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We are delighted to announce that, as of 1 April 2020, titles published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press will be available through Eurospan worldwide, excluding North America.

Wilfrid Laurier University Press is a leading publisher of interdisciplinary scholarship bridging the humanities and social sciences, specializing in Indigenous studies, Black Canadian studies, queer studies, disabilities studies, life writing, women’s and gender studies, environmental humanities, film and media studies, and publishing and information studies. They push conventional boundaries of form, publishing hybrid book formats, audio, and born-digital scholarship alongside traditional scholarly books and select titles for the general trade. They publish research and writing that embodies the principles of diversity and equity, engages with broad questions of social justice, and gives space to writers and subjects from often marginalized communities.

                     


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Cinema of Pain
On Quebec’s Nostalgic Screen
Edited by Liz Czach and André Loiselle
June 2020 240pp
9781771124331 Paperback
Since the defeat of the pro-sovereigntists in the 1995 Quebec referendum, the loss of a cohesive nationalistic vision in the province has led many Québécois to use their ancestral origins to inject meaning into their everyday lives.

A Cinema of Pain argues that this phenomenon is observable in a pervasive sense of nostalgia in Quebec culture and is especially present in the province’s vibrant but deeply wistful cinema. In Québécois cinema, nostalgia not only denotes a sentimental longing for the bucolic pleasures of bygone French–Canadian traditions, but, as this edited collection suggests, it evokes the etymological sense of the term, which underscores the element of pain (algos) associated with the longing for a return home (nostos).

Gorgeous War
The Branding War Between the Third Reich and the United States
Tim Blackmore
October 2019 300pp
9781771124201 Hardback
Argues that the Nazis used the swastika as part of a visually-sophisticated propaganda program that was not only modernist but also the forerunner of contemporary brand identity. When the United States military tried to answer Nazi displays of graphic power, it failed. Using numerous examples of US and Nazi military heraldry, Gorgeous War compares the way the American and German militaries developed their graphic and textile design in the interwar period.

TIFF
A Life of Timothy Findley
Sherrill Grace
June 2020 448pp, 40 images
9781771124539 Hardback
Timothy Findley (1930-2002) was one of Canada’s foremost writers – an award-winning novelist, playwright, and short-story writer who began his career as an actor in London. He was instrumental in the development of Canadian literature and publishing in the 1970s and 80s. TIFF is the first full biography of this eminent Canadian writer. Sherrill Grace provides insight into Findley’s life and struggles through an exploration of his private journals and his relationships with family, his beloved partner, and his close friends, including Alec Guinness, William Hurt, and Margaret Laurence.

 






We are delighted to announce that, as of 1 April 2020, titles published by the University of Calgary Press will be available through Eurospan worldwide, excluding North America.

The University of Calgary Press publishes peer-reviewed scholarly books and innovative literature that connects local experiences to the global community. With fourteen series in specialized topics ranging from art to scholarship, Canadian Studies to Environmental Studies, Africa to Latin America, and beyond, University of Calgary Press books create a deeper understanding of human dynamics in a changing world.

                     

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Others of My Kind
Transatlantic Transgender Histories
Alex Bakker, Rainer Herrn, Michael Thomas Taylor & Annette F. Timm
August 2020 400pp, 170 images
9781773851211 Paperback
An illuminating look at the transatlantic, transgender community that shaped the history and study of sexuality. From the turn of the twentieth century to the 1950s, a group of transgender people on both sides of the Atlantic created communities that profoundly shaped the history and study of sexuality. By exchanging letters and pictures among themselves they established private networks of affirmation and trust, and by submitting their stories and photographs to medical journals and popular magazines they sought to educate both doctors and the public. Others of My Kind draws on archives in Europe and North America to tell the story of this remarkable transatlantic transgender community. This book uncovers threads of connection between Germany, the United States, and the Netherlands to discover the people who influenced the work of authorities like Magnus Hirschfeld, Harry Benjamin, and Alfred Kinsey not only with their clinical presentations, but also with their personal relationships.

