Archive for the ‘English and US / History & Essais’

english-nationalism

Author :  Jeremy Black

Publisher : Hurst

There is no English state within the UK-no English passport, Parliament or currency; nor is there any immediate prospect of one. But that does not mean that England lacks an identity.

The extent to which English nationalism has a deep history is a matter of controversy. Jeremy Black argues persuasively for its existence from ‘the Old English State’ onwards, predating the Norman invasion. By looking to the past, he seeks to understand England’s historical identity, and what it means for English nationalism today.

English Nationalism also probes how other nationalist movements within Britain have helped shape an English identity. Has hostility to ‘England’ and ‘Englishness’ been the principal driver of resurgent English nationalism?

The Brexit vote may appear to have cancelled out Scottish and other nationalisms as an issue-but in fact it has made what it is to be English a question of great urgency.

THE AUTHOR:

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter, and one of Britain’s most published academics. His interests include military history, British politics, newspaper and cartographic history, and international relations. Among his many books are Maps and History, War and the World, and A Short History of Britain.

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 224

ISBN: 9781849049856

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Author :  Anshel Pfeffer

Publisher : Hurst

For many in Israel and elsewhere, Benjamin Netanyahu is anathema, an embarrassment; yet he continues to dominate Israeli public life. How can we explain his rise, his hold on Israeli politics, and his outsized role on the world’s stage?

In Bibi, Anshel Pfeffer reveals the formative influence of Netanyahu’s father and grandfather, who bequeathed to him a once-marginal brand of Zionism combining Jewish nationalism with religious traditionalism. In the Zionist enterprise, Netanyahu embodies the triumph of the underdogs over the secular liberals who founded the nation.

Netanyahu’s Israel is a hybrid of ancient phobia and high-tech hope; of tribalism and globalism - just like the man himself. We cannot understand Israel today without first understanding the man who leads it.

THE AUTHOR:

Anshel Pfeffer has covered Israeli politics and global affairs for two decades. He is a senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and the Israel correspondent for The Economist. He lives in Jerusalem.

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 432

ISBN: 9781849049887

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Author :  Jim Brigginshaw

Publisher : Pen & Sword Books

This is the remarkable and unique story of Jim Bodero. Having been captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore in 1942, Jim was first sent to work in Burma, to build what has become known as the Death Railway. Unlike many of his comrades, Jim survived this ordeal, only to be transferred to Nagasaki, Japan, where he was sent to work in the nearby mines.

Jim describes how the conditions in the ‘Hell pits of Sendryu’ were even worse than those experienced in Burma, but were ultimately the reason why he survived the war. On 9 August 1945, the Americans, dropped the second nuclear bomb on Nagaski. Fortunately, Jim was deep underground at the time, but through this book he re-lives the harrowing aftermath of the attack when the ground shook violently.

Badly debilitated by the daily privations of working in the mine, weakened by chronic starvation, as well as suffering from the tropical diseases he contracted during his time on the Death Railway and on nightmarish prisoner-transport ships, Jim might have survived the war, but his experiences were to leave a legacy of pain that was to last a lifetime.

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 147

ISBN: 9781526740106

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Author : Ben White

Publisher : Pluto Press

After decades of occupation and creeping annexation, Israel has created an apartheid, one state reality in historic Palestine. Peace efforts have failed because of one, inconvenient truth: the Israeli maximum on offer does not meet the Palestinian minimum, or the standards of international law.

But while the situation on the ground is bleak, Ben White argues that there are widening cracks in Israel’s traditional pillars of support. Opposition to Israeli policies and even critiques of Zionism are growing in Jewish communities, as well as amongst Western progressives. The election of Donald Trump has served as a catalyst for these processes, including the transformation of Israel from a partisan issue into one that divides the US establishment. Meanwhile, the Palestinian-led boycott campaign is gathering momentum, prompting a desperate backlash by Israel and its allies.

With sharp analysis, Ben White says now is the time to plot a course that avoids the mistakes of the past - a way forward beyond apartheid in Palestine. The solution is not partition and ethnic separation, but equality and self-determination - for all.

THE AUTHOR:

Ben White is a journalist and analyst, who has been visiting and writing about Palestine for over a decade. His books include Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide (Pluto, 2014), and Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel (Pluto, 2018). His articles have been published by the Guardian, Independent, Newsweek Middle East, and many others. Ben is a frequent guest expert on Al Jazeera, and is a contributor for Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network.

Bibliographic Details

Format (cm): 13 * 20

Pages: 224

ISBN: 9780745337623

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Author:  Andrew Monaghan

Publisher : Manchester University Press

The book explores the Russian leadership’s strategic agenda and illuminates the range of problems it faces in implementing it. Given these difficulties and the Russian leadership’s concerns about an unstable and increasingly competitive world, the Russian official and expert community often use the term ‘mobilisation’ to describe the measures that Moscow is increasingly resorting to in order to implement its agenda. The book explores what this means, and concludes that many of the terms used in the Western debate about Russia both misdiagnose the nature of the challenge and misrepresent the situation in Russia. At a time when many of the books about Russia are focused specifically on the war in Ukraine and the deterioration in relations between the Euro-Atlantic community and Russia, or are biographies of Vladimir Putin, it offers a new and unique lens through which to understand how Russia works and how Russian domestic and foreign politics are intimately linked.

About the author:

Andrew Monaghan is Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security at the Oxford Changing Character of War Centre, based in Pembroke College, University of Oxford

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 112

ISBN: 978-1-5261-2641-2

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Authors :  Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery

Publisher : William Collins

In The Hidden Life of Trees Peter Wohlleben makes the case that the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families : tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.

A walk in the woods will never be the same again.

THE AUTHORS:

Peter Wohlleben born in Bonn, 1964, is a German forester and author who writes on ecological themes in popular language.

Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading thinkers and writers.

An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, he has published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers and many books. His books include the landmark works The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into more than 20 languages and in 2006 won the NSW Premiers Literary Prizes for Best Critical Writing and Book of the Year.

He received a Centenary of Federation Medal for his services to Australian science and in 2002 delivered the Australia Day address. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007 honoured as Australian of the Year. More …

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The author :  Nicholas Freudenberg

Publishing House : Oxford  University  Press

The first trade examination of the relationships between corporations, governments, and public health

Highly current, with relevence to current US controversies surrounding obesity, food systems, health care reform, and gun control

Local, state, and national examples of affirmative and negative relationships between corporations, governments, and public health

The first history of its kind by a leading public health scholar/practitioner More …

# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / THE REPUTATION PLAYBOOK

Posted by AT on Jeudi 4 décembre 2014

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Author : Jennifer Janson

Publisher: Harriman House

Why do some companies have a seemingly flawless reputation while others constantly fight a losing battle?

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# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / FLAGS IN HISTORY AND PROTOCOL

Posted by AT on Samedi 14 septembre 2013

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Auteur: Jean-Claude Meyer

Editeur : Books on Demand

The objective of this concise book is widder than just explaining the protocol of flags per se.

A more basic question is often set aside, namely why should one pay any attention on how to place or how to treat flags?

We all understand the attention paid to heads of States or governments in protocol. Flags however are basically nothing more than a piece of coloured tissue fixed to a pole.

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Ilan Peleg, Lafayette College, Pennsylvania

Dov Waxman, City University of New

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Arguing that a comprehensive and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict depends on a resolution of the Jewish-Palestinian conflict within Israel as much as it does on resolving the conflict between Israel and Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, this timely book explores the causes and consequences of the growing conflict between Israel’s Jewish majority and its Palestinian-Arab minority.

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