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The Limits Of Loyalty

by Daniel Unowsky Laurence Cole

The overwhelming majority of historical work on the late Habsburg Monarchy has focused primarily on national movements and ethnic conflicts, with the result that too little attention has been devoted to the state and ruling dynasty. This volume is the first of its kind to concentrate on attempts by the imperial government to generate a dynastic-oriented state patriotism in the multinational Habsburg Monarchy. It examines those forces in state and society which tended toward the promotion of state unity and loyalty towards the ruling house. These essays, all original contributions and written by an international group of historians, provide a critical examination of the phenomenon of "dynastic patriotism" and offer a richly nuanced treatment of the multinational empire in its final phase.

Legacies of Two World Wars, The

by Torsten Riotte Lothar Kettenacker

The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was done mainly, if one is to believe US policy at the time, to liberate the people of Iraq from an oppressive dictator. However, the many protests in London, New York, and other cities imply that the policy of "making the world safe for democracy" was not shared by millions of people in many Western countries. Thinking about this controversy inspired the present volume, which takes a closer look at how society responded to the outbreaks and conclusions of the First and Second World Wars. In order to examine this relationship between the conduct of wars and public opinion, leading scholars trace the moods and attitudes of the people of four Western countries (Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy) before, during and after the crucial moments of the two major conflicts of the twentieth century. Focusing less on politics and more on how people experienced the wars, this volume shows how the distinction between enthusiasm for war and concern about its consequences is rarely clear-cut.

Collective Terms

by Beth S. Epstein

The banlieue, the mostly poor and working-class suburbs located on the outskirts of major cities in France, gained international media attention in late 2005 when riots broke out in some 250 such towns across the country. Pitting first- and second-generation immigrant teenagers against the police, the riots were an expression of the multiplicity of troubles that have plagued these districts for decades. This study provides an ethnographic account of life in a Parisian banlieue and examines how the residents of this multiethnic city come together to build, define, and put into practice their collective life. The book focuses on the French ideal of integration and its consequences within the multicultural context of contemporary France. Based on research conducted in a state-planned ville nouvelle, or New Town, the book also provides a view on how the French state has used urban planning to shore up national priorities for social integration. Collective Terms proposes an alternative reading of French multiculturalism, suggesting fresh ways for thinking through the complex mix of race, class, nation, and culture that increasingly defines the modern urban experience.

Spirits And Letters

by Thomas G. Kirsch

Studies of religion have a tendency to conceptualise 'the Spirit' and 'the Letter' as mutually exclusive and intrinsically antagonistic. However, the history of religions abounds in cases where charismatic leaders deliberately refer to and make use of writings. This book challenges prevailing scholarly notions of the relationship between 'charisma' and 'institution' by analysing reading and writing practices in contemporary Christianity. Taking up the continuing anthropological interest in Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity, and representing the first book-length treatment of literacy practices among African Christians, this volume explores how church leaders in Zambia refer to the Bible and other religious literature, and how they organise a church bureaucracy in the Pentecostal-charismatic mode. Thus, by examining social processes and conflicts that revolve around the conjunction of Pentecostal-charismatic and literacy practices in Africa, Spirits and Letters reconsiders influential conceptual dichotomies in the social sciences and the humanities and is therefore of interest not only to anthropologists but also to scholars working in the fields of African studies, religious studies, and the sociology of religion.

Stardom In Postwar France

by Diana Holmes John Gaffney

The 1950s and 1960s were a key moment in the development of postwar France. The period was one of rapid change, derived from post-World War II economic and social modernization; yet many traditional characteristics were retained. By analyzing the eruption of the new postwar world in the context of a France that was both modern and traditional, we can see how these worlds met and interacted, and how they set the scene for the turbulent 1960s and 70s. The examination of the development of mass culture in post-war France, undertaken in this volume, offers a valuable insight into the shifts that took place. By exploring stardom from the domain of cinema and other fields, represented here by famous figures such as Brigitte Bardot, Johnny Hallyday or Jean-Luc Godard, and less conventionally treated areas of enquiry (politics [de Gaulle], literary [Françoise Sagan], and intellectual culture [Lévi-Strauss]) the reader is provided with a broad understanding of the mechanisms of popularity and success, and their cultural, social, and political roles. The picture that emerges shows that many cultural articulations remained or became identifiably "French," in spite of the American mass-culture origins of these social, economic, and cultural transformations.

