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Over nearly 40 years the Policy Studies Organization has published more than 300 books in partnership with a number of leading companies, including Macmillan, Lexington, and Gale. We have started our own imprint and book-publishing program, Westphalia Press. Our goal is to develop a general list that will include original titles as well as reprints of antiquarian books of interest in an entire range of subjects. We believe there is much valuable scholarship out there that deserves to be shared more widely and effectively, useful in teaching and research.

Westphalia Press is part of the Policy Studies Organization’s longtime mission to disseminate scholarship. Finding scarce titles that deserve re-printing for renewed use is a major focus. All Westphalia books are the subject of ongoing research as to their authors and bibliography and Westphalia has secured professors to develop supplementary material to be furnished online for each title. Our intention is that by providing both paper and kindle versions along with supplementary essays we can encourage use of Westphalia in teaching.

Westphalia Press is part of the Policy Studies Organization longtime mission to disseminate scholarship. Westphalia Press is multidisciplinary in scope, and publishes titles on a diversity of topics including history, art, and literature, as well as politics and government.

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Avant-Garde Politician

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Avant-Garde Politician: Leaders for a New Epoch

By Yehezkel Dror

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In this iconoclastic book, Dror argues that humanity cascades through a metamorphosis, driven mainly by science and technology. Radical human enhancement, synthesis of viruses, quasi-intelligent robots and molecular engineering illustrate the emerging quantum leap, as do value changes ranging between mass-killing fanaticisms to human “maturation.”

Along with the windfall of opportunities for thriving that the emerging epoch offers, dangers of calamities, including the demise of humanity, require thinking in terms of raison d’humanité, a powerful Global Authority and new modes of human existence. Dror argues that a new approach to political leadership is the key to the future of humanity amidst these monumental changes. Our current political leaders are inadequate: new, avant-garde politicians are required to cope with the fateful challenges that lie ahead.

Avant-Garde Politician offers a thorough overview of the changing human condition. The author proposes innovative human survival and thriving imperatives, a Global Humanity Constitutions establishing a decisive global regime, and some radical value changes – including the addition of duties to human rights. He also suggests novel approaches to composing humanity-craft, such as regulating science and technology. And specifies the qualities required from avant-garde politicians together with ways to acquire them.

Based on multiple academic disciplines combined with extensive personal experience of the author in “hot corridors” of power worldwide, this book will be of interest to leaders, policy advisors, scholars, scientists, students, and all concerned about the future of humanity.

The Boy Chums Cruising in Florida Waters

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The Boy Chums Cruising in Florida Waters

by Wilmer M. Ely

with a new preface by Robert Rich Jr.

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Wilmer M. Ely introduced whole generations of American youth to the adventures of the Chums and produced this classic story of Florida in the days of rum runners.

The young heroes have their boat stolen from them, and without any money they sign on with a commercial fisherman to pursue catch along the coast of Florida. Not everyone they meet is a sportsman, to put it mildly, and they confront some pretty rough criminals who are out to make as much trouble as possible. The boys acquire staunch allies in honest fisherman who help them beat back the crooks, but not without close calls and high adventure.

This new edition is introduced by Robert Rich Jr., a well-known authority on Florida fishing and its long history.

John Rowe

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John Rowe: An Eighteenth Century Boston Angler

by John C. Phillips

with a new preface by Robert E, Rich Jr.

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John Rowe’s observations on fishing near Boston in the eighteenth century appeared in a rare limited edition of only 150 copies more than eighty years ago. Besides his Boston area fishing, Rowe went on excursions to the Monument River, which is now the Cape Cod Canal. He appears in American history briefly as an owner one of the ships involved in the Boston Tea Party, but his notes on angling before the Revolution are perhaps a more enduring claim to fame.

Crime 3.0: The Rise of Global Crime in the XXIst Century

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Crime 3.0: The Rise of Global Crime in the XXIst Century

by Alain Bauer

with a forward by Paul Rich

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Alain Bauer argues that we need, with considerable immediacy, to press the formal study of crime in the academy, and that more resources need to be channeled towards that purpose. The approach in universities, if they do deign to study the subject, is often relegated to adjuncts and regarded by the more established departments with disdain. Given the prejudices of conventional scholars towards the subject, it is no wonder that the response to crime has been inept, and grows increasingly inadequate, considering the highly adaptive nature of crime and its implications in a globalized world in the XXIst Century.

Alain Bauer is Professor of Criminology at the French National Conservatory for Arts and Crafts (Paris), and Senior Research Fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York) and the University of Law and Political Science of China (Beijing).

Revolutionary Civility

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Revolutionary Civility: Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation

by George Washington

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There was a time when how to use finger bowls and napkin rings was part of education. In dispensing with archaic manners, we seem to have also dispensed with the common sense sensitivity that among other advantages made possible political discourse without viciousness. Decorum has been jettisoned, often with the excuse that the times are different. The end result has been stress instead of kindness, the evaporation of care and consideration, and gross inefficiency in solving problems rather than any alleged streamlined savings. The quality of our political life has deteriorated and the upshot has been a stalemate in dealing with contemporary social problems. The Westphalia Press Civility Series offers classic texts about behavior, which if taken to heart might have practical consequences.

