• History
      November 2014

      Flogging Others

      Corporal Punishment and Cultural Identity from Antiquity to the Present

      by G.Geltner

      Corporal punishment is often seen as a litmus test for a society's degree of civilization. Its licit use purports to separate modernity from premodernity, enlightened from barbaric cultures. As Geltner argues, however, neither did the infliction of bodily pain typify earlier societies nor did it vanish from penal theory, policy, or practice. Far from displaying a steady decline that accelerated with the Enlightenment, physical punishment was contested throughout Antiquity and the Middle Ages, its application expanding and contracting under diverse pressures. Moreover, despite the integration of penal incarceration into criminal justice systems since the nineteenth century, modern nation states and colonial regimes increased rather than limited the use of corporal punishment. Flogging Others thus challenges a common understanding of modernization and Western identity and underscores earlier civilizations' nuanced approaches to punishment, deviance, and the human body. Today as in the past, corporal punishment thrives due to its capacity to define otherness efficiently and unambiguously, either as a measure acting upon a deviant's body or as a practice that epitomizes - in the eyes of external observers - a culture's backwardness.

    • Laws of Specific jurisdictions
      July 2014

      The Rise & Fall of Freedom in America

      by Ray Hall

      This book will show you how to get the government off your back and out of your life! Do you realize the government considers you their property? When you’re the property of others, that’s defined as SLAVERY! Do you realize the government PRESUMES it’s sovereign over you, and can tell you what you can and can’t do? Do you realize America is currently governed by forces that want to totally control you? This book is filled with REMEDIES! It will also teach you: The almost lost knowledge of the foundational principles our system was originally founded upon and how individuals can easily restore their true God given legal status as sovereigns over those pretending to be our government. It is filled with remedies that will get the government off your back and out of your life. However, you can’t be saved as long as you’re ignorant of the correct principles our system endowed us with, principles that are no longer taught because if they were, the conspirators could not get away with what they are doing.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      February 2015

      Sweet Rosa

      by Kingsley Osei, David Asimeng

      Sweet Rosa is a picture book which details the brave stance of a young African-American woman named Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to a white person on bus in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. Ms. Parks' actions led to the infamous Montgomery bus boycott and helped establish the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The bold and courageous act of Ms. Parks, Dr. King and thousands of boycotters and civil rights advocates eventually pushed the Supreme Court to declare segregation on buses unconstitutional, helping to put racial discrimination to rest. This book takes young readers on an historic, illustrious journey through this staple event and how it has forever shaped the racial outlook of equality for adults and children alike in today's society.

    • Politics & government
      July 2015

      The Global Minotaur

      America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy

      by Yanis Varoufakis

      In this remarkable and provocative book, Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece, explodes the myth that financialisation, ineffectual regulation of banks, greed and globalisation were the root causes of both the Eurozone crisis and the global economic crisis. Rather, they are symptoms of a much deeper malaise which can be traced all the way back to the Great Crash of 1929, then on through to the 1970s: the time when a Global Minotaur was born. Today's deepening crisis in Europe is just one of the inevitable symptoms of the weakening Minotaur; of a global system which is now as unsustainable as it is imbalanced. Going beyond this, Varoufakis reveals how we might reintroduce a modicum of reason into what has become a perniciously irrational economic order. An essential account of the socio-economic events and hidden histories that have shaped the world as we now know it

    • Politics & government
      July 2014

      Rogue State

      A Guide to the Worlds Only Superpower

      by William Blum

      This is not a book for anyone who wishes to maintain any cosy illusions about their own liberty - let alone the liberty of anyone in any country to whose domestic policy the United States government takes exception ... We find in these pages, meticulously detailed and annotated, all the instances of assassination, covert and overt destabalisation, election-rigging, sponsorship of terrorism, secret surveillance, brainwashing and provocation that the US has employed to further its burgeoning corporate empire (otherwise known as the "new world order") ... After reading Rogue State, it is impossible to hang fast to the comforting illusion that the "American way" is some kind of enlightenment' - Will Self Rogue State and its author came to sudden international attention when Osama Bin Laden quoted the book publicly in January 2006, propelling the book to the top of the bestseller charts in a matter of hours. It is an essential guide to the crimes and misdemeanours of the world's only superpower.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      August 2018

