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Association for the Study of Nationalities Conference

Screen shot 2015-04-24 at 10.56.57 AMWe are delighted to inform you that we will be attending the 20th Annual Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention (23-25 April 2015) at Columbia University in New York City. Berghahn will be exhibiting for one day only! Please stop by our stand on Friday April 24th, and don’t miss your chance to browse our selection of books and pick up FREE journal samples!


For more info about the Association for the Study of Nationalities, click here.


If you are unable to attend, we would like to provide you with a special discount offer. For the next 30 days, receive a 25% discount on any of the titles listed below. Simply enter the code ASN15 at checkout. Visit our website­ for a complete listing of all published and forthcoming titles.


Here is a preview of some of our newest releases on display.



The Neoliberal Landscape and the Rise of Islamist Capital in Turkey, Edited by Neşecan Balkan, Erol Balkan and Ahmet Öncü

“This is a strong and important collection. The unifying thesis throughout refers to the ascendancy of a specifically Turkish form of Islamic capitalism.  The main emphasis throughout concerns the contested character of this ascendancy at the highest levels of Turkish state and society.  These are important and intimately interwoven themes…The collection leaves a clear impression that the roots of the recent battles over Taksim Square run deep; their implications will continue to simmer throughout the country.  Nothing has been resolved.”  ·  Sidney Plotkin, Vassar College










Urban Violence in the Middle East: Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire to Nation State, Edited by Ulrike Freitag, Nelida Fuccaro, Claudia Ghrawi, and Nora Lafi

“This is a very remarkable collection of chapters . . . The totality is a lively read, exhibiting an almost universal familiarity with and appreciation of the literature.”  ·  Peter Sluglett, National University of Singapore

“. . . the book is timely, it is topical and useful for a more historically grounded understanding of the urban unrest in the Middle East during the last years up to the present.”  ·  Christoph Herzog, University of Bamberg





The Armenian Genocide: Evidence from the German Foreign Office Archives, 1915-1916, Compiled and Edited by Wolfgang Gust

“…this massive volume contains the only English-language  translation of 240 primary documents found in German Foreign Office files.  A very extensive overview section provides superb historical background, especially concerning the German involvement.  A much earlier compilation of German-language  documents was compiled by German theologian Johannes Lepsius in 1919, but some text was ‘deleted or manipulated  by the German Foreign Office.’  Gust and his wife were able to restore some of the original text, and they added many documents not found in the Lepsius volume.  This meticulously compiled work will provide historians and students with invaluable information about this lesser-known aspect of the genocide.”  ·  Choice





Narrating Victimhood: Gender, Religion and the Making of Place in Post-War Croatia, by Michaela Schäuble

“[This book] is scholarly, very well researched, and contains some fascinating original ethnographic material that is handled with imagination and sensitivity.”  ·  Frances Pine, Goldsmiths, University of London

“This is a truly excellent study. From the first to the last page, I was impressed by its thoughtfulness, level of scholarship, and ethnographic thoroughness…She succeeds in making this unstudied place come alive in her ethnography while simultaneously making her rich ethnographic detail serve as a lever for a highly sophisticated analysis of a cluster of issues that are both of contemporary political relevance and of theoretical significance.”  ·  Marko Zivkovic, University of Alberta

The Political Economy of Border Drawing: Arranging Legality in European Labor Migration Policies, by Regine Paul

“The author relates in an inspiring way [how]…capitalism, the welfare regime, and citizenship [relate] to migration policies, and analyzes the logics of labor migration regulations in three cases. The book makes a key contribution to the academic debate by pointing light on the normative basis of migration policies and the seeming contradictions between the logics of migrant admissions.”  ·  Lisa-Marie Heimeshoff, University of Kassel





“…an excellent collection of essays and case studies offering both a critical and nuanced look at how projects are produced from a practitioner’s perspective. Contributing authors . . . reflect work within a development enterprise where economic determinism reigns supreme . . . With an emphasis on highlighting the lessons learned, this book is an engaging, educational, and provocative read.”  ·  Barbara Rose Johnston, Environment, Health and Human Rights, Center for Political Ecology





