Antonian Publications 15/16

Alumni Books

Antonian Publications 15/16

15 December 2016

With so many former students, researchers and academics publishing we struggle to fit news of every new work into the print-copy of The Antonian. Below are those published during the last academic year, including those which we simply could not incldue for space reasons. If you have published recently, please contact the Alumni Office

Dr Piers Ludlow
DPhil History, 1995
Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency 1976-1980, Palgrave Macmillan 2016
Roy Jenkins brought great talent to Europe’s top job. He played a key role in re-launching European monetary integration, winning the right to attend the new global summits, and smoothing Greece’s path to EC membership. But he fell short of other targets. This study shed light on the nature of the job, on Jenkins’ own talents and limitations, and on the European Community as it struggled with the global economic crisis of the 1970s.

Professor Jens Hanssen
DPhil History, 2001
Arabic Thought beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda, Cambridge University Press, 2016 (ed. With Max Weiss)
This volume offers a fundamental overhaul and revival of modern Arab intellectual history. Using Hourani's Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age as a starting point, it reassesses Arabic cultural production and political thought in the light of current scholarship.

Dr Kevin Ka-Wai Ip
DPhil Chinese Studies, 2012
Egalitarianism and Global Justice, Palgrave Macmillan 2016
Kevin Ip articulates and defends an egalitarian conception of global distributive justice grounded on the value of equality as a normative ideal of how human relations should be conducted. Arguing that relationships of equality, rather than those characterized by domination or exploitation, are a requirement for a just system, Ip spells out the real-world implications of this approach. Ip defends the ideal of equality against the diverse objections which have been brought to bear, and the responsibilities we bear in our aspirations towards global justice.

Dr Zhao Chen
SAM, 2004-5
Toward Balanced Growth with Economic Agglomeration: Empirical Studies of China's Urban-Rural and Interregional Development, Springer 2015
This book combines  a theoretical framework and empirical evidence to analyse urban-rural development, by considering the government-market relationship, together with regional and global perspectives. Compelling arguments are made as to how to manage these changes effectively.

Jens R Hentschke
Research Fellow, 1993-1995
Positivismo ao estilo gaúcho: a ditadura de Júlio de Castilhos e seu impacto sobre a construção do Estado e da nação no Brasil de Getúlio Vargas (Porto Alegre: EdiPUCRS, 2016), 145 pp. and Philosophical Polemics, School Reform, and Nation-Building in Uruguay, 1868-1915: Reforma Vareliana and Batllismo From a Transnational Perspective (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2016), 453 pp, 11 tbl., 6 fig., 51 photos, index.

Dr Tanya Zaharchenko
MSc Russian and Eastern European Studies, 2006
Where Currents Meet: Frontiers in Post-Soviet Fiction of Kharkiv, Ukraine,Central European University Press, 2016
Dr Zaharchenko’s groundbreaking work aims to complicate simplistic frameworks of East vs West in Ukraine’s post-Soviet generation, instead revealing a complex continuum of cultural memory. Dr Zaharchenko draws on memory and border studies to analyse a group of young writers in Kharkiv, and the experiences revealed in their work.

Dr Daniel Meier
SAM, 2011-12; Academic Visitor, 2011-14
Shaping Lebanon's Borderlands. Armed Resistance and International Interventions in South Lebanon, IB Tauris, 2016
Dr Meier draws on extensive fieldwork to examine the effects of global, regional and civil conflict on the borderlands of Southern Lebanon. The extent to which refugees, NGOs and invading armies have shaped the area, and shaped the identities in turn, is incisively examined.

Dr Tim Benbow
DPhil International Relations, 1999
Operation Dynamo: The Evacuation from Dunkirk, May-June 1940, Helion and Company, 2016
This edited volume on one of the most famous episodes in British military history provides the complete Battle Summary written by the Admiralty historical staff. With an expertly written introduction, this ‘very British success’ is carefully placed in its historical and strategic context.   

Professor Anver Giladi
SAM, 1985
Muslim Midwives: The Craft of Birthing in the Premodern Middle East, Cambridge University Press, 2015
This is the first book dedicated to the social history of midwifery in the Middle East, focusing on the relationship and tensions between formal and informal medicine, male and female roles, and the onset of Western methods.