Indecision Points

by Daniel E. Zoughbie

Although George W. Bush memorably declared, "I'm the decider," as president he was remarkably indecisive when it came to U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His administration's policymaking featured an ongoing clash between moderate realists and conservative hard-liners inspired by right-wing religious ideas and a vision of democracy as cure-all. Riven by these competing agendas, the Bush administration vacillated between recognizing the Palestinian right to self-determination and embracing Israeli leaders who often chose war over negotiations. Through the years, the administration erratically adopted and discarded successive approaches to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The results of this irresolution included the stunning triumph of Hamas in the 2006 Palestinian elections, Israel's 2006 invasion of Lebanon, the 2008--2009 clash between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and, in the end, virtually no diplomatic progress toward lasting peace. In Indecision Points, Daniel Zoughbie examines the major assumptions underpinning U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East during the Bush years. Was there one policy or two? Was the Bush administration truly serious about peace? In a compelling account, Zoughbie offers original insights into these and other important questions. Drawing on the auhtor's own interviews with forty-five global leaders, including Condoleezza Rice, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Kofi Annan, Colin Powell, Tom DeLay, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Richard Perle, Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel, Shlomo Ben Ami, and Salam Fayyad, Indecision Points provides the first comprehensive history of the Bush administration's attempt to reshape political order in a "New Middle East."

Les Tales: Tempted to Touch

by Fiona Zedde Skyy Nikki Rashan

Three Urban Books authors join forces to entertain readers with erotic tales of forbidden lesbian love.Temple is the epitome of a true fangirl. Since childhood, she has idolized her favorite actress, Ursula Moore. She is stoked to find out that Ursula will be a guest at the Atlanta convention she's attending with fellow fangirl friends Cree and Nia. When Temple's girlfriend attempts to ruin her weekend, the only thing that can turn it around is meeting Ursula. To her surprise, more savory options than getting an autograph are presented. Temple has to decide if she is going to stay a devoted fan or cross the line and find out what it's like to sleep with her favorite celebrity. Taryn's and Nina's lives unite in an intense and fiery connection through their one common link: Layne, the woman they both loved. Taryn, a reserved wife, is unaware of her own astounding beauty and lurking alter ego. Nina is Layne's tempting mistress. With their damaged hearts, they challenge the unacceptable and cross boundaries into a disturbing affair that pushes the limits of erotic gratification and exploration. Their stormy battles are fought not only against one another, but also within. Secrets are exposed, hidden agendas are revealed, and the line to the forbidden is erased.Chloe has always had a crush on Kai, her mother's best friend. She hoped that when she went away to college, her desire would go away, but when she returns home after losing her straight-out-of-college job, she finds that her attraction to Kai is stronger than ever. When she runs into Kai at a local fair, the sparks fly between the two women in a way that cannot be ignored. Chloe becomes determined to seduce Kai, vowing to have the older woman, no matter the cost.

My Man's Best Friend III: Severing Ties

by Tresser Henderson

The tragedies that hit Derrick back to back have changed the loving and compassionate person he once was. His relationship with his parents is strained, he's lost his best friend Jaquon, and Kea has declined his engagement. Though he tries to do everything right, Derrick's life has turned out all wrong for him. Now he's decided to play the field and see how it would be to act like his ex-best friend.Kea has accepted Jaquon's hand in marriage, but with so many people unhappy about it, she begins to question her decision. After all, he has been a player during their entire relationship, cheating on her with multiple women. Is Kea delusional to think Jaquon will change?Jaquon is determined to do the right thing by Kea no matter what, but when a fling from his past comes back to blackmail him, his faithfulness is tested. Should he tell Kea this is happening, or will he surrender to the temptation and revert to his old ways?Trinity is the wild card no one knows about. She's happy to have Derrick in her life, but when she finds out he's also seeing Zacariah, she goes on the warpath. She will do whatever it takes to get her man once and for all.The finale to this mind-blowing series will answer the questions readers have been wondering about. Who killed Essence? What happened to Kea's mother? Will Jaquon ever change? Will Derrick mend his relationship with his parents? Will he find out who his real father is? And the biggest one of all: Will Derrick and Kea end up together?Tresser Henderson answers all these questions and more, taking you on another emotional rollercoaster that will leave you holding on to your seat until the exciting end.

