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Reluctant Landscapes - Historical Anthropologies of Political Experience in Siin, Senegal (Paperback): Francois G Richard Reluctant Landscapes - Historical Anthropologies of Political Experience in Siin, Senegal (Paperback)
Francois G Richard
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West African history is inseparable from the history of the Atlantic slave trade and colonialism. According to historical archaeologist Fran ois Richard, however, the dominance of this narrative not only colors the range of political discourse about Africa but also occludes many lesser-known--but equally important--experiences of those living in the region. Reluctant Landscapes is an exploration of the making and remaking of political experience and physical landscapes among rural communities in the Siin province of Senegal between the late 1500s and the onset of World War II. By recovering the histories of farmers and commoners who made up African states' demographic core in this period, Richard shows their crucial--but often overlooked--role in the making of Siin history. The book also delves into the fraught relation between the Seereer, a minority ethnic and religious group, and the Senegalese nation-state, with Siin's perceived "primitive" conservatism standing at odds with the country's Islamic modernity. Through a deep engagement with oral, documentary, archaeological, and ethnographic archives, Richard's groundbreaking study revisits the four-hundred-year history of a rural community shunted to the margins of Senegal's national imagination.

Suffolk in the Middle Ages - Studies in Places and Place-Names, the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial, Saints, Mummies and Crosses,... Suffolk in the Middle Ages - Studies in Places and Place-Names, the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial, Saints, Mummies and Crosses, Domesday Book and Chronicles of Bury Abbey (Paperback, New edition)
Norman Scarfe
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The modern landscape of Suffolk is still essentially a medieval one, though much of it is even earlier: the five hundred medieval churches and ten thousand 'listed' houses 'of historic or architectural interest', and the 'Hundred' lanes going back at least to the tenth century, are often found to be set in a landscape created before the Roman conquest. Suffolk in the Middle Ages opens with a discussion of the earliest written records, the place-names, as a guide to settlement-patterns, including the setting of Sutton Hoo. Among the grave-goods found in that celebrated ship and discussed here was the whetstone-sceptre; asked to carry it from its showcase in the British Museum to the laboratory, the author acknowledges a closer feeling of involvement even than helping to re-open the ship in its mound in 1966. His explanation of the presence of the whetstone-sceptre, printed here, has never been challenged. The identification of a carved Anglo-Saxon cross at Iken in 1977 prompted the essay here on St Botolph and the coming of East Anglian Christianity. This leads to a consideration of the Danish invasion of East Anglia, and a reexamination of the posthumous victory of King Edmund and Christianity as portrayed in an imaginary Breckland warren on the front of this book. Scarfe's carefully reasoned argument that the Metropolitan Museum's famous walrus ivory cross was made for the monks' choir at Bury has never been refuted. Life in Bury abbey is vividly reconstructed: it was the most richly documented flowering of the work of East Anglia's apostles, Felix and Fursa, which also led to the phenomenal establishment in Suffolk by 1086 of four hundred of the five hundred medieval churches. In four East Suffolk essays, Southwold, Dunwich, Yoxford and Wingfield are exposed to Norman Scarfe's interpretative skills. He reveals a past few could have guessed at, often quite as curious as the 'Two Strange Tales' unravelled in his concluding pages.

Asia Literary Review - Summer 2008 (Paperback): Chris Wood Asia Literary Review - Summer 2008 (Paperback)
Chris Wood
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The Asia Literary Review is a new quarterly literary journal offering a window to the world on the best of Asian writing with short fiction, reportage, memoir, poetry, essays and photography. In this edition: Has the Yellow River run its course? Rob Gifford travels the length of China's troubled Mother River and lays bare its plight; Duncan Hewitt mourns the death of old Shanghai under the wrecker's hammer; Korea's former "comfort women" in poetry and photography; Nepal at the polls: Inside Asia's newest republic; Salman Rushdie on history, storytelling and his new novel "The Enchantress of Florence"; Booker Prize winner Anne Enright reflects on the writer's life; New fiction by Fan Wu, Yu Hua, Nam Le, Xu Xi, Kumkum Amin, Justin Hill, Nicholas Jose and Justin Hill; New poetry by Anuradha Vijayakrishnan, Zheng Danyi, Jeongshik Min, Shirley Lee, Viki Holmes, Jerome Kugan and Jerome Kugan.

