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Q. Aurelius Symmachus

A Political Biography

Cristiana Sogno

Symmachus was a brilliant orator, writer, and statesman, often flatly labeled as one of the last pagan senators. Cristiana Sogno offers a reconstruction of the political career of Symmachus through close analysis of his extensive writings, while also proposing a critical reevaluation of his historical importance. In contrast to traditional interpretation, Sogno's study demonstrates that Symmachus was primarily an influential politician, rather than a mere pagan zealot. By portraying the individual experience of Symmachus, the book sets forth a new approach for interpreting the political aspirations, mentality, and attitudes of Roman senators. The much-studied question of the Christianization of the Western aristocracy has created the illusion of a Christian and a pagan aristocracy rigidly separated from each other. Through her study of Symmachus, Sogno demonstrates the primary importance of politics over religion in the public activity of the late Roman aristocracy. Although the book is specifically addressed to scholars and students of Late Antiquity, it will also be of interest to classicists, ancient historians, and non-specialists who wish to know more about this pivotal period in Roman history. Cristiana Sogno received her Ph.D. in Classics and History from Yale University. Currently she is Townsend Assistant Professor of Classics at Cornell University. Visit Professor Sogno's website at:

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Qaluyaarmiuni Nunamtenek Qanemciput / Our Nelson Island Stories

Edited by Ann Fienup-Riordan. Translated by Alice Rearden

In this volume Nelson Island elders describe hundreds of traditionally important places in the landscape, from camp and village sites to tiny sloughs and deep ocean channels, contextualizing them through stories of how people interacted with them in the past and continue to know them today. The stories both provide a rich, descriptive historical record and detail the ways in which land use has changed over time.

Nelson Islanders maintained a strongly Yup'ik worldview and subsistence lifestyle through the 1940s, living in small settlements and moving with the seasonal cycle of plant and animal abundances. The last sixty years have brought dramatic changes, including the concentration of people into five permanent, year-round villages. The elders have mapped significant places to help perpetuate an active relationship between the land and their people, who, despite the immobility of their villages, continue to rely on the fluctuating bounty of the Bering Sea coastal environment.

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QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking

Inaugural Issue (2013)

QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking ventures to bring together scholars, activists, artists, and other cultural producers to explore issues that matter to the diverse lived experience, struggle, and transformation of GLBTQ peoples wherever they may be.

With an emphasis on worldmaking praxis, QED mobilizes public argument, theory, criticism, and history through its published essays, commentaries, interviews, roundtable discussions, and event, performance, and book reviews.

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Qian Qianyi's Reflections on Yellow Mountain

Traces of a Late-Ming Hatchet and Chisel

Stephen McDowall

Qian Qianyi's Reflections on Yellow Mountain is a close examination of the practice of travel writing in seventeenth-century China, presenting a new reading of the youji genre that combines meticulous research and an innovative theoretical position.

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Qing Governors and Their Provinces

The Evolution of Territorial Administration in China, 1644-1796

R. Kent Guy is professor of history at the University of Washington. He is the author of The Emperor’s Four Treasuries: Scholars and the State in the Late Qianlong Period and coeditor of Limits of the Rule of Law in China.

This comprehensive study of the shift to the province as an increasingly important element in management of the expanding Chinese empire concentrates on powerful provincial governors who extended the central government's influence into the most distant territories. Personnel records and biographies provide colorful details about the governors' lives, accomplishments, misfortunes, and feuds.

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The Qing Opening to the Ocean

Chinese Maritime Policies, 1684-1757

Gang Zhao

Did China drive or resist the early wave of globalization? Some scholars insist that China contributed nothing to the rise of the global economy that began around 1500. Others have placed China at the center of global integration. Neither side, though, has paid attention to the complex story of China’s maritime policies. Drawing on sources from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and the West, this important new work systematically explores the evolution of imperial Qing maritime policy from 1684 to 1757 and sets its findings in the context of early globalization.

Gang Zhao argues that rather than constrain private maritime trade, globalization drove it forward, linking the Song and Yuan dynasties to a dynamic world system. As bold Chinese merchants began to dominate East Asian trade, officials and emperors came to see private trade as the solution to the daunting economic and social challenges of the day. The ascent of maritime business convinced the Kangzi emperor to open the coast to international trade, putting an end to the tribute trade system. Zhao’s study details China’s unique contribution to early globalization, the pattern of which differs significantly from the European experience. It offers impressive insights into the rise of the Asian trade network, the emergence of Shanghai as Asia’s commercial hub, and the spread of a regional Chinese diaspora.