Team Mom

by Franklin White

Franklin White has a knack for making his novels appear like movies on the big screen. Team Mom is no different. It's a most welcomed drama of sacrifice and heroism in an unwelcomed moment in the community. After three years, Roy Madison, aka Coach, feels as though he has healed from the death of his wife and twins in a car accident. He now juggles his time between volunteering as a recreational youth football coach and working as a full-time public relations mouthpiece for the local police department. When he attracts the attention of Shonda Black, the mother of one of his football players, they begin a steamy affair. Little does she know that her involvement with Coach will put her son in harm's way. After an unsolved assault on an elderly woman, Coach becomes fed up with crime in the community and takes it upon himself to find the culprit. the closer he gets to apprehending the criminal, the more dangerous things become for him and everyone around him. Will Coach be able to stop the crimes unfolding seemingly right before his eyes?

The People vs. Cashmere 2

by Karen P. Williams

After the madness caused by Black Mitchell, Cashmere and Demarco want to move on and build a future, but the past continues to haunt them. Now married, successful business owners, they live in a huge house in Inglewood, CA, with their timid thirteen-year-old daughter, Dominique; however, things are far from perfect or even normal. Demarco holds deep resentment toward Cashmere and wants out of the marriage. His anger toward his wife makes him unable to have a close relationship with Dominique, who looks for a father's love elsewhere. Cashmere's past continues to haunt her. Black Mitchell might be in prison, but that doesn't stop him from his quest to destroy Cashmere's life for putting him there. As Cashmere struggles to save her marriage, Dominique finds herself pushed into the same life her mother escaped. Tragedy hits home and Cashmere loses everything. Will she be able to save her daughter before it's too late?

Around the Way Girls 9

by Ms Michel Moore T. C. Littles Latonya West

Urban Books' popular Around the Way Girls series is back, bringing readers more dramatic tales about the lives of some tough, resourceful women who can hold their own when things get rough on the streets.Growing up poor and biracial, Shannon never quite fit in. Not truly accepted by either side of her family, the confused teenager turns to the one thing that loves her back unconditionally--the streets. With a bottle of liquor at her side and a worthless mentality in tow, Shannon allows the local strip club and the pole to become her new family. When one of her best customers turns out to be her long lost brother, all hell breaks loose.For Brionna "Breezy" Lee, life has been hell for as long as she can remember. Being mentally, verbally, sexually, and physically abused at the hands of her mother, it seems as if she will never get a break. The only thing keeping her sane is her best friend King, who's always been by her side; but even he is starting to become frustrated, as she says she's fed up with the abuse, but continually makes excuses for why she won't seek help. Will Breezy's loyalty to a mother who couldn't care less about her cause even more tragedy, or will she listen to her friend and get out before it's too late? Cori and Nique are tired of living bottom barrel in Detroit, with shut-off notices and eviction threats a constant reality. Seeing no other way out, the duo sets a plan into motion, becoming the go-to girls from the hood. From robbing an off-duty cop to running stolen gas cards, smash and grabs, or stealing bundles of expensive weave, they definitely don't play about their grind. In their world, sometimes being "Down 4 Whatever" is your only option!

When Kingdom Comes

by Ashea S. Goldson

After spending six years on death row in southern Louisiana, Trinity Crawford is finally declared innocent. She returns home to a mother who never wanted her. Immediately hit with a devastating medical diagnosis for her son, Trinity sets out in search of estranged family members. She travels first to New Orleans, to reconcile the past in order to reclaim her future. In her search to save her son, she enlists the help of her sassy Aunt Ruby, who helps her make sense of the strange visions she has always had. Trinity discovers the power of God that her paternal grandmother had told her so much about. As she wrestles with the relationship that has caused her the most pain in her life, she must also struggle with the only thing that hasn't been destroyed--her faith.When she has run out of time and resources, will the very weary Trinity give up on happiness, settling for what her mother calls her "bad luck," or will she realize that God is the only one who can heal the wounded and restore the lost?

