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Generalities

A che servono i greci e i romani? : l'Italia e la cultura umanistica / Maurizio Bettini. - Torino : Einaudi, 2017.
A 001.3 BET ACH

Sempre piú spesso a chi si occupa di discipline umanistiche – e soprattutto classiche – viene chiesto: «A che cosa serve?» Dietro questa domanda agisce una rete di metafore economiche usate per rappresentare la sfera della cultura («giacimenti culturali», «offerta formativa», «spendibilità dei saperi», «crediti», «debiti» e cosí via). A fronte di tanta pervasività di immagini tratte dal mercato, però, sta il fatto che la storia testimonia una visione ben diversa della creazione intellettuale. La civiltà infatti è prima di tutto una questione di pazienza: e anche la nostra si è sviluppata proprio in relazione al fatto che alla creazione culturale non si è chiesto immediatamente «a che cosa servisse». In particolare, è proprio lo studio dei Greci e dei Romani a meritare questa pazienza: soprattutto in Italia, un paese la cui enciclopedia culturale è stata profondamente segnata dall'ininterrotta conoscenza dei classici. Se si vuole mantenere viva questa presenza, però, è indispensabile un vero e proprio cambiamento di paradigma nell'insegnamento delle materie classiche nelle nostre scuole.

The usefulness of useless knowledge / Abraham Flexner ; with a companion essay by Robert Dijkgraaf. - New Jersey : Princeton Univ. Press, 2017.
A 001.4 FLE USE

A forty-year tightening of funding for scientific research has meant that resources are increasingly directed toward applied or practical outcomes, with the intent of creating products of immediate value. In such a scenario, it makes sense to focus on the most identifiable and urgent problems, right? Actually, it doesn't. In his classic essay "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge," Abraham Flexner, the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the man who helped bring Albert Einstein to the United States, describes a great paradox of scientific research. The search for answers to deep questions, motivated solely by curiosity and without concern for applications, often leads not only to the greatest scientific discoveries but also to the most revolutionary technological breakthroughs. In short, no quantum mechanics, no computer chips. This brief book includes Flexner's timeless 1939 essay alongside a new companion essay by Robbert Dijkgraaf, the Institute's current director, in which he shows that Flexner's defense of the value of "the unobstructed pursuit of useless knowledge" may be even more relevant today than it was in the early twentieth century. Dijkgraaf describes how basic research has led to major transformations in the past century and explains why it is an essential precondition of innovation and the first step in social and cultural change. He makes the case that society can achieve deeper understanding and practical progress today and tomorrow only by truly valuing and substantially funding the curiosity-driven "pursuit of useless knowledge" in both the sciences and the humanities.

 

Computer science

A guide to selecting software measures and metrics / Capers Jones. - Boca Raton : CRC Press, 2017.
A 005.1 JON GUI

Going where no book on software measurement and metrics has previously gone, this critique thoroughly examines a number of bad measurement practices, hazardous metrics, and huge gaps and omissions in the software literature that neglect important topics in measurement. The book covers the major gaps and omissions that need to be filled if data about software development is to be useful for comparisons or estimating future projects.

 

Library and information science

Book number : uno strumento per l'organizzazione delle collezioni / Carlo Bianchini. - Milano : Ed. Bibliografica, 2017.
A 025.428 BIA BOO

Numero di libro (book number) è un’espressione e un concetto poco conosciuto in Italia, ma sulla cui fondamentale importanza per un corretto funzionamento della biblioteca si sono espressi famosi bibliotecari come Henry Bliss e S.R. Ranganathan e con il quale si sono cimentati pilastri della biblioteconomia mondiale come Charles A. Cutter e Melvil Dewey. Il numero di libro è quella parte della segnatura di uno specifico documento che consente di distinguerlo e ordinarlo tra i documenti con lo stesso numero di classe. Il volume, primo in Italia mai pubblicato sull’argomento, si propone di offrire al lettore innanzi tutto una definizione chiara e un inquadramento terminologico e teorico del numero di libro (e del numero di chiamata, di cui fa parte). Attraverso una ricostruzione storica viene poi offerta al lettore un’ampia panoramica dei maggiori sistemi per l’assegnazione del numero di libro pubblicati fino a oggi, sia con esempi di applicazione di ciascun sistema che attraverso due Appendici che contengono estratti dalle tavole dei principali sistemi internazionali, in modo da evidenziare le diverse tecniche utilizzate e gli obiettivi perseguiti da ciascuno di essi. Infine, vengono fornite alcune linee guida per l’adozione di politiche di assegnazione del numero di libro nella singola biblioteca o nel sistema bibliotecario, in relazione alle singole necessità e ai diversi scopi che ci si prefigge.

 

Journalism, publishing

Digital transformation in journalism and news media [Documento elettronico] : media management, media convergence and globalization / Mike Friedrichsen, Yahya Kamalipour, eds. - Cham : Springer. 2017.
X 302.231 DIG
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Philosophy and psychology

The aims of interpretation / E. D. Hirsch. - Chicago ; London : Univ. of Chicago Press, 1976.
A 121.68 HIR AIM

Secrets : on the ethics of concealment and revelation / Sissela Bok. - New York : Pantheon Books, 1982.
A 177.3 BOK SEC

La via : un nuovo modo di pensare qualsiasi cosa / Michael Puett, Christine Gross-Loh ; traduzione di Elisabetta Spediacci. - Torino : Einaudi, 2017.
A 181.11 PUE VIA

Tendiamo a credere che per cambiare la nostra vita si debba pensare in grande. Ma i pensatori della Cina classica direbbero: non dimenticare ciò che è piccolo. Iniziamo a cambiare veramente quando cominciamo con piccoli cambiamenti del nostro modo di vivere. Primo libro nel suo genere, "La via" attinge alle opere dei grandi filosofi cinesi dell'età classica per offrirci una guida che ci aiuti a vivere bene. Nello spiegare ciò che i loro insegnamenti consigliano su argomenti come il prendere le decisioni o il migliorare le relazioni con gli altri, "La via" sfida alcune assunzioni profondamente consolidate dentro di noi e che informano la nostra società. Il modo in cui pensiamo di vivere le nostre vite non è il modo in cui effettivamente le viviamo. Possiamo vivere bene non tanto «trovando» noi stessi, come vorrebbero farci credere, bensì coltivando noi stessi e vivendo in stretta relazione con il mondo.

