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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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Death Valley in ’49

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Death Valley in ’49

by William Lewis Manly

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The discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mills in California in 1848 caused thousands to give up their homes in the eastern states and head West. To avoid the Sierra Mountains, which in winter could be deadly, a party led by William Lewis Manly (1820-1903) attempted to follow a trail that took them through Death Valley. Manly’s efforts to save the group are just part of his remarkable story, starting as a boy in New England and then Michigan and Wisconsin, having encounters with the Mormons, and being part of the expansion of America and the saga of California pioneer life with the demands of the mills and mines and the risks of illness and death.

Roads of Adventure

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Roads of Adventure

by Ralph D. Paine

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Ralph Delahaye Paine (1871-1925) owed part of his swashbuckling success as a writer to connections forged at Yale’s secret society Skull and Bones and to an early friendship with the publisher William Randolph Hearst, for whom he covered the Spanish American War as well as the Boxer Rebellion in China. His philosophy in this and his other books was, “If we wish to scale Mont Blanc, or visit a thieves kitchen in the East End, or go down in a diving dress or up in a balloon, we must be about it while we are still young…Youth is the time to go flashing from one end of the world to the other both in mind and body; to try the manners of different nations; to hear the chimes at midnight.”

The Story of the City Companies

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The Story of the City Companies

by P.H. Ditchfield

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As this volume shows, the guilds or livery companies of London started as medieval associations of tradesmen: haberdashers, skinners, goldsmiths, and ironmongers. They became charity foundations, trustees of schools and hospitals, custodians of art treasures and historic buildings, and the electorate for the leadership of the City of London. The guilds of the old occupations sometimes retain their ancient associations, but they also elect men and women of substance from many other callings, and there have been a number of new city companies serving air pilots, international bankers, and even tax advisers. London cannot be understood without understanding the origins of these unique societies.

Philippine Masonic Directory ~ 1918

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Philippine Masonic Directory ~ 1918

by Chas. M. Colton

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Originally limited to the Spanish occupiers, Freemasonry attracted leaders of the Philippine independence movement and has played an important role in the history of the islands. The great leader Joseph Rizal was an active member, as were Marcelo H. Del Pilar, Graciano Lopez Jaena, Jose Alejandrino, brothers Juan and Antonio Luna, Ambrocio Flores, and Galicano Apacible. This scarce volume illustrates the extraordinary variety of lodges, including some with Scottish, French, American and Spanish roots, which were eventually to become the Grand Lodge of the Philippines.

Gems of Song for Eastern Star Chapters

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Gems of Song for Eastern Star Chapters

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Although the Order of the Eastern Star at one time claimed ties to orders in the seventeenth and eighteenth century Swedish royal court, the consensus is that it was largely invented as a companion secret society to Freemasonry in the nineteenth century. Both men who are Masons and women with a family connection to Masons are members, and chapters are found as far afield as Scotland and Australia. The temple in Washington D.C. on New Hampshire Avenue is particularly imposing. The ritual of the order provides opportunities for musical interludes, as do the public meetings, and over the years the Star has supported concerts and choirs.

Mexico: The Wonderland of the South

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Mexico: The Wonderland of the South

by W. E. Carson

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William English Carson (1870-1940) was a controversial writer about social issues but when his book about Mexico first appeared in 1910, critics enthused:

“Mr. Carson knows Mexico thoroughly …It would be hard to discover anything worth seeing that he has not seen. He has wandered around the Mexican capital and other old cities; he had explored the gold and silver mines and visited some of the quaint health resorts; he had gone mountain climbing and tarpon fishing …compendious, concise and clear”.

A century later Anthony Burton was less impressed: “Despite being an enthusiastic traveler, many of his views about Mexicans will strike modern readers as stereo-typical. For example, he dedicated an entire chapter to The Mexican Woman, which makes for fascinating reading despite many statements which read today as outrageous over-generalizations, such as “no foreigner, unless he be associated with diplomacy, is likely to have any chance of studying and judging the Mexican women”; “the Mexican girl has but two things in life to occupy her, love and religion”; “As a rule, the Mexican women are not beautiful”. !!! While readers may not agree with Carson’s views, the volume remains a classic depiction of Mexico in an era of turmoil.

A Trip to Palestine and Syria

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A Trip to Palestine and Syria

by John P. Hackenbroch

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In 1913, the same year that this nuanced and colorful account of the Middle East was published, a group of Arab students living in Paris proposed an international meeting about Syria and Lebanon to discuss the decay of the Ottoman Empire, the part the European powers were playing in the region, Zionist settlements in Palestine, and the signs of growing crisis in the region. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed to be the sponsor. The congress was held June 18-23 and there were delegates representing all the major faiths, as well as a spectrum of political positions, and a hopeful discussion that looked to the future. Of course World War I began in July 1914 and the Arab Congress of 1913 was not replicable. Nor of course were the travels of John Hackenbroch in this volume. A hundred years have passed and the problems remain.