Dr Reza Zia-Ebrahimi
DPhil Oriental Studies, 2012
The Emergence of Iranian Nationalism: Race and the Politics of Dislocation, Columbia University Press, 2016
The founders of modern Iranian nationalism, Fath’ali Akhundzadeh and Mirza Aqa Khan Kermani are reconsidered as positing an ideology of ‘dislocative nationalism.’ This mythic idea of a pre-Islamic Iranian Golden Age closer in ideas to Europe than the Arab world was taken up by the Pahlavi dynasty and remains influential.

Dr Yoav Alon
DPhil History, 2000
The Shaykh of Shaykhs: Mithqal al-Fayiz and Tribal Leadership in Modern Jordan Stanford University Press, 2016
Shaykh Mithqal al-Fayiz was born in the 1880s in what was then the Ottoman Empire, but lived through the First and Second World Wars, the advent and decline of direct European imperialism in the region, the establishment of Israel, and the creation of the Jordanian state, to which he gave allegiance. Mithqal’s singular life not only reveals a unique insight into the rapid changes of the modern Middle East but the role of the tribal shaykh more generally during this crucial period.

Dr Martin Bayly
MPhil Politics and International Relations, 2007
Taming the Imperial Imagination: Colonial Knowledge, International Relations, and the Anglo-Afghan Encounter 1808-1878 Cambridge University Press, 2016
 Extensive archival evidence is drawn on for a unique and innovative contribution to the debate on British imperialism. Dr Bayly draws the links between knowledge and power in the colonial encounter, and specifically how Afghanistan was defined and demarcated, with lessons to be drawn for the role of ‘expertise’ in contemporary interventions.

Professor Peter Burke
MPhil History, 1960
What is the History of Knowledge? Wiley, 2015
The History of Knowledge is a new field, and this book powerfully demarcates its conceptual force by drawing on examples from India, the Islamic world, Europe and the Americas. How information becomes knowledge, how ‘knowledges in the plural’ emerge, and solutions to central problems in History of Knowledge are presented in this unique work.

Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
DPhil Politics 2009
Neoliberalism: The Key Concepts Routledge, 2016
An extremely important concept for understanding the modern world, neoliberalism is also a contested one. This key introduction sets out the major aspects and genealogies of neoliberal thought, within an expertly written contextual framework.

Professor Ian Goldin
DPhil Sociology, 1984
Dr Chris Kutarna
DPhil Politics, 2016
Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance St. Martin’s Press, 2016
These award-winning Antonians explore our current world on the brink of a new Renaissance. The authors argue that the same forces that converged 500 years ago to upend social order are present once again.

Professor Gabriel Gorodetsky
DPhil History, 1974
The Maisky Diaries: Red Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, 1932-43 Yale University Press, 2015. This Pushkin Award shortlisted volume publishes, for the first time in English, the secret diary of the Soviet Ambassador to Britain in the crucial pre-war and early war period. New light is thrown on the era of rearmament, appeasement and war through this maverick ambassador’s eyes.   

Dr Nina Hall
DPhil International Relations, 2012
Displacement, Development, and Climate Change - International organizations moving beyond their mandates Routledge, 2016
This book focuses on the institutional challenge represented by the unique and ongoing threat of global climate change. Three organisations – the UN High Commission for Refugees, the International Organisation for Migration and the UN Development Programme – are analysed for their responses.

Dr Lee Jones
MPhil International Relations, 2004
Societies Under Siege: Exploring How International Economic Sanctions (Do Not) Work Oxford University Press, October 2015
Drawing on previously unseen archival, diplomatic and internal records, Dr Jones applies a new analytic framework to three infamous cases of International sanctions – including Iraq, South Africa and Myanmar – in order to weigh their efficacy and limitations, offering advice for policy-makers based on the lessons learned.

Professor Adam Komisarof
SAM 2012-13
Crossing Boundaries and Weaving Intercultural Work, Life, and Scholarship in Globalizing Universities ed. (with Zhu Hua), Routledge, 2016
This book examines how work relations, research, and life inform each other among transnational scholars. The authors give meaning and structure to their own intercultural experiences through frameworks and concepts which they have developed in their own research. They also provide invaluable advice for academics who aspire to work and live abroad. 

