New Ideas About The Past Seven Essays In Cultural History

“[A]n engaging and lucid work by a sophisticated Evangelical from the American South. . . . For all its American bias, Alan Jacobs’s highly readably ORIGINAL SIN might fill one of the gaps in the post-Christian memory banks.” (Times Literary Supplement (London))

“One wouldn’t expect a book about original sin to be entertaining, but Jacobs makes it so with deft prose and a touch of humor.” (Christian Century)

“Jacobs is a superb writer whose work is beginning to get the wider notice it has long deserved.” (Books & Culture ("Top Ten Books of the Year"))

Alan Jacobs presents an engagingly written, eminently humane, and insightful account of an all-important subject that is both timeless and timely. (George Marsden, author of Jonathan Edwards: A Life)

“Alan Jacobs’ cultural history of the controversies that Saint Augustine’s concept gave birth to is fascinating, entertaining, wonderfully researched, and thoroughly even-tempered, giving even the most disagreeable voices their say. Original Sin may well become the definitive book on the subject.” (Ron Hansen , Author of Exiles and A Stay Against Confusion)

I do not believe in original sin. I do believe in Alan Jacobs. He is one the smartest and wittiest writers around on matters involving religion, and ORIGINAL SIN is a gem. (Alan Wolfe, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College)

In this brilliant account, Wheaton College literature professor Jacobs traces the idea of original sin from the Bible to the present day. . . . In his hands these abstruse theological disputes are utterly engrossing. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“With extraordinary erudition and just enough lightness of touch to leaven the lump, Alan Jacobs traces the tangled ways that we have tried to think about human cussedness. (Frederick Buechner, author of Secrets in the Dark)

Replete with examples drawn from a number of different cultural expressions, including literature, film, and philosophy, [Original Sin] is intended to introduce a broad genearl audience to the complexity of explaining how human beings act evilly toward one another. (Library Journal)

A brilliantly illuminating, deeply thought-provoking intellectual journey. (Booklist)

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Essays on the Intellectual and Cultural History of Thailand—Inspired by Craig J. Reynolds

Introduction. On History, Thailand, and the Scholarship of Craig J. Reynolds
by Maurizio Peleggi

Part I. Historiography, Knowledge, and Power

1. The Revolt of Khun Phaen: Contesting Power in Early Modern Siam
by Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit

2. Fabrication, Stealth, and Copying of Historical Writings: The Historiographical Misconducts of Mr. Kulap of Siam
by Thongchai Winichakul

3. Renegade Royalist: Autobiography and Siam's Disavowed Prince Prisdang
by Tamara Loos

4. The Plot of Thai Art History: Buddhist Sculpture and the Myth of National Origins
by Maurizio Peleggi

Part II. Political and Business Culture

5. Republicanism in Thai History
by Patrick Jory

6. Madness, Authoritarianism, and Political Participation: The Curious Case of Cham Jamratnet
by James Ockey

7. Big Is Good: The Banharn-Jaemsai Observatory Tower in Suphanburi
by Yoshinori Nishizaki

8. Marketing Business Knowledge and Consumer Culture before the Boom: The Case of Khoo Khaeng Magazine
by Villa Vilaithong

9. "Governance" in Thailand
by Kasian Tejapira

Appendix. Publications by Craig J. Reynolds


A Sarong for Clio testifies to an ongoing intellectual dialogue between its ten contributors and Craig J. Reynolds, who inspired these essays. Conceived as a tribute to an innovative scholar, dedicated teacher, and generous colleague, it is this volume's ambition to make a concerted intervention on Thai historiography—and Thai studies more generallyby pursuing in new directions ideas that figure prominently in Reynolds's scholarship. The writings gathered here revolve around two prominent themes in Reynolds's scholarship: the nexus of historiography and power, and Thai political and business cultures—often so intertwined as to be difficult to separate. The chapters examine different types of historical texts, Thai political discourse and political culture, and the media production of consumer culture.

Contributors: Chris Baker; Patrick Jory, University of Queensland, Brisbane; Tamara Loos, Cornell University; Yoshinori Nishizaki, National University of Singapore; James Ockey, University of Canterbury; Maurizio Peleggi, National University of Singapore; Pasuk Phongpaichit, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; Kasian Tejapir, Thammasat University, Bangkok; Villa Vilaithong, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; Thongchai Winichakul, University of Wisconsin–Madison

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