New Books from Alumni - MT15

New Books from Alumni - MT15

Dr Radoslav A. Yordanov
DPhil History, 2007

The Soviet Union and the Horn of Africa during the Cold War: Between Ideology and Pragmatism
Rowman & Littlefield, 2016

Using a wealth of recently declassified sources, this book tells the complex story of Soviet involvement in the Horn of Africa, a narrowly defined geographic entity torn by the rivalry of two large countries (Ethiopia and Somalia), from the beginning of the Cold War until the demise of the Soviet Union. At different points in the twentieth century, this region—arguably one of the poorest in the world—attracted broad international interest and large quantities of advanced weaponry, making it a Cold War flashpoint.


Dr Anthony Elson
Senior Associate, 2003

Globalization and Development: Why East Asia Surged Ahead and Latin America Fell Behind
Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

Why has there been such a pronounced divergence in the economic fortunes of developing countries? Comparing the experiences of East Asia and Latin America since the mid-1970s, Elson identifies the key internal factors common to each region which have allowed East Asia to take advantage of the trade, financial, and technological impact of a more globalized economy to support its development, while Latin America has not. Unique in its comparative regional perspective and grounded in an inter-disciplinary approach, this work is a timely addition to our understanding of the future of economic development. Dr Elson began researching this book whilst a Senior Associate of St Antony's College. 


Professor Adam Komisarof
Visiting Fellow, 2012

Crossing Boundaries and Weaving Intercultural Work, Life, and Scholarship in Globalizing Universities
Routledge, 2016 (with Professor Zhu Hua)

This book generates a fresh, complex view of the process of globalization by examining how work, scholarship, and life inform each other among intercultural scholars as they navigate their interpersonal relationships and cross boundaries physically and metaphorically. 


Dr Roxanne Varzi
Visiting Fellow, 2004

Last Scene Underground: An Ethnographic Novel of Iran
Stanford University Press (2015)

Written in the hopeful wake of Iran’s Green Movement and against the long shadow of the Iran-Iraq war, this unique novel deepens our understanding of an elusive country that is full of misunderstood contradictions and wonder. 


Professor Jonathan Wright
DPhil Politics, 1963)

Mental Maps in the Era of Detente and the End of the Cold War 1968-91
Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 (with Professor Steven Casey)

The last two decades of Cold War saw a transformation of the international system. This volume shows how this change was viewed through the eyes of fifteen major political leaders who were caught up in the process and helped to shape it.


Dr Liliana Baltra 
Senior Associate Member, 1972

Latin American Literary Review Press, 2014 

For the first time, Nobel Prize laureate Gabriela Mistral has her significant work ‘Desolation’ published in a bilingual edition, based on the 1923 text. Dr Baltra assists Michael Predmore in the translation, and in writing an afterword.


Professor Daniel Bell
DPhil Politics, 1988

The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy 
Princeton University Press, 2015

Westerners tend to divide the political world into democracies and authoritarian regimes. But the Chinese political model does not fit neatly in either category, argues Bell. Over the past three decades, China has evolved a political system that can best be described as "political meritocracy." The China Model seeks to understand the ideals and the reality of this unique political system.


Dr Marilyn Booth 
MPhil Middle Eastern Studies, 1978

Classes of Ladies of Cloistered Spaces: Writing Feminist History through Biography in Fin-de-siècle Egypt, 
Edinburgh University Press, 2015

This study explores the writing and influence of the first Arabic-language global biographical dictionary of women, authored by Zaynab Fawwaz (c.1860–1914), a forceful voice in support of women’s rights to education and work choices in colonial-era Egypt.


Dr Valerie Caton 
Senior Associate Member, 2012

France and the Politics of European Economic and Monetary Union
Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

Drawing on the author's experience as a British diplomat in Paris and on new archive evidence, this book explores how France's drive for European Economic and Monetary Union arose from the challenges posed by unstable global financial markets, the political demands of a rising urban middle class and the restoration of Germany's economic strength.


Ms Alexa Clay 
MSc Economic History, 2008

The Misfit Economy
Simon & Schuster, 2015

The volume argues that lessons in creativity, innovation, salesmanship, and entrepreneurship can come from surprising places: pirates, bootleggers, counterfeiters, hustlers, and others living and working on the margins of business and society. Far from being "deviant entrepreneurs" that pose threats to our social and economic stability, these innovators display remarkable ingenuity, pioneering original methods and practices that we can learn from and apply to move formal markets. 


