livy Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2021

Livy (Titus Livius), the great Roman historian, was born at Patavium (Padua) in 64 or 59 BC where after years in Rome he died in AD 12 or 17. Livy's history, composed as the imperial autocracy of Augustus was replacing the republican system that had stood for over 500 years, presents in splendid style a vivid narrative of Rome's rise from the traditional foundation of the city in 753 or 751 BC to 9 BC and illustrates the collective and individual virtues necessary to achieve and maintain such greatness. Of its 142 books, conventionally divided into pentads and decads, we have 1?10 and 21?45 complete, and short summaries (periochae) of all the rest except 41 and 43?45; 11?20 are lost, and of the rest only fragments and the summaries remain. The third decad constitutes our fullest surviving account of the momentous Second Punic (or Hannibalic) War, and comprises two recognizable pentads: Books 21?25 narrate the run-up to conflict and Rome's struggles in its first phase, with Hannibal dominant; Books 26?30 relate Rome's revival and final victory, as the focus shifts to Scipio Africanus. This edition replaces the original Loeb edition by Frank Gardner Moore.

New Women In The Old West

New Women In The Old West

Author: Winifred Gallagher Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/07/2021

Unsettling Utopia

Unsettling Utopia

Author: Jessica Namakkal Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2021

After India achieved independence from the British in 1947, there remained five scattered territories governed by the French imperial state. It was not until 1962 that France fully relinquished control. Once decolonization took hold across the subcontinent, Western-led ashrams and utopian communities remained in and around the former French territory of Pondicherry-most notably the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the Auroville experimental township, which continue to thrive and draw tourists today. Unsettling Utopia presents a new account of the history of twentieth-century French India to show how colonial projects persisted beyond formal decolonization. Through the experience of the French territories, Jessica Namakkal recasts the relationships among colonization, settlement, postcolonial sovereignty, utopianism, and liberation, considering questions of borders, exile, violence, and citizenship from the margins. She demonstrates how state-sponsored decolonization-the bureaucratic process of transferring governance from an imperial state to a postcolonial state-rarely aligned with local desires. Namakkal examines the colonial histories of the Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville, arguing that their continued success shows how decolonization paradoxically opened new spaces of settlement, perpetuating imperial power. Challenging conventional markers of the boundaries of the colonial era as well as nationalist narratives, Unsettling Utopia sheds new light on the legacies of colonialism and offers bold thinking on what decolonization might yet mean.