Expansive Civility

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Expansive Civility: The American Chesterfield

by Lord Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield

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There was a time when how to use finger bowls and napkin rings was part of education. In dispensing with archaic manners, we seem to have also dispensed with the common sense sensitivity that among other advantages made possible political discourse without viciousness. Decorum has been jettisoned, often with the excuse that the times are different. The end result has been stress instead of kindness, the evaporation of care and consideration, and gross inefficiency in solving problems rather than any alleged streamlined savings. The quality of our political life has deteriorated and the upshot has been a stalemate in dealing with contemporary social problems. The Westphalia Press Civility Series offers classic texts about behavior, which if taken to heart might have practical consequences.

Manifest Civility

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Manifest Civility: The Young Man’s Own Book

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There was a time when how to use finger bowls and napkin rings was part of education. In dispensing with archaic manners, we seem to have also dispensed with the common sense sensitivity that among other advantages made possible political discourse without viciousness. Decorum has been jettisoned, often with the excuse that the times are different. The end result has been stress instead of kindness, the evaporation of care and consideration, and gross inefficiency in solving problems rather than any alleged streamlined savings. The quality of our political life has deteriorated and the upshot has been a stalemate in dealing with contemporary social problems. The Westphalia Press Civility Series offers classic texts about behavior, which if taken to heart might have practical consequences.

Industrial Civility

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Industrial Civility: Primer of Politeness

by Alex M. Gow

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There was a time when how to use finger bowls and napkin rings was part of education. In dispensing with archaic manners, we seem to have also dispensed with the common sense sensitivity that among other advantages made possible political discourse without viciousness. Decorum has been jettisoned, often with the excuse that the times are different. The end result has been stress instead of kindness, the evaporation of care and consideration, and gross inefficiency in solving problems rather than any alleged streamlined savings. The quality of our political life has deteriorated and the upshot has been a stalemate in dealing with contemporary social problems. The Westphalia Press Civility Series offers classic texts about behavior, which if taken to heart might have practical consequences.

Progressive Civility

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Progressive Civility: Wehman’s New Book on Etiquette and Politeness

by Henry J. Wehman

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There was a time when how to use finger bowls and napkin rings was part of education. In dispensing with archaic manners, we seem to have also dispensed with the common sense sensitivity that among other advantages made possible political discourse without viciousness. Decorum has been jettisoned, often with the excuse that the times are different. The end result has been stress instead of kindness, the evaporation of care and consideration, and gross inefficiency in solving problems rather than any alleged streamlined savings. The quality of our political life has deteriorated and the upshot has been a stalemate in dealing with contemporary social problems. The Westphalia Press Civility Series offers classic texts about behavior, which if taken to heart might have practical consequences.

Civility and the Great War

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by Walter Lippman

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There was a time when how to use finger bowls and napkin rings was part of education. In dispensing with archaic manners, we seem to have also dispensed with the common sense sensitivity that among other advantages made possible political discourse without viciousness. Decorum has been jettisoned, often with the excuse that the times are different. The end result has been stress instead of kindness, the evaporation of care and consideration, and gross inefficiency in solving problems rather than any alleged streamlined savings. The quality of our political life has deteriorated and the upshot has been a stalemate in dealing with contemporary social problems. The Westphalia Press Civility Series offers classic texts about behavior, which if taken to heart might have practical consequences.

Postwar Civility

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Postwar Civility: On Kindness

by Rev. J. Guibert

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There was a time when how to use finger bowls and napkin rings was part of education. In dispensing with archaic manners, we seem to have also dispensed with the common sense sensitivity that among other advantages made possible political discourse without viciousness. Decorum has been jettisoned, often with the excuse that the times are different. The end result has been stress instead of kindness, the evaporation of care and consideration, and gross inefficiency in solving problems rather than any alleged streamlined savings. The quality of our political life has deteriorated and the upshot has been a stalemate in dealing with contemporary social problems. The Westphalia Press Civility Series offers classic texts about behavior, which if taken to heart might have practical consequences.

The Autobiography of Theophilus Waldemeier

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The Autobiography of Theophilus Waldemeier: Ten Years’ Life in Abyssinia & Sixteen in Syria

by Theophilus Waldemeier

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Theophilus Waldmeier (1832-1915) was a Swiss Quaker who first attracted international attention when he was imprisoned by King Theodore of Ethiopia and rescued by British forces at the battle of Magdala in 1859. He went to Beirut and founded the Brumana School, his lasting achievement, and which became one of the most famous schools in the Middle East. Brumana has provided the education of presidents, prime ministers, and royal princes. It is still a Quaker school, a center for Quaker activity in the region, and welcoming students of all manner of backgrounds. He also helped establish the Lebanon Hospital for Mental and Nervous Disorders, the major psychiatric training facility in the Middle East for many years but which closed in 1982 in consequence of the Lebanese civil wars.

