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A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman

Lindy Elkins-Tanton

Lindy Elkins-Tanton is a Foundation and Regents Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. She is also the vice president of the ASU Interplanetary Initiative, and the…

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Revolutionary Monsters

Five Men Who Turned Liberation into Tyranny

Donald Critchlow

All sparked movements in the name of liberating their people from their oppressors—capitalists, foreign imperialists, or dictators in their own country. These revolutionaries…

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Jordan Peterson

Critical Responses

Edited by Sandra Woien

The Canadian psychology professor Jordan Peterson burst into public awareness when he opposed the compulsory use of newfangled gender-pronouns. He has since published two best…

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Teaching Difficult Histories in Difficult Times

Stories of Practice

Edited by Lauren McArthur Harris

Despite limitations and challenges, teaching about difficult histories is an essential aspect of social studies courses and units across grade levels. This practical resource…

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Governing the Dead

Martyrs, Memorials, and Necrocitizenship in Modern China

Linh D. Vu

In Governing the Dead, Linh D. Vu explains how the Chinese Nationalist regime consolidated control by honoring its millions of war dead, allowing China to emerge rapidly from the…

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In Defense of Populism

Protest and American Democracy

Donald Critchlow

Contrary to warnings about the dangers of populism, Donald F. Critchlow argues that grassroots activism is essential to party renewal within a democratic system. Grassroots…

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The Currency of Empire

Money and Power in Seventeenth-Century English America

Jonathan Barth

In The Currency of Empire, Jonathan Barth explores the intersection of money and power in the early years of North American history, and he shows how the control of money informed…

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Ethics after Wittgenstein

Contemplation and Critique

Edited by Richard Amesbury

What does it mean for ethics to say, as Wittgenstein did, that philosophy “leaves everything as it is”? Though clearly absorbed with ethical questions throughout his life and work…

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Beasts, Humans, and Transhumans in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

J. Eugene Clay

From shape-shifting Merlin to the homunculi of Paracelsus, the nine fascinating essays of this collection explore the contested boundaries between human and non-human animals,…

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The Oxford Handbook of American Political History

Edited by Donald Critchlow

American political and policy history has revived since the turn of the twenty-first century. After social and cultural history emerged as dominant forces to reveal the importance…