From NPQ, a special section on China. From Portal, a special issue on Post-Mao, Post-Bourdieu: Class and Taste in Contemporary China. From the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Baohui Zhang (Lingnan): Chinese Foreign Policy in Transition: Trends and Implications; and Arjan de Haan (Erasmus): The Financial Crisis and China’s “Harmonious Society”; and a special issue on Taiwan. From FT, a review essay on China. In its range and depth, physics in China is much like physics in other big, technologically advanced countries; the historical, political, and social contexts, however, are China’s own. A review of The Party: the Secret World of China's Communist Rulers by Richard McGregor. A review of When a Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save Mankind — Or Destroy It by Jonathan Watts (and more and more and more). What's best for the west: China vows to press ahead with the western development strategy and achieve sound and rapid growth in the region. A review of China: The Pessoptimist Nation by William A. Callahan. A review of The Beijing Consensus: How China’s Authoritarian Model Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century by Stefan Halper. How communist is China? They sure buy a lot of cars for a society built on collective ownership. From Bookforum, a review of books that examine China's peasantry and its role in the New Economy. Photographer Rian Dundon uncovers the youth left behind by China’s boom.
From HistoryNet.com, here is a short history of the filibuster. From Essays in Philosophy, a review of Information: A Very Short Introduction by Luciano Floridi; a review of Evolution and the Big Questions: Sex, Race, Religion, and Other Matters by David N. Stamos; and a review of Consuming Life by Zygmunt Bauman. A review of Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher by Fred Kirschenmann. Telling fact from fiction isn't always easy on the on the Web; now researchers have discovered a method that could help automate the process. There are signs that underground shelters, almost-forgotten relics of the Cold War era, are making a comeback. Christine Kenneally reviews The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley. A question for Barbara Fister: How do you decide what to read next? Under Pressure: Johan Lehrer on the search for a stress vaccine. Why, in this modern world of ours, has piracy managed to stage such an impressive comeback? Don't be afraid of the snark: Snark is a great online tool — but don't mistake it for real power. The statistical disconnect between money and happiness raises a fascinating question: Why doesn’t money make us happy? The end is near, no? Two-thousand years and we’re still here. No more vodka jokes: Russian comics have a new, funny side. Why doesn’t job retraining work? Despite billions spent and the best of intentions, the American workforce resists reinvention.
From TLS, a review of books on animal rights and wrongs. Since 2002, Alberta’s wild horses have been picked off with brutal abandon — who is responsible? An interview with Bridget Stutchbury, author of The Private Lives of Birds: A Scientist Reveals the Intricacies of Avian Social Life. A review of Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French. How specific are the social skills of dogs? Poo at the Zoo: Emily Yoffe on bat guano, elephant dung, rhino pee, and other substances she encountered in her brief, smelly stint as a zookeeper. A review of A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement by Wesley J. Smith. For centuries, elephants have had symbolic value — now a charitable art sale is cashing in to help the endangered beasts. Do stray dogs have qualitatively different kinds of canine minds? Soft-headed intellectuals: What the octopus is revealing about the nature of intelligence. A review of In Search of Consistency: Ethics and Animals by Lisa Kemmerer. An interview with Ptolemy Tompkins, author of The Divine Life of Animals: One Man’s Quest to Discover Whether the Souls of Animals Live On. A review of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy. A review of Adventures among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions by Mark Moffett. A review of LOL Dogs: Teh Most Funyest, Cutest Internet Puppiez.
From the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, Gerry Coulter (Bishop’s): J. G. Ballard: Philosopher of the Future Present; and Harold Pinter: Forgetting What Art Knows. From the Mises Institute, Jeff Riggenbach on the brilliant but confused radicalism of George Orwell. A review of Better Living through Reality TV: Television and Post-Welfare Citizenship by Laurie Ouellette and James Hay. Why is Discovery's Shark Week so beloved? New Left Review remembers Giovanni Arrighi, capital's cartographer. Unnatural Science: The uses and abuses of science blogging. From Pathways, a special section on "the Obama Effect" and the future of inequality. How we got to Sesame Street: Tim Madigan remembers Tim Cooney (1930-1999). From Naval History magazine, a special issue on shipwrecks. It's your birthday: How great is it that the single shared experience across the English-speaking world involves bad craft and humiliation? A look at 8 historic symbols that mean the opposite of what you think. A review of The Fat Studies Reader. The $2 camisole: How cheap is ruining our lives. How superheroes conquered the planet: 2010 marks the anniversary of a humble pulp and magazine company that has left a permanent mark on the world's imagination. Haven’t we always been modern? Eric Gans wonders. A review of Sex, Drugs, and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Conflict.
From EH.net, a review of Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History by Douglass C. North, John Joseph Wallis, and Barry R. Weingast. Albert Mobilio reviews Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline by Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton. Saving the planet with postmodernist history: A review of Is History Fiction? by Ann Curthoys and John Docker. From the SSRC's Transformations of the Public Sphere, Thomas Bender on historians in public. From New Left Review, an interview with Eric Hobsbawm. A review of Hugh Trevor-Roper: The Biography by Adam Sisman (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Historian Michael A. Bellesiles tries to put an earlier scholarly scandal behind him with a new book (and more at The Chronicle of Higher Education). "Do you enjoy your high profile as a historian?": An interview with Niall Ferguson. Simon Schama talks about his new book and defends himself against the accusation of dumbing down. The first chapter from Twentieth Century History for Dummies by Sean Lang. From Cracked, a look at 5 world changing decisions (made for ridiculous reasons); 6 acts of propaganda that backfired hilariously; and 6 things from history everyone pictures incorrectly. Take cover when you hear a political leader talking about economic affairs: John S. Chamberlain on ten economic blunders from history.