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release date: Jan 01, 1978
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release date: Dec 18, 2000
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Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia (Gender and American Culture)
Long before the Montgomery bus boycott ushered in the modern civil rights movement, black and white southerners struggled to forge interracial democracy in America. This innovative book examines the most successful interracial coalition in the nineteenth-century South, Virginia's Readjuster Party, and uncovers a surprising degree of fluidity in postemancipation southern politics.

Melding social, cultural, and political history, Jane Dailey chronicles the Readjusters' efforts to foster political cooperation across the color line. She demonstrates that the power of racial rhetoric, and the divisiveness of racial politics, derived from the everyday experiences of individual Virginians--from their local encounters on the sidewalk, before the magistrate's bench, in the schoolroom. In the process, she reveals the power of black and white southerners to both create and resist new systems of racial discrimination. The story of the Readjusters shows how hard white southerners had to work to establish racial domination after emancipation, and how passionately black southerners fought each and every infringement of their rights as Americans.

release date: Apr 20, 2020
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release date: Apr 01, 1995
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release date: Apr 20, 2020
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Urban Operations Research
The book covers a wide variety of applied operations research in a way not seen elsewhere. With an emphasis on model building, not theorem proving, the book starts with a review applied probability and contains material on geometrical probability not easily accessible elsewhere. Spatial as well as temporal Poisson processes are covered in depth. Then the applied probability is put to good use in a chapter devoted to queueing models. This is a stand-alone introduction to queueing theory that may be useful in a variety of courses, just as the geometrical probability segment has stand-alone value. The next chapter is a unique tour of spatial queues, combining geometrical probability concepts with models of queues from previous chapters. The core of the chapter is development of the Hypercube Queueing model, a model that -- 31 years after its original development -- remains the gold standard in modeling municipal emergency services such as police, emergency medical and fire departments. The homework problems at the end of this chapter are the most challenging in the book, many worthy of the most advanced doctoral students. The book then shifts slightly from primarily probabilistic models to a combination of probabilistic and deterministic models, focusing on transportation networks analysis. This graph-focused chapter develops rigorous results by intuitive visual arguments, not abstract algebraic theorem proving. It too is a stand-alone chapter, the longest and most comprehensive in the book. There follows a brief chapter on the theory and mechanics of Monte Carlo simulation. This is good material even for people who use packaged simulation software, as it focuses on fundamentals and issues to think about even when using packaged software. The book concludes with a unique chapter on implementation, based on the personal experiences of the authors and their students in attempting to implement the models, methods and philosophies of the book.
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release date: Apr 20, 2020
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Tammany Hall
Stated First Edition. Very clean black cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine, blind-stamped lion's head on cover. No bumping or fraying. Gilt top page edges. Binding is tight & square, no cracking. Pages are clean. No names, writing or marks. 586 pgs. with index. Illustrated with photographs and drawings.
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release date: Sep 16, 1999
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Government and Local Power in Japan, 500-1700: A Study Based on Bizen Province (Michigan Classics in Japanese Studies)
This important study of Japan in premodern times, embracing a span of nearly thirteen centuries, is directed toward the illumination of some important elements of continuity in Japanese history, . It is an effort to explain through the detailed analysis of a microcosm -- the small province of Bizen -- the fundamental institutions of political organization and social and economic structure upon which Japanese government has rested. It seeks historical depth both by limiting the study in terms of its geographical scope and by restricting the number of variables to which it gives attention.

This book deals chiefly with the combination of traditions and techniques by which the Japanese organized power and exercised authority and the connections between the holders of power and the sources of wealth, mainly land. Thus, Government and Local Power in Japan deals with such subjects as theories of legitimacy and practices of administration, concepts of social stratification and social rights, and practices of land tenure and taxation. It seeks to gain a sufficient intimacy with Japanese life to find meaning in the historic continuities and changes in the way premodern Japanese governed themselves.

release date: Jul 01, 1982
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release date: Jul 01, 1982
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A House for All Peoples: Ethnic Politics in Chicago 1890-1936
This book assesses the role of urban ethnic groups, particularly in terms of the rise of the Democratic Party to national predominance between 1928 and 1932. It builds quantitative and qualitative models for the study of ethnic groups in terms of political behavior. Focusing clearly upon political change and the role of ethnicity, the work advances the hypothesis that Chicago's ethnic groups responded as ethnic groups, rather than on socio-economic or other bases, when they shifted their party allegiances in the late twenties. This ethnic realignment was a major factor in the redistribution of power between parties Chicago.

Employing a variety of quantitative measures and a number of conceptual tools from the social sciences, Mr. Allswang has utilized simple statistical procedures with clarity and discrimination. His statistical data is based on thorough research in unpublished census material and election returns. His qualitative data is based in part on a comprehensive examination of the foreign language press, supplemented by materials from other newspapers, personal interviews, and manuscript sources.

The book studies nine ethnic groups over a generation of political development, affording insights into urban politics and history, and into dominant-minority and interethnic relations in politics and in the city.

Crisp in style, thorough, methodologically innovative, A House for All Peoples will become a model for studies of United States political history.
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release date: Nov 27, 2007
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Governing Cities in a Global Era: Urban Innovation, Competition, and Democratic Reform
This book is about the role that ideas, institutions, and actors play in structuring how we govern cities and, more specifically, what projects or paths are taken. Global changes require that we rethink governance and urban policy, and that we do so through the dual lens of theory and practice.
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