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*THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* *SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH ACADEMY NAYEF AL-RODHAN PRIZE 2020* The riveting story of the pioneers who redefined conceptions of 'normality' in the early twentieth century. Under the guiding eye of cultural anthropologist Franz Boas, these scientist-explorers - most of them women - made intrepid journeys into far-flung communities all over the world, where they documented radically different social approaches that overturned Western assumptions about human diversity and challenged the era's scientific consensus. Here, the boundary-breaking lives and achievements of Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, Ella Deloria and Zora Neale Hurston are brought fully into light for the first time, showing how their trailblazing discoveries helped shape the moral universe we inhabit today. *WINNER OF THE FRANCIS PARKMAN PRIZE 2020* *FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2019*
When the Ottoman Empire collapsed, so many spies mingled in the lobby of Istanbul's Pera Palace Hotel that the manager put up a sign asking them to relinquish seats to paying guests. As the multi-ethnic empire became a Turkish republic, Russian emigres sold family heirlooms, an African American impresario founded a jazz club and Miss Turkey became the first Muslim beauty queen. Turkey's president Kemal Ataturk, Muslim feminist Halide Edip, the exiled Leon Trotsky and the future Pope John XXIII fought for new visions of human freedom. During the Second World War, German intellectuals ran from the Nazis while Jewish activists spirited refugees out of occupied Europe. This pioneering portrait of urban reinvention re-creates an era when an ancient city became a global crossroads-a moment when Europe's closest Muslim metropolis became its vital port of refuge.
*THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* 'Magnificent' Guardian / 'Hugely informative and adhesively readable' Sunday Times The Reinvention of Humanity tells the riveting story of a small circle of renegade scientist-explorers who changed something profound: what it means to be normal. In the early twentieth century, these pioneering anthropologists, most of them women, made intrepid journeys that overturned our assumptions about race, sexuality, gender and the nature of human diversity. From the Arctic to the South Pacific, from Haiti to Japan, they immersed themselves in distant or isolated communities, where they observed and documented radically different approaches to love and child-rearing, family structure and the relationship between women and men. With this evidence they were able to challenge the era's scientific consensus - and deep-rooted Western belief - that intelligence, ability and character are determined by a person's race or sex, and show that the roles people play in society are shaped in fact according to the immense variety of human cultures. Theirs were boundary-breaking lives, filled with scandal, romance, rivalry and tragedy. Those of Margaret Mead and her essential partner Ruth Benedict resulted in fame and notoriety. Those of Native American activist Ella Deloria and the African-American writer and ethnographer Zora Neale Hurston ended in poverty and obscurity; here their achievements are brought fully into the light for the first time. All were outsiders, including the controversial founder of their field, the wild-haired professor, German immigrant and revolutionary thinker, Franz Boas. The Reinvention of Humanity takes us on their globe-spanning adventures and shows how, together, these courageous and unconventional people created the moral universe we inhabit today.
The Caucasus mountains rise at the intersection of Europe, Russia,
and the Middle East. A land of astonishing natural beauty and a
dizzying array of ancient cultures, the Caucasus for most of the
twentieth century lay inside the Soviet Union, before movements of
national liberation created newly independent countries and sparked
the devastating war in Chechnya.
Post-conflict related efforts by the international community, towards state (re)building and the reconstruction of a society and its economy, have become more or less a regular feature of international affairs since the early 1990s. It seems that the demand for such international efforts is rising rather than diminishing. All have in common that the establishment of sound state structures and livable economies in a given state are considered by a sizeable and powerful group of states as something that is furthering international peace and stability. This book addresses the strategic and policy dimensions of these international state building and reconstruction efforts. The chapters take up issues relating to the economic, security-related, and institutional aspects. Table of Contents include: Lessons Unlearned: Why Most International Reconstruction Efforts in the Past Have Failed Measuring Progress in International State Building and Reconstruction Creating Market Economies in Post-Conflict Societies Paradoxes and Dilemmas of Democratization and State Building in War-Torn Countries Establishing Security in Conflict-Ridden Societies Fighting Insurgencies and Terrorists in Post-Conflict Situations Peace Operations and Peace Building in the Transatlantic Dialogue and The Future of International State Building and Reconstruction Efforts.
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