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Panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty.

New Books in the Arts & Sciences:: Celebrating Recent Work by Caitlin Gillespie

New Books in the Arts & Sciences: Celebrating Recent Work by Mark Taylor ​

Traversing centuries and continents from early 19th-century Europe and Asia to Africa from the turn of the 21st century to today, Andreas Wimmer delves into the forces that encourage political alliances to stretch across ethnic divides and build national unity. Offering a long-term historical perspective and global outlook, Nation Building sheds important new light on the challenges of political integration in diverse countries. 

New Books in the Arts & Sciences         —panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty The Art of Love Poetry By: Erik Gray

Militarized police officers with tanks and drones. Pervasive government surveillance and profiling. Social media that distract and track us. All of these, contends Bernard Harcourt, are facets of a new and radical governing paradigm in the United States–one rooted in the modes of warfare originally developed to suppress anticolonial revolutions and, more recently, to prosecute the war on terror. The Counterrevolution is a penetrating and disturbing account of the rise of counterinsurgency, first as a military strategy but increasingly as a way of ruling ordinary Americans. Harcourt shows how counterinsurgency’s principles–bulk intelligence collection, ruthless targeting of minorities, pacifying propaganda–have taken hold domestically despite the absence of any radical uprising. This counterrevolution against phantom enemies, he argues, is the tyranny of our age. Seeing it clearly is the first step to resisting it effectively.

Composed of Michel Leiris's daily travel journal detailing the first French state-sponsored anthropological expedition in sub-Saharan Africa, this first English translation (by Brent Edwards) of the French Surrealist writer's Phantom Africa bears witness to the full range of social and political forces shaping the African continent in the period between the World Wars.

New Books in the Arts & Sciences—panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty.

From the late 17th through the late 19th century, nostalgia denoted a form of homesickness so extreme that it could sometimes be deadly. What Nostalgia Was unearths that history. Thomas Dodman traces the invention of nostalgia as a medical diagnosis in Basel, Switzerland, its spread through the European republic of letters and into Napoleon's armies, its subsequent transformation from a medical term to a more expansive cultural concept, and its shift in meaning in the colonies, where Frenchmen worried about racial and cultural mixing came to view moderate homesickness as salutary. 

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