 

Social sciences

Conflict management and intercultural communication : the art of intercultural harmony / ed. by Xiaodong Dai, Guo-Ming Chen. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 303.69 CON

In the globally interconnected world, conflicts often arise as a result of tensions between different cultural perceptions and diverse social preferences. Effectively managing conflicts and harmonizing intercultural relationships are essential tasks of intercultural communication research. This book seeks to find effective intercultural conflict management solutions by bringing together a group of leading international scholars from different disciplines to tackle the problem. Consisting of two parts, this book covers major theoretical perspectives of conflict management and harmony development in the first and conflict management and harmony development in different cultural contexts in the second. Integrating the latest work on conflict management and intercultural harmony, Conflict Management and Intercultural Communication takes an interdisciplinary approach, adopts diverse perspectives, and provides for a wide range of discussions. It will serve as a useful resource for teachers, researchers, students and professionals alike.

Creating capabilities : the human development approach / Martha C. Nussbaum. - Cambridge : Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press, 2013.
A 303.372 NUS CRE

If a country's Gross Domestic Product increases each year, but so does the percentage of its people deprived of basic education, health care, and other opportunities, is that country really making progress? If we rely on conventional economic indicators, can we ever grasp how the world's billions of individuals are really managing? In this powerful critique, Martha Nussbaum argues that our dominant theories of development have given us policies that ignore our most basic human needs for dignity and self-respect. For the past twenty-five years, Nussbaum has been working on an alternate model to assess human development: the Capabilities Approach. She and her colleagues begin with the simplest of questions: What is each person actually able to do and to be? What real opportunities are available to them? The Capabilities Approach to human progress has until now been expounded only in specialized works. Creating Capabilities, however, affords anyone interested in issues of human development a wonderfully lucid account of the structure and practical implications of an alternate model. It demonstrates a path to justice for both humans and nonhumans, weighs its relevance against other philosophical stances, and reveals the value of its universal guidelines even as it acknowledges cultural difference. In our era of unjustifiable inequity, Nussbaum shows how--by attending to the narratives of individuals and grasping the daily impact of policy--we can enable people everywhere to live full and creative lives.

Diffusion of innovations / E.M. Rogers. - 5th ed. - New York : Free Press, 2003.
A 303.484 ROG DIF

An integrated approach to intercultural communication / Natasa Bakic-Miric. - Newcaslte : Cambridge Scholars, 2012.
A 303.482 BAK INT

This book explores communication, culture, and intercultural communication. The emphasis is on promoting understanding of and appreciation for the rich and varied perspectives encountered in intercultural communication opportunities. Interdisciplinary in nature, the book focuses on the need to develop self-understanding as a first step to intercultural understanding, and highlights the need for the intercultural state of mind to match our multicultural world, the difficulties inherent in the quest of such objective, the excitement of challenges on the way and the rewards of the success that are sputtering with new energy and yet waiting to be discovered. Furthermore, the book represents an initial step in the process of building competencies which may facilitate effective communication in all types of cross-cultural settings. It gives a unique outlook of how people from differing cultural backgrounds communicate, in similar and different ways among themselves, and how they endeavor to communicate across cultures. The book grows out of the philosophy that developing better interpersonal, intercultural communication skills will profoundly benefit the five-and-a-half billion people who share this planet and who increasingly interact with each other by producing some guidelines with which people can successfully cope with the realities of cultural diversity, the challenges of living in a multicultural world, the need to transcend the unpredictability of intercultural interactions, the accompanying fears that such interactions often encompass, and the feeling of joy and comfort in the discovery of cultural diversity.

Intercultural Communication / ed. by Ling Chen. - Berlin : De Gruyter, 2017.
A 303.482 INT

This handbook takes a multi-disciplinary approach to offer a current state-of-art survey of intercultural communication (IC) studies. The chapters aim for conceptual comprehension, theoretical clarity and empirical understanding with good practical implications. Attention is mostly on face to face communication and networked communication facilitated by digital technologies, much less on technically reproduced mass communication. Contributions cover both cross cultural communication (implicit or explicit comparative works on communication practices across cultures) and intercultural communication (works on communication involving parties of diverse cultural backgrounds). Topics include generally histories of IC research, theoretical perspectives, non-western theories, and cultural communication; specifically communication styles, emotions, interpersonal relationships, ethnocentrism, stereotypes, cultural learning, cross cultural adaptation, and cross border messages;and particular context of conflicts, social change, aging, business, health, and new media. Although the book is prepared for graduate students and academicians, intercultural communication practitioners will also find something useful here.

Reclaiming information and communication technologies for development / Tim Unwin. - Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2017.
A 303.4833091724 UNW REC

The development of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has transformed the world over the last two decades. These technologies are often seen as being inherently 'good', with the ability to make the world better, and in particular to reduce poverty. However, their darker side is frequently ignored in such accounts.

The revenge of god : the resurgence of islam, christianity and judaism in the modern world / Gilles Kepel. - Cambridge : Cambridge Polity Press, 1994.
A 306.6 KEP REV

The Revenge of God is a compelling account of the resurgence of religious belief in the modern world. Kepel compares Islam, Christianity and Judaism revealing the similarities between all three religions and uncovering a hidden and often disturbing reality.

Stone age economics / Marshall Sahlins ; with a new foreword by David Graeber. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 306.3 SAH STO

Since its first publication over forty years ago Marshall Sahlins's Stone Age Economics has established itself as a classic of modern anthropology and arguably one of the founding works of anthropological economics. Ambitiously tackling the nature of economic life and how to study it comparatively, Sahlins radically revises traditional views of the hunter-gatherer and so-called primitive societies, revealing them to be the original "affluent society." Sahlins examines notions of production, distribution and exchange in early communities and examines the link between economics and cultural and social factors. A radical study of tribal economies, domestic production for livelihood, and of the submission of domestic production to the material and political demands of society at large, Stone Age Economics regards the economy as a category of culture rather than behaviour, in a class with politics and religion rather than rationality or prudence. Sahlins concludes, controversially, that the experiences of those living in subsistence economies may actually have been better, healthier and more fulfilled than the millions enjoying the affluence and luxury afforded by the economics of modern industrialisation and agriculture.

 

Communications and media

Visual methodologies : an introduction to researching with visual materials / Gillian Rose. - 4th ed. - London, 2016.
A 302.222 ROS VIS

Now in its Fourth Edition, Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with Visual Materials is a bestselling critical guide to the study and analysis of visual culture. Existing chapters have been fully updated to offer a rigorous examination and demonstration of an individual methodology in a clear and structured style.