Under the Peach Tree

by Charlay Marie

Hope grew up feeling ugly and unloved. Called "the devil" by her mother, she was not allowed to attend church on Sundays with her twin sister, Faith. At fifteen, Hope is wild. She no longer cares about her mother, or anyone else for that matter.When her mother kicks her out of the house, Hope spends several days homeless and alone--until she runs into an elderly blind prophetess named May. She offers Hope a gift from God: a new home where she is taught the true meaning of love, family, and God.When Hope meets Dante, a quirky yet attractive boy who visits with May every day, her life changes even more. With young love in the air, Hope feels like nothing can go wrong. But just when she thinks her life is perfect, she learns that May is dying of cancer. Hope must learn how to conquer her deepest fears and have faith that all things work together for the good of God. With everything she's experienced in her young life, will she be able to trust God?

Sacrifices of Joy: Book Three of The Sienna St. James Series

by Leslie J. Sherrod Lee Hollis

In her most chilling challenge yet, Sienna St. James believes she has come face to face with the terrorist responsible for the carnage in her hometown. Taking him on as a client in her therapy practice may be the only way to prove to herself and authorities that her time-tested instincts are right. Complicating matters are her damaged dreams and broken heart and the need to finally confront the one person whose absence from her life changed everything. The time of reckoning has come, and for Sienna, finding healing and happiness--and the savvy needed to stay alive--hang in the balance.Leslie J. Sherrod, the recipient of the SORMAG Readers Choice Award for Christian Author of the Year (2012), has a master's degree in social work and has worked as a therapist, just like her current protagonist, Sienna St. James. Her novels, Losing Hope, Secret Place, and Like Sheep Gone Astray have been featured in Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library Writer's LIVE! Series, as well as local CBS and NBC affiliates, and on AOL's Black Voices. She has received a starred review from Booklist and is a contributor to the bestselling A Cup of Comfort devotional series. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Leslie lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and three children.

More Than I Can Bear: Always Divas Series Book Two

by E. N. Joy

Some would say that God will not put on a person more than she can bear, but Paige begs to differ, because she is truly on the edge. One more unexpected and unpleasant occurrence and she'll be free falling. As if physical, mental, sexual, and spiritual abuse from her husband doesn't weigh heavily enough on her, Paige has learned that her best friend and sister in Christ slept with her husband. Thank God for Norman, one of Paige's co-workers. He is there to catch her fall before she hits the ground. But will Norman be there when Paige receives news that may not only push her off the edge, but cause her to jump willingly?In More Than I Can Bear, Paige must decide if she is going to allow herself to drown in the storms she finds herself in, or catch hold of the lifesaver God extends to her.

Twylite

by Rhonda M. Lawson

Twylite Knight has always thought of herself as a cut above the other girls who attend her New Orleans Catholic school. She makes excellent grades, has an angelic singing voice, and an older boyfriend who drives her around in his fancy car and showers her with gifts. Her family sees Peanut for what he really is--an abusive, manipulative criminal who will bring their daughter nothing but trouble. Once Twylite begins to see Peanut through her parents' eyes, she leaves him, but Peanut isn't ready to let go so easily. When his quest to get her back ends in a brutal rape, Twylite begins questioning her entire outlook on life. New to New Orleans, Isis Reynolds is a sexual assault victims' advocate and has just been assigned to Twylite's case. Having had a troublesome teen life herself, she immediately identifies with her client--so much so that she doesn't realize she's in too deep until she smacks rock bottom face to face. Dr. Alexis Duplessis has been Twylite's doctor for as long as she can remember. Twylite sees the doctor as a big sister, so when she is raped, it's no surprise that Alexis is the first person she runs to. Alexis, who traditionally only looks out for herself, now finds herself in the middle as she watches both Isis and Twylite self-destruct in their own ways.Will any of these women find their way back to sanity, or will they get lost in an issue that they find is much bigger than themselves? Is there really a light after the storm?