Misunderstood Children

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Misunderstood Children

by Elizabeth Harrison

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Elizabeth Harrison (1849-1927) founded the National Louis University in Chicago, originally meeting in the Art Institute. She was a friend of Maria Montessori, with whom she spent time in Rome in 1912-13, and of Jane Addams, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and social reformer, and a co-founder of the National Parent Teachers Association (the PTA). National Louis University maintains an extensive archive of her books and papers.

A voluminous writer, she considered her books to be an essential way of reaching the public with her message of the importance of early childhood education. She was immensely energetic and had lively intellectual interests that ranged from cartoons, the philosophy of 
Schiller, the Star island poet Cecilia Thaxter, to Raphael and Shakespeare. She believed that children had a great deal to teach adults and this volume is perhaps the clearest affirmation of that philosophy.

Maxims of James Abram Garfield

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Maxims of James Abram Garfield

by James A. Garfield

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James A. Garfield (1831-1881) was the 20th President of the United States. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1863 to 1881.

He is the only president to have been an ordained clergyman and was president of Hiram College in Ohio, and a general in the Civil War. Widely read, he had a propensity for apt pithy observations on life. His presidency lasted only 200 days as he was shot by a disgruntled office seeker on July 2, 1881 and died some weeks later.

One of his sons, Harry Garfield, was the longest serving president of Williams College and a close friend of Woodrow Wilson. Harry maintained a home in Washington at 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, which is now the headquarters of Westphalia Press and the Policy Studies Organization.

France & New England Volume 3

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France & New England Volume 3

by Allan Forbes & Paul Cadman

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 This is the third volume of a series published during the 1920s that was prompted by the 100th anniversary of the visit of the Marquis de Lafayette to America at the end of his life to farewell the country he had helped establish, and his presence at the dedication of the Bunker Hill monument.  Long out of print, the set has been difficult to acquire.

 More than two million Americans speak French as a first language, and more than eleven million Americans are of French descent.  In Maine (which at one time was a part of Massachusetts) there is a French-American Day when the legislature conducts business in French, says the Pledge of Allegiance in French, and sings the Star Spangled Banner in French. Prejudice has been replaced by appreciation and reacquisition classes conducted in public libraries to help French Americans recover their language.

 One challenge is that New England French is different from modern Parisian French. It would be readily understood by Louis XIV, and Yvon Labbé, director of the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine illustrates this: “French-Americans may say “chassis” instead of “fenêtre” for window, “char” instead of “voiture” for car… many French-Americans pronounced “moi” as Molière did: “moé.” A saying illustrates French-Americans’ inferiority complex about their language: “On est né pour être petit pain; on ne peut pas s’attendre à la boulangerie” (“We are born to be little breads; we cannot expect the bakery”).

 This trilogy on the links between France and America that Westphalia has now published should help in some small way to fill a gap in knowledge about an important part of American history, and of the advantages of having such sturdy foundations for the continuing friendship between the two countries. The nearness of Quebec and the Maritimes to New England should guarantee that the French connection will remain significant. It has been the quietest of histories for too long.

Eight Decades in Syria

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Eight Decades in Syria

by A.J. McFarland

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The Reformed Presbyterian Church is a very small denomination of about six thousand members that at one time had a presence in the Middle East. This scarce record of its activities amongst the Arabs was compiled by Andrew James McFarland, 1869-1952, a missionary clergyman who spent most of his life in Syria despite all the upheavals in the region. In fact, during World War I when the Ottoman Empire was at war with the Allies and most non-Muslims fled, Reverend McFarland remained in Mersine, billeting a German officer and helping treat wounded Turkish soldiers.

 Those interested in Syrian history will find the list of clergy valuable as their papers can be located in archives such as those at two of the sect’s institutions, Geneva College and its theological seminary, for insights about the Syrian situation in their time. Of course the 1919 peace settlement meant the dismemberment of the Ottoman territories and the French suzerancy over present day Syria, but the missions stayed on for many years.

 Eventually the churches and schools that McFarland established disappeared, but the diaries, correspondence, and reports of nearly a century of Reformed Presbyterian activity are an underused and important resource. This is one of a number of scarce Middle East titles that Westphalia has published to promote interest in neglected archives.

Meeting Minutes of Naval Lodge No. 4 F.A.A.M. 1813

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Meeting Minutes of Naval Lodge No. 4 F.A.A.M. 1813

Edited and Introduced by Isaiah Akin

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This book contains the Meeting minutes of Naval Lodge No. 4 F.A.A.M. of Washington DC from 1813, along with articles about the people mentioned and the Washington Navy Yard where many of them worked, and gives insight into Freemasonry in early America.

In the book, you will find images of the original minutes from 1813, and on the opposite page, you will find a transcription of those minutes to make reading a bit easier. In addition, notes and articles of historical interest have been added.

Strictly speaking, minutes are a record of what happened at a particular meeting. They list who attended, what motions were made, what votes taken, and so on. At first glance, they can be very dry, very mundane. Although written 200 years ago with quill pens and by candlelight, they closely resemble minutes taken at meetings today.