      Hitler – New Research

      by Elizabeth Harvey, Johannes Hürter

      How should we understand Hitler as a factor in the history of the Third Reich? In recent years scholarly interest in the German dictator has once again intensified, as is evident from debates surrounding the publication of Mein Kampf, and from the publication of numerous new studies on Hitler’s personality, ideology and politics. Edited by Elizabeth Harvey (University of Nottingham) and Johannes Hürter (Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin), the third volume of the German Yearbook of Contemporary History presents the latest in German research on Hitler based on selected articles from the Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte. Additionally, it includes new commentaries by renowned experts from the English-speaking world on theories concerning Hitler’s personality and authenticity, the sources of his radical racism, and the relationship between the dictator and German society.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      June 2018

      Deutsche Ideologie. Zur Kritik der Philosophie

      Manuskripte in chronologischer Anordnung

      by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Gerald Hubmann, Ulrich Pagel

      Die Manuskripte von Marx und Engels zur Kritik der Deutschen Ideologie sind fragmentarisch geblieben. Die vorliegende Ausgabe präsentiert sie in zentralen Auszügen und chronologisch geordnet. Damit erlaubt sie einen aufschlussreichen ‚Blick in die Werkstatt‘. Im Zuge der grundsätzlichen Kritik an der deutschen Philosophie und am deutschen Sozialismus entwickeln Marx und Engels den eigenen terminologischen und theoretischen Rahmen: Begriffe differenzieren sich aus, Manuskriptfragmente über Arbeitsteilung sowie das Verhältnis von Sein und Bewusstsein entstehen. Die Texte werden hier auf der Grundlage der historisch-kritischen Edition in der Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA) in chronologischer Anordnung wiedergegeben und durch wichtige Textvarianten ergänzt. Beigegebene Manuskriptseiten im Faksimile-Druck zeigen die intensive gemeinsame Arbeit von Marx und Engels, ebenso aber auch den Entwurfscharakter und den schlechten Erhaltungszustand vieler Manuskripte.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      October 2018

      Westerweel Group: Non-Conformist Resistance against Nazi-Germany

      A Joint Rescue Effort of Dutch Idealists and Dutch-German Zionists

      by Hans Schippers

      The book about the Westerweel Group tells the fascinating story about the cooperation of some ten non-conformist Dutch socialists and a group of Palestine Pioneers who mostly had arrived in the Netherlands from Germany and Austria the late thirties. With the help of Joop Westerweel, the headmaster of a Rotterdam Montessori School, they found hiding places in the Netherlands. Later on, an escape route to France via Belgium was worked out. Posing as Atlantic Wall workers, the pioneers found their way to the south of France. With the help of the Armée Juive, a French Jewish resistance organization, some 70 pioneers reached Spain at the beginning of 1944. From here they went to Palestine. Finding and maintaining the escape route cost the members of the Westerweel Group dear. With some exceptions, all members of the group were arrested by the Germans. Joop Westerweel was executed in August 1944. Other members, both in the Netherlands and France, were send to German concentration camps, where some perished.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      November 2017

      Parteiendemokratien

      Zur Legitimation der EU-Mitgliedstaaten durch politische Parteien

      by Andreas von Gehlen

      Etablierte Parteien haben in den Mitgliedstaaten der Europäischen Union zuletzt an Rückhalt durch die Bevölkerung verloren. Die Parteiendemokratien selber werden jedoch nicht signifikant infrage gestellt. Dies drängt die Frage auf, warum politische Parteien Funktionen wahrnehmen können, die einen maßgeblichen Beitrag zur demokratischen Legitimation staatlicher Herrschaftsausübung leisten. Die Komplexität dieser Frage erfordert eine interdisziplinäre Vorgehensweise: Nach den philosophischen Grundlagen von Legitimation ist ihren historischen Konzeptionen nachzugehen. Hierauf bauen die normativen Verankerungen der heutigen Parteiendemokratien auf, die durch politikwissenschaftlich begleitete Debatten Nuancierungen erfuhren. Dabei entwickelten sich die nationalen Parteiendemokratien in der EU nicht isoliert voneinander – ihre Eignung zur Lösung des Legitimationsproblems muss stets aus europäischer Perspektive analysiert werden. Indem die vorliegende Studie die Parteiendemokratien aller derzeit 28 EU-Mitglieder untersucht, sollen ihre institutionellen Voraussetzungen und Funktionsbedingungen zur Vermittlung von Legitimation identifiziert werden.

