Alumni Publications

Books by alumni of St Antony's College

HB Paksoy (DPhil Oriental Studies,1982)                            

Chasing Blue Mohini (G Publishers, 2022)

Dr. Paksoy’s sequel to Blue Mohini. The new book takes up where its predecessor stopped: at an Indian festival where two thugs attacked the hero Dr. Benji Flourissonle and his Indian wife, Priyanka (who is a medical doctor), and tried to kidnap their baby boy.

Brad Faught (MSt Modern History, 1986)            

Cairo 1921: Ten Days that Made the Middle East (Yale University Press, 2022)

The first comprehensive history of the 1921 Cairo Conference, which reveals its enduring impact on the modern Middle East. Called by Winston Churchill in 1921, the Cairo Conference set out to redraw the map of the Middle East in the wake of the First World War and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The summit established the states of Iraq and Jordan as part of the Sherifian Solution and confirmed the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine—the future state of Israel. No other conference had such an enduring impact on the region.

Elizabeth Cooper (DPhil, MPhil Anthropology, 2005)       

Burning Ambition: Education, Arson, and Learning Justice in Kenya (University of Wisconsin Press; 2022)

Burning Ambition explores how young people learn to understand and influence the workings of power and justice in their society. Since 2008, hundreds of secondary schools across Kenya have been targeted with fire by their students. Through an in-depth study of Kenyan secondary students’ use of arson, Elizabeth Cooper asks why. With insightful ethnographic analysis, she shows that these young students deploy arson as moral punishment for perceived injustices and arson proves an effective tactic in their politics from below.

Lewis H. Siegelbaum (DPhil History, 1970)

Stuck on Communism: Memoir of a Russian Historian (Northern Illinois University Press, 2019)

An intellectual autobiography that includes a chapter about the author's years as a postgraduate student at St Antony's in the 1970s. This book spans three continents and more than half a century—from the 1950s when Siegelbaum’s father was a victim of McCarthyism up through the implosion of the Soviet Union and beyond.

Henry Laurence (Academic Visitor, 2007-8)                       

The Politics of Public Broadcasting in Britain and Japan: the BBC and NHK Compared (Routledge, 2022)

A comparative history of two of the world's most influential media organisations: the BBC and the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK). This book considers the origins of both organisations in the 1920s, highlights how both have been major shapers of national life and national identity in their respective countries, how both have been significant innovators of broadcasting technology, and how both have high reputations for honest and balanced news reporting.

Patrick Ossian Cohrs (Alistair Horne Fellow in 2006-07)

The New Atlantic Order. The Transformation of International Politics, 1860-1933 (Cambridge University Press, 2022)

This new history elucidates a momentous transformation process that changed the world: the struggle to create, for the first time, a modern Atlantic order in the long twentieth century (1860–2020). Placing it in a broader historical and global context, Patrick O. Cohrs reinterprets the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 as the original attempt to supersede the Eurocentric 'world order' of the age of imperialism and found a more legitimate peace system – a system that could not yet be global but had to be essentially transatlantic.

Paul Gootenberg (MPhil, 1981) Editor

Oxford Handbook of Global Drug History (Oxford Handbooks, 2022) 

With 35 original contributions encompassing the entire globe, this handbook is the first major compendium of the "new global drug history," covering some 5,000 years of intoxicating academic histories.

Julia Margaret Zulver (DPhil Sociology, 2015)

High-Risk Feminism: Women's Mobilization in Violent Contexts (Rutgers University Press, 2022) 

This book documents the experiences of four grassroots women’s organisations that united to demand gender justice during and in the aftermath of Colombia’s armed conflict.

Dr Fusako Innami (DPhil Oriental Studies, 2014)

Touching the Unreachable (University of Michigan Press, 2021)

Fusako Innami offers the first comprehensive study of touch and skinship—relationality with the other through the skin—in modern Japanese writing. The concept of the unreachable—that is, the lack of characters’ complete ability to touch what they try to reach for—provides a critical intervention on the issue of intimacy.

Joseph Sassoon (DPhil 1977, Foundation Fellow)

The Global Merchants: The Enterprise and Extravagance of the Sassoon Dynasty, UK edition (Allen Lane, 2022)

A sweeping history both of one of the nineteenth-century's most colourful and extraordinarily successful trading dynasties and the rapidly changing, increasingly globalised world that they were an integral part of, Sassoon's riveting chronicle of his remarkable family is panoramic narrative non-fiction of the highest order.