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Secession and Separatist Conflicts in Postcolonial Africa
Charles G. Thomas & Toyin Falola
June 2020 416pp
9781773851266 Paperback
Africa: Missing Voices, No 11
Wars fought for political separation have become omnipresent in postcolonial Africa. From the division of Sudan, to the continued fragmentation of Somalia, and the protracted struggles of Cabinda and Azawad, conflict over secession and separation continues to the present day. This is the first single volume to examine the historical arc of secession and secessionist conflict across sub-Saharan Africa. Paying particular attention to the development of secessionist conflicts and their evolving goals, this book draws on rigorous research to examine three waves of secessionist movements, themselves defined by international conflict and change. Using detailed case studies, the authors offer a framework to understand how secession and separation occur, how these are influenced by both preceding movements and global political trends, and how their ongoing legacies continue to shape African regional politics.

Mobilizing Global Knowledge
Refugee Research in an Age of Displacement
Edited by Susan McGrath & Julie E.E. Young
September 2019 336pp
9781773850856 Paperback
This examination of, and guide to, the challenges and responsibilities of doing research with displaced peoples while respecting their complex needs brings together academics and practitioners to reflect on a global collaborative refugee research network. Bridging scholarship on network building for knowledge production and scholarship on research with and about refugees, Mobilizing Global Knowledge brings together a vibrant collection of topics and perspectives. It addresses ethical methods in research practice, the possibilities of social media for data collection and information dissemination, environmental displacement, transitional justice, and more. This is essential reading for anyone interested in how to create and share knowledge to the benefit of the millions of people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes.

 



Christopher Alexander has been a legendary figure in architecture for nearly 40 years. World-renowned for his revolutionary theories on the art of building, Alexander now caps his lifetime of profoundly original thinking about the meaning and purpose of architecture with this magnum opus, The Nature of Order. In these four books, Alexander constructs an entirely new cosmology, grounded in the latest scientific knowledge, and integrating the perennial wisdom of the centrality of human experience and values. In this way, Alexander reunifies for the field of architecture the 400-year old split of Body (structure) and Soul (feeling).

Alexander explores the properties of life itself, highlighting a set of well-defined structures present in all order – and in all life – from micro-organisms and mountain ranges to good houses and vibrant communities.

Taken as a whole, the four books - which are available as a complete four-volume set - create a sweeping new conception of the nature of things which is both objective and structural (hence part of science) – and also personal (in that it shows how and why things have the power to touch the human heart). A step has been taken, through which these two domains – the domain of geometrical structure and the feeling it creates – kept separate during four centuries of scientific though from 1600 to 2000, have finally been united.


Book One: The Phenomenon of Life

In The Phenomenon of Life, the first volume in this four volume masterwork, Alexander proposes a scientific view of the world in which all space-matter has perceptible degrees of life and sets this understanding of order as an intellectual basis for a new architecture. With this view as a foundation, we can ask precise questions about what must be done to create more life in our world – whether in a room… a humble doorknob… a neighbourhood… or even in a vast region.

He introduces the concept of living structure, basing it upon his theories of centres and of wholeness, and defines the fifteen properties from which, according this observations, all wholeness is built. Alexander argues that living structure is at once both personal and structural.


Book Two: The Process of Creating Life

Scientifically, this is perhaps the most exciting of the four books. How do beautiful creations come into being? Nature can make an infinite number of human faces, each one unique, each one beautiful. The same is true for daffodils, streams, and stars. But man-made creations – especially the towns and buildings of the 20th century – have only occasionally been really good, more often mediocre, and in the last 50 years have most often been deadly.

What is the reason for the difference? It hinges on the deep nature of the processes we use.

Alexander presents a living world that is of necessity generated by processes to create locally adapted spontaneous structure. In essence, he shows us how to do for buildings and cities what DNA does for grasses on the hills and trees in the forest: allowing each thing to become what it needs to be, as it arises from its own circumstances, with coherent form that flows out from the process.


Book Three: A Vision of a Living World

In the four books of The Nature of Order we have been given a new framework for perceiving and interacting with our world, a methodology for creating beautiful spaces, a cosmology where art, architecture, science, religion and secular life all work comfortably together. The third book shows us – visually, technically, and artistically – what a world built in this cosmology and framework is likely to be: what it may look like and be like.

Hundreds of examples of buildings and places are shown. New forms for large buildings, public spaces, communities, neighbourhoods, lead to discussions about equally important small scale of detail and ornament and colour. Many of the examples are built by Alexander and his colleagues; other buildings explored take us around the world and through time.