But it is that similarity that makes them so important. These minutes help ensure a sense of continuity. They help preserve a shared Masonic history and culture.

These minutes help us realize that when George Washington became a Mason in 1752, he went through a ceremony very similar to what we went through to become Masons. They remind us that the symbols we use, and the values we cherish, are very similar to those embraced by Elias Ashmole when he became a Freemason in 1646.

These minutes are a symbol that just as Freemasonry has existed for hundreds of years, so it will continue for hundreds more.

Ivanhoe Masonic Quartettes

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Ivanhoe Masonic Quartettes

Selected and arranged by Thomas C. Pollack

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The numerous initiatory degrees which are staged by Masonic organizations are generally plays in which the candidate is a principal actor. Music has been a part of these dramas for at least the last two hundred years, and some Masonic temples are equipped with notable pipe organs and have stages with elaborate backdrops which can be used to add color to the events. Famous composers such as Sibelius and Mozart have written pieces specifically for the rituals.
However, less spectacular Masonic events also call for music. Frequently the conferring of degrees will be followed by a meal, or festive board, where appropriate entertainment is in order. And there is a ritualistic event known as a table lodge, when toasts with special glasses are given to a peculiar cadence and there is occasionally a quartet.
This ready market for a whole variety of solos, marches, choruses, and timely thematic interludes has included quartets such as are in the Ivanhoe collection. The lodge honored by the name, Ivanhoe No.610 on the rolls of the Grand Lodge of New York, was in its heyday in the 1860s when the scores were brought together. It is representative of a very large genre of nineteenth century pieces for Masonic gatherings.
Sir Walter Scott, the Scottish author and a Freemason, was partly responsible for the popularity of Ivanhoe as a name for Masonic lodges, commandaries, and buildings. His novel, published in 1820, is set in the year 1194, and its hero helps restore Richard to the throne of England after many adventures. Sometimes viewed as the book that helped begin the fondness for modern historical fiction, it certainly inspired the Masons to name their organizations in honor of the medieval hero … and in this case, their assemblages of sheet music.

France & New England Volume 2

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France & New England Volume 2

by Allan Forbes & Paul Cadman

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The French may have lost their war for America in the eighteenth century but they have never disappeared from New England. About five percent of the population of Maine speak French, with another three percent speaking it in New Hampshire and two and a half percent in Vermont. In fact, in some towns the majority use French as a first language: for example, sixty-give percent in Berlin, New Hampshire, and eighty-four percent in Madawaska, Maine.

French spoken in New England over the centuries is a dialect related to Canadian French, but the culture is distinctive and concern over its existence was one reason for the documentary film Réveil This cinema study by Ben Levine examines the persecution of French Americans by the Ku Klux Klan, and the struggles to preserve a proud heritage in a monoculture America, and should be seen along with reading the books in this trilogy.

One asset in that long struggle has been the American respect for the memory of the Marquis de Lafayette. His friendship with Washington and his exploits in the American Revolution are a permanent foundation for Franco-American ties. After his service in the American Revolution, Lafayette fell on hard days as the French Revolution involved him trying to prevent excesses and for his pains he was imprisoned for five years.  Bonaparte obtained his freedom and he served until his death in the French Chamber of Deputies.

As Lafayette neared the end of a notable life, in 1824, President James Monroe invited him to be the guest of the American nation in a gesture of thanks for his role in American independence. He accepted and visited New England in 1824, including New Haven and Providence, as well as Lexington, Concord, Salem, Marblehead, and Newburyport. In late August that year he was received in Boston with enormous excitement.  He then toured all existing twenty-four states. On returning to Boston in June 1825 towards the end of his American travels, he laid the cornerstone of the Bunker Hill Monument on June 17. After a final dinner with President John Quincy Adams in Washington, he sailed for to France on September 7. He died in 1834 and is buried in Paris under soil from the Bunker Hill battlefield.

The series of which this title is part is a reminder of the friendship between the two countries that he so embodied, commemorated as well by the American Friends of Lafayette, the Massachusetts Lafayette Society, the Society for French Historical Studies, and the French Heritage Society. It is very much a living tradition.

Callinicus

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Callinicus: A Defense of Chemical Warfare

by J. B. S. Haldane

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Ironically, considering current Middle East problems, it was a Syrian named Callinicus who allegedly was the first to use chemical warfare. Born in AD 673, he combined naphtha, pitch, sulfur, saltpeter and other toxins to produce Greek fire, a sort of Byzantine smoke bomb.

 A product of the Dragon School and of Eton and Oxford, Haldane saw combat in World War I and observed little difference in dying from gangrene in a field hospital, being blinded and rendered deaf by an explosion, or dying from poison gas.  Why one horrible death or incapacitation should be preferable to another was highly debatable to him when he wrote his book and remains contentious today.

 When the book first appeared in 1925, a troubled reviewer in The Spectator remarked, “He asks us to consider a war with armies of the present size in which the opposing sides were drawn up ten deep and were engaged in hacking at each other with swords. The casualties and the agonies of pain would be far heavier than with our modern weapons.”  Certainly given all the current discussion of chemical warfare, Haldane’s point is worth considering.