Kiss Me on the Inside

by Janice Burkett

Vibrant, beautiful, and outspoken, Keisha will stop at nothing to get what she wants, even if it means stepping over boundaries and betraying friendships. Prada, Gucci, D&G, and Louis V. are the only friends she needs.Her roommate, Nikki, finds out the hard way when she decides to pursue an education instead of hustling men for money. Keisha's motto is "It's all about me," and she takes offense at Nikki's decision. No one is supposed to outshine Keisha, so she orchestrates a vicious plan to derail Nikki's dream at any cost. Leaving her friendship in the dirt, Keisha doesn't hesitate to accept when her uncle approaches her with a job offer. He wants her to get a few artists to sign to his label, Top Dot Records. The art of seduction is something she has perfected, and with her beauty, she can hypnotize anyone into being her boy toy. She believes she's on the verge of a huge payday. Little does she know that she will have to work extra hard to get Bling to sign. He's a newlywed who is very much in love with his wife. His marriage means nothing to Keisha, and she will get him to sign a contract one way or another.Keisha takes the game a little too far when she decides to date two artists at the same time. To her it's all fun and games, but it soon becomes one of the biggest mistakes that could turn her comfortable, posh life into a war zone that might end up taking friends and family to the grave.

Happily Ever Now

by Nicole S. Rouse

All Renee Thomas ever wanted was to have a fulfilling life. So she married Jerome, her high school sweetheart, had two beautiful children, and was steadily climbing the ladder of success. Months before her thirty-fifth birthday, however, she realizes that her life is slowly crumbling. Her oldest son has become rebellious, and her once stable career seems like it is about to end. In addition, Renee learns that Jerome has been involved in a long-term affair with Taylor Kimball, a thirty-three year old bus driver. After a few bad relationships, Taylor has given up hope on finding the perfect man. She settles on Jerome, believing he will eventually leave Renee. When Taylor grows tired of being the other woman, she pressures Jerome to commit to their relationship. When he cannot give Taylor the answer she wants to hear, she spirals into a slow depression. At a low point in their lives, both Renee and Taylor find themselves longing for true happiness. The phrase "happily ever after" has lost its attraction; they want the happily ever now. Through God's love, can both women learn to forgive those who have caused them pain, and discover the true joy of life's happiness?

The Lovechild

by Ashea S. Goldson

Makaeli Lovechild Hunt, a successful fashion designer, struggles with her own spirituality and bi-racial identity until a family emergency forces her to face her tumultuous past. In seven life-altering days, she discovers what forgiveness really means. Amidst crises painful enough to make her turn her back on God forever, she learns what it means to be God's lovechild.

Secrets and Lies

by Rhonda Mcknight

In her debut novel, Secrets and Lies, Rhonda McKnight delivers unforgettable characters and page turning drama when a couple whose troubled marriage is pushed to its limits amidst secrets, lies and an enemy set on revenge. Faith Morgan is struggling with her faith. Years of unhappiness due to poor communication and neglect leave her doubting God will ever fix her marriage. The trust in her husband, Jonah, is shattered deeply when she discovers he's kept the childhood death of his twin brother a secret. When a coworker accuses him of sexual harassment, she begins to wonder if she really knows him at all, and if it's truly in God's will for them to stay married.Pediatric cardiologist Jonah Morgan is obsessed with one thing, his work. The death of his brother has intensified his desire to heal children at any cost, even his family. When a nurse on the job blindsides him with a sexual harassment charge, Jonah finds himself at a crossroads in his life. He must decide whether he will continue to allow the memories of his brother to haunt him, or find healing and peace in a God he shut out long ago.

Soul Confessions

by Monique Miller

Shelby Tomlinson has a doting husband, a beautiful daughter, and a baby boy on the way. She's content with her cozy suburban life--until she learns about lies her husband has been telling. With her world crumbling all around her, Shelby doesn't know if her marriage will be able to stand the test set before them. For years, Jeana Sands has carried a torch for her college sweetheart, Phillip. With each hang-up call she places to Phillip's home, and each time she sees him and his happy little family, her fury increases. Jeana devises a plan to make Phillip pay for pretending to love her, getting her pregnant, and leaving her destitute with a baby to raise.The skeletons from Phillip Tomlinson's closet literally come out and knock on his front door when the ex-girlfriend and love child he has been keeping a secret meet his wife, Shelby, on the doorstep of their home. Their marriage is rocked to the core. Will their faith keep them together?