 

Political science

Muslim extremism in Egypt : the prophet and pharaoh / Gilles Kepel. - Berkeley : University of California Press, 2003.
A 320.557 KEP MUS

On Tyranny : twenty lessons from the twentieth century / Timothy Snyder. - New York : Tim Duggan Books, 2017.
A 321.9 SNY ONT

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

Pensare altrimenti : filosofia del dissenso / Diego Fusaro. - Torino : Einaudi, 2017.
A 320.01 FUS PEN

Da sempre, sia pure in forme diverse, gli uomini si ribellano. Difficilmente le rivolte si lasciano ricondurre a un paradigma unitario, ma presentano come orizzonte comune la rivendicata antitesi rispetto a un ordine costituito o a un «comune sentire» che si pretende giusto. La cellula genetica del dissenso corrisponde a un sentire altrimenti che è, già virtualmente, un sentire contro: e che, per ciò stesso, può trapassare nelle figure concrete in cui il dissentire si cristallizza facendosi operativo. Il pensiero ribelle deve costituire oggi il gesto primario contro l'uniformazione globale delle coscienze che si sta registrando nell'orizzonte del nuovo pensiero unico e del falso pluralismo della civiltà occidentale. Diego Fusaro si propone qui di analizzare le figure del pensare altrimenti, le declinazioni storiche del dissenso e la sua fenomenologia.

Roots of radical Islam / Gilles Kepel. - London : Saqi Books, 2005.
A 320.557 KEP ROO

The suicide attacks of 11 September 2001 originated deep within Islamist circles. One of the prime suspects behind the attack, the Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, was heavily influenced by Egypt's radical movements and by Sayyid Qutb, a Muslim Brother who became a prime advocate of jihad and renewed Islamist thought in the 1950s. Widely considered the heir to this legacy, al-Zawahiri remains a driving force behind al-Qaeda itself. Gilles Kepel, one of the world's leading experts on Islamist movements, was amongst the first to identify Egypt as the cradle of contemporary Islamism. This seminal work, with a new introduction that puts it in perspective, gives a profoundly perceptive account of the foundations of today's radical Islamic organisations, and offers compelling insights into the structure, theory and tactics employed by the various groups as early as the 1970s in Egypt.

Technocracy in America : rise of the info-state / Parag Khanna. - [s.l] : CreateSpace, 2017.
A 321 KHA TEC

American democracy just isn’t good enough anymore. A costly election has done more to divide American society than unite it, while trust in government--and democracy itself--is plummeting. But there are better systems out there, and America would be wise to learn from them. In this provocative manifesto, globalization scholar Parag Khanna tours cutting-edge nations from Switzerland to Singapore to reveal the inner workings that allow them that lead the way in managing the volatility of a fast-changing world while delivering superior welfare and prosperity for their citizens. The ideal form of government for the complex 21st century is what Khanna calls a "direct technocracy," one led by experts but perpetually consulting the people through a combination of democracy and data. From a seven-member presidency and a restructured cabinet to replacing the Senate with an Assembly of Governors, Technocracy in America is full of sensible proposals that have been proven to work in the world’s most successful societies. Americans have a choice for whom they elect president, but they should not wait any longer to redesign their political system following Khanna’s pragmatic vision.

 

Economics

The man who knew : the life and times of Alan Greenspan / Sebastian Mallaby. - New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
A 330.1092 MAL MAN

Sebastian Mallaby's magisterial biography of Alan Greenspan, the product of over five years of research based on untrammeled access to his subject and his closest professional and personal intimates, brings into vivid focus the mysterious point where the government and the economy meet. To understand Greenspan's story is to see the economic and political landscape of the last 30 years--and the presidency from Reagan to George W. Bush--in a whole new light. As the most influential economic statesman of his age, Greenspan spent a lifetime grappling with a momentous shift: the transformation of finance from the fixed and regulated system of the post-war era to the free-for-all of the past quarter century. The story of Greenspan is also the story of the making of modern finance, for good and for ill...

Matchmaking : la scienza economica del dare a ciascuno il suo / Alvin E. Roth ; traduzione di Daria Restani. - Torino : Einaudi, 2017.
A 330.0151 ROT MAT

Alvin E. Roth ha condiviso nel 2012 il premio Nobel per l'Economia per le sue pionieristiche ricerche sul market design: i principî che governano quei mercati in cui il denaro non è l'unico fattore a determinare che cosa spetta a ciascuno. Per mostrarci quanto questi mercati siano diffusi, Roth ci conduce, per esempio, presso una tribú aborigena che combina i matrimoni per nipotini non ancora nati oppure ci fa conoscere il meccanismo su cui si basano nuove imprese come Airbnb e Uber, il cui successo è in gran parte determinato da un brillante market design.Matchmaking esplora con brio e acume mercati che spesso si rivelano i piú importanti per noi: se vi è capitato di cercare un lavoro o di assumere qualcuno, di iscrivervi a un'università o scegliere l'asilo giusto per vostro figlio, di dare un appuntamento sentimentale a qualcuno, allora avete avuto a che fare con il matchmaking. Roth individua cosí i fattori che fanno funzionare bene o male i mercati e insegna a prendere le decisioni piú sicure ed efficaci per dare «a ciascuno il suo».

 

Financial economics

An anthropology of money : a critical introduction / Tim Di Muzio, Richard H. Robbins. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 332.4 DIM ANT

An Anthropology of Money: A Critical Introduction shows how our present monetary system was imposed by elites and how they benefit from it. The book poses the question: how, by looking at different forms of money, can we appreciate that they have different effects? The authors demonstrate how modern money requires perpetual growth, an increase in inequality, environmental devastation, increasing commoditization, and, consequently, the perpetual consumption of ever more stuff. These are not intrinsic features of money, but, rather, of debt-money. This text shows that, through studying money in other cultures, we can have money that better serves the broader goals of society.

Finance for normal people : how investors and markets behave / Meir Statman. - Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2017.
A 332.6019 STA FIN

Finance for Normal People teaches behavioral finance to people like you and me - normal people, neither rational nor irrational. We are consumers, savers, investors, and managers - corporate managers, money managers, financial advisers, and all other financial professionals. The book guides us to know our wants-including hope for riches, protection from poverty, caring for family, sincere social responsibility and high social status. It teaches financial facts and human behavior, including making cognitive and emotional shortcuts and avoiding cognitive and emotional errors such as overconfidence, hindsight, exaggerated fear, and unrealistic hope. And it guides us to banish ignorance, gain knowledge, and increase the ratio of smart to foolish behavior on our way to what we want. These lessons of behavioral finance draw on what we know about us-normal people-including our wants, cognition, and emotions. And they draw on the roles of these factors in saving and spending, portfolio construction, returns we can expect from our investments, and whether we can hope to beat the market. Meir Statman, a founder of behavioral finance, draws on his extensive research and the research of many others to build a unified structure of behavioral finance. Its foundation blocks include normal behavior, behavioral portfolio theory, behavioral life-cycle theory, behavioral asset pricing theory, and behavioral market efficiency.

