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We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, History, Media Studies, and Sociology, along with our New in Paperback titles.






Transforming Study Abroad: A HandbookTRANSFORMING STUDY ABROAD
A Handbook
Neriko Musha Doerr


Written for study abroad practitioners, this book introduces theoretical understandings of key study abroad terms including “the global/national,” “culture,” “native speaker,” “immersion,” and “host society.” Building theories on these notions with perspectives from cultural anthropology, political science, educational studies, linguistics, and narrative studies, it suggests ways to incorporate them in study abroad practices.

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Democracy Struggles: NGOs and the Politics of Aid in SerbiaDEMOCRACY STRUGGLES
NGOs and the Politics of Aid in Serbia
Theodora Vetta

Volume 25, Dislocations


Tracing the boom of local NGOs since the 1990s in the context of the global political economy of aid, current trends of neoliberal state restructuring, and shifting post-Cold War hegemonies, this book explores the “associational revolution” in post-socialist, post-conflict Serbia.

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Of Life and Health: The Language of Art and Religion in an African Medical SystemOF LIFE AND HEALTH
The Language of Art and Religion in an African Medical System
Alexis Bekyane Tengan


Consisting of ethnographic descriptions and analyses of six Dagara cultic institutions, each of which deals with different aspects of sustaining and transmitting life, the volume gives a holistic account of the Dagara knowledge system.

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From Storeroom to Stage: Romanian Attire and the Politics of FolkloreFROM STOREROOM TO STAGE
Romanian Attire and the Politics of Folklore
Alexandra Urdea

Volume 10, Material Mediations: People and Things in a World of Movement


Departing from an ethnographic collection in London, From Storeroom to Stage traces the journey of its artefacts back to the Romanian villages where they were made 70 years ago, and to other places where similar objects are still in use.

Read Introduction: Where a Collection Can Take You




Germany and the Middle East: From Kaiser Wilhelm II to Angela MerkelGERMANY AND THE MIDDLE EAST
From Kaiser Wilhelm II to Angela Merkel
Rolf Steininger


For over a century, the Middle East has weathered seemingly endless conflicts, ensnaring political players from around the world. And perhaps no nation has displayed a greater range of policies toward, and experiences in, the region than Germany, as this short and accessible volume demonstrates. Beginning with Kaiser Wilhelm’s intermittent support for Zionism, it follows the course of German-Mideast relations through two world wars and the rise of Adolf Hitler. As Steininger shows, the crimes of the Third Reich have inevitably shaped postwar German Mideast policy, with Germany emerging as one of Israel’s staunchest supporters while continuing to navigate the region’s complex international, religious, and energy politics.

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Dreams of Germany: Musical Imaginaries from the Concert Hall to the Dance FloorDREAMS OF GERMANY
Musical Imaginaries from the Concert Hall to the Dance Floor
Edited by Neil Gregor and Thomas Irvine

Volume 18, Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association



Through case studies that range from Bruckner to the Beatles and from symphonies to dance-club music, this volume looks at how German musicians and their audiences responded to the most significant developments of the twentieth century, including mass media, technological advances, fascism, and war on an unprecedented scale.

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Contemplating Historical Consciousness: Notes from the FieldCONTEMPLATING HISTORICAL CONSCIOUSNESS
Notes from the Field
Edited by Anna Clark and Carla L. Peck

Volume 36, Making Sense of History


Contemplating Historical Consciousness brings together leading historians, ethnographers, and other scholars who give illuminating reflections on the aims, methods, and conceptualization of their own research as well as the successes and failures they have encountered.

Read Introduction: Historical Consciousness: Theory and Practice


Conceptualizing the World: An Exploration across DisciplinesCONCEPTUALIZING THE WORLD
An Exploration across Disciplines
Edited by Helge Jordheim and Erling Sandmo

Volume 4, Time and the World: Interdisciplinary Studies in Cultural Transformations


This innovative and interdisciplinary volume concerns itself with this central paradox: that the complex, heterogeneous, and purportedly transhistorical dynamics of globalization have given rise to the idea and reality of a finite—and thus vulnerable—world.

Read Introduction: The World as Concept and Object of Knowledge


Law, History, and Justice: Debating German State Crimes in the Long Twentieth CenturyLAW, HISTORY, AND JUSTICE
Debating German State Crimes in the Long Twentieth Century
Annette Weinke
Translated from the German by Nicholas Evangelos Levis


Annette Weinke gives a groundbreaking long-term history of the political, legal and academic debates concerning German state and mass violence in the First World War, during the National Socialist era and the Holocaust, and under the GDR.

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Media Studies


Humanitarianism and Media: 1900 to the PresentHUMANITARIANISM AND MEDIA
1900 to the Present
Edited by Johannes Paulmann

Volume 9, New German Historical Perspectives


From Christian missionary publications to the media strategies employed by today’s NGOs, this interdisciplinary collection explores the entangled histories of humanitarianism and media. It traces the emergence of humanitarian imagery in the West and investigates how the meanings of suffering and aid have been constructed in a period of evolving mass communication, demonstrating the extent to which many seemingly new phenomena in fact have long historical legacies. Ultimately, the critical histories collected here help to challenge existing asymmetries and help those who advocate a new cosmopolitan consciousness recognizing the dignity and rights of others.

