From the history of race and caste in Latin America to the role of music in religion around the world, Columbian College faculty publish numerous thought-provoking and timely titles every year. Their work has topped bestseller lists, inspired debate and dialogue and received positive reviews from high-profile outlets like the Los Angeles Review of Books and The New York Times.
Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science & International Affairs David Shambaugh edited this comprehensive and timely scholarly assessment of China’s position in all regions of the world, with all major powers and across multiple arenas of international interactions. With commentary by 15 leading international authorities, this volume explores the sources of China's grand strategy, how the past shapes the present and the impact of domestic factors that shape China's external behavior.
<p><strong>Masha Belenky</strong>, associate professor of French, examines the connection between public transportation and popular culture in 19th-century Paris through a focus on the omnibus—a horse-drawn vehicle of urban transport. At the intersection
of literary criticism and cultural history, the book argues that the omnibus was a metaphor through which writers and artists explored evolving social dynamics of class and gender, meditated on the meaning of progress and change and reflected on one’s
own literary and artistic practices.</p>
Mohammad Faghfoory, professor of Islamic studies, demonstrates that the Shia perception of war and peace is deeply rooted in the Quran and the Tradition of the Prophet and is defensive in nature. He challenges the views of some Shia jurists of earlier centuries regarding jihad. The first comprehensive study of its kind, it addresses the prevailing situation in the heartland of the Islamic world the Middle East—and the growing tension between regional players and some Western powers, especially the United States.