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Edited by Pascaline Winand, Andrea Benvenuti and Max Guderzo

The book analyses the attitudes of non-EU countries towards European integration in historical and contemporary perspectives. The authors study a range of actors in Europe and beyond to explain the impact of the creation of the European Communities on the international system and how the EU is perceived in the world.
The book further shows the significance of the institutional interplay within the EU, and between EU institutions, member states and external actors led by their own internal dynamics to explain policy outcomes. It investigates to what extent the perceptions of the international community towards the European Communities and the EU have been influenced by the complexity of their decision-making and the difficulty of reconciling the views of member states on key external relations issues. The authors also study the interplay of non-EU countries and the EU within the broader context of international and regional institutions and forums for international cooperation.
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Guy Laforest

This book combines the approaches of political theory and of intellectual history to provide a lucid account of Québec’s contemporary situation within the Canadian federation.
Guy Laforest considers that the province of Québec, and its inhabitants, are exiled within Canada. They are not fully integrated, politically and constitutionally, nor are they leaving the federation, for now and for the foreseeable future. They are in between these two predicaments. Laforest provides insights into the current workings of the Canadian federation, and some of its key figures of the past fifty years, such as Pierre Elliott Trudeau, René Lévesque, Stephen Harper and Claude Ryan.
The book also offers thought-provoking studies of thinkers and intellectuals such as James Tully, Michel Seymour and André Burelle. Laforest revisits some key historical documents and events, such as the Durham Report and the 1867 and 1982 constitutional documents. He offers political and constitutional proposals that could contribute to help Québec moving beyond the current predicament of internal exile.
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Roher Diamant Dalmatien

Die habsburgische Verwaltung, ihre Probleme und das Land, wie beschrieben von seinem Gouverneur Lilienberg für Kaiser Franz I. (1834)


Edited by Konrad Clewing

Als sich 1834 der dalmatinische Gouverneur Graf Lilienberg daran machte, einen eingehenden Bericht an Kaiser Franz I. von Österreich über die Zustände in der von Lilienberg mehrfach intensiv bereisten Provinz Dalmatien zu verfassen und dem Kaiser auch persönlich zu übergeben, legte er darein große Hoffnungen. Der Kaiser sollte nicht nur über das Land an der Adria und seine Verwaltung gezielt unterrichtet werden, sondern auch die anderen zentralen Entscheidungsträger in Wien künftig vermehrt übergehen und Dalmatien insgesamt eine schnellere Entwicklung ermöglichen. Daraus wurde im weiteren nicht viel: Dalmatien blieb eine im Gesamtstaat wenig beachtete und wenig einflussreiche Randregion der Habsburgermonarchie. Dafür bietet aber die vorliegende Edition des Lilienberg'schen Reiseberichts tiefe Einsichten nicht nur in die örtlichen Verhältnisse, sondern auch in die Funktionsweise und die Prinzipien habsburgischen Verwaltens im Vormärz. Das Buch richtet sich nicht nur an Historiker mit Interesse an Verwaltung, an der Habsburgermonarchie und an Dalmatien, sondern dank der Plastizität der zeitgenössischen Schilderung auch an kulturinteressierte Dalmatienreisende von heute, um ihnen an der Küste und im Hinterland als Ferienbegleitung zu dienen.
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The Vicious Circle 1832–1864

A History of the Polish Intelligentsia – Part 2


Edited by Jerzy Jedlicki

The three-part work provides a first synthetic account of the history of the Polish intelligentsia from the days of its formation to World War I. Part two (1832-1864) analyses the growing importance of the intelligentsia in the epoch marked by the triumph of the Polish romanticism. The stress is put on the debates of the position of intelligentsia in the society, as well as on tensions between great romantic ideas and realities of everyday life. A substantial part deals with the genesis, outbreak and defeat as well as the consequences of the national uprising in 1863, whose preparation was to a high degree the work of the intelligentsia. The work combines social and intellectual history, tracing both the formation of the intelligentsia as a social stratum and the forms of engagement of the intelligentsia in the public discourse. Thus, it offers a broad view of the group’s transformations which immensely influenced the course of the Polish history.
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"Völkisch" Writers and National Socialism

A Study of Right-Wing Political Culture in Germany, 1890–1960


Guy Tourlamain

This book provides a view of literary life under the Nazis, highlighting the ambiguities, rivalries and conflicts that determined the cultural climate of that period and beyond. Focusing on a group of writers – in particular, Hans Grimm, Erwin Guido Kolbenheyer, Wilhelm Schäfer, Emil Strauß, Börries Freiherr von Münchhausen and Rudolf Binding – it examines the continuities in völkisch-nationalist thought in Germany from c. 1890 into the post-war period and the ways in which völkisch-nationalists identified themselves in opposition to four successive German regimes: the Kaiserreich, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich and the Federal Republic. Although their work predated Hitler’s National Socialist movement, their contribution to preparing the cultural climate for the rise of Nazism ensured them continued prominence in the Third Reich. Those who survived into the post-war era continued to represent the völkisch-nationalist worldview in the West German public sphere, opposing both the Soviet and liberal-democratic models for Germany’s future. While not uncontroversial, they were able to achieve significant publishing success, suggesting that a demand existed for their works among the German public, stimulating debate about the nature of the recent past and its effect on Germany’s cultural and political identity and position in the world.
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Concilier démocratie et diversité