Gianfranco Pasquino (Visiting Fellow, 2007) co-author

The Culture of Accountability. A Democratic Virtue (Routledge, 2022)

This book explores the cultural conditions that favour political accountability. It examines the channels through which accountability can be secured and the role that accountability plays in ensuring good governance.

Robert J. Lieber (SAM, 1973)

Indispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in a Turbulent World (Yale University Press, 2022)

In this book, the distinguished international relations theorist and foreign policy specialist Robert Lieber argues that in a world full of revisionist powers, America’s role is more important than ever. It remains the essential pillar of the post-war liberal order. It is a centre of both political and financial stability, and it promotes important values that the revisionist powers do not. Not beholden to any particular theory, this is a clear-eyed analysis of the role the United States should play in the world as it exists today.

John C Maher (SAM, 2009)                                                    

Language Communities in Japan (Oxford University Press, 2022)

A comprehensive sociolinguistic overview of linguistic diversity in Japan, particularly in urban areas: the indigenous languages of Japan, including the multiple dialects of Japanese itself and the lesser-known Ryukyan and Ainu languages, historic minority languages such as Korean and Chinese, languages spoken by more recent migrant communities, such as Nepali, Filipino, and Persian and the use of Latin and Sanskrit for religious purposes.

John C Maher (SAM, 2009)

Metroethnicity, Naming and Mocknolect: New horizons in Japanese sociolinguistics (John Benjamins, 2022)

This book explores salient issues of sociolinguistics in Japan: language and gender (the married name controversy), language and the 'portable' identities, essentialist notions of ethnicity (metroethnicity) endangerment, slang, taboo and discriminatory language in Japanese, place-names from indigenous languages, fellowship and parody of children's songs, nicknames among children and young people. This book gives radical and new perspectives on the sociolinguistics of Japanese.

David E. Hoffman (SAM 1994-95)           

Give Me Liberty: The True Story of Oswaldo Payá and his Daring Quest for a Free Cuba (Icon Books, 2022)

A biography of the Cuban opposition leader Oswaldo Payá, who championed the Varela Project, a citizen initiative that inspired 35,000 Cubans to demand democracy in Castro's dictatorship. Payá was killed in a suspicious car wreck in 2012.

Diego Muro (Santander Fellow, 2011-12) Co-Editor

Contemporary Terrorism Studies

An expert author team of subject area specialists provides a diverse overview of the subject. This book draws on many disciplines, with a unique emphasis on the methodologically plural nature of terrorism studies.

Mikhail Karpachev (SAM, 2004)

The social world of the Russian village and the problem of its food security in the second half of the 19th - early 20th centuries.

A yearbook on agrarian history of Eastern Europe.

Dr Geoff Sloan (SAM, 1995) contributor

The Idea of the Union: Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Realities and Challenges (Belcouver Press, 2021) Chapter: Down to Earth: Geopolitical Realities.

In The Idea of the Union: Great Britain and Northern Ireland, historians, politicians, economists, journalists and scholars on both sides of the water break cover and declare for the Union. The 20 contributions form a manifesto in favour of the constitutional link between Northern Ireland and Great Britain rooted in history and the real world.

Tomer Mazarib (Academic Visitor, 2018-19)                     

From Desert to Town: The Integration of Bedouin into Arab Fellahin Villages and Towns in the Galilee, 1700-2020 (Sussex Academic Press, 2022)

From Desert to Town sheds light on the integration of Bedouin living in fellahin towns and villages in the Galilee, between 1700 and 2020. The purpose is to analyse the dynamics of the factors and circumstances that led to this migration. Official history has always lacked data on the Bedouin population in Palestine. Historians have recorded the biography of particular elites, and especially in the context of local warfare and tribal antagonisms, but have hitherto neglected ongoing migration from desert life to town life of Bedouin in the Galilee.

Sally Tomlinson (SAM 1984-85)

Education and Race from Empire to Brexit (Policy Press, 2019)

Covering the period from the height of Empire to Brexit and beyond, this book shows how the vote to leave the European Union increased hostilities towards racial and ethnic minorities and migrants. Concentrating on the education system, it asks whether populist views that there should be a British identity - or a Scottish, Irish or Welsh one - will prevail. Alternatively, arguments based on equality, human rights and economic needs may prove more powerful.