The Reimagining Ireland Reader - Examining Our Past, Shaping Our Future (Paperback, New edition): Eamon Maher The Reimagining Ireland Reader - Examining Our Past, Shaping Our Future (Paperback, New edition)
Eamon Maher
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Intra-Asian Trade and the World Market (Hardcover): A.J.H. Latham, Heita Kawakatsu Intra-Asian Trade and the World Market (Hardcover)
A.J.H. Latham, Heita Kawakatsu
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Intra-Asian trade is a major theme of recent writing on Asian economic history. From the second half of the nineteenth century, intra-Asian trade flows linked Asia into an integrated economic system, with reciprocal benefits for all participants. But although this was a network from which all gained, there was also considerable inter-Asian competition between Asian producers for these Asian markets, and those of the wider world.
This collection presents captivating 'snap-shots' of trade in specific commodities, alongside chapters comprehensively covering the region. The book covers: China's relative backwardness, Japanese copper exports, Japan's fur trade, Siam's luxury rice trade, Korea, Japanese shipbuilding, the silk trade, the refined sugar trade, competition in the rice trade, the Japanese cotton textile trade to Africa, multilateral settlements in Asia, the cotton textile trade to Britain, and the growth of the palm oil industry in Malaysia and Indonesia. The opening of Asia, especially inJapan and China, liberated the creative forces of the market within the new intra-Asian economy.
This fascinating book fills a particular gap in the literature on intra-Asian trade prior to the twentieth century, and makes a considerable contribution to our knowledge of the Asian trade both prior to, and after, the arrival of colonial states. It will be of particular interest to historians and economists focusing on Asia.

Cities and Networks in Europe - A Critical Approach of Polycentrism (Paperback): Nadine Cattan Cities and Networks in Europe - A Critical Approach of Polycentrism (Paperback)
Nadine Cattan
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This aim of this book is to look at the dominant representation that at present underpin the issues of territorial organisation and planning in Europe. Cities and networks are often envisaged as inevitably driving territorial development. However, the conceptualisation of European territorial integration has often been reduced to two conventional models: the centre-periphery model and the hierarchical model of urban networks. Limiting territorial integration to these two schema means that integration is limited. Today, reference to polycentric territorial development has to some extent changed the picture. Rather than being viewed in a polarised, pyramidal manner, spatial dynamics are being read in terms of interconnection and reticulation. In addition, reflection on the subject of polycentric territorial strategies has encouraged politicians and spatial planners to include the principle of "territorial cohesion" in the priorities of European public policies. From considerations which associate conceptual approaches and analytical studies, this book makes it possible to understand in what manner polycentrism, viewed as an alternative to metropolisation, could sow the seeds for new readings, at various scales, of the organisation of European territory. The main challenge of this book is to explain why it is worthwhile revisiting some rather too static representations of territorial systems in Europe. The aim is to promote the emergence and the consolidation of new, critical ways of looking at the issues of territorial dynamics.

Getting Published - A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Paperback): Gerald Jackson, Marie Lenstrup Getting Published - A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Paperback)
Gerald Jackson, Marie Lenstrup
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The biggest hurdle for junior scholars looking to embark on an academic career is to make the transition from PhD candidate to that first (ideally tenured) job. An imperative part of this process is getting published and yet - increasingly - this is becoming something harder and harder to achieve. This book aims to guide would-be authors through some of the pitfalls and complexities of getting published. The key concerns are to increase the author's knowledge and control over events while reducing uncertainty. The topics include Starting out; Getting that first article published; Converting your thesis into a monograph; Finding the 'right' publisher; Approaching a publisher; The evaluation process; Negotiating a contract; Working towards publication; After publication; and Where do we go from here?