Monetary theory and policy / Carl E. Walsh. - 4th ed. - Cambridge : MIT Press, 2017.
A 332.46 WAL MON

This textbook presents a comprehensive treatment of the most important topics in monetary economics, focusing on the primary models monetary economists have employed to address topics in theory and policy. Striking a balance of insight, accessibility, and rigor, the book covers the basic theoretical approaches, shows how to do simulation work with the models, and discusses the full range of frictions that economists have studied to understand the impacts of monetary policy. For the fourth edition, every chapter has been revised to improve the exposition and to reflect recent research. The new edition offers an entirely new chapter on the effective lower bound on nominal interest rates, forward guidance policies, and quantitative and credit easing policies. Material on the basic new Keynesian model has been reorganized into a single chapter to provide a comprehensive analysis of the model and its policy implications. In addition, the chapter on the open economy now reflects the dominance of the new Keynesian approach. Other new material includes discussions of price adjustment, labor market frictions and unemployment, and moral hazard frictions among financial intermediaries. References and end-of-chapter problems allow readers to extend their knowledge of the topics covered.

Rethinking money : how new currencies turn scarcity into prosperity / Bernard Lietaer, Jacqui Dunne. - San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler, 2013.
A 332.4 LIE RET

Many of the world’s economic ills - short-termism, compulsory growth pressure, cyclical recessions, unrelenting concentration of wealth, and erosion of social capital can be traced to our competitive money system, in which there is built-in economic scarcity and never enough money for people to pay off their debts. We need an economic system that is both cooperative and competitive, with each balancing and complimenting the other. Lietaer and Dunne tell how such a balanced system can be created and, in fact, how it is already being built in many places around the world. Individual citizens, entrepreneurs, businesses, communities, and governments are creating new cooperative money systems that link unused resources with unmet needs. Over the past 30 years there has been a tremendous growth of cooperative currencies from fewer than 100 in 1980 to over 4,000 today. But we need many more of them spread more consistently all over the globe. We also need more large-scale cooperative currencies. The emergent cooperative currency movement needs to grow up. Dodging the dogma of both left or right Rethinking Money provides the roadmap for this to happen.

 

International economics

International economics : a heterodox approach / Hendrik Van den Berg. - 2nd ed. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 337 VAN INT

Now in its third edition, this textbook covers all of the standard topics taught in undergraduate International Economics courses. However, the book is unique in that it presents the key orthodox neoclassical models of international trade and investment, whilst supplementing them with a variety of heterodox approaches. This pluralist approach is intended to give economics students a more realistic understanding of the international economy than standard textbooks can provide.

 

Production economy

Geographies of meat : politics, economy and culture / Harvey Neo, Jody Emel. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 338.176 NEO GEO

With the ever rising demand for meat around the world, the production of meat has changed dramatically in the past few decades. What has brought about the increasing popularity and attendant normalization of factory farms across many parts of the world? What are some of the ways to resist such broad convergences in meat production and how successful are they? This book locates the answers to these questions at the intersection between the culture, science and political economy of meat production and consumption. It details how and why techniques of production have spread across the world, albeit in a spatially uneven way. It argues that the modern meat production and consumption sphere is the outcome of a complex matrix of cultural politics, economics and technological faith. Drawing from examples across the world (including America, Europe and Asia), the tensions and repercussions of meat production and consumption are also analyzed. From a geographical perspective, food animals have been given considerably less attention compared to wild animals or pets. This book, framed conceptually by critical animal studies, governmentality and commodification, is a theoretically driven and empirically rich study that advances the study of food animals in geography as well as in the wider social sciences.

The invention of creativity : modern society and the culture of the new / Andreas Reckwitz ; translated by Steven Black. - Cambridge : Polity Press, 2017.
A 338.477 REC INV

Contemporary society has seen an unprecedented rise in both the demand and the desire to be creative, to bring something new into the world. Once the reserve of artistic subcultures, creativity has now become a universal model for culture and an imperative in many parts of society. In this new book, cultural sociologist Andreas Reckwitz investigates how the ideal of creativity has grown into a major social force, from the art of the avant-garde and postmodernism to the ‘creative industries’ and the innovation economy, the psychology of creativity and self-growth, the media representation of creative stars, and the urban design of ‘creative cities’. Where creativity is often assumed to be a force for good, Reckwitz looks critically at how this imperative has developed from the 1970s to the present day. Though we may well perceive creativity as the realization of some natural and innate potential within us, it has rather to be understood within the structures of a very specific culture of the new in late modern society. The Invention of Creativity is a bold and refreshing counter to conventional wisdom that shows how our age is defined by radical and restrictive processes of social aestheticization. It will be of great interest to those working in a variety of disciplines, from cultural and social theory to art history and aesthetics.

Sustainability principles and practice / Margaret Robertson. - 2nd ed. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 338.927 ROB SUS

Each chapter explores one aspect of the field, first introducing concepts and presenting issues, then supplying tools for working toward solutions. Techniques for management and measurement as well as case studies from around the world are provided. The second edition includes a complete update of the text, with increased coverage of major topics including the Anthropocene; complexity; resilience; environmental ethics; governance; the IPCC’s latest findings on climate change; Sustainable Development Goals; and new thinking on native species and novel ecosystems. Chapters include further reading and discussion questions. The book is supported by a companion website with links, detailed reading lists, glossary, and additional case studies, together with projects, research problems, and group activities, all of which focus on real-world problem solving of sustainability issues. The textbook is designed to be used by undergraduate college and university students in sustainability degree programs and other programs in which sustainability is taught.

 

Inequality in financial capitalism / Pasquale Tridico. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 339.2 TRI INE

From the 1980s to the present day, this book considers the theoretical aspects of inequality (its foundations, definitions, approaches and origins) and examines empirical evidence of income inequality in a wide range of advanced economies. The key arguments in this volume are that income inequality increased during this period because labour and welfare became seen as costs to be compressed in "financial capitalism" rather than as a fundamental part of aggregate demand to be expanded. However, the welfare state is not a drain on economic performance and competitiveness, nor is it a barrier to economic efficiency. Instead, it is demonstrated that in countries that adopt "welfare capitalism", welfare state expenditure not only contributes to a reduction in inequality but also fosters economic growth.

