Recent Titles

August 2018

Sexuality in China

Howard Chiang
What was sex like in China, from imperial times through the post-Mao era? The answer depends, of course, on who was having sex, where they were located in time and place, and what kind of familial, social, and political structures they participated in. This collection offers a variety of perspectives by addressing diverse topics such as polygamy, pornography, free love, eugenics, sexology, crimes of passion, homosexuality, intersexuality, transsexuality, masculine anxiety, sex work,...

The Associational State

Brian Balogh
In the wake of the New Deal, U.S. politics has been popularly imagined as an ongoing conflict between small-government conservatives and big-government liberals. In practice, narratives of left versus right or government versus the people do not begin to capture the dynamic ways Americans pursue civic goals while protecting individual freedoms. Brian Balogh proposes a new view of U.S. politics that illuminates how public and private actors collaborate to achieve...

The Plantation Machine

Trevor Burnard
Jamaica and Saint-Domingue were especially brutal but conspicuously successful eighteenth-century slave societies and imperial colonies. These plantation regimes were, to adopt a metaphor of the era, complex "machines," finely tuned over time by planters, merchants, and officials to become more efficient at exploiting their enslaved workers and serving their empires. Using a wide range of archival evidence, The Plantation Machine traces a...

Pulse of the People

Lakeyta M. Bonnette
Hip-Hop music encompasses an extraordinarily diverse range of approaches to politics. Some rap and Hip-Hop artists engage directly with elections and social justice organizations; others may use their platform to call out discrimination, poverty, sexism, racism, police brutality, and other social ills. In Pulse of the People, Lakeyta M. Bonnette illustrates the ways rap music serves as a vehicle for the expression and advancement of the political thoughts of urban...

Ancient Rhetoric and the New Testament

Michael Wade Martin
For the ancient Greeks and Romans, eloquence was essential to public life and identity, perpetuating class status and power. The three-tiered study of rhetoric was thus designed to produce sons worthy of and equipped for public service. Rhetorical competency enabled the elite to occupy their proper place in society. The oracular and literary techniques represented in Greco-Roman education proved to be equally central to the formation...

Fendry Ekel

Aug 2018 - LM Publishers
Fendry Ekel: Entries is a comprehensive monograph, with contributions by several international art historians, looking at the painter's recent work on canvas from 2011 to 2015. The first chapter, "Chess Problems: On the Paintings of Fendry Ekel," is an introduction to Ekel's work by Christophe Van Gerrewey. It addresses Ekel's aesthetic thinking as well as the artistic strategies he applies when dealing with images. The rest of the book consists of essays by ten art historians, one curator, and one artist. All of the...

Flowers from Universe

Aug 2018 - LM Publishers
Java's original textile art is the perfect medium for telling stories of ancient Javanese culture. Flowers from Universe: Textiles of Java is based, first and foremost, on the memories and associations of Alit Djajasoebrata. Ajajasoebrata grew up in a close-knit West Javanese family and frequently came into contact with batik, mostly in the form of the highly prized batikked hipcloths. Her female relatives used these hipcloths to indirectly express their personal attitudes about their...

Introduction to Philosophy

Steve Wilkens
Asking "big questions" is fundamental to our humanity. What is the meaning and purpose of life? What is truth? How do we know what we claim to know? What is justice? What happens after death? Veteran teachers Steve Wilkens and Alan Padgett guide readers to wrestle with twelve of the most foundational, philosophical questions facing humanity, and they reflect on these big questions with a lens rooted in faith. Christians, according to Wilkens and Padgett, should...

Kas di Shon

Van Noord
Aug 2018 - LM Publishers
Driving through Curacao's landscapes, the old plantation houses are visible from afar. The houses speak to us of a past long gone. A past in which plantations, homegrown food, cattle breeding, salt production, and slavery were a true daily reality. These houses have lost their original functions and the farming was never of much merit. Most of the houses have new owners who have turned them into offices, hotels, galleries, or private residences. This book contains the stories of...

Natural History and Ecology of Suriname

Bart De Dijn
Aug 2018 - LM Publishers
Natural History and Ecology of Suriname offers a unique overview of the remarkable nature of this diverse and beautiful country. The book showcases more than 200 fascinating tropical plant and animal species, making it an indispensable guide for anyone wanting to explore Suriname's remarkable flora and fauna. It also provides an introduction to the country's history, geology, climate, ecosystems, and more. World Wildlife Fund Guianas is part of the international World Wildlife Fund...

Proofs of God in Early Modern Europe

Lloyd Strickland
Proofs of God in Early Modern Europe offers a fascinating window into early modern efforts to prove God's existence. Assembled here are twenty-two key texts, many translated into English for the first time, which illustrate the variety of arguments that philosophers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries offered for God. These selections feature traditional proofs—such as various ontological, cosmological, and design arguments—but also introduce more exotic proofs, such as...

The End of the Psalter

Alma Brodersen
Psalms 146–150—sometimes called the "Final Hallel"—are often thought to comprise an end to the Psalter. Frequently seen as connected to other psalms through catchwords that act as both literary and theological links, these final psalms are thought to originally, and deliberately, close out the entire book of psalms. However, Alma Brodersen questions this purported function of these psalms. The End of the Psalter presents new...

Endangered Species

Aug 2018 - Whatcom Museum
Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity highlights sixty artists who celebrate biodiversity's beauty, interpret natural and human-induced extinctions, and focus on endangered species from diverse ecosystems. It includes the work of artists who spotlight human actions threatening biodiversity alongside art projects that revitalize habitats and reconnect people to the natural world. Endangered Species surveys a wide range of approaches and media used by...

Justification in the Second Century

Brian J. Arnold
T. F. Torrance's influential The Doctrine of Grace in the Apostolic Fathers (1948) relegated the collection of Christianity's earliest noncanonical witnesses to a fall from grace. According to Torrance, the Apostolic Fathers abandoned Paul's "justification by faith" and instead advocated for various forms of "works righteousness." Given the new perspectives on both Paul and first-century Judaism, Brian Arnold challenges Torrance's judgments of the Apostolic Fathers by assessing the clarity,...

Treasures Afoot

Kimberly S. Alexander
In Treasures Afoot, Kimberly S. Alexander introduces readers to the history of the Georgian shoe. Presenting a series of stories that reveal how shoes were made, sold, and worn during the long eighteenth century, Alexander traces the fortunes and misfortunes of wearers as their footwear was altered to accommodate poor health, flagging finances, and changing styles. She explores the lives and letters of clever apprentices, skilled cordwainers, wealthy merchants, and elegant...

The End of Strategic Stability?

Lawrence Rubin
During the Cold War, many believed that the superpowers shared a conception of strategic stability, a coexistence where both sides would compete for global influence but would be deterred from using nuclear weapons. In actuality, both sides understood strategic stability and deterrence quite differently. Today's international system is further complicated by more nuclear powers, regional rivalries, and nonstate actors who punch above their...

On the Virtues

John Capreolus
In light of current interest in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, rediscovery of the work of John Capreolus (1380-1444) is particularly important. Known to the Renaissance theologians who succeeded him as "prince of Thomists," he established a mode of Thomistic theological and philosophical engagement that has set the pattern for Thomistic thinkers after him. Twentieth-century scholarship on Capreolus tended to focus on questions concerning metaphysics, the person, and the beatific vision. The purpose of the present...