"Warfare in Medieval Europe c. 400-c.1453" provides a thematic discussion of the nature and conduct of war, including its economic, technological, social and religious contexts, from the late Roman Empire to the end of the Hundred Years’ War. The geographical scope of this volume encompasses Latin Europe from Iberia to Poland and from Scandinavia and Britain to Sicily and includes the interaction between Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, particularly in the context of the crusading movement.
Bernard and David Bachrach explore the origins of the institutions, physical infrastructure, and intellectual underpinnings of medieval warfare and trace the ways in which medieval warfare was diffused beyond Europe to the Middle East and beyond. Written in an accessible and engaging way and including chapters on military topography, military technology, logistics, strategy and combat, this is a definitive synthesis on medieval warfare.
The book is accompanied by a companion website which includes interactive maps of the chief military campaigns, chapter resources, a glossary of terms and an interactive timeline which provides a chronological backbone for the thematic chapters in the book.
(Cambridge Studies in Linguistics) Cambridge University Press (September 26, 2016)
Using extensive data from the Corpus of Contemporary American English (Davies, 2008), this groundbreaking book shows that the syntactic patterns in which English nominalizations can be found and the range of possible readings they can express are very different from what has been claimed in past theoretical treatments, and therefore that previous treatments cannot be correct. Lieber argues that the relationship between form and meaning in the nominalization processes of English is virtually never one-to-one, but rather forms a complex web that can be likened to a derivational ecosystem. Using the Lexical Semantic Framework (LSF), she develops an analysis that captures the interrelatedness and context dependence of nominal readings, and suggests that the key to the behavior of nominalizations is that their underlying semantic representations are underspecified in specific ways and that their ultimate interpretation must be fixed in context using processes available within the LSF.
US Politics and the United Nations: A Tale of Dysfunctional Dynamics
by Alynna J. Lyon
Lynne Rienner Publishers (September 9, 2016)
It is no secret that the U.S. variously pulls away from the United Nations and embraces it as a significant venue for policy initiatives. But what explains this dramatic inconsistency? What is the logic of U.S. multilateralism? Alynna Lyon explores the puzzling waxing and waning of U.S. support for the U.N., tracing events, actions and decisions from the end of World War I to the present. Lyon weaves together a consideration of international context, U.N. institutional dynamics, and U.S. domestic politics to conceptualize and explain the trials and tribulations of the U.S.-U.N. relationship. In the process, she tells the story of the progression of the U.S. from a country committed to internationalism to one full of dysfunctional partisanship, ideological underpinnings and domestic power struggles that undermine its capacities to cooperate on a global scale.
The United Nations in the 21st Century (fifth edition)
by Karen A. Mingst, Margaret P. Karns and Alynna J. Lyon
(Dilemmas in World Politics) Westview Press (August 2, 2016)
"The United Nations in the 21st Century" provides a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the United Nations, exploring the historical, institutional and theoretical foundations of the U.N. This popular text for courses on international organizations and international relations also discusses the political complexities facing the organization today.
Thoroughly revised throughout, the fifth edition focuses on major trends since 2012, including changing power dynamics, increasing threats to peace and security, and the growing challenges of climate change and sustainability. It examines the proliferating public-private partnerships involving the U.N. and the debates over reforming the Security Council and the Secretary-General selection process. This edition also includes new case studies on peacekeeping and the use of force in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali, transnational terrorism and the emergence of ISIS, the Security Council’s failure to act in Syria, the Syrian and global refugee/migrant crisis, and the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals and framing of the Sustainable Development Goals.
For three decades, David Rivard has written from deep within the skin of our times. With "Standoff," he asks an essential question: In a world of noise, of global anxiety and media distraction, how can we speak to each other with honesty? These poems scan the shifting horizons of our world, all the while swerving elastically through the multitude of selves that live inside our memories and longings—"all those me's that wish to be set free at dawn." The work of these poems is a counterweight to the work of the world. It wants to deepen the mystery we are to ourselves, stretching toward acceptance and tenderness in ways that are hard-won and true, even if fleeting.