Gay Men Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities - From Crisis to Crossroads (Paperback): Benjamin Lipton Gay Men Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities - From Crisis to Crossroads (Paperback)
Benjamin Lipton
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Understand gay men's unique health issues beyond the incomplete focus of HIV to include the concerns of those living with a broad range of chronic illnesses and disabilities Gay Men Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities: From Crisis to Crossroads is the groundbreaking book that comprehensively examines and forms strategies to respond to the needs of gay men living with non-HIV chronic illnesses and disabilities such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, and muscular sclerosis. Bringing together the interdisciplinary expertise and unique perspectives of leaders in the fields of social work, psychology, and rehabilitation counseling, this groundbreaking book helps you understand the key issues from theoretical, clinical, practical, and personal perspectives. Gay Men Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities: From Crisis to Crossroads conceptualizes and addresses the integration of psychosocial and medical issues faced by the gay men living with both HIV-related and non-HIV chronic illnesses and disabilities. Each chapter delves deeply into the psychosocial impact of their marginalization in daily living while offering strategies for partnership and integration between gay and mainstream health and social service organizations. With extensive, up-to-date bibliographies at the end of each chapter and case studies that illuminate theoretical discussions, this book is essential reading for those involved in health policy and practice with gay men living with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Gay Men Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities: From Crisis to Crossroads explores: the "invisibility" of gay men living with non-HIV illnesses and disabilities and the need to provide adequate services to them the impact of sexual orientation on living with a broad range of life-threatening illnesses the multiple layers of stigma of being gay while living with a chronic illness or disability how chronic illness can lead to increased body dissatisfaction in gay men the multidimensional challenge of psychotherapy with HIV positive gay men the connection between aging, chronic illness, and sexual orientation living with a non-HIV chronic illness as a gay social service professional Gay Men Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities: From Crisis to Crossroads is vital reading for social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, sociologists, public health advocates and experts, community organizers, and everyone engaged in providing medical, social, or psychological services.

Encyclopedia of African History 3-Volume Set (Hardcover): Kevin Shillington Encyclopedia of African History 3-Volume Set (Hardcover)
Kevin Shillington
R8,606 Discovery Miles 86 060 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Covering the entire continent from Morocco, Libya, and Egypt in the north to the Cape of Good Hope in the south, and the surrounding islands from Cape Verde in the west to Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles in the east, the "Encyclopedia of African History" is a new A-Z reference resource on the history of the entire African continent. With entries ranging from the earliest evolution of human beings in Africa to the beginning of the twenty-first century, this comprehensive three volume Encyclopedia is the first reference of this scale and scope.
In nearly 1,100 entries, the "Encyclopedia" not only examines the well-established topics in African history but also looks at the social, economic, linguistic, anthropological, and political subjects that are being re-evaluated or newly opened for historical analysis by recent research and publication. All entries are at least 1,000 words in length and range from factual narrative entries to thematic and analytical discussions, and combinations ofall these. Longer entries range from 3,000 to 5,000 words in length and analyze broader topics such as regional general surveys and wide historical themes including the African Diaspora and Africa in World History.
The "Encyclopedia of African History" is an easily accessible resource that provides an introduction to virtually all aspects of African history from the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt to Nigeria's Fourth Republic. As the only reference resource with the latest in African history scholarship, this Encyclopedia is essential for those who are involved in teaching, researching, or studying Africaand its history. Also includes 99 maps.