Capricious Borders: Minority, Population, and Counter-Conduct Between Greece and Turkey, by Olga Demetriou

…this book achieves an immense evocation and provocation. We are privileged to have the resource of such a rich, theoretically robust ethnography. It bears critical lessons not only for all students of the Balkans and southeast Europe, but for all scholars of modern sovereignty, contemporary  governmentality, and their discontents.  ·  Southeastern Europe

This book is well-conceived, coherently structured, beautifully written and analytically sophisticated. It is a thoughtful, insightful and persuasively argued account of how through marriage, land transactions, naming, etc., the traces of the state underpin the construction and production of ‘minority’.”  ·  Hastings Donnan, Queens University, Belfast






Mapping Difference: The Many Faces of Women in Contemporary Ukraine, Edited by Marian J. Rubchak,
Foreword by Catherine Wanner

“With [this volume] Marian J. Rubchak has begun filling a long-standing void in the post-Soviet gender literature with a diverse collection dedicated solely to the understanding of women’s positions in Ukraine. Rubchak was one of the earliest Western observers of women’s issues in Ukraine and…among the first to gauge its feminist potential. Her edited volume also recognizes the significance of the sustained transnational and cross-cultural conversations between women scholars and activists that have ensued…[It] succeeds in discerning a feminist concern that stems from the contradictions inherent in women’s efforts to support Ukrainian nation building while simultaneously striving to promote women’s true equality.”  ·  Journal of Ukrainian Studies





Cultural Diversity in Russian Cities: The Urban Landscape in the post-Soviet Era, Edited by Cordula Gdaniec

Taken together, these [contributions] reveal that cosmopolitanism’s definitions and meanings only exist in the plural, that the formation of cosmopolitan ideas and communities is inevitably contingent and place-specific, and that the forces preaching exclusion and intolerance are often at least as powerful as those promoting cultural acceptance in a rapidly globalising world. I recommend it for the insights and case studies it offers, and it would be a useful text for courses concerned with globalisation and urbanism.  ·  Urban Studies






Post-cosmopolitan Cities: Explorations of Urban Coexistence, Edited by Caroline Humphrey and Vera Skvirskaja

“What emerges as common features of these cities mark their unique contribution to an understanding of cosmopolitanism as ideal and practice, raising crucial questions about who is or can be cosmopolitan and where cosmopolitanism is in the world. Loosely connected by their orientation to both Europe and Asia, the shifting valences of this outlook over time have important consequences for the cities’ respective cosmopolitan-ness, as well as the meaning and nature of cosmopolitanism.”  ·  Urban History

In their new book, Caroline Humphrey and Vera Skvirskaja have excelled in building a …magnificent world of cultural identities without ends. The authors and editors offer a compelling exploration of the multilayered ideas about what makes usand “themin six cities: Odessa, Tbilisi, Warsaw, Venice, Thessalonica, and Dushanbe…Humphrey and Skvirskaja take the deeper, anthropological, microscopic view of the everyday experiences of people. And in this they do an excellent job.  ·  Slavic Review

Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium: Sites, Sounds, and Screens, Edited by Sabine Hake and Barbara Mennel

“With its multiplicity of topics this varied volume contributes much to the promising study of Turkish German cinema, and more general: migrant cinema. [This volume] does not only show how much research there has already been done, but also how much work remains to be done.”  ·  Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

[This book] …breaks new ground in film-theoretical approaches to the field and points the way to future avenues of investigation. Particularly refreshing are chapters that take account of how Turkish German film intersects with new forms of spectatorship…in its attention to a variety of media and genres, theoretical frameworks, institutional contexts, and its rare inclusion of perspectives from outside Germany…The volume pushes the boundaries of existing scholarship. More than just a survey, it offers productive models for future studies in the field.”  ·  German Quarterly

Samizdat, Tamizdat, and Beyond: Transnational Media During and After Socialism, Edited by Friederike Kind-Kovács and Jessie Labov