Secret Sisterhood

by Eve Silver Monique Miller

Secret Sisterhood focuses on the lives of three women who share one painful truth: they can't have the children they so desperately desire.Shelby Tomlinson works as a registered nurse in an infertility clinic, which makes it even more difficult to deal with her own inability to conceive a child. Her husband, Phillip, avoids the subject like the plague, and Shelby feels she has no one she can confide in. When she starts experiencing anxiety attacks, Shelby turns to God, praying for guidance. She hopes it's true what they say, that He will not give her more than she can bear.Crystal Shaw has two dreams: to open her own daycare center, and to have a child of her own. While one of her dreams is about to come true, the other one has to be deferred indefinitely. Now Crystal endures a daily test as she works in a daycare center, caring for other people's children. She often finds herself judging people and wondering why God would bless them with children and not her. Will Crystal learn how to trust God in all the areas of her life, even when things seem at their worst?Vivian Parker appears to have it all. She's living the life she's been planning ever since she was thirteen, right down to the perfect rich husband. The only thing missing from her original plan is a baby. She and her husband kept pushing back the date to start a family, and now it might be too late. Now she is forced to re-evaluate everything, including her faith in God.

The List

by Sherri L. Lewis

Single and satisfied? Not Michelle, Angela and Lisa. These saved but sexy, successful black women think they're getting too old to keep waiting on God to send their soul mates. Under the protective eye of their more spiritual sister-girlfriend, Vanessa, and the scrutiny of newly saved but still sarcastic manhater, Nicole, the ladies go on a hilarious adventure to "be found" by their husbands.Armed with their list of essential must-haves, would-be-nices, icing-on-the-cakes, and deal-breakers, they start their search . . . but soon encounter issues specific to the saved woman on the dating scene. Is online dating okay for Christians? How long do you wait before you tell the hottie you just met that you're celibate and plan to stay so until married? He's too fine to pass up; how saved does he really need to be? And of course, how do you keep things holy when he's oh-so-sexy?It's not long before they realize they still have to trust God to know what's best for them, and that He loves them enough to send them everything on The List.

Dance Into Destiny

by Sherri L. Lewis

An unlikely friendship between a purposeless socialite and a purpose-driven church mouse leads them on a passionate pursuit of God's destiny and balance for their lives.?Keeva Banks is in danger of flunking out of grad school - again. She can't seem to get it together because, honestly, she doesn't really know why she's in school. She's desperately in need of a sense of purpose to give meaning to her life. Shara Anderson has that sense of purpose through her intimate relationship with the Lord, but needs some balance in her Christian walk. Through divine orchestration, the two women meet, and their lives are forever changed.?Dance Into Destiny is a story of friendship, love, and overcoming issues from the past. It illustrates how pursuing an intimate relationship with the Lord is the key to reaching one's true potential and fulfilling one's God-ordained destiny and purpose.

Damsels In Distress

by Nikita Lynnette Nichols

What happens when a fifteen-year-old secret between three best friends is exposed? Celeste Harper seems to be happily married and living life to its fullest. That's what she wants everyone to believe, but her failure to conceive a baby and the critical information she is withholding from her husband may demolish her house of cards. Ginger Brown meets a guy online and invites him to stay in her home. It isn't long before she finds herself having to ask for permission to go to church. Dirty dishes left in the sink, canned goods not neatly stacked, and missing curfew by just one minute earns Ginger a beat down on a regular basis. How long will the make-up hide the bruises?Portia Dunn is single and fancy free, but she has a dangerous taste for married men. She enjoys collecting money for her rent, car note, and bills. When a wife takes notice of mishandled funds and takes over the checkbook, Portia's free ride is over. Now faced with having to support her own shopping addiction, Portia puts a plan in motion to make it too easy for the Mrs. to learn of her husband's adulterous affair. These three women have shared an unbreakable bond since high school. They've also vowed to never make mention of what occurred in a dark, dingy basement during their junior year. When a heated fellowship between them develops into an all-out brawl with name calling, the very subject they've sworn to keep buried suddenly emerges. The Damsels turn on each other, and war is declared.

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