With these examples, lay people, architects, builders, artists, and students are able to make this new framework real for themselves, understand how it works, and understand its significance. The book is a feast for the eyes, and mind, and heart. Places created by living process (Book 2) have living structure (Book 1), and they connect us to our essence as people (Book 4). The seven hundred pictures of Alexander’s buildings and works of art shown in this book demonstrate in detail what he means.


Book Four: The Luminous Ground

The foundations of modern scientific thought, four centuries old, are firmly rooted in a conception that the universe is a machinelike entity, a play of baubles, machines, trinkets. To this day, our real daily experience of ourselves has no clear place in science. It is little wonder that a machinelike world-view has supported the deadly architecture of the last century.

The Luminous Ground, the fourth book of The Nature of Order, contains what is perhaps the deepest revelation in the four-volume work. Here is a geometrical view of space and matter seamlessly connected to our own private, personal experience as sentient and knowing creatures. This is not merely an emotional appendix to the scientific theory of the other books. It is at the core of the entire work, and is rooted in the fact that our two sides – our analytical thinking selves, and our vulnerable emotional personalities as human beings – are coterminous. They must be harnessed at one and the same time if we are ever to really make sense of what is around us, and be able to create a living world.

Altogether, present throughout this fourth and final book, is a new cosmology uniting matter and consciousness: consciousness inextricably joined to the substrate of matter, present in all matter, and providing all wholeness with its material, cognitive, and spiritual underpinnings. This view, though radical, conforms to our most ordinary daily intuitions. It may provide a path for those contemporary scientists who are beginning to see consciousness as the underpinning of all matter, and thus as a proper object of scientific study.

And it will change, forever, our conception of what buildings are.



We are delighted to announce that, as of 1 January 2020, titles published by the University of Oklahoma Press are available through Eurospan worldwide, excluding North America.

During its more than ninety years of continuous operation, the University of Oklahoma Press has gained international recognition as an outstanding publisher of scholarly literature. It was the first university press established in the Southwest of the USA, and the fourth in the western half of the country. The major goal of the Press is to strengthen its position as a preeminent publisher of books about the American West and Native Americans Indians, while expanding its program in other scholarly disciplines, including classical studies, environmental history, Latin America, military history, and popular music.

                     

How America Lost Its Mind
The Assault on Reason That’s Crippling Our Democracy
Thomas E. Patterson
October 2019 208pp
9780806164328 Hardback
An urgent call for rational thinking and leadership in the service of American democracy. How America Lost Its Mind maps a political landscape convulsed with distrust, gridlock, brinksmanship, petty feuding, and deceptive messaging. As dire as this picture is, and as unlikely as immediate relief might be, Thomas Patterson sees a way forward and underscores its urgency. A call to action, his book encourages us to wrest institutional power from ideologues and disruptors and entrust it to sensible citizens and leaders, to restore our commitment to mutual tolerance and restraint, to cleanse the Internet of fake news and disinformation, and to demand a steady supply of trustworthy and relevant information from our news sources.

Diplomacy Shot Down
The U-2 Crisis and Eisenhower's Aborted Mission to Moscow, 1959–1960
E. Bruce Geelhoed
March 2020 336pp, 20 b&w images
9780806164854 Hardback
A behind-the-scenes look at the unmaking of history in the early Cold War. The history of the Cold War is littered with what-ifs and, in this book, E. Bruce Geelhoed explores one of the most intriguing: what if the Soviets had not shot down the American U-2 spy plane and President Dwight D. Eisenhower had visited the Soviet Union in 1960 as planned? In a blow-by-blow description of the diplomatic overtures, the U-2 incident, and the aftermath, Diplomacy Shot Down draws upon Eisenhower’s projected itinerary and unmade speeches and statements, as well as the American and international press corps’ preparations for covering the aborted visit, to give readers a sense of what might have been.

Renegades
Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture
Edited by Luca Guido, Stephanie Pilat, Angela Person
Foreword by Aaron Betsky, President of the School of Architecture at Taliesin
March 2020 272pp, 147 images, 47 colour plates
9780806164601 Paperback
Mapping the contours of an American architecture, this book explores the fraught history of a distinctively American movement. It features essays by leading scholars and includes a wide range of images, including rare, never-before-published sketches and models. Together these essays and illustrations map the contours of an American architecture that combines the landscape and technology of the USA through experimentation and invention. Renegades for the first time fully captures the essence and conveys the importance of the American School of architecture.

 

 

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