Essais de théorie politique


Edited by Bernard Gagnon and Jackie Steele

Démocratie et diversité sont-elles conciliables ? Et, si oui, à quelles conditions ? Selon un discours dominant, le modèle libéral, pluraliste et multiculturel serait le seul véritablement en mesure de répondre à ce défi. Mais le prix à payer serait un renoncement à l’idéal républicain du bien commun et à l’idée d’une communauté de citoyens qui s’autogouvernent.
Les auteurs de ce livre, qu’ils s’inscrivent dans les courants républicain, libéral ou radical, ne partagent pas ce constat. La conciliation entre démocratie et diversité n’a pas le libéralisme multiculturel comme seul horizon. Au contraire, c’est en reposant les fondements de la démocratie, et en conservant à l’arrière-plan un certain héritage républicain, que peut émerger une nouvelle approche de la diversité.
Pour certains auteurs, cet héritage républicain est celui de posséder une grammaire culturelle commune afin d’assurer une cohésion collective, pour d’autres, il s’exprime comme liberté de non-domination ou encore comme modèle d’autodétermination démocratique. Un héritage qui est pluriel, mais qui a encore un rôle aujourd’hui pour répondre aux problèmes politiques des sociétés démocratiques, dont celui de la diversité et de la reconnaissance des différences.
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Negotiating Diversity

Identity, Pluralism and Democracy


Edited by Alain-G. Gagnon and José-Maria Sauca

This book provides new insights into the negotiation and management of diversity in complex democratic settings. Much debate has been generated recently over questions of human rights and dignity with the aim of empowering and improving the recognition of smaller nations.
The book’s central idea is that respect for democracy and protection of human rights represent the most potent ways for the advancement and enrichment of cultural, ideological and legal pluralism. The pursuit and accomplishment of such objectives can only be achieved through negotiation that leads to the accommodation and empowerment of minority groups and nations.
Negotiating Diversity brings into dialogue political scientists, philosophers and jurists, and enriches a major discussion launched some years back by Yael Tamir’s Liberal Nationalism, Alain-G. Gagnon and James Tully’s Multinational Democracies, as well as Wayne Norman’s Negotiating Nationalism, and Will Kymlicka’s Multicultural Citizenship.
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Adrian Robu

Mégare est la seule cité de Grèce antique à avoir essaimé des colonies aussi bien en Sicile que sur les rives de la Propontide et dans le Pont-Euxin. À partir des récits antiques, des inscriptions et des documents archéologiques, l’auteur se propose d’offrir une nouvelle interprétation d’un mouvement colonial unique en son genre. Étudiant les causes du départ des Mégariens, il révèle le rôle déterminant joué par les conflits qui opposaient les familles aristocratiques. Il montre aussi que les fondations mégariennes furent le résultat d’une sorte de synœcisme primitif, d’un rassemblement de plusieurs groupes de colons le plus souvent hétérogènes du point de vue ethnique. Les institutions restaient en revanche calquées sur celles de la métropole : les subdivisions civiques et plusieurs magistratures mégariennes furent ainsi reproduites à l’identique. En outre, l’étude des institutions permet de mettre en évidence le rapport étroit qui existe entre l’émergence de la cité et le début de la colonisation grecque, deux phénomènes simultanés du haut archaïsme, qui ont profondément et durablement marqué l’histoire des communautés helléniques.
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E-Political Socialization, the Press and Politics

The Media and Government in the USA, Europe and China


Edited by Christ´l De Landtsheer, Russell Farnen and Daniel B. German

This book examines the state of print and electronic media in the United States of America, Europe, and China. The latest mass communication advances demonstrate that we live in an increasingly media-centric world. The chapters include theoretical and empirical studies that shed light on the meaning of this development. The trajectory of people’s move to electronic communication is a global phenomenon affecting their daily life. Does this trend aid or impede democracy? Is there an emerging digital divide contributing to an increasing gap between the rich and poor people and nations? The four parts of this book explore various aspects of political socialization and its relationship with different media, including print, broadcasting, and the Internet.
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Simon Schunz

Ever since the first international negotiations on climate change in the early 1990s, the European Union has aspired to play a leading role in global climate politics.
This book engages in a longitudinal analysis of the EU’s participation in and impact on the United Nations climate regime.
It provides not only comprehensive insights into the evolution of EU foreign climate policy, but also a thought-provoking audit of the potential and limits of the EU’s influence in a major domain of global affairs.