New Books from Alumni - MT14

New Books from Alumni - MT14


Dr Roham Alvandi (MPhil International Relations, 2005)

Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War

Oxford University Press, 2014

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last shah of Iran, is often remembered as a pliant instrument of American power during the Cold War. In this book Roham Alvandi offers a revisionist account of the shah's relationship with the United States by examining the partnership he forged with Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in the 1970s.

Dr Geoffrey Bardell (MSc Russian and East European Studies, 2008)

Sacred Weapons, Profane Enemies: Saint John Paul II’s War on Communism, 2014

Dr. Bardell’s book  tells the story of how Saint John Paul II politically deployed an arsenal of sacred weapons and profane enemies in his war on communism. The effects of his deployment – chiefly during his three pilgrimages to communist Poland – were to evoke and refashion nationalist and religious cultural memories shaped over centuries and thereby influence the prevailing political culture of opposition. In his doing so, the Polish Pope inspired the opposition to peacefully and successfully challenge a communist regime that had at its disposal a full panoply of repressive forces. The Pope’s sacred weapons were above all the powerful myths and symbols attached to holy figures, wars, insurrections and martyrdom, and the potent rituals of anniversary commemorations, holy masses, beatifications, canonizations and pilgrimages afforded to him as head of the Roman Catholic Church. Poland’s profane enemies were the Jewish, German and Russian enemies and the powerful myths and symbols associated with them. Further details of  the book are available from

Dr Volker Berghahn (MPhil History, 1964)

American Big Business in Britain and Germany: A Comparative History of Two 'Special Relationships' in the Twentieth Century

Princeton University Press, 2014

Dr Surender Bhutani

Fellow, 1990

In Pursuit of Hope

Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 2013

Collection of English poems along with a translation into Polish.

Dr Deborah Bryceson (DPhil Sociology, 1988)

Mining and Social Transformation in Africa: Tracing Mineralizing and Democratizing Trends in Artisanal Production

London: Routledge Development Studies series (edited with Jesper Bosse Jønsson, Eleanor Fisher and Rose Mwaipopo), 2014

Dr Edric Cane (MPhil Politics, 1958)

Teaching to Intuition

The book focuses on approaches to solve the major problem the US has with basic math proficiency, trying to tweak long-held teaching habits.  It can be checked at

Mr Robert Antony Copley (MPhil Modern History, 1960)

Music and the Spiritual:Composers and Politics in the 20th Century

Ziggurat Books International, 2012

The volume provides valuable reading for anyone keen to explore individual composers of that period. The book profiles the following, and includes discussion of their works: Scriabin, Prokoviev, Penderecki, Gorecki, Part, Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Messiaen, Poulanc, Stockhausen and Henze.

Mr Michael Crawford (MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 1978)

Ibn 'Abd Al-Wahhab

Oneworld Publications, 2014

Michael Crawford has written a short biography of the founder of the Wahhabi movement, Ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab, which is to be published on 1 December 2014 by Oneworld in its series on Makers of the Muslim World.  Ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab (1703-92) was an Islamic ideologue and activist who shaped and guided the nascent Saudi state, and propagated an exclusivist religious outlook that has had a deep influence on modern Salafi thought and action.  This book covers his life and teachings and offers a brief history of the Wahhabi movement in Saudi Arabia until the present day.

Mr Sam Daws (SCR Member, 2010)

The Procedure of the UN Security Council

Oxford University Press, 2014

The Procedure of the UN Security Council is the definitive book of its kind and has been widely used by UN practitioners and scholars for nearly 40 years. This comprehensively revised edition contains over 450 pages of new material documenting the extensive and rapid innovations in the Council's procedures of the past two decades.

Dr Paulo Drinot (DPhil Politics, 1995)

Peru in Theory

Palgrave, 2014

Can 'theory' teach us anything about Peru? Can 'Peru' teach us anything about theory? The chapters in this volume explore these questions by establishing a productive dialogue between Peru and theory. Focusing on institutional weakness and economic, social, gendered, racialized, and other forms of exclusion – key issues in recent social scientific inquiry in Peru - the contributors to this volume assess the extent to which the analytical frameworks of a number of social and cultural theorists can inform, and, at the same time, be informed by, Peru as a case study.

Dr Fadia Faqir (Academic Visitor, 1992)

Willow Trees Don't Weep

Heron Books, 2014

This novel is the story of Jordan-born Najwa, trying to find her father and following in his footsteps: from a heartbreaking secret in Afghanistan all the way to a revelation in Britain.

Dr Timothy Gibbs (DPhil History, 2007)

Mandela’s Kinsmen

James Currey, 2014

Mandela's Kinsmen is the first study of the fraught relationships between the ANC leadership and their relatives who ruled apartheid's foremost "tribal" Bantustan, the Transkei.

