New Books from Alumni - MT13

New Books from Alumni - MT13


Dr Alexander Betts

DPhil Development Studies, 2003

Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement, Cornell University Press, 2013

International treaties, conventions, and organizations to protect refugees were established in the aftermath of World War II to protect people escaping targeted persecution by their own governments. However, the nature of cross-border displacement has transformed dramatically since then. Such threats as environmental change, food insecurity, and generalized violence force massive numbers of people to flee states that are unable or unwilling to ensure their basic rights, as do conditions in failed and fragile states that make possible human rights deprivations. Because these reasons do not meet the legal understanding of persecution, the victims of these circumstances are not usually recognized as "refugees," preventing current institutions from ensuring their protection. In Survival Migration, Betts outlines these failings, illustrates the enormous human suffering that results, and argues strongly for an expansion of protected categories.

Professor Carol Graham

DPhil Political Economy, 1987

The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-being, Brookings Institution Press, 2011

Dr Christoph Muller

DPhil Modern History, 1998

War of Words. Culture and the Mass Media in the Making of the Cold War in Europe, Dublin, 2013

Dr Daniel Altschuler

DPhil Politics, 2006

The Promise of Participation: Experiments in Participatory Governance in Honduras and Guatemala, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

Dr Daniel Bach

DPhil Politics, 1973

Emerging Africa: critical transitions special issue of the South African Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 20, no. 1 (2013)

David Schoenbaum

MPhil History, 1960

The Violin: A Social History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument, W.W. Norton & Co, 2013

Dr Elaine Housby

MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 1993

Islamic and Ethical Finance in the UK, Edinburgh University Press, 2013

This is the first systematic comparison of the principles and working of Islamic financial services with those of other British financial services branded as 'ethical'.

Dr Emanuela Paoletti

DPhil Development Studies, 2005

The Social, Political and Historical Contours of Deportation, Springer, 2013

Dr Farid Senzai

DPhil Politics, 1998

Political Islam in the Age of Democratization, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

Felix Martin

MSc Economics for Development, 2001

Money: The Unauthorised Biography,  Bodley Head, 2013

Dr Gordon Peake

DPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 1996

Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles, and Secrets from Timor-Leste, Scribe Publications, 2014

Blending narrative history, travelogue, and personal reminiscences based on four years of living in the country, this volume shows the daunting hurdles that the people of Timor-Leste must overcome to build a nation from scratch, and how much the international community has to learn if it is to help rather than hinder the process.

Professor Hasan Paksoy

DPhil Oriental Studies, 1982

Humans on Mars and Beyond, Charleston, SC: Create Space, 2012

Professor Jeffrey Kahn

DPhil Politics, 1999

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, 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.

Dr John Ciorciari

DPhil International Relations, 2002

Hybrid Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia , University of Michigan Press, forthcoming

This book examines the relationship between the institutional form and function of the UN-backed hybrid court established to put former Khmer Rouge officials on trial for crimes of the Pol Pot era. It uses the Cambodian case to test arguments about the functional strengths and shortcomings of hybrid courts and offers lessons for other mass crimes proceedings going forward.

Dr James Densley

DPhil Sociology, 2003 

How Gangs Work: An Ethnography of Youth Violence, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

“How Gangs Work” provides a vivid portrayal of gang life, but not as the British traditionally know it. James Densley deconstructs the mythology of gangs to make sense of the profiles and motivations of gang members in straightforward, rational terms.

Dr Lionel Gossman

DPhil Literature, 1954

The Passion of Max von Oppenheim: Archaeology and Intrigue in the Middle East from Wilhelm II to Hitler, Cambridge, 2013

Dr Lotte Hughes

DPhil Modern History, 2002

Managing Heritage, Making Peace: History, Identity and Memory in Contemporary Kenya, I.B. Tauris, 2013

The book is the fruit of research on heritage and memory in Kenya, funded by the AHRC from 2008-2011 and led by Dr Hughes as Principal Investigator.

Dr Mandisa Mbali

DPhil Modern History, 2005 

South African AIDS Activism and Global Health Politics, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.

In her book, Dr Mbali demonstrates that South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) gave moral legitimacy to the international HIV treatment movement which enabled it to effectively push for new models of global health diplomacy and governance.  This history of South Africa's TAC sheds light on its evolution into an influential force for global health justice

Professor Margaret MacMillan

DPhil History, 1968

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The War That Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War, Profile Books, 2013

The First World War could have been avoided up to the last moment – so why did it happen? The account begins in the early nineteenth century and ends with the outbreak of the war and deals both with the huge political, social and technological changes of the period as well as the key figures who made the crucial decisions. 

Dr Martin Bunton

DPhil Middle Eastern Studies, 1990 

The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction, OUP Oxford, 2013

In this accessible and stimulating book, Martin Bunton clearly explains the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, reducing it to its very essence - a modern territorial contest between two nations and one geographical territory.

Dr Mats Berdal

DPhil International Relations, 1989

The Political Economy of Statebuilding - Power after Peace, Routledge, 2013

The book examines the impact of international state building efforts on the political economy of post-conflict countries over the past 20 years.