Mucho Macho - Seduction, Desire, and the Homoerotic Lives of Latin Men (Paperback): Chris Girman Mucho Macho - Seduction, Desire, and the Homoerotic Lives of Latin Men (Paperback)
Chris Girman
R852 Discovery Miles 8 520 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Quality research uniquely enhanced by the author's personal experience! In one of the first books to examine machismo from the perspective of Latin American and Latino men, Chris Girman relies on a compelling combination of ethnographic research and personal experience to explain how macho men men like the author himself regulate and sustain same-sex erotic encounters. Girman incorporates his own sexual experiences with a variety of Latin men into the book, infusing his writing with the unique perspective and vivid description that can only be related by someone who has lived the research he writes about. While most of the literature on Latin American male same-sex desire ignores the significance of the male body in its investigation, this book shows why it is essential to focus on the macho male body and re-evaluates so-called "machismo" to forge a more nuanced description of Latin American masculinity. Girman incorporates his own sexual experiences with a variety of Latin American men into the book, infusing his writing with the unique perspective and vivid descriptions that can only be related by someone who has lived the research he writes about. With this book, you'll become familiar with various kinds of Latin-American homosexual behavior. Here's a glimpse at what you'll find inside: "Machismo, Practice Theorists, and Macho Performance" summarizes previous research on Latin American male [homo]sexuality and defines the author's concept of machismo and Latin American masculinity. "Head, Hands, Balls, and Ass" shows why focusing on the body as living matter, rather than metaphor (as is done in so many other books on sexuality), is the ideal point of entry into the study of Latin American male [homo]sexuality and masculinity. This chapter focuses on specific regions of the macho body head, hands, balls, and ass to explain how machismo actually promotes, rather than denies, sexual encounters between men. It also shows the importance of the Latin American family as a variable that structures the manner and frequency in which [homo]sexual encounters occur. "The Dominican Tiguere and Hegemonic Masculinities" takes a specific look at a very peculiar form of hegemonic masculinity relying on cunning more than strength to "come out on top" that is indigenous to the Dominican Republic. This chapter also tells the stories of five of the author's sexual encounters in that nation and discusses the tiguere style of masculine performance. "Desire in a Costa Rican Prison" analyzes the ways in which desire, power, and pleasure are constituted in the Latin American prison environment. "Historical Representations of Same-Sex Desire" examines two short stories El Matadero (Esteban Echeverria) and Comienza el Desfile (Reinaldo Arenas), which highlight male eroticism as important concepts within discourses on national identity. Both stories conceptualize same-sex desire within specific historical moments and demonstrate how male [homo]sexuality emerges and represents itself not in contrast to the dominant discourse, but within that discourse itself. "Familiar, Familial Voices: Latino Men Speak Out" documents the voices of "gay-identified" Latino men living in Central Texas men who have come to love other Latin, Black, and Anglo men in the context of very full lives. These men reveal their conceptions of identity, race, performance, resistance, family, pleasure, desire, masculinity, silence, and place. "Performing Matter[s]-Masculinity, the Male Body, and the Evocation of the [non]real" defies the notion that written representations can capture the lived realities of

The Conservative Party - From Thatcher to Cameron (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Tim Bale The Conservative Party - From Thatcher to Cameron (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Tim Bale
R459 R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Save R82 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

The Conservatives are back, and back with a bang two election wins in a row and, providing they can hold things together, in a pretty good position to win another. But many questions about their recent past, present, and future still remain. Just why did the world's oldest and most successful political party dump Margaret Thatcher only to commit electoral suicide under John Major? And what stopped the Tories getting their act together until David Cameron came along? Did Cameron change his party as much as he sometimes liked to claim, or did his leadership, both in opposition and in government, involve more compromise - and more Conservatism than we realize? Finally, what does the result of the EU referendum mean for the Party in years to come? The answers, as this accessible and gripping book shows, are as intriguing and provocative as the questions. Based on in-depth research and interviews with the key players, Tim Bale explains how and why the Tories lost power in 1997 and how and why they have eventually been able to rediscover their winning ways, even if internal tensions and external challenges mean they still can't take anything for granted. Crucial, he suggests, are the people, the power structures, the ideas, and the very different interests of those involved. This second edition of The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameronis a must-read for anyone wanting to understand what makes the Tories tick.

British Business in Post-Colonial Malaysia, 1957-70 - Neo-colonialism or Disengagement? (Hardcover): Nicholas J. White British Business in Post-Colonial Malaysia, 1957-70 - Neo-colonialism or Disengagement? (Hardcover)
Nicholas J. White
R2,442 Discovery Miles 24 420 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book explores the limits of the idea of 'neo-colonialism' - the idea that in the period immediately after independence Malaya/Malaysia enjoyed only a 'pseudo-independence', largely because of the entrenched and dominant position of British business interests allied to indigenous elites. The author argues that, although British business did indeed have a strong position in Malaysia in this period, Malaysian politicians and administrators were able to utilise British business, which was relatively weak vis-a-vis the Malaysian state, for their own ends, at the same time as indigenous businesses and foreign, non-British competitors were gathering strength. In addition, despite the commitment of both Conservative and Labour governments in the UK to preserving British influence worldwide through the Commonwealth relationship, British firms in Malaysia received only limited support from the British post-imperial state.