Dr. John Bull

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Dr. John Bull

by Leigh Henry

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Dr. John Bull is a fascinating look at the life and times of one of the most influential English composers in musical history. Leigh Henry vividly realizes both the events that shaped John Bull as well as the world he inhabited. Through a richly detailed account of John Bull’s England, Henry portrays a man in the midst of a sea change in both music and everyday life.

The Amenities of Book Collecting

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The Amenities of Book Collecting

by A. Edward Newton

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The Amenities of Book Collecting is a unique compilation of literary history, autobiography, travel writing, and, of course, the history of book collecting. Through these essays and reflections, Newton presents his own travels, collecting goals and expeditions, relationships, and interests as an introduction, for the layman and budding collector alike, to the surprisingly wide world and art of serious book collecting.

Baronial Bedrooms

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Baronial Bedrooms: The Kama Sutra of Grand Design 

By Barbara Billauer Bailey

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A grand tour of 700 years of palatial bedrooms spanning four continents and ten countries, Baronial Bedrooms: The Kama Sutra of Grand Design, presents a historiography of design, architecture, history and bedroom-intrigue through the ages. Beginning at a time when the bedroom supplanted the salon or parlor as audience-chamber and meeting-room of the imperial class, this book distills the essence of decorative features common across nations, continents, cultures and time, and presents timeless axioms of decoration in a fashion that is accessible, relevant and modern. Showcased in hundreds of pictures, analytical commentary and pithy captions, “Baronial Bedrooms” is a feast for the eyes, and inspiration for the mind, and a source of endless delight to the reader, whether professional decorator, historian, or a baronial wanna-be. Suggestions for incorporation of the principles distilled from an analysis and study of these rooms, yet easily adaptable for today’s ‘Barons-on-a-Budget,’ are presented in modern examples.

France & New England Volume 1

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France & New England Volume 1

by Allan Forbes & Paul Cadman

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The State Street Bank, which published this book as part of a series of three about France and New England to mark the 100th anniversary of the visit of the Marquis de Lafayette to Boston, was given a charter in 1792 by none other than John Hancock, in his role as governor of Massachusetts. Its original name was the Union Bank.

Eventually Union Bank merged with the State Street Trust Company, which had been established in 1891. In time the name was shortened to the State Street Corporation, which today is custodian for over six trillion dollars in assets. But it retains a clipper ship as its logo, and is still headquartered in Boston.

Connections with the founding of the United States made the bank very conscious of its history, and it not only supported scholarly publications but actively collected prints, maps, hanging lanterns, even harpoons – becoming a historical museum about old Massachusetts.

For many years, the prime mover in the bank’s vigorous collecting was Allan Forbes, a scion of the celebrated Brahmin family of Forbes. Graduating from Harvard, he went to work for State Street in 1899 and became president in 1911, then chairman of the board until his death in 1955.

He was eclectic in his antiquarian interests and even produced a highly useful study of clipper ships on sailing cards. If one asks why the head of a large financial concern would take time for such esoteria, perhaps it suffices to say he was a real Bostonian and a quote from Fortune Magazine in 1933 is apt: “The more or less romantic individuals who delight to discover in any community its sources of real power would find this whole Boston hierarchy – social, financial, and political – very little to their taste. At the top, but in another dimension altogether, are the Bostonians. Time cannot wither nor custom scale their infinite variety of sound investments. Social power is theirs. Civilization is theirs.” Three volumes about France and New England are thus easily understood.

Dante and His Time

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Dante and His Time

by Karl Federn

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In Dan Brown’s book, Professor Langdon tells his Harvard class that “Dante’s Inferno is a landscape so rich in symbolism and iconography that I often dedicate an entire semester course to it.” While taking Dr. Langdon’s course on Dante is impossible, there is no better guide to the references in Brown’s novel than Karl Federn, the great Dante scholar.

President John Quincy Adams’ Quarrel with the Freemasons

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President John Quincy Adams’ Quarrel with the Freemasons

Edited and Introduced by Guillermo De Los Reyes

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Such was the revulsion in the United States over the purported murder of William Morgan, an upstate New Yorker who in 1826 disappeared after threatening to expose Masonic secrets, that political groups campaigned to drive Masons out of office and close down their lodges. President John Quincy Adams devoted considerable energy to the controversy, as this remarkable set of letters shows. He not only scorned Freemasonry but opposed college secret societies as well, and his feelings about secrecy continue to be of interest as in a new era we face Wikileaks and other challenges to covert activities.

Conflicts in Health Policy

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Conflicts in Health Policy: Regulation, Rhetoric, Theory, and Practice

Edited by Bonnie Stabile

Introduced by Randy S. Clemons & Mark K. McBeth

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When conflicts arise in health policy, the insights of policy scholars can contribute to crafting solutions to seemingly intractable problems.   Beyond their mere technical attributes, health and medical policy issues require political acumen and policy knowledge to diagnose problems, inform debate, and devise policy interventions.  The cases in this volume cover a range of health issues and illustrate how political theory and philosophy are critical to efforts aimed at treating public health challenges.

