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Harvard University Press
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 257

Harvard University Press

A university press is a curious institution, dedicated to the dissemination of learning yet apart from the academic structure; a publishing firm that is in business, but not to make money; an arm of the university that is frequently misunderstood and occasionally attacked by faculty and administration. Max Hall here chronicles the early stages and first sixty years of Harvard University Press in a rich and entertaining book that is at once Harvard history, publishing history, printing history, business history, and intellectual history. The tale begins in 1638 when the first printing press arrived in British North America. It became the property of Harvard College and remained so for nearly ...

When Novels Were Books
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

When Novels Were Books

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2020
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  • Publisher: Unknown

The novel was born religious, alongside Protestant texts produced in the same format by the same publishers. Novels borrowed features of these texts but over the years distinguished themselves, becoming the genre we know today. Jordan Alexander Stein traces this history, showing how the physical object of the book shaped the stories it contained.

The Cigarette
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 352

The Cigarette

The story of tobacco’s fortunes seems simple: science triumphed over addiction and profit. Yet the reality is more complicated—and more political. Historically it was not just bad habits but also the state that lifted the tobacco industry. What brought about change was not medical advice but organized pressure: a movement for nonsmoker’s rights.

On Thrones of Gold
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 432

On Thrones of Gold

¿Perhaps the best English-language puppetry book in years.¿ ¿Library Journal ¿Accessible and unexpectedly involving ... an essential book for anyone seriously interested in wayang.¿ ¿

What It Means to Be Human
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 336

What It Means to Be Human

  • Categories: Law
  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2020
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  • Publisher: Unknown

American law assumes that individuals are autonomous, defined by their capacity to choose, and not obligated to each other. But our bodies make us vulnerable and dependent, and the law leaves the weakest on their own. O. Carter Snead argues for a paradigm that recognizes embodiment, enabling law and policy to provide for the care that people need.

The Harvard Book
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 499

The Harvard Book

Essays from three hundred years of Harvard student life discuss the school's history, teachers, alumni, sports, traditions, and problems

Tamil
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 386

Tamil

Spoken by eighty million people, Tamil is one of the great world languages, and one of the few ancient languages that survives as a mother tongue. David Shulman presents a comprehensive cultural history of Tamil, emphasizing how its speakers and poets have understood the unique features of their language over its long history.

A Theory of the Firm
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 311

A Theory of the Firm

This collection examines the forces, both external and internal, that lead corporations to behave efficiently and to create wealth. Corporations vest control rights in shareholders, the author argues, because they are the constituency that bear business risk and therefore have the appropriate incentives to maximize corporate value. Assigning control to any other group would be tantamount to allowing that group to play poker with someone else's money, and would create inefficiencies. The implicit denial of this proposition is the fallacy of the so-called stakeholder theory of the corporation, which argues that corporations should be run in the interests of all stakeholders. This theory offers...

Traveling Black
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 400

Traveling Black

A riveting, character-rich account of racial segregation in America that reveals just how central travel restrictions were to the creation of Jim Crow laws—and why “traveling Black” has been at the heart of the quest for racial justice ever since. Why have white supremacists and civil rights activists been so focused on Black mobility? From Plessy v. Ferguson to #DrivingWhileBlack, African Americans have fought for over a century to move freely around the United States. Curious as to why so many cases contesting the doctrine of “separate but equal” involved trains and buses, Mia Bay went back to the sources with some basic questions: How did travel segregation begin? Why were so ma...

City on a Hill
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 464

City on a Hill

From the pilgrims to Las Vegas, hippie communes to the smart city, utopianism has shaped American landscapes. The Puritan small town was the New Jerusalem. Thomas Jefferson dreamed of rational farm grids. Reformers tackled slums through crusades of civic architecture. To understand American space, Alex Krieger looks to the drama of utopian ideals.