Joel Ng (DPhil International Relations, 2013)

Contesting Sovereignty: Power and Practice in Africa and Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

Sovereignty is a foundational idea upon which regional organisation of nations is built, yet its demise has often been predicted. Regionalism, which commits states to common frameworks such as rules and norms, tests sovereignty as states relinquish some sovereign power to achieve other goals such as security, growth, or liberalisation. This book examines the practice of normative contestation over sovereignty in two regional organisations of Africa and Asia – the AU and ASEAN.

Hugh Turpin (SCR, 2020-22)

Unholy Catholic Ireland: Religious Hypocrisy, Secular Morality, and Irish Irreligion

(Stanford University Press, 2022)

There are few instances of a contemporary Western European society more firmly welded to religion than Ireland is to Catholicism. For much of the twentieth century, to be considered a good Irish citizen was to be seen as a good and observant Catholic. Today, the opposite may increasingly be the case. The Irish Catholic Church, once a spiritual institution beyond question, is not only losing influence and relevance; in the eyes of many, it has become something utterly desacralised. In this book, Hugh Turpin offers an innovative and in-depth account of the nature and emergence of "ex-Catholicism"—a new model of the good, and secular, Irish person that is being rapidly adopted in Irish society.

Eberhard Kienle (Research Fellow, 1987)

Egypt: A Fragile Power (Routledge, 2022)

This book focuses on authoritarian rule, unresolved economic challenges, and external dependency, explaining the salient political and economic features of contemporary Egypt against the backdrop of its history since the beginning of the 19th century. Presenting a comprehensive account of developments, it challenges common assumptions about secularists, Islamists, and revolutionaries, as well as 'modernisation', 'economic reform', and political stability.

Alfred J. Rieber (Visiting Fellow, 2000)

Storms over the Balkans during the Second World War (Oxford University Press, 2022)

In a new interpretation of the history of the Balkans during the Second World War, Alfred J. Rieber explores the tangled political rivalries, cultural clashes, and armed conflicts among the great powers and the indigenous people competing for influence and domination. The study takes an original approach to the region based on the geography, social conditions, and imperial rivalries that spans several centuries, culminating in three wars during the first half of the twentieth century. Against this background, Rieber focuses on leadership - personified by Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Churchill, and Tito - as the key to explaining events

Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury (MPhil Modern South Asian Studies, 2017)

The China Factor: Beijing’s Expanding Engagement in Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, and Myanmar (Routledge, 2022)

The China Factor explores Beijing’s political, economic, and defence relations with Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, and weighs the dividends of the bilateral relationships to better comprehend the geopolitical subtleties in the region. How China’s engagement in the region is also linked to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s wider ambitions of national rejuvenation is also illuminated. The book subsequently draws out the implications for India, discusses New Delhi’s engagement with its neighbours, and suggests policy recommendations for a way forward.

Michael Manulak (DPhil International Relations, 2009)

Change in Global Environmental Politics: Temporal Focal Points and the Reform of International Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2022)

As wildfires rage, pollution thickens, and species disappear, the world confronts the environmental crisis with a set of global institutions in urgent need of reform. Yet, these institutions have proved frustratingly resistant to change. By re-envisioning the role of timing and temporality in social relations, Manulak’s analysis presents a new approach to understanding transformative phases in international cooperation. We may now be entering such a phase, he argues, and global actors must be ready to realise the opportunities presented. Charting the often colourful and intensely political history of change in global environmental politics, this book sheds new light on the actors and institutions that shape humanity's response to planetary decline. It will be of interest to scholars and advanced students of international relations, international organisation and environmental politics and history.

Dr Paradorn Rangsimaporn (MPhil Russian and East European Studies, 2001; DPhil International Relations, 2003)

Central Asia and Southeast Asia: Exploring the Dynamics of Greater Engagement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022)

This book offers insights into institutional, bilateral, and multilateral dimensions of ASEAN-Central Asia relations and is written from a practitioner's perspective. It features interviews with diplomats and experts in the region, from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgystan.

Professor Amnon Sella (SAM 2001, Visiting Fellow 1982-3)

From Jasna Gura to the ship, in Hebrew, waiting for a translation (Carmel Publishing House, 2021)