Hints on Masonic Etiquette

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Hints on Masonic Etiquette

by R. H. Gaynor

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Freemasonry not only has myriad complex ceremonies for initiating and advancing candidates, but also preserves a code for every social occasion, including requirements for addressing others during meetings, offering banquet toasts, opening and closing letters, entering and leaving rooms – in short, conduct that vanished elsewhere when Emily Post and Amy Vanderbilt ceased to be the oracles for society.

It is not surprising that the conduct of members of a highly ritualistic and secret society sometimes is different from behavior in public. Titles of respect such as Brother, Worshipful, Right Worshipful are not used in front of non-masons. Mixed groups are addressed as Ladies, Brethren, Gentlemen. In other words, propriety should be the constant companion of the Craft.

This volume has long been the companion for right behavior of those who move with confidence in that Masonic secret world that is so much discussed but so little understood.

Star Gleams

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Star Gleams: A Collection of Songs, Odes, and Ceremonials

by Carrie B. Jennings

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Although sometimes claiming seventeenth and eighteenth century Scandinavian origins and found in Scotland and Canada and Australia, the Eastern Star is really an American secret society closely tied to Freemasonry. Women largely lead it, although some male Masons serve as officers. This collection, made by Carrie Jennings, illustrates how patriotism and fraternalism often combined in the nineteenth and twentieth century United States, producing hybrid rituals of community.

Old Time Schools and School Books

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Old Time Schools and School Books

by Clifton Johnson

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Primers and other early American schoolbooks were often lost due to years of use, neglect and eventually becoming outdated. Thankfully, Clifton Johnson, in Old Time Schools and School-Books, is able to draw from his vast collection of school books in order to offer readers a taste of the insides of these books, from the printed content to graffiti scribbled in the margins. Additionally, Johnson presents lively scenes of how schoolhouses operated in order to present a larger picture of the development of education, particularly as it unfolded in Massachusetts. Although nearly a century old, the book offers a thoughtful and engaging look at the early roots of education in the United States.

Manual of Knights Templar

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Manual of Knights Templar

by Edward J. Newman

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Partly because of novelists and Hollywood, the Masonic Knights Templar have enjoyed an enormous amount of recent attention, and are the subject of extravagant claims about their antiquity. The truth is that the present Templars, while admittedly going back many years, owe much to the eighteenth century, and not to the Middle Ages. They certainly are a highly ritualistic and very curious organization, as this volume of their secrets illustrates.

History of the Knights of Pythias

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History of the Knights of Pythias

by Jos. D. Weeks

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Although a secret society, the Pythians sought to aid reconciliation after the Civil War and gave rise to other movements, including the Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan, Princes of Syracuse, Knights of Omar, and Order of Calanthe. Membership is less than it once was, but lodges exist in more than twenty states and Canada.

Gems of Poetry and Song on James A. Garfield

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Gems of Poetry and Song on James A. Garfield

by J. C. McClenahan

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The outpouring of grief over the assassination of James Garfield coincided with a Victorian high tide in emotional display about the dear departed, and produced enormous amounts of glassware, statues and other memorabilia to preserve the memory of the martyred president. This not atypical volume includes an eclectic selection of tributes to him, some tearfully maudlin but all a reminder that, after recovering from Lincoln’s murder, the country regretfully went through still another similar trauma just a few years later.

Bulwarks Against Poverty in America

Bulwarks Against Poverty in America

by Max J. Skidmore

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In Bulwarks Against Poverty in America, long-time Social Security scholar Max J. Skidmore presents seminal articles selected from the journal Poverty and Public Policy to clear away much of the confusion dominating pubic discussion relating to Social Security, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act. Experts in the field have praised this important book as a weapon against “misinformation and ideological mischief.” They say it is “a must-read for policymakers,” and a “road map to the debates raging over the future of Social Security, Medicare, and health care reform.” Skidmore’s Bulwarks is a thoughtful contribution to a field heavily influenced by misrepresentation and scare propaganda.

Surviving Education’s Internet Revolution

Surviving Education’s Internet Revolution

Edited by Melissa Layne

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Melissa Layne, Ed.D., is the Director of Research Methodology and Editor-in- Chief for Internet Learning at American Public University System. Layne earned her doctoral degree in reading (digital literacies) from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas and also holds a master’s in curriculum and instruction from University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Layne’s research agenda includes topics on student retention, adaptive and personalized learning, multi-user virtual environments, self-paced instructional design and implementation, text analytics, informal learning, and quality assurance in online learning at the institutional, program and course levels. Her research has been recognized by several distance learning organizations including the National University Technology Network (NUTN), and the Distance Learning Administration (DLA) organization. Layne also serves on the advisory council for the New Media Consortium, which is responsible for the annual issue of The Horizon Report. Her work has been covered in peerreviewed journal publications, book chapters, presentations and invited keynotes.