Mr George Gömöri (BLitt Medieval and Modern Languages, 1957)

The Polish Swan Triumphant: Essays on Polish and Comparative Literature from Kochanowski to Norwid

Cambridge Scholars, 2013

This present collection of George Gomori's essays covers several centuries of Polish literature and its reception abroad. The first three essays are devoted to Jan Kochanowski, the greatest poet of the Polish Renaissance, followed by shorter pieces on Stefan Batory, King of Poland from 1576 to 1586. This is followed by a comparative essay on the Pole Mikolaj Sep Szarzynski and the Hungarian poet Balint Balassi.

Dr Lionel Gossman (DPhil Literature, 1954)

André Maurois (1885-1967), Fortunes and Misfortunes of a Moderate

Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

Dr Charlotte Hughes (DPhil History, 1998)

Managing History, Making Peace: History, Identity and Memory in Contemporary Kenya

IB Tauris, 2013

This volume (co-authored with A. Coombes and K-Munene) is a timely exploration of the ways in which Kenyans are engaging with the past in the present. The authors show how Kenya is facing a continuing crisis over nationhood, heritage, memory and identity, which must be resolved to achieve social cohesion and peace.

Dr Theodora Jim (DPhil Ancient History, 2004)

Sharing with the Gods: Aparchai and Dekatai in Ancient Greece

Oxford Classical Monographs, 2014

Sharing with the Gods examines a ubiquitous yet little studied aspect of ancient Greek religion, the offering of so-called ‘first-fruits’ (aparchai) and ‘tithes’ (dekatai), form the Archaic period to the Hellenistic. Contrary to the tendency of most existing studies of Greek religion in to focus on ritual performance, this volume investigates questions of beliefs and religious mentality: why did the Greeks present these gifts to the gods, and what did their behaviour tell us about their religious world-views and presuppositions? To what extent were these gifts motivated by expectations of a pleasing return? Exploiting an array of epigraphic and archaeological and literary sources, the author investigates the diverse nature of aparchai and dekatai, the complexity of motivations underlying them, the deployment of the custom in politics, and the transformation of a voluntary practice into an obligation. 

Professor Jeffrey Kahn (DPhil Politics, 1994)

Mrs Shipley’s Ghost: The Right to Travel and Terrorist Watchlists

University of Michigan Press, 2013

In tracing the history and scope of U.S. travel regulations, Professor Jeffrey Kahn begins with the fascinating story of Mrs Ruth Shipley, a federal employee who almost single-handedly controlled access to passports during the Cold War.  Kahn questions how far national security policies should go and whether the government should be able to declare some individuals simply too dangerous to travel.  An expert on constitutional law, Kahn argues that U.S. citizens’ freedom to leave the country and return is a fundamental right, protected by the Constitution. (NB: The paperback edition of this book was released in spring 2014)

Dr Anthony Kauders (DPhil History, 1989)

Der Freud-Komplex. Eine Geschichte der Psychoanalyse in Deutschland 

Berlin Verlag, 2014

Dr Paul Kingston (DPhil Political Economy, 1986)

Reproducing Sectarianism: Advocacy Networks and the Politics of Civil Society in Postwar Lebanon

SUNY, 2013

Professor Adam Komisarof (Academic Visitor, 2012)

At Home Abroad: The Contemporary Western Experience in Japan

Reitaku University Press, 2012

Professor Adam Komisarof focuses on one group of foreign nationals—attempting to discover the essence of the contemporary Western experience in Japan by interviewing 12 trailblazers who intimately know the heart of Japan. 

Miss Bilyana Lilly (MSc Russian and East European Studies, 2010)

Russian Foreign Policy toward Missile Defense: Actors, Motivations, and Influence

Lexington Books, 2014

This book analyses one of the central issues in U.S.-Russian and NATO-Russian relations—ballistic missile defense – offering an unparalleled, in-depth analysis of the reasons behind Russia’s policy towards the construction of a U.S ballistic missile defense in Europe.

Dr Zareer Masani (DPhil History, 1971)

Macaulay: Britain’s Liberal Imperialist

Bodley Head, 2013

The book is a biography of Thomas Macaulay, often considered both a cultural imperialist and a prophetic moderniser. Dr Masani  gives a vivid insight into one of the towering intellects of Victorian Britain, a brilliant, complex, self-made man, who rose from middle-class origins to the highest circles of the world's largest empire.

Dr Eiichi Motono (DPhil History, 1986)

Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World (translator)

Iwanami Shoten, 2014

Dr Iver Neumann (DPhil International Relations, 1987)

Diplomatic Sites: A Critical Enquiry

C Hurst & Co Publishers, 2013

Although diplomacy increasingly takes place in untraditional settings that are increasingly non-Western, our debates about diplomacy still focus on traditional points of contact such as the conference table, the ministerial office and the press conference. The book argues that increasing globalisation and the rise of powers such as China, India and Brazil won’t determine a crisis in diplomatic activity.

Dr Adolf K.Y. Ng  (DPhil Geography, 2006)

Port-Focal Logistics and Global Supply Chains (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

The book (co-authored with John J Liu) investigates the challenges that ports, logistics and supply chains tackled in recent decades, and the appropriate way forward, thus providing a comprehensive view on this rapidly changing sector.

