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The MIT Press is the only university press in the United States whose list is based in science and technology. This does not mean that science and engineering are all we publish, but it does mean that we are committed to the edges and frontiers of the world - to exploring new fields and new modes of inquiry. (For a time we described our publishing program as chasing "The Moving Frontier," but we've moved beyond even that.) We publish about 200 new books a year and over 40 journals. We are a major publishing presence in fields as diverse as architecture, social theory, economics, cognitive science, and computational science, and we have a long-term commitment to both design excellence and the efficient and creative use of new technologies. Our goal is to create books and journals that are challenging, creative, attractive, and yet affordable to individual readers.

Our history starts in 1926 when the physicist Max Born visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to deliver a set of lectures on Problems of Atomic Dynamics. The Institute published the lectures under its own imprint, and that book is numbered 1 in the archives of The MIT Press. In 1932, James R. Killian Jr.-- editor of the Institute's alumni magazine and future scientific adviser to President Kennedy and tenth president of M.I.T.-- engineered the creation of an Institute-sponsored imprint called Technology Press, which published eight titles over the next five years. In 1937, John Wiley & Sons took on editorial and marketing functions for the young imprint, which during the next 25 years published 125 titles. In 1962, M.I.T. amicably severed the Wiley connection and upgraded its imprint to an independent publishing house, naming it The MIT Press. One of the independent Press's first new employees was graphic innovator Muriel Cooper, who designed our distinctive logo and set the course for the design innovations that have been a hallmark of the Press's work to the present day. A Journals division was added in 1968, and a European marketing office was opened in 1969. (Today we sell a higher proportion of our products outside the United States than any other U.S. university press.)

The creative burst and explosive growth of the 1960s slackened with the library cutbacks of the early 1970s, and by the end of that decade the Press knew that it had to rethink what it was doing. We developed a strategy of focusing the list on a few key areas and publishing in depth in those areas. The initial core consisted of architecture, computer science and artificial intelligence, economics, and the emerging interdiscipline of cognitive science. The plan worked wonderfully, and by the mid-1980s the Press was again thriving. As the list developed, occasional offshoots sprouted (neuroscience, for example, was spun off from cognitive science in 1987), while a few smaller areas in which we continued to publish -- technology studies, aesthetic theory, design, and social theory -- have remained viable and interesting components of what has become a unique mix. Our latest addition was an environmental science list, started in the early 1990s.

Today the Press continues to thrive. In fact, our archive received book 6000 in June 2000.

The Press's enthusiasm for innovation is reflected in our continuing exploration of the electronic frontier. Since the late 1960s, we have experimented with generation after generation of electronic publishing tools. From those messy paper-tape systems through IBM Composers to our present-day use of direct-to-press production technologies, our intensive use of the Internet, and our commitment to new electronic products -- whether digital journals or entirely new forms of communication -- we have continued to look for the most efficient and effective means to serve our readership. These readers have come to expect excellence from our products, and they can count on us to maintain a commitment to producing rigorous and innovative information products in whatever forms the future of publishing may bring.


Title: Great Expectations: Interpreting China's Arrival
Authors: Avery Goldstein
Date: April 2005

Title: What Are Track-II Talks?
Authors: Hussein Agha, Shai Feldman, Ahmad Khalidi, Zeev Schiff
Date: November 2004

Title: The Future of Turkish Foreign Policy
Authors: Lenore G. Martin
Date: November 2004

Title: Terrorism, Freedom, and Security: Winning Without War
Authors: Philip B. Heymann
Date: November 2004

Title: Progress in International Relations Theory: Appraising the Field
Authors: Colin Elman, Miriam Fendius Elman
Date: November 2004

Title: First to Arrive: State and Local Responses to Terrorism
Authors: Graham Allison, Andrei Kokoshin
Date: November 2004

Title: Filling the Ranks: Transforming the U.S. Military System
Authors: Cindy Williams
Date: November 2004

Title: Fighting Words: Language Policy and National Development in India
Authors: Jyotirindra Dasgupta
Date: November 2004

