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The widening geographic gap in voters' partisan preferences (magnified by winner-take-all electoral rules) has rendered most of the nation safe territory for either Democrats or Republicans. In "Red Fighting Blue," David A. Hopkins places the current partisan era in historical context, explains how the increased salience of social issues since the 1980s has redefined the parties' geographic bases, and reveals the critical role that political institutions play in intermediating between citizen behavior and policy-making outcomes.
This political analysis of Harry Potter uses the beloved wizarding world to introduce readers to the equally murky and intimidating world of politics. Rowling's work provides us with entries into all of the most important political questions in history, from terrorism and human rights to the classic foundations of political thought.
In "Two Paths: America Divided or United," Ohio governor and 2016 presidential candidate John Kasich reflects on the tumultuous 2016 campaign, sharing his concerns for America and his hopes for our future, and sounding a call to reason and purpose, humility and dignity, righteousness and calm.
In "What is a Refugee?" William Maley puts the recent refugee crisis into historical context. Providing a user's guide to the complex legal status of refugees, Maley argues that states are now reaping the consequences of years of attempts to block access to asylum through safe and "legal" means. He shows why many mooted "solutions" to the "problem" of refugees are counterproductive, creating environments ripe for the growth of extremism.
This history explores the social, economic, and political issues Korea has faced since being catapulted into the wider world at the end of the nineteenth century. Michael J. Seth describes how Korea fell to Japanese imperialist expansionism and then was arbitrarily divided after World War II. He then traces the postwar paths of the two Koreas as they evolved into sharply contrasting societies, concluding by assessing the insights these paths offer for understanding not only modern Korea, but broader world history as well.
Sixteenth-century Europe saw an explosion of female rule. From Isabella of Castile and Mary Tudor to Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth Tudor, these women wielded enormous power over their territories, shaping the course of European history for over a century. A fascinating group biography and a thrilling political epic, "Game of Queens" explores the lives of some of the most beloved (and reviled) queens in history.
Paul M. Cobb offers an accurate and accessible representation of the Islamic experience of the Crusades during the Middle Ages. Cobb overturns previous claims and presents new arguments, combating the trend to portray the history of the Crusades, particularly the Islamic experience, in simplistic or binary terms.
Call Number: Taggart Law Library - E185.61 .R8185 2017
In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation--that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, he makes clear that it was de jure segregation--the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments--that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.
Tea has been one of the most popular commodities in the world. Over centuries, profits from its growth and sales funded wars and fueled colonization, and its cultivation brought about massive changes in land use, labor systems, market practices, and social hierarchies, the effects of which continue today. "A Thirst for Empire" takes an in depth look at how the tea industry transformed global tastes and habits and in the process created our modern consumer society.
"Transgender History" covers American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to the present, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. The book begins with the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II and continues through trans radicalism and social change in the 1960s and '70s, the era of identity politics in the mid-'70s through 1990, and the gender issues witnessed through the '90s and '00s.