Dr Marta Dyczok 
DPhil History, 1988

Ukraine Twenty Years After Independence: Assessments, Perspectives, Challenges
Aracne, 2015 (co-edited with Giovanna Brogi and Oxana Pachlovska)

This book is devoted to the first 22 years of independent Ukraine. The events of 2013–2014 indicate that in the first 23 years of independence deep changes occurred in Ukrainian society. The fluidity of the situation condemns any answer to remain tentative and to be contradicted by the facts of the next day, however this is a useful assessment of the overall trends and debates.


Dr Ellen Feingold 
MSc Economic and Social History, 2006

The Value of Money
Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2015

The Value of Money celebrates the power of using monetary objects to explore history. This richly illustrated book features over 175 objects from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s National Numismatic Collection. With objects from every inhabited continent, spanning more than 2,600 years, this book showcases the National Numismatic Collection’s unique strengths, including the geographic and chronological diversity of the collection and the stunning rarities it contains.


Dr Tracy Beck Fenwick 
DPhil Politics, 2004

Avoiding Governors: Federalism, Democracy, and Poverty Alleviation in Brazil and Argentina
University of Notre Dame Press, 2015

The book analyses how federalism affects the ability of governments to deliver conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes in Latin America. A native of Vancouver, Tracy received her DPhil from the Department of Politics and International Relations in 2009 and is currently the director of the Australian National Centre for Federalism at the ANU.


Dr Jeffrey Lionel Gossman 
DPhil Literature, 1957

Thomas Annan of Glasgow: Pioneer of the Documentary Photograph 
Open Book Publishers, 2015


Available to read online - 

Nineteenth century Glasgow was the ‘second city of the Empire’, but its old town had become an overcrowded slum. It was due to be demolished and rebuilt after an 1866 Parliamentary Act, but before then, Thomas Annan took a series of powerful and pioneering photographs. His aim was to document, and his archetypal collection challenged the Victorian conception of what photography was – an art, a mechanism, or a medium. In this work, Annan’s achievement and significance is given due weight and powerful explanation. 


Dr Graham Jevon 
DPhil History, 2010

The Arab Legion and the 1948 War: The Conduct of "Collusion"
English Historical Review, August 2-15

Based on significant new sources this article analyses the conduct of the British financed Jordanian army, otherwise known as the Arab Legion, during the final few months of the British mandate in Palestine and the first two months of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. In so doing, it corroborates – beyond doubt – aspects of Avi Shlaim's hotly disputed 'collusion' thesis. However, it adds an important nuance, by differentiating between the influence of King Abdullah and the British commander of the Arab Legion, Glubb Pasha, in dictating the Arab Legion's conduct.


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. Exploiting an array of epigraphicarchaeological 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. 


Dr Alvaro Herrero 
DPhil Politics, 2002

Access to Information Commitments in OGP Action Plans: A Report on the Progress of Reforms Worldwide
(Paper prepared for the World Bank and available to download -

This paper argues that there is still a long way to go in terms of implementing what it calls a ‘fundamental human right’ – the access to information. This access is the foundation for transparency, accountability and public knowledge. Of both holding governments to account and enlightening popular discourse. Therefore this process could not be more important for democracy and human rights, this paper submits.


Professor Geoffrey Hosking
MSc European History, 1965

Trust: A History 
Oxford University Press, 2014

Whether it is through money or religion, a church or a bank, society depends upon trust. Traditionally, populations have been content to entrust vast powers to institutions. However, Hosking posits that there is a ‘crisis of trust’ in the modern age, and that we face a choice – either to lose trust, and thus a part of the fabric of society, or else to learn from history and formulate a new type of trust. Hosking puts forward the vital historical perspective in the first study of its kind.


Dr Lee Jones 
MPhil International Relations, 1985

Governing Borderless Threats: Non-Traditional Security and the Politics of State Transformation Cambridge University Press, June 2015 (with Shahar Hameiri)

The volume explains how non-traditional security threats like pandemic disease, environmental degradation and transnational crime are managed by trying to transform states into nodes in multi-level governance networks.