Designing, Adapting, Strategizing in Online Education

 

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Designing, Adapting, Strategizing in Online Education

Vo. 2 No. 1 of Internet Learning

Edited and Introduced by Phil Ice

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This volume emerged from the increasingly well known International Scientific Conference on eLearning and Software for Education, an event which wrestles with the development of technology for teaching and is indeed thoroughly international in the education leaders who participate. Adapting software to individual learners, social media in the classroom, game theory in teaching  and other cutting edge topics are debated.

Chemical Strategy in Peace and War


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by Victor Lefebure

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Victor Lefebure (1891-1947) earned his bachelor’s at University College London in 1911 and began a research and teaching career at Wye College before being called to the colors in the 3rd Essex Regiment in 1915.  He was seconded to the Special Brigade of the Royal Engineers that was developing chemical warfare to be use against the Germans. He worked with the French forces and they carried out a number of successful attacks, notably at Nieuport on October 5, 1916. After the war he became a successful businessman and the inventor of a number of building materials. This book about chemical warfare became basic to the subject’s history.

But the gas attacks troubled him and in 1931 he wrote Scientific Disarmament, with introductions by such luminaries at Lloyd George and H.G. Wells. There he wrote, “Is it illogical or disloyal for technical men who have fostered armament in a previous national emergency, and might do so again, to take the initiative in the direction of disarmament? These questions have inevitably pursued me in writing this book, for the old loyalty to organisations and friends of the War must remain to the end. I can only say that it must be the first objective of any sane person who has seen war, to try to prevent the kind of catastrophe which engulfed the world in 1914. The deciding factor is surely this, the obligation to another generation which might again be sacrificed. If sane disarmament can assist, and if armament knowledge is an essential part, then this obligation falls upon those who possess it. Their contribution is essential, and it is because the scruples which pursued me in breaking new ground will also pursue them that I make these comments.”

Criminology in a Hostile Environment


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Edited by Alain Bauer

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Is using the humanities and social sciences (psychology, sociology, law, etc.) to understand the crime, the criminal, the victim, criminality, and society’s reaction to crime a science? A crime is the unique combination of a perpetrator, a victim, and a set of circumstances. Its individual and quantitative analysis requires scientific methods and specific intellectual and technical abilities.

Emile Durkheim emphasizes that “[…] A number of acts can be observed, all with the external characteristic that once accomplished, they provoke this particular reaction from society known as punishment. We make of them a group sui generis, on which we impose a common rubric. We call any punished act a crime and make crime thus defined the focus of a dedicated science: criminology”.

 About the editor:

Alain Bauer is Professor, Chair of Criminology, National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts, Paris, Senior Fellow at the Terrorist Center of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York (USA), 
Senior Fellow at the Law and Political Science University of China in Beijing (PRC), President of the National Private Security Control Council (CNAPS) (since 2012), President of the Strategic Research High Council to the President of France (since 2009), sometime Vice President of the Sorbonne University, Consultant for the New York Police Department (USA), the Los Angeles Sheriff Department (USA), the Sûreté du Québec (Canada), Colonel of the Air Force (Reserve), Republic of France.

His books include Violences et insécurité urbaines (PUF 1998, 12ème éd. 2010),
• L’Amérique, la violence, le crime (PUF 2000, 2ème éd. 2001),
• La guerre ne fait que commencer (Jean-Claude Lattès 2002, Folio Gallimard 2003),
• Les polices en France (PUF 2001, 3ème éd. 2010),
• Le crime aux États-Unis (PUF 2003),
• Les polices aux États-Unis (PUF 2003),
• Dico Rebelle (Michalon 2004),
• Imaginer la sécurité globale (La pensée et les hommes Bruxelles 2004),
• État d’urgence (Robert Laffont 2004),
• L’énigme Al Qaida (Jean Claude Lattès 2005),
• Géographie criminelle de la France (Odile Jabob 2006, Histoire criminelle de la France

Royal Arch Masonry in Pennsylvania

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Royal Arch Masonry in Pennsylvania: William J. Paterson’s History of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania and Masonic Jurisdictions Thereunto Belonging

by William J. Paterson

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The Royal Arch is a Masonic degree as well as a rite of several degrees that are close companions of the initial three Masonic degrees. Many Freemasons consider it the logical conclusion of the Masonic initiation. It was conferred in America in the eighteenth century, and continues to be given today. It has its own symbols, mythology, and secrets, which are apart from what Masons learn on first joining the Craft. Pennsylvania was certainly one of its launching pads in the Western Hemisphere, as this volume illustrates.

Freemasonry in All Ages

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Freemasonry in All Ages

by Rev. M.F. Carey

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The tension in Freemasonry over its legendary and real origins and with its Enlightenment ethos in contrast with Christian views is apparent in this work by an Irish Episcopalian priest who came to American in the later part of the nineteenth century and immersed himself in Masonic study. Considering the passage of years, the overview provided remains remarkably insightful.