Understanding Internet Policies and Complexities

Understanding Internet Policies and Complexities

Edited by Melissa Layne

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Melissa Layne, Ed.D., is the Director of Research Methodology and Editor-in- Chief for Internet Learning at American Public University System. Layne earned her doctoral degree in reading (digital literacies) from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas and also holds a master’s in curriculum and instruction from University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Layne’s research agenda includes topics on student retention, adaptive and personalized learning, multi-user virtual environments, self-paced instructional design and implementation, text analytics, informal learning, and quality assurance in online learning at the institutional, program and course levels. Her research has been recognized by several distance learning organizations including the National University Technology Network (NUTN), and the Distance Learning Administration (DLA) organization. Layne also serves on the advisory council for the New Media Consortium, which is responsible for the annual issue of The Horizon Report. Her work has been covered in peerreviewed journal publications, book chapters, presentations and invited keynotes.

New Directions in the Middle East

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New Directions in the Middle East

Edited by Mohammed M. Aman and Mary Jo Aman

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This book presents essays based on papers at the annual Middle East Dialogue held in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES) and the Policy Studies Organization (PSO), and at the Conference of the Association for Middle Eastern Public Policy and Administration (AMEPPA) held in Ifrane, Morocco. The authors suggest much needed and even radical reforms amidst a series of conflicts that include the standoff between Israel and its Arab neighbors, the role and impact of social media as empowered by technology, and the citizens’ shrill demands for political, economic, and social change. Those interested in crisis management and conflict resolution will find this a must read. The contributors represent an unusually wide variety of political and religious views and include a number who enjoy considerable standing in the Arab world.

“This exceptional work, composed of two volumes, ‘Middle East: Conflicts & Reforms’ and ‘New Directions in the Middle East’ is a magnum opus.  In this book, edited by Mohammed M. Aman and Mary Jo Aman, the reader is introduced to a comprehensive and integrated erudite work addressed by a number of distinguished scholars from different disciplines dealing with the Middle East and North Africa, a most sensitive region of the world.  The book identifies significant academic and public policy approaches as well as socio-economic, cultural, and political paradigms that bind together such timely topics as democracy, Islam, Islamism, sectarianism, secularism, globalism, modernity, Arab Spring, social justice, social media, leadership, women’s rights, and peace. The book offers a unique and compelling assessment of the future of the Middle East. Objectively written and eloquently presented, this book will enhance the scholarship of the Middle East and assist in the understanding the ability of political systems, government or state and non-government or civil society, in handling and managing current challenges facing the region.”

el-Sayed el-Aswad, Ph.D.
Prof. of Anthropology and Chair of Department of Sociology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
United Arab Emirates University

“Many books have already been published about the complex nature of the Middle East region and North Africa in the wake of the Uprisings of 2011, however the uniqueness of “New Directions in the Middle East” is its in-depth analytical study of the new conceptual themes which the book argues in a detailed transdisciplinary  manner to show-case the overbearing factors that are impacting the MENA region and taking it to new directions such as the ‘public square dialogue’ and the rise of ‘digital democracy’ which is becoming ‘public democracy’ as well as the social media which will all lead to accountability and transparency. The book articulates the new definition of leadership by exploring the many challenges facing the MENA region by addressing the need for adopting the ‘complexity paradigm’ based on realistic solutions to the economic and public policy challenges facing the countries and the people in the region. As a professor of Islamic and Middle East studies, I highly recommend the book as an important scholarly multi-disciplinary narrative for all those who are interested in de-codifying the realities emerging in the new Middle East.”

Ambassador Sallama Shaker, Ph.D.
Full Clinical  Professor of Middle East & Islamic Studies
School of Arts and Humanities
Claremont Graduate University

Middle East Conflicts & Reforms

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Edited by Mohammed M. Aman and Mary Jo Aman

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Since its inception, the annual Middle East Dialogue conference sponsored by the Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES) journal and the Policy Studies Organization (PSO), has become a major international event that brings together leading scholars, diplomats, and policy makers, seeking possible solutions to persistent and often horrendous issues in the Middle East and North Africa. In this book, the events of the Arab Spring and its aftermath are very much on the writers’ minds. Included are essays based on papers and debate at the Dialogue in Washington, D.C., and the Conference of the Association for Middle Eastern Public Policy and Administration held in Ifrane, Morocco. The authors were charged with presenting fair and balanced treatment of the controversies involving democratic aspirations, delayed reforms, strained governance and leadership, escalating economic challenges, bitter sectarian conflicts, and gross gender inequities. The fresh and sometimes startling approaches are a must read for anyone trying to make sense of the Middle East and North Africa.