“Samizdat, Tamizdat, and Beyond offers a long-awaited rethinking of dissent at the grassroots level. Looking primarily but not exclusively to the Eastern Bloc, this volume skillfully stretches our understanding of samizdat to incorporate visual art, music, video, and the web. The editors bring together seemingly disparate samizdat ‘texts’ by placing them within the larger context of transnationalism, gender, and mass media. In so doing, they remind us that dissent is, first and foremost, a creative human endeavor, one that not only has a history but also a future.” · Paulina Bren, Vassar College

Investigating Srebrenica: Institutions, Facts, Responsibilities, Edited by Isabelle Delpla, Xavier Bougarel, and Jean-Louis Fournel

[This book] provides us with a framework to analyse the hundreds of reports that are being written around the world in an effort to come to terms with past atrocities. Whether readers are interested in international relations, law, human rights, history or sociology, this book will have something to bear in the way in which we all approach the issue of understanding rationales behind knowledge. This work fills a gap in the current literature on the main reports and investigations of Srebrenica, since these had not been, until now, the objects of comparative analysis.  ·  LSE Blog





Conflict and Society: Advances in Research

Organized violence—war, armed revolt, genocide, lynching, targeted killings, torture, routine discrimination, terrorism, trauma, and suffering—is a daily reality for some, while for others it is a sound bite or a news clip seen in passing and easily forgotten. Rigorous scholarly research of the social and cultural conditions of organized violence, its genesis, dynamic, and impact, is fundamental to addressing questions of local and global conflict and its impact on the human condition.




Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

Published since 1990, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (AJEC) engages with current debates and innovative research agendas addressing the social and cultural transformations of contemporary European societies. The journal serves as an important forum for ethnographic research in and on Europe, which in this context is not defined narrowly as a geopolitical entity but rather as a meaningful cultural construction in people’s lives, which both legitimates political power and calls forth practices of resistance and subversion. By presenting both new field studies and theoretical reflections on the history and politics of studying culture in Europe anthropologically, AJEC encompasses different academic traditions of engaging with its subject, from social and cultural anthropology to European ethnology and empirische Kulturwissenschaften. CLICK FOR FREE SAMPLE ISSUE.

Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women’s and Gender History

Aspasia is the international peer-reviewed annual of women’s and gender history of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe (CESEE). It aims to transform European women’s and gender history by expanding comparative research on women and gender to all parts of Europe, creating a European history of women and gender that encompasses more than the traditional Western European perspective. Aspasia particularly emphasizes research that examines the ways in which gender intersects with other categories of social organization and advances work that explores transnational aspects of women’s and gender histories within, to, and from CESEE. CLICK FOR FREE SAMPLE ISSUE.

Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology

Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology is a peer-reviewed journal advocating an approach that rests in the simultaneity of ethnography, processual analysis, local insights, and global vision. It is at the heart of debates on the ongoing conjunction of anthropology and history as well as the incorporation of local research settings in the wider spatial networks of coercion, imagination, and exchange that are often glossed as “globalization” or “empire.” CLICK FOR FREE SAMPLE ISSUE.





Regions and Cohesion

Due to the dramatic changes in global affairs related to regional integration, studies can no longer be limited to the analysis of economic competitiveness and political power in global geopolitics. Regions and Cohesion is a needed platform for academics and practitioners alike to disseminate both empirical research and normative analysis of topics related to human and environmental security, social cohesion, and governance. It covers themes, such as the management of strategic resources, environment and society, social risk and marginalization, disasters and policy responses, violence, war and urban security, the quality of democracy, development, public health, immigration, human rights, organized crime, and cross-border human security. CLICK FOR FREE SAMPLE ISSUE.



Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies

Sibirica is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal covering all aspects of the region and relations to neighboring areas, such as Central Asia, East Asia, and North America.

The journal publishes articles, research reports, conference and book reviews on history, politics, economics, geography, cultural studies, anthropology, and environmental studies. It provides a forum for scholars representing a wide variety of disciplines from around the world to present findings and discuss topics of relevance to human activities in the region or directly relevant to Siberian studies. CLICK FOR FREE SAMPLE ISSUE.