America's Teenagers--Myths and Realities - Media Images, Schooling, and the Social Costs of Careless Indifference... America's Teenagers--Myths and Realities - Media Images, Schooling, and the Social Costs of Careless Indifference (Hardcover)
Sharon L. Nichols, Thomas L. Good
R2,011 Discovery Miles 20 110 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The media's presentation suggests that American teenage culture today is the most violent, sexual, and amoral youth culture in history. In this book, Nichols and Good deconstruct the negative images held by large numbers of adults. Recognizing that many teenagers are left by adults to socialize themselves and the consequences of this "careless indifference," the authors' goal is to influence a more positive view leading to stronger social policies and better services, resources, and programs to meet the needs of America's youth.
Unique features of "America's Teenagers--Myths and Realities: Media Images, Schooling, and the Social Costs of Careless Indifference" include:
*powerful analytic lenses used to revisit typical depictions of youth;
*a wealth of information brought to bear on understanding teenagers' behavior; and
*consideration of a broad range of adolescent behaviors across critical socializing settings.
The book begins with a discussion of the continuing myth of adolescence--how and why youth are devalued, and an overview of current beliefs about youth drawn from two 1990s Public Agenda Polls. This is followed by chapters on youth and the media, and the pressures that youth face in various dimensions of their lives. Topics include youth violence; the sex lives of teenagers; tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and teens; healthy living and decision making; working teens; and youth and education. The concluding chapter pulls together themes generated throughout the book and provides examples of policies that would underscore the value of viewing youth as a social investment. General guidelines are provided for teachers, parents, policymakers, and citizens to facilitateresponding to youth in meaningful, proactive ways that improve the quality of life for teenagers and the broader society.

The Poles in Britain, 1940-2000 - From Betrayal to Assimilation (Paperback, annotated edition): Peter D. Stachura The Poles in Britain, 1940-2000 - From Betrayal to Assimilation (Paperback, annotated edition)
Peter D. Stachura
R993 Discovery Miles 9 930 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book provides an important, original analysis of the Polish community in the United Kingdom, adding up to a provocative interpretation of the Pole's position in British society. The chapters add to our understanding of the significant Polish military effort alongside the Allies in defeating Nazi Germany, while the appalling price the Poles paid at the end of the war at the Yalta Conference is accentuated. This crass and wholly unjustified betrayal of the cause of a Free Poland by the Allies resulted directly in the formation of a large Polish community in Britain.

American Women Missionaries at Kobe College, 1873-1909 (Hardcover, Annotated Ed): Noriko Kawamura Ishii American Women Missionaries at Kobe College, 1873-1909 (Hardcover, Annotated Ed)
Noriko Kawamura Ishii
R2,439 Discovery Miles 24 390 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


Contents:
1. Introduction
2. American Women at Home: The Woman's Board of Missions of the Interior and American Women Missionaries to Japan
3. Missionary Work Launched: Kobe Home, 1873-1877, the Founding Years
4. A Transition to Education as a Profession: Kobe Home to Kobe Girls' School, 1877-1882
5. Missionary Aspirations for Higher Education: Kobe Girls' School to Kobe College, 1883-1909
Epilogue: The Dissolution of Women's Authority: Kobe College, 1910-1927
Appendix
Tables
Bibliography

The Development of the Japanese Nursing Profession - Adopting and Adapting Western Influences (Hardcover): Aya Takahashi The Development of the Japanese Nursing Profession - Adopting and Adapting Western Influences (Hardcover)
Aya Takahashi
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In the years after 1868, when Japan's long period of self-imposed isolation ended, in nursing, as in every other aspect of life, the Japanese looked to the West. This book tells the story of "Florence Nightingale-ism" in Japan, showing how Japanese nursing developed from 1868 to the beginning of the 21st century. It discusses how Japanese nursing adopted Western models, implementing "Nightingale-ism" in a conscious, caricature way and implemented it more fully, at least on the surface, than in Britain. At the same time Japanese nurses had to cope, with great difficulty, with traditional Japanese attitudes, which were strongly opposed to women being involved in professions of any kind and, as the book shows, Western models did not in fact penetrate very deeply.

