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AUTHOR Nezar AlSayyad
TITLE Cairo Histories of a City
CATEGORY history trade
NUMBER OF PAGES 288 73 color illustrations, 9 halftones, 13 color maps PUBLICATION MONTH May
AUTHOR BIO Nezar AlSayyad was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1955. Educated at Cairo University, MIT and UC Berkeley, he is now Professor of Architecture, Planning and Urban history and Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies Program in the International and Area Studies Division at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author or editor of many books, most recently The Fundamentalist City co-edited with Mejgan Moassoumi and published by Routledge in 2010.
A rich history of Cairo that follows its important players including Amr Ibn al-As, Salah al-Din, and the Mamluks and their influence on the architecture, culture, and people of the city from its inception to the 21st century. In this book, Nezar AlSayyad offers a panorama of Cairo’s built form and history, from ancient times to the present, unraveled through many of Cairo’s historic monuments that are still with us. A typical history of Egypt’s oldest and greatest city would begin with the Medieval Fatimid core of Cairo, which had witnessed the evolution of Cairo for more than a thousand years, from a royal compound to a dense cosmopolitan city. Yet, there is much more to Cairo than the Fatimid city. This book begins instead with Memphis, the first settlement in the metropolitan area we now call Cairo, built more than four millennia ago, nearby the great pyramids of Giza.
The book takes us on several historic journeys around Cairo, re-creating the history of a period from a specific place in the city, and through the eyes of various historical figures from that specific era, highlighting their role in building, shaping, and writing about Cairo. It argues that the history of a city is not limited to the transformations of its built environment, but also takes into account the interaction between specific individuals, places, and events that were consequential to its development. The vision and actions of these historical figures shaped not only the physical fabric of the city, but also the ways in which history was written. The stories in this book change across time and place to reflect the intentions and imagination of those who narrate them and the interests of the people for whom they were written. From this perspective, history is neither simply an objective account, nor the memory of past events, but rather the occurrence of these events in specific places, their convergence with certain personalities, as later interpreted by individuals who were distant from the time and place of their occurrence.
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AUTHOR Michael R. Auslin
TITLE Pacific Cosmopolitans A Cultural History of U.S.-Japan Relations CATEGORY history monograph
NUMBER OF PAGES 310 17 halftones PUBLICATION MONTH May
AUTHOR BIO Michael Auslin was born in Chicago in 1967. Educated at the University of Illinois and Georgetown University he was formerly an Associate Professor of at Yale University He is now Director of Japanese Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, DC . He is the author of Negotiating with Imperialism published by HUP in 2004.
Explores 150 years of enduring cultural exchange between Japan and the U.S., tracing the people and organizations that forged a unique relationship. In this book, Michael Auslin tells the story of how foreign was experienced differently in Japan and the United States in the era before direct contact. He examines the history of cultural relations between the two countries, focusing on the organizations developed to promote cultural exchange and the individuals who played major roles in these groups. He shows that cultural relations between Japan and the United States have long been of considerable depth as well as breadth, animated by the cosmopolitan impulse among a diverse group of individuals who saw something of value both to their personal lives as well as to their own culture. The idea that cultural boundaries could be softened by the conscious attempt to bring two societies together - and that efforts to promote mutual understanding had their own intrinsic value as well as the possibility of bringing about better political relations - has been a hallmark of the U.S.-Japan relationship since its beginning.