Read Humanitarianism and Media: Introduction to an Entangled History




Europeanization in Sweden: Opportunities and Challenges for Civil Society OrganizationsEUROPEANIZATION IN SWEDEN
Opportunities and Challenges for Civil Society Organizations
Edited by Anna Meeuwisse and Roberto Scaramuzzino

Volume 10, Studies on Civil Society

Notwithstanding its many successes since 1945, the project of European integration currently faces major difficulties, from financial crises and mass immigration to the impending departure of the UK from the European Union. At the same time, these challenges have spurred civil society organizations within and across Europe, revealing a shared public sphere in which citizens can mobilize around refugee rights, opposition to austerity policies, and other issues. Europeanization in Sweden assembles new empirical research on how these processes have played out in one of the continent’s wealthiest nations, providing insights into whether, and how, the “Swedish model” can guide European integration.

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New in Paperback


Cultural Borders of Europe: Narratives, Concepts and Practices in the Present and the PastCULTURAL BORDERS OF EUROPE
Narratives, Concepts and Practices in the Present and the Past
Edited by Mats Andrén, Thomas Lindkvist, Ingmar Söhrman and Katharina Vajta

Volume 30, Making Sense of History


“[Published] in the outstanding Berghahn Books ‘Making Sense of History’ series, [this] seminal work of scholarship throughout, Cultural Borders of Europe is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Contemporary International Studies collections.” • Midwest Book Review

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Daily Life in the Abyss: Genocide Diaries, 1915-1918DAILY LIFE IN THE ABYSS
Genocide Diaries, 1915-1918
Vahé Tachjian

Volume 25, War and Genocide


“Vahe´ Tachjian has written a thoughtful, nuanced and powerful study of survival.” • European History Quarterly

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European Regions and Boundaries: A Conceptual HistoryEUROPEAN REGIONS AND BOUNDARIES
A Conceptual History
Edited by Diana Mishkova and Balázs Trencsényi

Volume 3, European Conceptual History


“After reading the individual contributions, the attempt of a Trans-European historiography through the inclusion specifically of the meso-regions proves to be truly successful….But it is not only because of an updated regional history that the volume is very informative and readable; it also offers many fruitful ideas for the various historiographical academic disciplines and an overarching transnational discourse. Hopefully, these concepts will be developed further.” • Historische Zeitschrift

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Fascism without Borders: Transnational Connections and Cooperation between Movements and Regimes in Europe from 1918 to 1945WITHOUT BORDERS
Transnational Connections and Cooperation between Movements and Regimes in Europe from 1918 to 1945
Edited by Arnd Bauerkämper and Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe


“These 13 essays by current specialists, each employing a cross-border comparative approach to fascism, provide upper-level undergraduate students with both methodological insights into the transnational approach and solid, well-researched findings… The strength of this collection lies in fleshing out the details of the consensus scholars have reached… Scholars will appreciate the works-cited endnotes and exhaustive bibliography (both primary and secondary sources) that accompany each essay.” • Choice

Read Introduction: Fascism without Borders. Transnational Connections and Cooperation between Movements and Regimes in Europe, 1918 – 1945


Labour, Unions and Politics under the North Star: The Nordic Countries, 1700-2000LABOUR, UNIONS AND POLITICS UNDER THE NORTH STAR
The Nordic Countries, 1700-2000
Edited by Mary Hilson, Silke Neunsinger, and Iben Vyff

Volume 28, International Studies in Social History


“Enhanced with the inclusion of illustrations, tables, maps, and a seven-page index, [this volume consisting of] thirteen erudite and informative articles by experts in the field of labor and trade unionism is very highly recommended for Volcollege and university library International Studies in Social History collections in general, and European Labor and Trade Unionism History supplemental studies reading lists in particular.” · Midwest Book Review

Read Introduction: Labour, Unions and Politics in the Nordic Countries, c.1700–2000


Let Them Not Return: Sayfo – The Genocide Against the Assyrian, Syriac, and Chaldean Christians in the Ottoman EmpireLET THEM NOT RETURN
Sayfo – The Genocide Against the Assyrian, Syriac, and Chaldean Christians in the Ottoman Empire
Edited by David Gaunt, Naures Atto, and Soner O. Barthoma

Volume 26, War and Genocide



“The book is an excellent contribution in presenting new ideas through its 12 chapters, to study the case of Sayfo by dedicated researches, especially concerning the trauma effect of the post-genocide survivors. Indeed, this is an important book and necessary to be consulted to understand various aspects concerning many themes regarding Christians in the Middle East.” • Syriac Orthodox Patriarchal Journal

Read Introduction: Contextualizing the Sayfo in the First World War


Ruptures in the Everyday: Views of Modern Germany from the GroundRUPTURES IN THE EVERYDAY
Views of Modern Germany from the Ground
Lead Authors: Andrew Stuart Bergerson and Leonard Schmieding

Volume 15, Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association


“As a whole, this volume offers an innovative contribution to the continuity problem of German history in the 20th century…The editors and their authors have succeeded in taking their readership onto an unconventional and intellectually often fascinating journey into German everyday life, and not only historically, which allows fascinating and fresh insights.” • Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft

Read Chapter 1. Wende


Shamanism: Traditional and Contemporary Approaches to the Mastery of Spirits and HealingSHAMANISM
Traditional and Contemporary Approaches to the Mastery of Spirits and Healing
Merete Demant Jakobsen†


“This is a most useful book in the present discourse on shamanism, for it is one in which a specialist in traditional or classical shamanism who is also familiar with New Age shamanism compares the two complexes … highly recommendable.”  · Shamanism

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