In 2011, PoLAR launched online, open-access book reviews as part of our spillover section. Readers are invited to send in commentary based on articles published in the journal or the continuing discussions and book reviews posted here on our website. We welcome comments that contribute to a productive ongoing exchange. E-mail us at:

Volume 34, Issue 1: May 2011

The Past in Pieces: Belonging in the New Cyprus by Rebecca Bryant reviewed by Pipyrou Stavroula

Cosmopolitan Anxieties: Turkish Challenges to Citizenship and Belonging in Germany by Ruth Mandel reviewed by Heide Castaneda

Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Memories of a Forgotten War by Carole McGranahan reviewed by Michael Harkin

Counter Democracy: Politics in an Age of Distrust by Pierre Rosanvallon (translated by Arthur Goldhammer) reviewed by Jason Hopper

These book reviews are available for download here.


In addition to providing these online book reviews, we are also facilitating dialogues around them. John Borneman’s response to the review of his book, Syrian Episodes, is available here.


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