The Lodge of Washington and his Neighbors


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By Charles H. Calahan

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In 1928, the Masonic lodge that George Washington had presided over as Worshipful Master gathered anecdote about his connections with Alexandria, Virginia, and commissioned photographs of relics and places that provide unusual insights into his career. Not the least of these artifacts is the old clock from Washington’s bedroom at Mt. Vernon, with the hands stopped by his doctor, Elisha Dick, at the time of his death.  Anyone interested in American history will find this short monograph to be of value.

Freemasonry in Canada


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By Sheppard Osborne

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Since its appearance in 1915, Freemasonry in Canada has been a starting point for any serious discussion of Canadian lodge history. It was remarkable in its time for covering not only developments in the Canadian provinces but also the course of special Masonic groups such as the Shrine and Royal Order of Scotland. While research has changed some perceptions, its usefulness and insights remain of primary importance when Canadian Freemasonry is discussed.

NEW Kindle Matchbook program

Beginning in October, the Kindle Matchbook program will be available for all Westphalia Press titles currently on Kindle. What this means is when you buy a paperback version of a book, you can get the Kindle version for $1.99! This price applies to all books, no matter the paperback price (unless, of course, we offer the Kindle version for free). Click HERE for details.

Gunboat and Gun-runner

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Admiral T.T. Jeans was a decorated British Naval officer with considerable experience in the Middle East.  He wrote this fast-moving novel based on his experiences and those of his compatriots.  The plot turns on efforts of Iran to stir trouble by providing arms to Middle Easter insurgents. While published in 1927, it could as well have been written about arms smuggling in the 21st century, which makes policing the waters of the Gulf a present priority.

Dante

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by Edmund G. Gardner

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Professor Robert Langdon, in Dan Brown’s thriller, tells his Harvard class, “My friends, it is impossible to overstate the influence of Dante Alighieri’s work. Throughout all of history, with the sole exception perhaps of Holy Scripture, no single work of writing, art, music, or literature has inspired more tributes, imitations, variations and annotations than The Divine Comedy. Edmund Gardner was one of the great Dante scholars of his time and an astute guide to the background to Dan Brown’s adventures with Dante.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Edmund Garret Gardner was seen as one of England’s greatest Dante scholars. Aside from publishing voluminously on Dante, he also penned a series of travel guides to Italian cities published by J. M. Dent. The British Academy awards the Edmund G. Gardner Memorial Prize in Italian Studies every five years, in honor of his accomplishments.

Library of Public Health

From Westphalia Press, a new Library of Public Health series, with Editor Angela Matysiak. The following titles are forthcoming:

Public Health in European Capitals: Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Christiana, Stockholm, and Copenhagem. By Thomas Morison Legge

Man and His Health: A Guide to Medical and Public Health Exhibits. 1939

Public Health in the United States, An Outline with Statistical Data. By Harry H. Moore

Health and Wealth, A Survey of the Economics of World Health. By Louis I. Dublin

Public Health Administration and the Natural History of Disease in Baltimore, Maryland 1797-1920. By William Travis Howard Jr.

APU Non-Fiction Contest

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Westphalia Press welcomes book manuscript submissions from professors at American Public University System.

We welcome all non-fiction projects from articles to full books.

A prize of $1,000.00 (one thousand) is offered during 2013-14 for the best submission. Others will also be considered for publication. Those coming from people in the APUS family will be given special consideration.

The preference is to send manuscripts by e-mail to Daniel Gutierrez at dgutierrezs@ipsonet.org

Collecting Old Books


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‘It takes one to know one’ is true of avid readers, and certainly of bibliophiles who are acquainted with Percy Fitzgerald, a man who enjoyed writing about old books as much as he did reading them. His observations and prejudices about his favorites will inevitably start a conversation with those who agree or disagree with him, as he reaches out from the page to grab the hand of fellow browsers to sit and talk for a while.

Gilded Play

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Edited and Introduced by Devin Proctor

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During America’s late nineteenth-century, parlor games were a dominant leisure activity of the upper classes. The ‘Gilded Age,’ as Mark Twain termed it, was characterized by the separation between leisurely wealth and the harsh existence of the underclasses, cleft even wider with the increase of industrial production. This “Book of Games, Parlor Performances and Puzzles” is a reprint of an original 1888 edition that promised the wealthy hours upon hours of diversion from boredom with guessing games, pantomimes, word games, outlined charades, and so on. In its use of traditional European games mixed with American stereotypes, it is a unique look into the temperament of the times.

Fishing the Florida Keys

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Few people connect Endicott House, the famous conference center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with fishing in Florida, but actually the handsome mansion that has been the site of so many notable meetings is a bricks-and-mortar memorial to one of America’s most enthusiastic sports fishermen, Wendell Endicott. This book is his magnum opus, an important piece of Florida history and a lasting contribution to folklore and fishing in the Keys.