Routledge handbook on consumption / ed. by Margit Keller [et al.]. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 339.47 ROU

Consumption research is burgeoning across a wide range of disciplines. The Routledge Handbook on Consumption gathers experts from around the world to provide a nuanced overview of the latest scholarship in this expanding field. At once ambitious and timely, the volume provides an ideal map for those looking to position their work, find new analytic insights and identify research gaps. With an intuitive thematic structure and resolutely international outlook, it engages with theory and methodology; markets and businesses; policies, politics and the state; and culture and everyday life. It will be essential reading for students and scholars across the social and economic sciences.

 

Law

Capacitas : contract law and the institutional preconditions of a market economy / ed. by Simon Deakin and Alain Supiot. - Oxford : Hart Publishing, 2009.
A 346.02 CAP

One of the principal tasks for legal research at the beginning of the 21st century is to reconstruct the understanding of the relationship between the legal system and the market order. After almost three decades of deregulation, driven by a belief in the self-equilibrating properties of the market, the financial crisis of 2008 has reminded everyone of the fundamental truth that markets have legal and institutional foundations, without which they cannot effectively function. The chapters in the present volume are the result of the work by a group of legal scholars which began in mid-2000, at a time when the shortcomings of deregulatory policies were becoming clear in a number of contexts. The chapters address the question of how the language of contract law describes or conceptualizes the market order and the relationship of the law to it. The perspectives taken are, in turn, historical, comparative, and context-specific. The focus of the book is on a foundational idea, the concept of capacitas, which signifies a status conferred upon citizens for the purpose of enabling them to participate in the economic life of the polity. In modern legal systems, 'capacity' is the principal juridical mechanism by which individuals and entities are empowered to enter into legally binding agreements and, more generally, to arrange their affairs using the instruments of private law. Legal capacity is thereby the gateway to involvement in the operations of a market economy. With essays on the relationship of the law and markets, this book will be of interest to scholars of contract law, economics, and regulation.

Il direttorio di governo tra Svizzera ed Uruguay / Fabio Ratto Trabucco . - Tricase : Libellula Edizioni, 2017.
A 342.02 RAT DIR

A fronte dei classici modelli di governo il volume esamina la forma di esecutivo più raramente reperibile nell'ambito dell'ingegneria costituzionale delle democrazie moderne: quel sistema direttoriale che, muovendo dal prototipo rivoluzionario francese, è approdato in Svizzera dove si è radicato nei secoli. Tuttavia, accanto all'unicità elvetica, l'opera esamina anche le duplici originalissime esperienze direttoriali del Colegiado uruguayano della prima metà del Novecento. E se la comparazione diretta tra i modelli svizzero ed uruguayani conferma il fallimento del relativo trapianto costituzionale, è qui suffragato come il piccolo Paese sudamericano abbia saputo creare due inediti archetipi di forma di governo nell'alveo del sistema direttoriale.

Hybridity : law, culture and development / ed. by Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, Rosa Freedman. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 340.9 HYB

This book explores recent developments in the concept of hybridity through a multi-disciplinary perspective, bringing ideas about legal plurality together with the fields of peace, development and cultural studies. Analysing the concepts of hybridity and hybridization, their history, their application in law and legal studies, and their implications for thinking and rethinking legal plurality, the book shows how the concept of hybridity can contribute to an understanding of the processes that occur when different normative or legal orders or frameworks confront each other.

 

Social services

Beyond terror and martyrdom : the future of the middle east / Gilles Kepel. - Cambridge : Harvard Univ. Press, 2010.
A 363.325 KEP BEY

Since 2001, two dominant worldviews have clashed in the global arena: a neoconservative nightmare of an insidious Islamic terrorist threat to civilized life, and a jihadist myth of martyrdom through the slaughter of infidels. Across the airwaves and on the ground, an ill-defined and uncontrollable war has raged between these two opposing scenarios. Deadly images and threats―from the televised beheading of Western hostages to graphic pictures of torture at Abu Ghraib, from the destruction wrought by suicide bombers in London and Madrid to civilian deaths at the hands of American occupation forces in Iraq―have polarized populations on both sides of this divide. Yet, as the noted Middle East scholar and commentator Gilles Kepel demonstrates, President Bush’s War on Terror masks a complex political agenda in the Middle East―enforcing democracy, accessing Iraqi oil, securing Israel, and seeking regime change in Iran. Osama bin Laden’s call for martyrs to rise up against the apostate and hasten the dawn of a universal Islamic state papers over a fractured, fragmented Islamic world that is waging war against itself. Beyond Terror and Martyrdom sounds the alarm to the West and to Islam that both of these exhausted narratives are bankrupt―neither productive of democratic change in the Middle East nor of unity in Islam. Kepel urges us to escape the ideological quagmire of terrorism and martyrdom and explore the terms of a new and constructive dialogue between Islam and the West, one for which Europe, with its expanding and restless Muslim populations, may be the proving ground.

Public health humanitarian responses to natural disasters / Emily Ying Yang Chan. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 363.348 YIN PUB

Using a number of case studies and examples of innovative disaster response measures developed by international agencies and stakeholders, this book illustrates how theoretical understanding of public health issues can be practically applied in the context of humanitarian relief response. Starting with an introduction to public health principles within the context of medical and public health disaster and humanitarian response, the book goes on to explore key trends, threats and challenges in contemporary disaster medical response. This book provides a comprehensive overview of an emergent discipline and offers a unique multidisciplinary perspective across a range of relevant topics including the concepts of disaster preparedness and resilience, and key challenges in human health needs for the twenty-first century. This book will be of interest to students of public health, disaster and emergency medicine and development studies, as well as to development and medical practitioners working within NGOs, development agencies, health authorities and public administration.