Title: Countering Terrorism: Dimensions of Preparedness
Authors: Ashton B. Carter
Date: November 2004

Title: Bare Branches: The Security Implications of Asia's Surplus Male Population
Authors: Andrea M. Den Boer, Valerie M. Hudson
Date: November 2004

Title: Countering Terrorism: Dimensions of Preparedness (Chapter 1: The Architechture of a Government in the Face of Terrorism)
Authors: Ashton B. Carter
Date: September 2003

Title: Borders and Brethren: Iran and the Challenge of Azerbaijani Identity (Chapter 1: The Azerbaijanis until 1920)
Authors: Brenda Shaffer
Date: July 2002

Title: The Health of Nations: Infectious Disease, Environmental Change, and Their Effects on National Security and Development
Authors: Andrew T. Price-Smith
Date: November 2001

Title: Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces (Chapter 1: Soviet and Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces)
Authors: Pavel Podvig (ed.)
Date: November 2001

Title: Environmental Regime Effectiveness: Confronting Theory with Evidence
Authors: Edward L. Miles
Date: January 2001

Title: Terrorism and America: A Commonsense Strategy for a Democratic Society
Authors: Philip B. Heymann
Date: August 2000

Title: The Coming Crisis: Nuclear Proliferation, U.S. Interests, and World Order
Authors: Victor A. Utgoff
Date: July 2000

Title: What Does the World Want from America?: International Perspectives on US Foreign Policy (Chapter 1: To Be Enlightened)
Authors: Wu Xinbo
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: War and Reconciliation: Reason and Emotion in Conflict Resolution (Introduction)
Authors: , Peter Breke (ed.)
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: Thinking Strategically: The Major Powers, Kazakhstan, and the Central Asian Nexus (Chapter 1: Russian Policy Toward Kazakhstan)
Authors: Vitaly V. Naumkin
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: The Russian Military: Power and Policy (Chapter 1: The Trajectory of the Russian Military: Downsizing, Degeneration, and Defeat)
Authors: Pavel K. Baev
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: The Logic of Political Survival (Chapter 1: Reigning in the Prince)
Authors: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, James D. Morrow, Randolph M. Siverson, Alastair Smith
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: The Battle for Hearts and Minds: Using Soft Power to Undermine Terrorist Networks
Authors: Alexander T.J. Lennon
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: Swords and Sustenance: The Economics of Security in Belarus and Ukraine (Chapter 1: Security or Prosperity? Belarusian and Ukrainian Choices)
Authors: Clelia Rontoyanni, Andrew Wilson
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: Reshaping Rogue States: Preemption, Regime Change, and US Policy toward Iran, Iraq, and North Korea (Introduction: The Bush Revolution in Rogue Strategy)
Authors: Camille Eiss, Alexander T.J. Lennon
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: Rational Choice and Security Studies: Stephen Walt and His Critics
Authors: Michael E. Brown (ed), Owen R. Cot é Jr. (ed)., Sean M. Lynn-Jones (ed), Lisa L. Martin, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Steven E. Miller (ed), James D. Morrow, Emerson M.S. Niou, Peter D. Ordeshook, Robert Powell, Stephen M. Walt, Frank C. Zagare
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: Legalization and World Politics
Authors: Judith L. Goldstein (ed), Miles Kahler (ed.), Robert L. Keohane (ed), Anne-Marie Slaughter (ed.)
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future (Chapter 1)
Authors: Ashton B. Carter
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: Contemporary Nuclear Debates: Missile Defenses, Arms Control, and Arms Races in the Twenty-First Century (Chapter 1: The Politics: How Did We Get Here?)
Authors: Michael Nacht
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: Comrades No More: The Seeds of Change in Eastern Europe (Chapter 1: Legitimacy, the Demonstration Effect, and the Collapse of the Warsaw Pact)
Authors: Renée de Nevers
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: America's Strategic Choices (Chapter 1: Competing Visions for U.S. Grand Strategy)
Authors: Barry R. Posen, Andrew L. Ross
Date: (Date Not Available)