Professor Michael Freeden

DPhil Politics, 1969

The Political Theory of Political Thinking: The Anatomy of a Practice, Oxford University Press, 2013

What does it mean to say that human beings think politically, and what is distinctive about that kind of thinking? That question is all-too infrequently asked by political theorists, or is dealt with through generalizations, abstractions, and dichotomies. This study examines the actual, real-world patterns people display when thinking politically, identifying six features of political thinking.

Dr Nadia Von Maltzahn

MSt Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 2005

The Syria-Iran Axis: Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations in the Middle East, IB Tauris, 2013

The volume examines the motivations, content and reach of cultural diplomacy between Syria and Iran to determine to what degree the two partners have been successful in bridging their world views and political outlooks.

Professor Nicholas Murray DPhil Modern History, 2001

The Rocky Road to the Great War: the Evolution of Trench Warfare to 1914, Washington D.C.: Potomac Books Inc.  2013.

Dr Polly Jones DPhil Russian & EE Studies   Myth, Memory, Trauma. Rethinking the Stalinist Past in the Soviet Union, 1953-70, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013

Professor Rashid Khalidi

DPhil Modern History, 1970

Brokers of Deceit: How the US has Undermined Peace in the Middle East, Beacon Press, 2013

Dr Rebecca Clifford

DPhil Modern History, 2003

Commemorating the Holocaust: The Dilemmas of Remembrance in France and Italy, OUP, 2013

Rinna Kullaa

MPhil in Russian and East European Studies, 2004

Non-Alignment and its Origins in Cold War Europe: Finland, Yugoslavia and the Soviet

Challenge,  I.B. Tauris, 2012.

After the Second World War Europe stood divided between two clearly defined and competing ideologies and systems of government. Within this context of confrontation  between the United States and the Soviet Union, Rinna Kullaa provides a unique analysis of the attempts of two European states to successfully avoid absorption into the Soviet bloc. This book explores the relations of Yugoslavia and Finland both with the Soviet Union, and with each other, as they strove to preserve and create their independence. While at first attempting the foreign policy of neutralism  employed by Finland, in the face of Soviet hostility, Tito’s Yugoslavia instead led the way to the founding of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1961. Kullaa’s crucial analysis of the formative period of the Cold War is of interest to students and researchers of International Relations, European History, the Cold War and diplomacy.

Professor Robert I. Rotberg

DPhil Social Studies, 1960

Africa Emerges: Consummate Challenges, Abundant Opportunities, Polity, 2013

Professor Roger Goodman

DPhil Social Anthropology, 1982

Higher Education and the State: Changing relationships in Europe and East Asia, Symposium books, 2013 (edited with Takehiko Kariya & John Taylor)

This volume explores the rapidly evolving relationship between the state and higher education in Europe and in East Asia.

Dr Roberto Durrieu

DPhil Law, 2009

Rethinking Money Laundering & Financing of Terrorism in International Law – Towards a new global legal order, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013

In this volume, Roberto Durrieu advocates the recognition of money laundering as an international crime strictu sensu that can be tried by a special international tribunal.

Dr Roy Allison

DPhil International Relations, 1974

Russia, the West and Military Intervention, OUP, 2013

This interdisciplinary study explores the persistent differences between Russian and Western leaders about most Western-led military campaigns and about Russia’s own interventions in the CIS region. The book argues that Russia’s policies have reflected distinctive attitudes to international order as well as a preoccupation with status. This raises challenging questions about the ability of Russia and Western states to cooperate in contemporary crises, such as over Syria or Iran and about Russia’s wider role in international society.

Dr Rose Whyman

Diploma in Slavonic Studies, 1979

Stanislavski the Basics, Routledge, 2012.

The book is an introduction to the life, thought and impact of Konstantin Stanislavski, one of the great innovators of twentieth century theatre. It examines Stanislavski’s life and the context of his work, his major writing on actor training in English translation, his impact on modern theatre and sets out the major exercises that comprise Stanislavki's system of acting with reference to several major plays.

Susanne Wessendorf

DPhil Social Anthropology, 2003

Second-Generation Transnationalism and Roots Migration. Cross-Border Lives, Aldershot: Ashgate,  2013

Teresa Cherfas

MPhil Russian & EE Studies, 1980

Reporting Stalin’s Famine. Jones and Muggeridge: a case study in forgetting and rediscovery, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Vol 14, No 4 (Fall 2013).

Dr Thomas Boghardt

DPhil Modern History, 1998

The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy and America's Entry into World War, Naval Institute Press, 2012

In this volume, Thomas Boghardt  has tapped fresh sources to provide the definitive account of the origins and effect of the German Zimmermann Telegram scheme, how it was handled by British intelligence, and its impact on world events. The book also shows that the telegram has had a profound effect on how governments collect secret information, and influenced how we see intelligence today.

Zayde Antrim

MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 1997

Routes and Realms: The Power of Place in the Early Islamic World, Oxford University Press, 2012