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New Books on the Shelf

Several new books written by Smith faculty were published this fall and are receiving good reviews. Among them are works on the human impulse to repair by Elizabeth V. Spelman, Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities; sexuality in the 19th century by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor in American Studies; and the process of formulating the Japanese constitution after World War II by Donald Robinson, Charles N. Clark Professor of Government and American Studies.

Professor Horowitz is the author of Rereading Sex: Battles Over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth-Century America (Alfred Knopf, 2002). In conjunction with the release this fall of her latest book, which has been described in reviews as richly detailed and highly readable, Horowitz was invited to speak at a number of institutions including The American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.

Horowitz’s new work falls into the categories of both historical and sociological literature. Publisher’s Weekly says: “Horowitz offers a sharp and insightful scholarly examination of these conflicting frameworks [of the sexual culture], steeped in 19th-century history, cultural politics, religion, legal battles, science and medical practices.”

Horowitz’s other studies in American history have explored cultural philanthropy, higher education and American landscape. In addition to Rereading Sex, she is the author of The Power and Passion of M. Carey Thomas, Culture and the City and several other works.

Partners for Democracy: Crafting the New Japanese State Under MacArthur is co-written by Robinson and Ray A. Moore, professor of history and Asian studies at Amherst College. Robinson says the book tells the story “of how the American occupation, under General Douglas MacArthur, and the Japanese cabinet, led by Prime Minister Yoshida Shigeru, cooperated to lay the foundation of constitutional democracy in the ashes of postwar Japan.”

Published last fall by Oxford University Press, the book -- which Robinson says has been almost 10 years in the making -- is given high praise by various reviewers. Says Susan J. Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Harvard University, “Here at last, in a riveting book by historian Ray Moore and political scientist Don Robinson, is the inside story of one of the world’s greatest experiments with planned social change.

This fall, Robinson participated in a panel discussion, “Japanese Democracy, Past and Present,” at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He traveled to Japan on a trip that included lectures at Doshisha University and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

Robinson and Moore have also co-edited The Constitution of Japan: A Documentary History of Its Framing and Adoption, 1945–1947.

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