Ancient Masonic Mysteries

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Edited and Introduced by Guillermo De Los Reyes

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The antiquity of Freemasonry is much debated. As a philosophical and ritualistic society, rather than a group of stonemasons, it certainly existed in the seventeenth century. But its beginnings are intertwined with the building of the great cathedrals of Europe, so Masons speak of speculative and operative Masonry to separate the symbolic activities from the bricks and mortar of construction. This curious volume is a contribution to the lore of speculative Masonry.

The Wisdom of Thomas Starr King

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Two peaks, one in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and one in Yosemite National Park, are named after Thomas Starr King. He left a brilliant career in Boston to go to San Francisco in 1860, where his convincing oratory was credited with keeping California firmly on the Union side in the Civil War. Along with his commitment to emancipation and the Northern cause, he had a sharp wit and an enviable prose style, which this volume illustrates well.

Mr. Garfield of Ohio

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Edited and Introduced by Paul Rich

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There is a lot more to the life of President James Garfield than being shot. He was an educator, clergyman, and congressman who carried on those duties with considerable distinction, as well as being a mathematician who discovered, after everyone else for thousands of years had not, an alternative Euclidean proof. While he is honored at Williams College, where his son Harry was longtime president, and as a huge statue on the grounds of the United States capitol, he deserves more attention and this new edition of a useful biography may encourage that.

Unitarian Bibliography

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Three major collections of Unitarian and Nonconformist literature in Britain are at Luther King House in Manchester, Harris Manchester College in Oxford University, and the Dr. Williams Library in London. This book gives important information about the Unitarian antecedents of the Luther King library, which is used by five colleges: Northern Baptist, Northern College (United Reformed and Congregational), Hartley Victoria College, (Methodist) Unitarian College Manchester, and Luther King House Open College. In turn, the library and Luther King House cooperate with the University of Manchester, a major holder of Nonconformist literature. Manchester thus is a center for scholarship related to various British denominations.

Outlining Magic Circles

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Edited and Introduced by Devin Proctor

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Games for the Playground, Home, School, and Gymnasium, first published in 1909, has been called “the most comprehensive and scholarly book on games.” It contains rules and variations of hundreds of games for schools, summer camps, parties, etc., as well as Jessie H. Bancroft’s insightful and lengthy introduction exploring the purposes, materials, uses, and even the ritual origins of games. This volume reprints the entirety of the 1912 edition and adds a new introductory essay examining the anthropological study of the relationship of ritual and gaming since the book was published.

High Impact Threats to Critical Infrastructure

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Edited and Introduced by Charles L. Manto

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The EMP SIG addresses any high-impact threat that could cause long-term nationwide collapse of critical infrastructure. These threats include EMP, extreme space weather, cyber attacks, coordinated physical attacks or widespread pandemics. The EMP SIG provides trusted communications and information for InfraGard members active in any critical infrastructure in any community to enhance planning, mitigation, and sustainable infrastructure. The EMP SIG attracts leading subject matter experts who have agreed to join advisory panels and make themselves available for local InfraGard chapters that may need their special guidance.

The first time that a broad range of military and civilian government agencies and their private sector counterparts led contingency plans for nationwide collapse of critical infrastructure that could last for more than a month was in October 2011 when the National Defense University, the US Congressional EMP Caucus, InfraGard National’s EMP SIG and Maryland’s Emergency Management Agency co-hosted a series of workshops and exercises covering these scenarios focusing on geomagnetic disturbances. In the following December, eight of those participants provided an overview of the results and ramifications of those meetings at the Dupont Summit 2011 hosted by the Policy Studies Organization.

One year later, the Dupont Summit 2012 hosted sessions by InfraGard National’s EMP SIG that updated activities from the prior year ranging from FERC’s notice of a proposed rule making on GMD protection to the new FBI i-Guardian cyber protection program.

These conference proceedings include links to updated on-line exhibits and uploaded videos provide presentations by technology and policy leaders on the most serious threats to technology-based society most likely to be experienced in our life times.

Young Freemasons?

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Young Freemasons?: Frank S. Land’s Order of DeMolay

Edited and Introduced by Guillermo De Los Reyes

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The Order of DeMolay is a puzzle.  It originated in the United States but is widespread, with chapters in Italy and Japan and Germany as well as Latin America and Canada, and with rituals involving events in medieval Paris. It is closely associated with Freemasonry but its leaders emphasize it is not some sort of junior Masonic group.  President Bill Clinton was sufficiently committed to it that he interrupted a packed schedule to meet with fellow DeMolay leaders in Manila on his Philippine visit in 1995.  This book was edited by the founder of the order, Frank S. Land, during the early days of the movement, and is a surprising insight into a social phenomenon.

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New Sources on Women and Freemasonry

 

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Vol. 1 No. 1 of Ritual Secrecy, and Civil Society

Edited and Introduced by Pierre Mollier

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There has been a great lack in international scholarship concerned with ritual and secrecy because so much of the good work is being done in languages that the mono-lingual English-speaking world has no idea exist. The strength of the articles in this collection will come as a considerable surprise even to experts in the field, because the research in Europe is very advanced and frankly is of such high quality that those who are not linguists should look to their laurels. Much is being done in discovering un-mined material in archives and the selections for this volume are a feast of new bibliographical references.

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