Professor Hasan Paksoy (DPhil History, 1982)

Alpamis: Rus Yonetimi altinda Orta Asya Kimligi (translation in Turkish of “Alpamysh: Central Asian identity under Russian rule”, now available in e-book format)

Dr Daniel Peris (MPhil Russian and Eurasian Studies, 1986)

The Dividend Imperative

McGraw-Hill Hill, 2013

According to fund manager and author Daniel Peris, the real threat to investment returns from stocks is the Great Retreat-a 30-year drop in the dividend payout ratio of the leading corporations in the United States that has rendered the U.S. stock market a grand casino rather than a business investment platform. Peris believes that profit distributions--the dividends of publicly traded corporations--are the greatest indicators of a business's success.

Dr Simon Pooley (DPhil Modern History, 2006)

Burning Table Mountain: An Environmental History of Fire on the Cape Peninsula

Palgrave MacMillan, 2014

Dr Angel Rabasa (MSc Latin American Studies, 1970)

Eurojihad: Patterns of Islamist Radicalization and Terrorism in Europe

Cambridge University Press, 2014

“Eurojihad: Patterns of Islamist Radicalization and Terrorism in Europe”, by Angel M. Rabasa, a former Knox Fellow at St. Antony’s, and Cheryl Benard, is being released by the Cambridge University Press in October 2014.  Patterns of Islamist radicalization in Europe reflect the historical experience of European Muslim communities, particularly their links to their home countries, the prevalence of militant groups there, and the extent to which factors of radicalization in Muslim countries transfer to European Muslim diasporas. Eurojihad examines the sources of radicalization in Muslim communities in Europe and the responses of European governments and societies. In an effort to understand the scope and dynamics of Islamist extremism and terrorism in Europe, this book takes into account recent developments, in particular the emergence of Syria and Iraq as major destinations of European jihadists.

Dr Paul Robinson (DPhil History, 1996)

Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich: Supreme Commander of the Russian Army

Northern Illinois University Press, 2014

Ms Emma Sabzalieva (College Registrar)

Managing your career in higher education administration

Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

Career guide aimed specifically at the large number of people working in non-academic higher education roles, such as higher education administrators or professional services staff.

Dr Zachary Shore (DPhil History, 1995)

A Sense of the Enemy: The High-Stakes History of Reading Your Rival's Mind

Oxford University Press, 2014

In A Sense of the Enemy, Zachary Shore argues that successful leaders employ what he calls "strategic empathy," an ability to empathize with their opponents in order to anticipate how they will act. Wise leaders do not assume that rivals will act as they themselves would, but instead try to see into the unique internal constraints and drivers that shape an enemy's decision processes.

Professor Lewis Siegelbaum (DPhil History, 1970)

Broad is My Native Land: Repertoires and Regimes of Migration in Russia's Twentieth Century

Cornell University Press, 2014

The volume is the first history of Russia’s twentieth century through the lens of migration. By comparing the institutions and experiences of migration in late Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, and post-Soviet Russia, Professor Siegelbaum and Leslie Page Moch bring the study of migration to scholars of Russia and twentieth-century Russia to migration scholarship.

Ms Therese Stiastny (MPhil International Relations, 1992)

Acts of Omission

John Murray, 2014

This debut novel is set in Westminster, Berlin and Oxford in the late '90s, and tells the intertwined stories of a politician, a journalist, and a secret service official who are all involved in the loss and rediscovery of a set of secret files. The secrets the files reveal affect their careers and their lives and come very close to home.

Professor Wataru Takahashi (MPhil Economics, 1982)

East Asian Capitalism: Diversity, Change and Continuity

OUP, 2012

Mr Christopher Ward (MPhil Middle Eastern Studies, 1974)

IB Tauris, 2014

The Water Crisis in Yemen: Managing Extreme Water Scarcity in the Middle East

The volume is the first comprehensive study of the water management crisis in Yemen, covering the institutional, environmental, technical and political economy components. Combining a historical perspective and interdisciplinary approach, the book draws on both new field research and a very wide set of official and unofficial information sources, much of it being made available for the first time.

Mr David Watson

BPhil European History, 1958

“28th June:  Sarajevo 1914- Versailles 1919”

Alan Sharp, Haus Publishing , London, 2014 

"June 28th" looks in greater depth at the smaller nations that are often ignored in general histories, and in doing so seeks to understand World War I from a global perspective, asking not only how each of the signatories of the Versailles Peace Treaty came to join the conflict but also giving an overview of the long-term consequences of their having done so.

Professor Nira Wickramasinghe (DPhil History, 1985)

Metallic Modern. Everyday Machines in Colonial Sri Lanka

Berghahn Press London 2014

Metallic Modern describes the modern as it was lived and experienced by non-elite groups in Ceylon (Sri Lanka)– tailors, seamstresses, shopkeepers, workers – and suggests that their idea of the modern was nurtured by a changing material world.

Ms Roxane Zand Hakimzadeh (DPhil History, 1980)

A Persian Requiem (by Simin Danshvar, translated)

Halban Publishers, 2012 (second edition)