    • Society & culture: general
      2018

      Looking for the Nation

      Towards Another Idea of India

      by Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee

      ‘This splendid book will deepen the understanding of nationalism in our dark time.’—Talal Asad, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York This urgent and compelling book comes at a time when toxic nationalism is causing the violent and systematic exclusion of political, religious, sexual and other minorities. Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee reminds us that the modern nation-state, built on fear and an obsession with territory, is often at odds with democracy, justice and fraternity. Critically analyzing the ideas of thinkers who laid the political and ethical grounds of India’s modern identity—Nehru, Ambedkar, Gandhi, Tagore, and Aurobindo—Bhattacharjee shows how we have strayed from their inclusive, diverse visions. He effortlessly weaves personal and intellectual histories, navigating through vast swathes of scholarship, to sketch a radically ethical imagination against the sound and fury of nationalism. He dips into fascinating anecdotes, recalling Ashok Kumar’s friendship with Manto against the shadow of Partition, Ali Sardar Jafri’s Jnanpith Award acceptance speech, and his own encounter with the Sufi qawwal, Fareed Ayaz, among others. Concluding with an enlightening genealogy of modern politics in the light of its present crisis, he exhorts us towards a new politics of trust. Brimming with thought-provoking analyses and commentary, Looking for the Nation is an extraordinary and illuminating account of India’s politics and culture.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      July 2016

      Great Nation Needs Bigger City

      by LU Ming

      Winner of the 2017 WENJIN BOOK AWARDS. Great Nation Needs Bigger City is a comprehensive presentation about the research results of Professor Lu Ming’s work in many years. It focuses on the realistic issues in the current process of urban and rural economic development in China. The urbanization process in China has only been half-way through but the problems in the big cities and in the countryside are coming into the public spotlight. Comparing the current situations in China with global experiences, based on the local realities and practical theories, the author argues strongly about the importance of developing big cities in China. He also pays special attention to the path of development of Shanghai, systematically analyzing the advantages of big cities for the individuals, the communities and for the entire nation. It is only when allowing the market to have its full influences on labor force and other social production factors, the difficult contemporary social issues can be resolved thoroughly. The focuses of the government functions should be put on the aspects where the market cannot cast its influences, for instance, the infrastructures and public services. Through this book, the author tries to call for the cancellation of the restrictions against free flows of the domestic population, and to advocate the development of big cities in order to help the urbanization process in China speed up. Only through aggregation, only through pursuing the balancing of the per capita GDP instead of the regional GDP, the economic developments can be truly balanced, which will eventually benefit the nation and its people greatly.

    • Political science & theory
      November 2019

      Mutant Neoliberalism

      Market Rule and Political Rupture

      by William Callison, Zachary Manfredi, Étienne Balibar, Wendy Brown, Melinda Cooper, Sören Brandes, Julia Elyachar, Michel Feher, Megan C. Moodie, Christopher Newfield, Dieter Plehwe, Lisa Rofel, Leslie Salzinger, Quinn Slobodian

      While taking on the big question of our day, this book spans topics that will find interested readers everywhere: far right movements, immigration, feminism, populism, mass media, socialism, fascism, and struggles over the contemporary university.

    • Political science & theory
      March 2020

      Crimmigrant Nations

      Resurgent Nationalism and the Closing of Borders

      by Robert Koulish, Maartje van der Woude

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    • Politics & government
      March 2014

      Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power

      Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons

      by Max Haiven

      Today, when it seems like everything has been privatized, when austerity is too often seen as an economic or political problem that can be solved through better policy, and when the idea of moral values has been commandeered by the right, how can we re-imagine the forces used as weapons against community, solidarity, ecology and life itself? In this stirring call to arms, Max Haiven argues that capitalism has colonized how we all imagine and express what is valuable. Looking at the decline of the public sphere, the corporatization of education, the privatization of creativity, and the power of finance capital in opposition to the power of the imagination and the growth of contemporary social movements, Haiven provides a powerful argument for creating an anti-capitalist commons. Capitalism is not in crisis, it is the crisis, and moving beyond it is the only key to survival. Crucial reading for all those questioning the imposition of austerity and hoping for a fairer future beyond it.