Professor Robert Lieber
Visiting Fellow, 1969; SAM, 1972
Retreat and its Consequences: American Foreign Policy and the Problem of World Order Cambridge University Press, 2016
As foreign policy becomes a key dividing line in US Presidential politics, Professor Lieber argues that recent US retrenchment has led to a loss of credibility with allies and an emboldening of enemies in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia. A call for renewed US leadership is issued in the interests of world stability.

Professor Laila Parsons
DPhil Oriental Studies, 1995
The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948 Hill and Wang, 2016

This definitive biography charts and evaluates the life of key figure in early Arab independence struggles. Al-Qawuqji fought the British with the Ottomans, led uprisings in Syria and Palestine, before taking part in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. This is an expert and detailed chronicle of a controversial but crucial figure in Middle Eastern history.

Ms Carla Power
MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 1989
If Oceans were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Qur’an Holt, 2015
This book chronicles the dialogue and friendship between Power, a Newsweek journalist, and Sheikh Muhammad Akram Nadwi, an Oxford-based Islamic scholar, as they aim to break through stereotypes to the heart of the Qur’anic message. A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist.

Mr Peter Slevin
MPhil International Relations, 1984
Michelle Obama: A Life Knopf, 2015
This award-winning biography charts the First Lady’s journey from a working-class upbringing in Chicago to the White House, via Princeton and Harvard. Along the way, she meets a young community organiser named Barack. This has been described as an inspirational and compelling account of her story.

Professor Karen Van Dyck
DPhil Medieval and Modern Languages, 1990
Austerity Measures, the New Greek Poetry Allen Lane, 2016
This interdisciplinary project combines politics, history and literature in a new anthology of Greek poetry. Emerging out of the Greek financial crisis this work charts a cultural renaissance against economic dislocation and social resistance, translated for the first time into English.

Dr Kieran Williams
DPhil Politics, 1994
Václav Havel, Reaktion Books 2016
Part of the ‘Critical Lives’ series, this work is one of the first to pay close attention to the poetic and creative output of Havel, and draw connections to his later political career. Based on a reading of his complete works, including drafts and unpublished editions, Williams’ book is a fully-rounded portrait of Havel the poet, playwright, dissident and President.


Written at St Antony’s

Dr Miriam Bradley
DPhil International Relations, 2012
Protecting Civilians in War: The ICRC, UNHCR, and Their Limitations in Internal Armed Conflicts  Oxford University Press, 2016
Dr Bradley’s work seeks to develop understanding of how two of the largest international humanitarian institutions protect civilians. The book arose out of a Winchester Prize-winning doctoral thesis, and assesses the impact of each organization on the practice of protecting civilians today.

Dr Amy King
DPhil International Relations, 2014
China-Japan Relations after  World War II: Empire, Industry and War, 1949-1971 Cambridge University Press, 2016
This book details the fascinating story of how Japan became China’s leading economic partner in 1971, despite the then-recent war and rivalry between them. Dr King’s work draws on innovative conceptual frameworks and recently declassified Chinese sources to reconstruct the Chinese leadership’s views on the Japanese model.

Nick McDonell
MLitt Politics and International Relations, 2012
The Civilization of Perpetual Movement, Nomads in the Modern World (Hurst, 2016)
This book aims to put nomadism into its modern global political context, rescuing the concept from caricature or stereotype, and aimed at correcting common misunderstandings about this important category. McDonell writes with verve, and with wide critical acclaim, on nomads from Central Asia to the Great Rift Valley.

Professor Hasan Paksoy
DPhil Oriental Studies, 1986
Alpamysh: Central Asian Identity under Russian Rule Rounded Globe, 2016
Professor Paksoy takes as his focus the dastan, the oral epic, as a field of contest between Soviet orientalist scholarship and Central Asian cultural preservation. The Alpamysh, one of the great dastans, is here translated for the first time and presented in its cultural and ideological context.

Dr Radoslav A. Yordanov
DPhil History, 2012
The Soviet Union and the Horn of Africa during the Cold War, Between Ideology and Pragmatism Lexington Books, 2016
This work draws on extensive declassified documents to assess the relative success or failure of superpower involvement in Ethiopia and Somalia during the Cold War. The US and the Soviet Union found themselves entangled in local conflicts, Dr Yordanov finds, to little geostrategic benefit, with lessons for global power today.