The University Record, May 9, 1994


Editor’s Note: The following books have been published by the U-M Press.

Behavior, Culture, and Conflict in World Politics, edited by William Zimmerman, professor of political science and co-director, Program in International Peace and Security; and Harold K. Jacobson, the Jesse Siddal Reeves Professor of Political Science and director, Center for Political Studies. Assembling research from a variety of disciplinary and cultural perspectives, Behavior, Culture and Conflict in World Politics indicates that conflict between states is not substantially different from conflict within families or societies. Based on this fundamental assertion, the contributors take the first steps toward articulating a general theory of conflict.

Culture and Identity in Early Modern Europe (1500–1800): Essays in Honor of Natalie Zemon Davis, edited by Barbara B. Diefendorf, associate professor of history, Boston University; and Carla Hesse, associate professor of history, University of California, Berkeley. The contributors to this volume come together in their common concern with how people of early modern Europe were able to create both individual and collective identities for themselves, within, alongside, and sometimes against the prescriptive norms imposed by traditional political, religious or cultural authorities.

Dante’s Epistle to Cangrande, by Robert Hollander, professor of European literature, Princeton University. This is the second volume in the series Recentiores: Later Latin Texts and Contexts. In Dante’s Epistle to Cangrande, Hollander commandingly marshals new evidence to demonstrate that the epistle should be considered authentically Dantean. He further provides enlightening discussion of the nature of tragedy and comedy in the Divine Comedy. The author draws authoritatively on the extensive array of medieval and modern commentaries stored in electronic form by the Dartmouth Dante Project, which he directs.

Paying the Piper: Productivity, Incentives, and Financing in U.S. Higher Education, by Michael S. McPherson and Morton Owen Schapiro, professors of economics, Williams College; and Gordon D. Winston, professor of economics, University of Southern California. This is the first volume in the Economics of Education series. In Paying the Piper, three distinguished researchers examine the many successes of U.S. higher education, identify real problems, and carefully analyze potential solutions. The authors demonstrate that the application of basic economic principles and a combination of both descriptive and econometric analyses can illuminate these issues.

The Phratries of Attica, by S.D. Lambert. This is a volume in the series Michigan Monographs in Classical Antiquity. The Phratries of Attica provides the first comprehensive account in English of a key institution in ancient Athens: the Attic phratries. The author concentrates upon the evidence—largely epigraphical—for the period 450–250 B.C., but he also considers the role of the phratry in the reforms of Cleisthenes and examines the institution’s probable demise in the second century B.C. Lambert received his D.Phil. from Wolfson College, Oxford University.