Persian Documents - Social History of Iran and Turan in the 15th-19th Centuries (Hardcover): Kondo Nobuaki Persian Documents - Social History of Iran and Turan in the 15th-19th Centuries (Hardcover)
Kondo Nobuaki
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Contents:
Part 1: Formal Aspects 1. A Commentary on Closing Formula found in the Central Waqf Documents Isogai Ken'ichi 2. Formal Aspects of Qajar Deeds of Sale Christoph Werner Part 2: New Sources 3. About a Scroll of Documents Justifying Yasav Rituals Bakhtiyar Babajanov 4. Majmu ah-ha: An Important and Unknown Source of Histography of Iran During the Late Safavid Period: The Case of Majmu ah-i Mirza Mu ina Mansur Sefatgol Part 3: Waqfs 5. A Waqf of a Timurid Amir: The Examples of Chaqmaq Shami in Yazd Iwatake Akio 6. The Wadf of Ustad Abbas: The Rewrites of Deeds in Qajar Tehran Kondo Nobuaki Part 4: From Cities to Villages 7. Irrigation Examined through Documents of Qajar Iran Hashem Rajabzade 8. Urban-Rural Relations in Early Eighteenth-Century Iran: Settlement Patterns in the Province of Hamadan Yamaguchi Akihiko

A New Euro-Mediterranean Cultural Identity (Paperback): Stefania Panebianco A New Euro-Mediterranean Cultural Identity (Paperback)
Stefania Panebianco
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The aim of this book is not to make prescriptions, or to provide the reader with recipes for achieving stability in the Mediterranean, but rather to offer, through an interdisciplinary approach, a pluralistic vision of democracy, civil society, human rights and dialogue among civilizations, the aspects of the third volet of the EuroMediterranean Partnership (EMP). Instead of reviewing the content of the EMP, this volume focuses more upon actors and values than upon procedures and specific projects. What are the contradictions of democratization? How can the EMP strengthen and support civil society if it is so difficult to define what civil society is? Is there a unique scale of values when dealing with human rights? To what extent does a dialogue among civilizations lead to compatibility and coexistence? Some reflections are devoted to the identification of crucial issues uniting or separating the actors involved in and addressed by the EMP. These debated issues are tackled to indirectly highlight the achievements of and impediments to the Barcelona Process.

State Collaboration and Development Strategies in China (Hardcover): Alexius Pereira State Collaboration and Development Strategies in China (Hardcover)
Alexius Pereira
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This book looks at Singapore and China to examine governmental collaboration on a foreign direct investment oriented strategy. Focusing on the unique collaborative venture, the Suzhou Industrial Park project, the author explores the economic, political and social relationships between Singapore and China throughout the course of the scheme as well as discussing why certain strategies were adopted, how they were implemented and their outcomes.

eBook available with sample pages: 0203299779

Power and Conflict in Russia's Borderlands - The Post-Soviet Geopolitics of Dispute Resolution (Hardcover): Helena... Power and Conflict in Russia's Borderlands - The Post-Soviet Geopolitics of Dispute Resolution (Hardcover)
Helena Rytovuori-Apunen
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As Cold War battle lines are seemingly re-drawn, Russia's various `frozen' war zones (ongoing separatist conflicts) are often cited as particularly volatile and assumed by some Western commentators and policymakers to be `next' on Putin's `wish list'. But, as Helena Rytoevuori-Apunen demonstrates here, this is a gross (and dangerous) oversimplification that will only serve to fuel the vicious circle of reciprocal military escalation. Drawing on a range of empirical research and across separatist conflicts in Georgia (South Ossetia and Abkhazia), Moldova (Transnistria and Gagauzia) and Azerbaijan (Nagorno-Karabakh) and the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, her timely book provides a balanced assessment and critique of the assumptions and misunderstandings that inform mainstream discussions, as well as placing the conflicts in their proper and complex historical contexts. At a time when there is an increasing tendency to view Russia as the source of all instability in Eastern Europe, Power and Conflict in Russia's Borderlands is essential reading for anyone interested in the geopolitics of post-Soviet Russia, as well as policymakers and practitioners of peace/conflict resolution studies.