Terror in France : the rise of Jihad in the West / Gilles Kepel, Antoine Jardin. - New Jersey : Princeton Univ. Press, 2017.
A 363.325 KEP TER

In November 2015, ISIS terrorists massacred scores of people in Paris with coordinated attacks on the Bataclan concert hall, cafés and restaurants, and the national sports stadium. On Bastille Day in 2016, an ISIS sympathizer drove a truck into crowds of vacationers at the beaches of Nice, and two weeks later an elderly French priest was murdered during morning Mass by two ISIS militants. Here is Gilles Kepel's explosive account of the radicalization of a segment of Muslim youth that led to those attacks―and of the failure of governments in France and across Europe to address it. It is a book everyone in the West must read. Terror in France shows how these atrocities represent a paroxysm of violence that has long been building. The turning point was in 2005, when the worst riots in modern French history erupted in the poor, largely Muslim suburbs of Paris after the accidental deaths of two boys who had been running from the police. The unrest―or "French intifada"―crystallized a new consciousness among young French Muslims. Some have fallen prey to the allure of "war of civilizations" rhetoric in ways never imagined by their parents and grandparents. This is the highly anticipated English edition of Kepel's sensational French bestseller, first published shortly after the Paris attacks. Now fully updated to reflect the latest developments and featuring a new introduction by the author, Terror in France reveals the truth about a virulent new wave of jihadism that has Europe as its main target. Its aim is to divide European societies from within by instilling fear, provoking backlash, and achieving the ISIS dream―shared by Europe's Far Right―of separating Europe's growing Muslim minority community from the rest of its citizens.

Von der seuchenpolizei zu public health : öffentliche gesundheit in der schweiz seit 1750 / Brigitte Ruckstuhl, Elisabeth Ryter. - Zürich : Chronos, 2017.
A 362.109494 RUC VON

Gesundheit wird im 18. Jahrhundert zu einem gesellschaftlich bedeutenden Thema. Sie gilt nicht länger als göttliches Schicksal, sondern als ein von Menschen beeinflussbares und verantwortetes Gut. Für das Bürgertum wird Gesundheit eine zentrale Voraussetzung für Erfolg und verbindet sich eng mit den bürgerlichen Tugenden Reinlichkeit und Mässigkeit. Mit dem sich professionalisierenden Ärztestand und der wissenschaftlichen Hygiene etabliert sich in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts unter dem Begriff der öffentlichen Gesundheitspflege ein eigenständiges Politik- und Handlungsfeld. Die Konzepte der Hygiene, die im Kampf gegen Cholera, Typhus und Pocken zuerst in den rasch wachsenden Städten angewendet werden, erfordern immer mehr staatliche Einrichtungen und Gesetzgebungen auf Bundes- wie auf kantonaler Ebene. Neben staatlichen Massnahmen und Einrichtungen spielen zivilgesellschaftliche Bewegungen eine zentrale Rolle. Sie nehmen sich verschiedener Probleme an - etwa des Alkoholismus, der Säuglingssterblichkeit oder der Tuberkulose -, gründen Organisationen und nehmen Einfluss auf Lösungsansätze. Nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg gewinnt die kurative Medizin an Gewicht. Der Ausbau der Spitäler und die verbesserten medizinischen Angebote führen zu einer massiven Kostensteigerung. Mit der Etablierung der Präventivmedizin und der Konzeption von New Public Health rückt die Vorsorge im Zusammenhang mit den chronischen Krankheiten wieder ins Blickfeld. Das ökonomisch geprägte Denken des Neoliberalismus und die neuen genetischen Erkenntnisse prägen die individualisierende Sicht auf Gesundheit und Krankheit und stellen das "genetische Schicksal" in Frage.

 

Education

Secular institutions, Islam and education Policy : France and the U.S. in comparative perspective / Paola Mattei, Andrew S. Aguilar. - London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
A 379.28 MAT SEC

Amidst claims of threats to national identities in an era of increasing diversity, should we be worried about the upsurge in religious animosity in the United States, as well as Europe? This book explores how French society is divided along conflicts about religion, increasingly visible in public schools, and shows the effect that this has had.

 

Commerce, communications, transportation

Crossing borders and boundaries in public service media / Gregory Ferrell Lowe, Peter Goodwin, Nobuto Yamamoto. - Göteborg : Nordicom, 2016.
A 384.54 CRO

The seventh RIPE Reader investigates cross-boundary influences affecting public service media. PSM institutions remain domestically grounded and orientated, but must cope with international influences and the impact of globalisation. This presents significant environmental challenges keyed to policies that support networked communications which have important implications for the future of broadcasting. Meanwhile, internal institutional boundaries pose challenges to internal collaboration and synergy, and to achieving greater openness and cultivating public participation in PSM. Traditional boundaries between professional and non-professional production are often problematic, as well, for external collaboration. And there are enormous challenges in efforts to bridge boundaries between PSM and other public institutions (public sector), social movements (civil and volunteer sector) and companies (private sector). Cross-boundary phenomena offer tremendous opportunities for ensuring public service provision in the emerging media ecology, but managers and policy-makers must grapple with a range of dualities that require critical examination: public / private, national / international, broadcast / print, linear / non-linear, audience / user, production / distribution, citizen / consumer, and market / society. The scholarly contributions in this volume address issues that are relevant for improved understandings about Public Service Media Across Borders and Boundaries – a contemporary topic of keen theoretical and strategic importance.

Film marketing / Finola Kerrigan. 2nd ed. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 384.80688 KER FIL

The role of the film marketer is both vital and challenging. Promotion is one of the industry’s biggest costs, with the campaign of a large film costing up to half its production budget. Box office results, however, are wildly unpredictable: relatively few films a year make a profit. These market conditions make this a unique industry and film marketing a specific and demanding skill set that requires attention early in the career of any marketing student looking to progress in the industry. This new edition of Film Marketing is a thorough update of the first textbook in film promotion. Like in the first edition, Kerrigan takes a socio-cultural, as well as a business view of film marketing and its impact, covering different approaches to promotion according to different aims and audiences internally and externally, and across the world. This book addresses all areas of film marketing from the rigorous perspective of someone with first-hand knowledge of the trade.

Die Schweiz auf Kurzwelle : Musik, Programm, Geschichte(n) / Forschungsgruppe Broadcasting Swissness. - Zürich : Chronos, 2016.
A 384.545309494 SCH