To understand the place of China in the early modern world, how modernity came to China, and early globalization and the rise of the Asian trade network, The Qing Opening to the Ocean is essential reading.

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A Commentary on the Book of Qoheleth

by Thomas Kruger; edited by Klaus Baltzer; and translated by O. C. Dean

Qoheleth presents a special challenge not only for professional commentators but also for 'normal' readers of the Hebrew text (or a modern translation). . . . Most people in modern Western industrial societies . . . can relate without great difficulty to the reflections of the book of Qoheleth on work and rest or on behavior vis-a-vis those in power, and they can understand these reflections in terms of their own experiences. Nonetheless, the way in which these and other themes are handled in Qoheleth is a little puzzling. The fact that the book . . . reveals no clear organization and no overall progression of ideas may be accepted as a literary peculiarity and perhaps even strike one as interesting. Yet when one finds on various themes many statements that are highly contradictory in both the broad and the narrow context, one begins to ask what could be the point of this book and what is the purpose expressed in it. The present commentary seeks to help answer these questions.

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The Ironic Wink

James L. Crenshaw

Rarely does a biblical book evoke admiration from a Nobel laureate in literature, a newspaper columnist, a prize-winning poet, and a popular songwriter. Ecclesiastes has done that, and for good reason. Its author, who called himself Qoheleth, stared death in the face and judged all human endeavors to be futile. For Qoheleth observation is the only avenue to understanding; an arbitrarily wrathful and benevolent deity created and rules over the world; and death is unpredictable, absolute, and final. His message is simple: seize the moment, for death awaits. James L. Crenshaw begins by examining the essential mysteries of the book of Ecclesiastes: the speaker’s identity, his emphasis on hidden or contradictory truths, and his argument of the insubstantiality of most things and the ultimate futility of all efforts. Moving from the ancient to the contemporary, Crenshaw again analyzes Qoheleth’s observations about the human condition, this time testing if they can stand up against rational inquiry today. In exploring Qoheleth’s identity, the foundations of his outlook, and his recommendations, Crenshaw engages modern readers in a conversation about one of the most disagreed upon biblical books. In Qoheleth, Crenshaw draws on related literature from the ancient Near East and traces the impact of Qoheleth in both Christian and Jewish traditions, summarizing a lifetime of scholarship on the book of Ecclesiastes. While exploring Ecclesiastes and its enigmatic author, Crenshaw engages scholars and modern interpreters in genuine debate over the lasting relevance of Qoheleth’s teachings and the place of Ecclesiastes in the biblical canon.

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Québec 2000

Quel développement ?

Edited by Yves Bélanger

Face à l'internationalisation de l'économie, la globalisation des marchés et la fin de la guerre froide, toutes les sociétés occidentales doivent revoir leur modèle de développement. Cet ouvrage collectif regroupe des articles qui traitent des principaux enjeux de développement au Québec dont l'évolution de la place du Québec dans l'économie mondiale, l'impact du processus de continentalisation et les stratégies des acteurs.

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Québec, connais-tu?, Le (Série de 7 livres)

Le Québec, connais-tu?, une série de sept ouvrages numériques conçus pour les professeurs de français langue seconde ou étrangère qui souhaitent familiariser leurs étudiants avec le Québec et son histoire, sa littérature, sa culture ainsi que ses enjeux contemporains.

Trois panoramas fournissent, par l’entremise de textes courts, clairs et concis, une vue d’ensemble de différents aspects du Québec. Intitulés Histoire et enjeux sociaux du Québec, Littérature québécoise et Culture québécoise, ils constituent une façon originale de comprendre ce qui distingue la société québécoise en s’imprégnant de sa riche tradition littéraire et culturelle.

Quatre recueils de textes et d’activités sont quant à eux axés sur des thèmes qui, sans être exclusifs au Québec, lui sont intimement associés: Le territoire, L’identité, La diversité et La vie privée. Chaque module des recueils se divise en trois parcours (à travers l’histoire, à travers les lettres et à travers les arts) qui se subdivisent en trois sections distinctes : « Découvrir », qui expose le contexte historique ; « Explorer », qui comprend un extrait d’une œuvre québécoise marquante, accompagné de questions de compréhension ; et « À vous de jouer! », qui regroupe plusieurs activités à réaliser en classe, suivies des corrigés.

Pour enseigner le français en contexte québécois, Le Québec, connais-tu? est un incontournable.

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