Representing African Music - Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions (Hardcover): Kofi Agawu Representing African Music - Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions (Hardcover)
Kofi Agawu
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The aim of this book is to stimulate debate by offering a critique of discourse about African music. Who writes about African music, how, and why? What assumptions and prejudices influence the presentation of ethnographic data? To what orders of authority do scholars appeal? What ethical considerations motivate individual scholars? Even the term "African music" suggests there is an agreed-upon meaning, but African music signifies differently to different people. This book also poses the question then, "What is African music?" Agawu offers a new and provocative look at the history of African music scholarship that will resonate with students of ethnomusicology and post-colonial studies. He offers an alternative "Afro-centric" means of understanding African music, and in doing so, illuminates a different mode of creativity beyond the usual provenance of Western criticism. This book will undoubtedly inspire heated debate - and new thinking - among musicologists, cultural theorists, and post-colonial thinkers.

Britain, the Hashemites and Arab Rule - The Sherifian Solution (Hardcover): Timothy J. Paris Britain, the Hashemites and Arab Rule - The Sherifian Solution (Hardcover)
Timothy J. Paris; Foreword by Roger Tomkys
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After an introductory chapter treating generally Britain's war-time Middle Eastern policies and the activities of the Sherifians, the individual cases of Faisal, Abdullah and Husain are considered in separate chapters. With regard to Faisal and Abdullah, the analysis concludes at that point at which Britain made a definitive commitment to Sherifian rule in Iraq and Transjordan. In the final chapter, Britain's policy of supporting Husain is considered and the reasons for the failure of the policy of supporting the family as a whole are assessed in light of the collapse of Sherifian rule in the Hijaz. Despite that failure, the author concludes that, viewed in the context of the post-war Middle Eastern settlement, British sponsorship of Hashemite rule represented sound policy.

While Waiting Or Working For Change - Things To Do and Pitfalls To Avoid in Eritrea (Paperback): Bereket Habte Selassie While Waiting Or Working For Change - Things To Do and Pitfalls To Avoid in Eritrea (Paperback)
Bereket Habte Selassie
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Rethinking the Middle East (Paperback): Efraim Karsh Rethinking the Middle East (Paperback)
Efraim Karsh
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Rethinking the Middle East runs counter to the received wisdom in modern Middle East studies. This discipline has been dominated by what may be termed a culture of victimization; it views the local populations of the Middle East Arabs in particular as the hapless victims of alien encroachment, and blames the region's endemic malaise on Western political and cultural imperialism. The author contends that the influence of the Great Powers has not been the primary force behind the region's political development, nor the main cause of its famous volatility. He argues that the main impetus has been provided by regional factors; and that even at their weakest point in modern history - during the final stages of the Ottoman Empire - the peoples in the Middle East have played an active role in the restructuring of their region. Historical writing and popular beliefs concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict are re-examined in the light of this thesis.

Economic Geography of Higher Education - Knowledge, Infrastructure and Learning Regions (Hardcover): Frans Boekema, Roel Rutten Economic Geography of Higher Education - Knowledge, Infrastructure and Learning Regions (Hardcover)
Frans Boekema, Roel Rutten
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This exhaustive study from an experienced and respected set of editors and authors looks at the impact that universities have on their surroundings, with particular reference to regional development. With contributions from such leading scholars as Peter Maskell and Gunnar Törnqvist, this book will be of great interest to students and academics involved in regional economics, economic geography and innovation studies.

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