Der Schweizerische Kurzwellendienst repräsentierte die Schweiz über das Radio. Er wurde 1935 gegründet und 1978 in "Schweizer Radio International" umbenannt. Gemäss bundesrätlichem Willen sollte der Kurzwellendienst die Bande zwischen den Auslandsschweizerinnen und -schweizern und der Heimat enger knüpfen und für die Schweiz werben. Bis 2004 verbreitete der Auslandssender über den Äther Informationen und Unterhaltung in alle Teile der Welt. Das Buch beleuchtet die Gründungs- und Ausbauzeit des Senders (1930er bis 1970er Jahre) und sein Musik- und Unterhaltungsprogramm. Das breit gefächerte Programm musste unterschiedlichsten Ansprüchen genügen: Es sollte die "fünfte Schweiz" erreichen, jedoch auch ein internationales Publikum ansprechen; zudem waren die Sendungen über den Telefonrundspruch im Inland zu hören. Anhand von Fallstudien zeigen die Autorinnen und Autoren, wie die institutionellen Vorgaben in ein attraktives Programm übersetzt wurden, und gehen zum Beispiel folgenden Fragen nach: Wie entstand die Sammlung von "Schweizer Musik" (Sammlung Dür), die heute als Kulturerbe von der Schweizer Nationalphonothek aufbewahrt wird? Wie wurde aus Johanna Spyris "Heidi" ein arabisches Hörspiel? Wie wurde über die alpine Schweiz berichtet und wie mithilfe des Rundfunks ein weltweites Radioschützenfest inszeniert? Im Zentrum stehen die Jahre der Geistigen Landesverteidigung und des Kalten Krieges - die goldene Zeit des Kurzwellenradios. Kontextessays zur Rezeption von Volksmusik in der zeitgenössischen Presse und zum Umgang mit dem audiovisuellen Kulturgut in der Schweiz ergänzen den Band.

 

Management

Creativity for innovation management / Ina Goller, John Bessant. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 658.4063 GOL CRE

Creativity for Innovation Management is a rigorous yet applied guide which illustrates what creativity is, why it matters, and how it can be developed at both individual and group levels. Unlike many technique-oriented books, this book will combine theory and practice, drawing on the latest research in psychology, organizational behaviour, innovation and entrepreneurship. This exciting new text outlines the necessary skills and competences for innovative and creative processes. It provides opportunities to explore these and also to develop them via a wide variety of activities linked to relevant tools and techniques, as well as a range of case studies. By working through key competence areas at personal and then team levels, students then have an opportunity to practice and enhance these skills. This will be complemented by online resources which will provide students with access to key tools and techniques plus activities to help develop their creativity. This textbook is ideal for students of innovation, management and entrepreneurship, as well as professionals in those industries that want to excel by developing and applying their own creativity at work.

Digital marketing excellence : planning, optimizing and integrating online marketing / Dave Chaffey, PR Smith. - 4th ed. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 658.8002854678 CHA DIG

Now in its fifth edition, the hugely popular Digital Marketing Excellence: Planning, Optimizing and Integrating Online Marketing is fully updated, keeping you in line with the changes in this dynamic and exciting field and helping you create effective and up-to-date customer-centric digital marketing plans. A practical guide to creating and executing digital marketing plans, it combines established approaches to marketing planning with the creative use of new digital models and digital tools. It is designed to support both marketers and digital marketers, and students of business or marketing who want a thorough yet practical grounding in digital marketing. This new edition seamlessly integrates the latest changes in social media technology, including expanded coverage of mobile technology, demonstrating how these new ways to reach customers can be integrated into your marketing plans. It also includes new sections on data analytics, clearly demonstrating how marketers can leverage data to their advantage. Offering a highly structured and accessible guide to a critical and far-reaching subject, Digital Marketing Excellence, Fifth Edition, provides a vital reference point for all students and managers involved in marketing strategy and implementation.

Internal marketing : another approach to marketing for growth / Tatsuya Kimura. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 658.8 KIM INT

This book provides a comprehensive review of internal marketing research and illustrates the role of internal marketing in enhancing the capabilities of a company’s internal resources. Putting forward a guiding principle for business practices by considering such questions from a multilateral perspective, this book is a must-read for practitioners and academics alike.

Knowledge leadership : the art and science of the knowledge - based organization / Steven Cavaleri, Sharon Seivert. London : Routledge, 2017.
A 658.4038 CAV KNO

In Knowledge Leadership, Cavaleri and Seivert describe the dawning of a new era in which individuals are "leading" rather than "managing" knowledge. In the past, many knowledge-based initiatives have failed because leaders underestimated the powerful link between knowledge and performance improvement - and also because they mistakenly thought that "information" was the same as knowledge. Cavaleri and Seivert claim that, while information is a necessary precursor to knowledge, it is not sufficient in itself for improving business performance. The authors describe notable organizations that use the pragmatic knowledge strategies they describe to gain competitive advantage. Pragmatic knowledge is the result of individuals' developing a deeper understanding of how (and why) things work best in practice. The process of creating pragmatic knowledge transforms key lessons from systems thinking, total quality management, and organization learning into a powerful new business strategy. To help readers apply the concepts and tools in this book, Cavaleri and Seivert draw on case examples and a decade of original cross-cultural research about knowledge leadership.They also invite readers to use The Knowledge Bias Profile to discover their knowledge leadership style. The book systematically outlines a user-friendly strategy for becoming a knowledge leader and for building high-performing, knowledge-based organizations.

Managing diversity in organizations : a global perspective / Mara Triana. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 658.3008 TRI MAN

This book equips students with a thorough understanding of the advantages and challenges presented by workplace diversity, suggesting techniques to manage diversity effectively and maximize its benefits. Readers will learn to work with diverse groups to create a productive organization in which everyone feels included.

Patterns of strategy / Patrick Hoverstadt, Lucy Loh. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 658.4012 HOV PAT

Patterns of Strategy shows how the strategic fit between organisations drives strategic direction. It is essential reading for those who wish to understand how to manoeuvre their organisation to change its strategic fit to their advantage. The 80 ‘patterns’ of strategy help you explore options for collaboration and competition within your strategic ecosystem. A practical and authoritative guide, you can use it to plan and navigate your strategic future.

The Routledge companion to accounting and risk / ed. by Margaret Woods, Philip Linsley. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 658.1511 ROU

To date, there has been little consideration of the many different ways in which accounting and risk intersect, despite organisations being more determined than ever to build resilience against potential risks. This comprehensive volume overcomes this gap by providing an overview of the field, drawing together current knowledge of risk in a wide range of different accounting contexts. Key themes such as corporate governance, trust, uncertainty and climate change are covered by a global array of contributing scholars. These contributions are divided into four areas: * The broader aspects of risk and risk management * Risk in financial reporting * Risk in management accounting * Risk monitoring The book is supported by a series of illustrative case studies which help to bring together theory and practice. With its wealth of examples and analyses, this volume provides essential reading for students, scholars and practitioners charged with understanding diverse facets of risk in the context of accounting in the business world.

