european studies

“Africa in Translation” author discusses ongoing stereotypes

by Shaun Manning February 16, 2012

Sara Pugach, author of Africa in Translation: A History of Colonial Linguistics in Germany and Beyond, 1814-1945, guest blogs about the stereotypes that continue to pervade discussions about Africa and the conflicts taking place on the continent. In today’s world, people often like to believe that we have gotten beyond the racial stereotyping and prejudices that blighted the past and led to atrocities like the Holocaust.  Yet the stereotypes and prejudices of the past have not disappeared, and continue to inform how different groups are discussed in the media and other venues.  Think about newspaper articles and television reports on […]

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New areas in ‘World of Warcraft: Catacysm’ a disappointment? Press author comments

by University of Michigan Press August 11, 2010

The University of Michigan Press has been running a series of blog entries about the online world game World of Warcraft and its new “Cataclysm” expansion/update, which is due to launch later this year, brought you to by the new book My Life as a Night Elf Priest, by Bonnie Nardi. Here Nardi tackles the new areas for players to slowly build their new characters in the Horde faction from levels 15-22, which transform with the release of the expansion. These descriptions are based on the beta test of the newly changed areas. For previous blog entries in this series […]

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The One-State Solution for Israel and Palestine, by Virginia Tilley

by University of Michigan Press July 16, 2010

(Op-ed originally published in the London Review of Books, Vol. 25 no. 21.) by Virginia Tilley, author of The One-State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock, now available in paperback (ISBN: 978-0-472-03449-9) and ebook (ISBN: 978-0-472-02616-6). “For some years, most people sympathetic to Palestinian national aspirations – or simply alert to their durability and the political dangers they pose – have assumed that a stable resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict would require the formation of a Palestinian state in the (dwindling) areas not yet annexed by Israel, in what is left of British Mandate territory. This old […]

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He inspired B.B. King and Carlos Santana; celebrate 100 years of Django Reinhardt

by Heather Newman January 19, 2010

In this video, Reinhardt plays with Stéphane Grappelli: The University of Michigan Press’ new book by Benjamin Givan, The Music of Django Reinhardt, explores the musician’s singular style and technique. January 23, 2010, marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Belgian-born Manouche gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. ‘Django was to the guitar what Louis Armstrong was to the trumpet or Art Tatum to the piano,’ recalled the American cornetist Rex Stewart, who recorded with Reinhardt in 1939 and 1947. ‘He inspired the playing and thinking of countless hundreds of guitar players all over the world.’

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War and Afghanistan: What have we learned since the days of Alexander?

by kris bishop December 7, 2009

       Click here to request exam copies As the debate about the appropriate United States military strategy in Afghanistan continues with Obama’s latest announcement of a troop surge, the study of international conflict becomes increasingly relevant in a region that even Alexander the Great could not conquer. Review the works of leading international studies scholars in Handbook of War Studies II and Handbook of War Studies III, both edited by Manus I. Midlarksky. More info below:

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