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New Book Available: Engineering America

In a single lifespan in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, America passed through an extraordinary economic and social transformation. Industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and westward expansion into the vast interior of the continent yielded the structural framework of the modern America we still recognize more than a century later. The roles played by financial capital, labor, and technology in this story have been widely examined. Less well understand, however, is the remaining puzzle: how did America generate the human capital necessary for this transformation? How did a largely agrarian nation with relatively weak and largely decentralized government institutions manage to produce the professional class - the doctors, lawyers, managers, and, most importantly, engineers - essential for the emergence of a modern, industrialized, yet still liberal and democratic America?
This study takes a micro approach to this question. It focuses on a single, unexceptional case, examining the process and experience through the eyes of a single participant. Born in rural New Jersey in the late 1830s, Daniel Harker Rhodes's wanderings took him from a tinsmith apprenticeship in upstate New York to service in the Civil War, and then on to secondary education, college education, and eventually a career building railroads that opened up the agricultural potential of the Great Plains, the minerals of the Rockies, and the energy resources of Texas and Oklahoma. Rhodes's detailed account highlights a number of intriguing factors: the availability of education and private capital to finance it, the absence of class barriers, social institutions and technology that permitted extraordinary geographic mobility, and perhaps most importantly the impact of deeply held Calvinist norms As with any case study, the insights that emerge are suggestive rather than definitive. In this case, however, the insights underscore the significance of an unusual combination of institutions in nineteenth century America and suggest intriguing reasons why America's pattern of social and economic development followed its distinctive course.
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New Book Available: Spring or Cruel Winter?: The Evolution of the Arab Revolutions

The Arab Spring, sparked by Tunisian university graduate turned street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi's act of self-immolation, is an ongoing, integral part of global transformation, ushering in a new era in which no ruler can deprive his citizens of their basic rights. However, this idealism was misjudged in certain areas, specifically evidenced in the violent backlash against the peaceful protests in Syria, a tragedy which is still ongoing.
In this book, Dr. Ben-Meir evaluates the countries involved in the Arab Spring and their varying responses to the widespread calls for equality and social and political reforms across the Middle East. In particular, he examines the cultural, religious, political, and socioeconomic backgrounds of each of the affected countries and how these play a role in each country's interpretation of the Arab Spring.
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DOMES Books Now Available


In cooperation with the Digest of Middle East Studies journal, the Policy Studies Organization and Westphalia Press have published two volumes with papers selected from the PSO's third annual Middle East Dialogue of February 21, 2013 in Washington, DC, and the similar conference held in November, 2012 at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. The papers in these books cover topics related to public administration and leadership in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The volumes are divided into thematic sections covering: Leadership, Reform, and the Arab Spring; Policy and Economic Challenges; Civilizational and Sectarian Cooperation and Conflict; MENA Women's Rights; the Israel/Palestine Divide; Communication, Media, and the Arab Awakening; and Management and Conflict Resolution.


We hope that the authors' writings and observations as presented in these volumes will help lift the MENA region from its current position to a much better level of advancement that could bring ever-lasting peace, stability and prosperity to all of its citizens.

Post Arab Spring: Middle East Reviews
ISBN: 978-1633912151
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Middle East Conflicts and Reforms
ISBN: 978-1941472002
New Directions in the Middle East
ISBN: 978-1941472019
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New Book Available: Bulwarks Against Poverty in America


In Bulwarks Against Poverty in America, long-time Social Security scholar Max J. Skidmore presents seminal articles selected from the PSO Poverty & Public Policy journal to clear away much of the confusion dominating public discussion relating to Social Security, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act. Experts in the field have praised this important book as a weapon against “misinformation and ideological mischief.” They say it is “a must-read for policymakers,” and a “road map to the debates raging over the future of Social Security, Medicare, and health care reform.” Skidmore’s Bulwarks is a thoughtful contribution to a field heavily influenced by misrepresentation and scare propaganda. 

Bulwarks Against Poverty in America:
Social Security, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act
ISBN: 978-1941472996 
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Publishing Opportunity From Westphalia Press


The Policy Studies Organization (PSO) offers publishing opportunities through its imprint and book program, Westphalia Press. We are looking for original manuscripts and hope to assist anyone with their publication goals.
Our focus is on wider readership and dissemination. We offer attractive terms to authors under a print-on-demand model, producing books at a low cost for increased worldwide distribution. All of our titles are published both in paper and e-book versions.
As a non-profit academic association, Westphalia Press is a growing part of the PSO's longtime mission of accessible scholarship dissemination, and aims to provide quality volumes at affordable prices.
Manuscripts from all disciplines are welcome. Westphalia Press is multidisciplinary in scope, and publishes titles on a diversity of topics including history, art, and literature, as well as politics and government.
For a list of current titles visit the Westphalia Press website at:
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