 

Advertising and public relations

Digital advertising : theory and research / Shelly Rodgers, Esther Thorson. - 3rd ed. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 659.144 DIG

Digital Advertising offers a detailed and current overview of the field that draws on current research and practice by introducing key concepts, models, theories, evaluation practices, conflicts, and issues. With a balance of theory and practice, this book helps provide the tools to evaluate and understand the effects of digital advertising and promotions campaigns. New to this edition is discussion of big data analysis, privacy issues, and social media, as well as thought pieces by leading industry practitioners. This book is ideal for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students, as well as academics and practitioners.

Tourism marketing for cities and towns : using social media and branding to attract tourists / Bonita Kolb. - 2nd ed. - London : Routledge, 2017.
A 659.2930776 KOL TOU

Understanding how places, particularly cities and towns, are marketed to and consumed by tourists, is vital to anyone working in the tourism industry. By creating and promoting a unique branded destination, the successful marketer can attract new visitors to their city or tourism attraction. With the rise of social media, there is even more scope to explore how tourism marketers can use their own and other social media sites to communicate with today's tech connected traveler. In a new updated volume, Tourism Marketing for Cities and Towns provides thorough and succinct coverage of place marketing theory specific to the tourism industry. It focuses on clearly explaining how to develop the branded destination with special emphasis on product analysis, promoting authenticity and, new to this edition, the use of social media to create the personalized experiences desired by visitors. In addition, it contains a wide range of international examples and perspectives from a large variety of different stakeholders, alongside discussion questions and strategic planning worksheets.This book provides both practical advice with real-world application and a theoretical background to the field as a whole. Written in an engaging style, this book will be valuable reading for upper level students and business practitioners of Tourism, Marketing, Urban Studies, Business Management and Leisure.

 

Arts

Corot, un artiste et son temps : actes des colloques organisés au musée du Louvre par le Service culturel les 1 et 2 mars 1996 à Paris et par l'Académie de France a Rome, villa Médicis, le 9 mars 1996 à Rome / sous la direction scientifique de Chiara Stefani, Vincent Pomarède et Gérard de Wallens. - Klincksieck : Academie de France, 1998.
A 759.4 COR

À l'occasion du bicentenaire de la naissance de Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, un colloque international a eu lieu à l'auditorium du musée du Louvre ainsi qu'à l'Académie de France à Rome. Ces actes en restituent la teneur et proposent à la fois une vue plus nuancée sur le « modernisme » de Corot et reconsidèrent ses racines dans la tradition néoclassique. Corot, que l'on voulait peintre de plein air, ne travaillait-il pas davantage en atelier en s'éloignant des sujets ébauchés sur le motif ? Quelle fut sa formation et que peut-on dire de son goût ? Quel est le profil de ses collectionneurs contemporains ? Font-ils partie d'un public « moderniste » ou « traditionnaliste » ? Comment se définit son cercle d'amis ? Quels furent ses rapports avec le milieu des paysagistes en Italie ? Enfin, de telles questions permettent-elles de reformuler les problèmes d'attribution et de datation?

 

Performing arts

Elle [Videoregistrazione] / un film di Paul Verhoeven. - [S.l.] : Lucky Red, 2017.
G 791.4372 VER ELL

Il film racconta di Michelle, capo di un'azienda che produce videogiochi. Un giorno viene attaccata in casa sua da uno sconosciuto: rintracciarlo diviene presto per lei un'ossessione e uno strano malato gioco.

 

Italian literature

Dietro la parola : miti e ossessioni del Novecento / Vittorio Coletti. - Alessandria : Ed. dell’Orso, 2000.
A 850.90091 COL DIE

Letteratura italiana: una storia attraverso la scrittura / Armando Petrucci. - Roma : Carocci, 2017.
A 850.9 PET LET

Il volume raccoglie i saggi che Armando Petrucci ha dedicato nel corso della sua lunga carriera di studioso alle testimonianze manoscritte nella lingua e nei volgari d'Italia. Si tratta del suggestivo itinerario compiuto con gli occhi di un paleografo che ha saputo ricostruire, dalle testimonianze del passato, i modi e tempi della trasmissione di quella straordinaria eredità culturale che è nota col nome di letteratura italiana.

 

Geography and history

Le Storie : libro VII : Serse e Leonida / Erodoto ; a cura di Pietro Vannicelli ; testo critico di Aldo Corcella ; traduzione di Giuseppe Nenci. - Milano : Mondadori, 2017.
A 930 HER STO

Alla spedizione che Serse, re di Persia, conduce contro Atene e la Grecia per vendicare la sconfitta del padre Dario, partecipano popoli provenienti da tutta l’Asia: di ogni cosa Erodoto da descrizione accurata e piena di fascino, raccontando non solo le tappe del viaggio, ma anche usi costumi abbigliamento e armamenti delle diverse etnie. Ma per noi moderni il centro del libro e una battaglia memorabile, quella delle Termopili, che per primo Erodoto descrisse e che da più di due millenni e impressa nella memoria collettiva. Lo scontro tra Greci e Persiani deflagra in tutta la sua portata ideologica: e uno scontro tra civiltà, tra ideali opposti gli uni agli altri. E la, in quell’angusto spazio tra le montagne, la storia diventa mito.

The vocabulary of intellectual life in the Middle Ages / Mariken Teeuwen. - Turnhout : Brepols, 2003.
A 940.103 TEE VOC

The Latin vocabulary of intellectual life in the Middle Ages has been the focus of the CIVICIMA-series: nine volumes of conference-proceedings, monographs and collective works. The series has proved convincingly that analyses of the verbal expressions of medieval intellectual life and their precise meanings is a worthwhile and rewarding task, which sharpens and deepens our understanding of education and learning in the medieval world. With this tenth volume the series has been brought to a conclusion. It serves as a handbook, a practical tool for finding information and material about a considerable number of key terms, which have been classified in four categories of “technical vocabulary” — terms that developed specialized meanings in the context of medieval education and learning. The first category consists of the vocabulary of schools and universities (for instance, schola, magister, universitas, etc.); the second the vocabulary of the book and book production (for instance, armarium, pecia, scriptorium, etc.); the third treats the vocabulary of teaching-methods, instruments and products of intellectual life (for instance, concordantia, disputatio, glossa, etc.); the fourth the names of the disciplines, their teachers and students (for instance, artes liberales, canonista, decretista, theologia, etc.). Terms from these four categories are treated, either individually or in groups coherent with respect to content, in short and uniform articles. Their medieval meanings are described, together with their origins, their classical meanings, their semantic development, and the historical or regional differences in meaning.

The war for muslim minds : Islam and the West / Gilles Kepel. - Cambridge : Harvard Univ. Press, 2004.
A 909.09767 KEP WAR

 

 

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