    • Political economy
      August 2014

      Capitalism and Its Alternatives

      by Chris Rogers

      The global economic crisis has catalysed debates about the merits of capitalism as a system for organizing production, distribution and exchange. Political elites have argued that capitalism is not fundamentally pernicious or crisis-prone and can be successfully reformed with the right set of policies. Conversely, many have argued that a wholesale change of attitude towards the status and creation of wealth in contemporary society is required if crises of this kind are to be prevented in the future. In Capitalism and Its Alternatives, Chris Rogers provides a critical introduction to theories of capitalism and to the forms of its crises in historical and contemporary contexts, as well as reflecting on the practice of anti-capitalism and the ways that economic and social relations are shaped, reshaped and resisted. Crucially, the book asks two key questions: What alternatives to capitalism exist? And by what processes and through what institutions might they be achieved?

    • Social & political philosophy
      May 2015

      First Measures of the Coming Insurrection

      by Eric Hazan and Kamo

      We have witnessed a beginning, the birth of a new age of revolt and upheaval. In North Africa and the Middle East it took the people a matter of days to topple what were supposedly entrenched regimes. Now, to the west, multiple crises are etching away at a 'democratic consensus' that has, since the 1970's, plagued and suppressed any sparks of revolutionary potential. It is time to prepare for the coming insurrection. In this bold and beautifully written book, Eric Hazan and Kamo provide a short account of what is to be done in the aftermath of a regime's demise: how to prevent any power from restoring itself and how to reorganise society without a central authority and according to the people's needs. Arguing that neither the reshuffling of political leadership, in the guise of 'democratic transition' or 'constitutional progress', nor a 'transition period', classically advocated by 20th century communists, between a capitalist social order and a communist horizon will do, The Irreversible Insurrection is more than the voice of a new generation of revolutionary, it is the manual for the coming, global revolution.

    • Politics & government
      April 2015

      The Racket

      A rogue reporter vs the masters of the universe

      by Matt Kennard

      During his time at the Financial Times, investigative journalist Matt Kennard uncovered a scam, a deception and rip-off of immense proportions. From slanging matches with Henry Kissinger to afternoon coffees with the man who captured Che Guevara, Kennard's unbridled access over four years to the creme de la creme of the American elite left him with only one conclusion. The world as we know it is run by a squad of cigar smoking men with big guns and big cash, and the racketeer's reach is far too close to home. It's time for the world's citizens to uncover the racket.

    • Political / legal thriller
      June 2015

      Confessions of a Terrorist

      A Novel

      by Richard Jackson

      In a claustrophobic concrete cell, two men face each other across a bare table. One is a wanted terrorist, the other a British intelligence officer. But this is no ordinary interrogation, and as they talk deep into the night and violent secrets are revealed, the line between interrogator and confessor begins inextricably to blur. Who, then, is the real terrorist? And will they pay for their guilt in blood? The debut novel by world-renowned terrorism expert Richard Jackson, Confessions of a Terrorist is a provocative, tense and ultimately shocking portrayal of how far both individuals and governments are willing to go to defend their beliefs.

    • Politics & government
      November 2015

      A Kingdom in Crisis

      Thailand's Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

      by Andrew MacGregor Marshall

      Struggling to emerge from a despotic past, and convulsed by an intractable conflict that will determine its future, Thailand stands at a defining moment in its history. Scores have been killed on the streets of Bangkok. Freedom of speech is routinely denied. Democracy appears increasingly distant. And many Thais fear that the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej is expected to unleash even greater instability. Yet in spite of the impact of the crisis, and the extraordinary importance of the royal succession, they have never been comprehensively analyzed - until now. Breaking Thailand's draconian lese majesté law, Andrew MacGregor Marshall is one of the only journalists covering contemporary Thailand to tell the whole story. He provides a comprehensive explanation that for the first time makes sense of the crisis, revealing the unacknowledged succession conflict that has become entangled with the struggle for democracy in Thailand.

    • Politics & government
      May 2015

      North Korea: State of Paranoia

      by Paul French

      North Korea continues to make headlines, arousing curiosity and fear in equal measure. The world’s most secretive nuclear power, it still has Gulag-style prison camps, allows no access to the Internet and bans its people from talking to foreigners without official approval. In this remarkable and eye-opening book, internationally best-selling author Paul French examines in forensic detail the history and politics of North Korea, Pyongyang’s complex relations with South Korea, Japan, China and America, and the implications of Kim Jong-un’s increasingly belligerent leadership following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il. As an already unstable North Korea grows ever more unpredictable, antagonizing enemies and allies alike, North Korea: State of Paranoia delivers a provocative and frightening account of a potentially explosive nuclear tripwire.

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