 

“This exceptional work, composed of two volumes, ‘Middle East: Conflicts & Reforms’ and ‘New Directions in the Middle East’ is a magnum opus.  In this book, edited by Mohammed M. Aman and Mary Jo Aman, the reader is introduced to a comprehensive and integrated erudite work addressed by a number of distinguished scholars from different disciplines dealing with the Middle East and North Africa, a most sensitive region of the world.  The book identifies significant academic and public policy approaches as well as socio-economic, cultural, and political paradigms that bind together such timely topics as democracy, Islam, Islamism, sectarianism, secularism, globalism, modernity, Arab Spring, social justice, social media, leadership, women’s rights, and peace. The book offers a unique and compelling assessment of the future of the Middle East. Objectively written and eloquently presented, this book will enhance the scholarship of the Middle East and assist in the understanding the ability of political systems, government or state and non-government or civil society, in handling and managing current challenges facing the region.”

el-Sayed el-Aswad, Ph.D.
Prof. of Anthropology and Chair of Department of Sociology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
United Arab Emirates University

 

“This volume is the most comprehensive and lucid collection to appear since the eruption of the so-called Arab Spring at the end of 2010. It provides “what everyone needs to know” about Middle East politics. Highly recommended to students, policymakers and academics. “

Khalil al-Anani, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University

Lyrics & Love Songs

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Lyrics & Love Songs: Gen. Albert Pike and the Old Canoe Controversy

by Albert Pike

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Albert Pike was a Harvard dropout, Confederate general, lawyer for Native American causes, celebrated Masonic leader, and lifelong writer of poems. Erudite in many languages and expert on folklore and mythology, his work “Morals and Dogma” continues to be a major text in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Despite his insistence that he was not the author, the much-reprinted poem “The Old Canoe” continues to be attributed to him and figures in this volume of his verses.

Spies I Knew

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Spies I Knew

by Marthe McKenna

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Born in Flanders, Marthe Cnockaert McKenna (1892-1986) was recruited in 1915, during World War I, to an Anglo-Belgian espionage ring. Her cover was as a nurse, and the Germans awarded her the Iron Cross for her hospital work. After a period as a double agent she was apprehended by them and sentenced to death. The sentence was not carried out and she was released from prison at the Armistice in 1918.

Cited for heroism by Winston Churchill, she received the French and Belgian Legions of Honour. The star Madeline Carroll portrayed her in Victor Saville’s 1933 thriller, I Was A Spy. She became a British subject and during World War II the Nazis included her in The Black Book of leaders to be arrested when they invaded England.

This book appeared in 1934 and was perhaps her most forthright and psychologically interesting work, showing signs of the influence and collaboration of “Jock” McKenna, the British Army officer she had married.

A Study in Forgery

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A Study in Forgery

by Scaevola

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A Study in Forgery is a truly unique read centered on Polish and Soviet Russian relations in the first half of the 20th century. Written under the pseudonym of Scaevola in the height of World War II, this book provides a fascinating and passionate call for Poland’s freedom from Russia and for the world’s recognition of the fact that Poland’s supposed desire for Soviet rule was an attempted forgery wrought by Russia through violent cultural domination.

The identity of pseudonymous author Scaevola remains unknown. The pseudonym Scaevola, however, has a storied past. The name was used in the years leading up to the American Revolution on broadsides railing against the East India Tea Company. Gaius Mucius Scaevola (the original) was a would-be Roman assassin from the 500s BC, famous for his bravery and patriotism. The term is Latin for “left handed” and is also a genus of flowering plants. Since its use in this book, the term has additionally served as the name of a nuclear test blast over the Pacific Ocean in 1958.

The Historic Codfish

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The Historic Codfish: A History of the Emblem of the Codfish in the Hall of the House of Representatives

by George H. Proctor, Samuel D. Hildreth, and William Frank Parsons

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There may be 160 representatives in the Massachusetts legislature, but there is only one codfish. The nearly five-foot carving hanging from the ceiling is the third reminder of the importance of fishing to the state. The first was burnt in a 1747 fire and the second destroyed during the Revolution. The present fish was enshrined in 1784.  Dubbed the “faithful friend” because its availability saved early settlers from hunger, its supporters allege that the Pilgrims dined not on turkey but cod at Thanksgiving. Of course Cape Cod remains a favorite geographic attraction of the state. In less tolerant days when Catholics were berated for using statues in their churches, they replied that at least they didn’t worship a wooden fish!

 

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

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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

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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

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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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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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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

with a new preface by Sion M. Honea

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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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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

with a new introduction by Katherine Mead-Brewer

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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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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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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.

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