Mr Danilo Limoeiro
MPhil Political Economy, 2009

Além das Transferências de Renda (Beyond Income Transfers) 
University of Brasilia Press, 2015

The monograph examines the reduction of inter-regional inequalities in Brazil during the 2000s, particularly focusing on the economic growth of the Northeast of the country. Taking into account federal policy, productive capacity, investment and credit trends, Limoeiro posits that aggregate demand was raised in regions through Keynesian policies, which in turn built capacity.


Mr Santiago Mariani
MSc in Public Policy in Latin America, 2009

Politics Is Going to the Movies
Pacific University 2015

A collective work co-edited by Manuel Alcántara and Santiago Mariani, the book was published by the Editorial Fund of the University of the Pacific (2014) that for the first time brings together a group of political scientists from eight from different countries and generations. All of them are linked by a double passion: political science and film. The authors write about films and their directors and on a variety of topics of political science, addressing some of the aspects that make up the complex relationship between politics and film.


Professor Hasan Paksoy 
DPhil History, 1982

Identities: How Governed, Who Pays? (Malaga, 2006)  Second Printing (first printing: 2001)

The volume recently translated into Vietnamese by Julia Duong. Earlier, the same book was translated into Romanian, Turkish, Serbian, Russian and Japanese. It is available, for free, from


Mr Michael Ratcliffe
M.Litt. Geography, 1987

Shards of Blue
Finishing Line Press, 2015

Shards of Blue is a collection of 25 poems that tell the story of John and Mary Ratcliff (Mr. Ratcliffe’s great-great-grandparents) from their migration to Kansas in the 1850s as part of a Quaker abolitionist community, through the Civil War, in which John was wounded, through the post-war years during which their relationship changed, to their divorce in the 1870s and Mary striking off on her own, with their four youngest sons, to take out her own homestead in western Kansas. The poems, mostly in the voices of John and Mary, tell a story of hope, trauma, loss of trust and love, and the optimism of new beginnings that defined their lives.


Professor Robert Rotberg 
DPhil Political Science, 1957

On Governance: What It Is, What It Measures and Its Policy Uses
Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2014

By proposing new theories for national and global governance, examining more than 90 governance indexes and analyzing best practices in governance, this volume suggests how policy makers can use governance theory and governance indexes to improve both domestic and multilateral decision making.


Professor Jonathan Searle
DPhil Philosophy, 1955

Seeing Things as They Are: A Theory of Perception
Oxford University Press, 2015

In this ground-breaking work, Professor Searle aims to break with 300 years of epistemology by positing a more direct relationship between our senses and reality. This bold study takes in the nature of hallucination, perception and artificial intelligence.


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.

People moved – or were moved – across Russia in vast numbers in the twentieth century, whether they were deported or exiled, settling new lands or looking for work. Broad Is My Native Land is the first history of late imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet Russia through the lens of migration. It draws upon fascinating sources, such as letters and state documents, and paint a picture of a state trying to direct and control; and of people looking to resist and survive.


Ms Suzette Valle 
MPhil Latin American Studies, 1985

101 Movies To See Before You Grow Up
Walter Foster Jr, 2015

This collection of films takes readers on a journey of some of the best family movies. It allows children to begin writing their own reviews, and takes them on a cultural history of film.


Dr Frederic Wehrey  
DPhil Politics, 2008

Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprising 
Columbia University Press, 2013

Beginning with the 2003 invasion of Iraq and concluding with the aftermath of the 2011 Arab uprisings, the author investigates the roots of the Shia-Sunni divide now dominating the Persian Gulf's political landscape.


Dr Lindsay Whitfield
MPhil in Development Studies and DPhil in Politics, 2000

The Politics of African Industrial Policy: A Comparative Perspective
 Cambridge University Press, 2015 (with Ole Therkildsen, Lars Buur and Anne Mette Kjær)

Despite rapid growth in many African countries, there has been very little economic transformation, which is the key driver behind increasing incomes and raising the standard of living. This book sets out to understand why, developing a Politics of Industrial Policy framework for understanding the conditions under which industrial policies are successfully implemented. The framework is applied to explain the design, implementation, and outcomes of industrial policies in four African countries: Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda.


Professor Geoffrey Wiseman
DPhil International Relations, 1970

Isolate or Engage 
Stanford University Press, 2015

The volume systematically examines the challenges to and opportunities for U.S. diplomatic relations with nine intensely adversarial states—China, Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, U.S.S.R./Russia, Syria, Venezuela, and Vietnam: states where the situation is short of conventional war and where the U.S. maintains limited or no formal diplomatic relations with the government.