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Reba Wissner

During the 1950s and 1960s, the Cold War and the potential for nuclear attack were on everyone’s mind. It should therefore come as no surprise that despite an initial reluctance, several television shows that aired during this period focused on the atomic and hydrogen bombs ("the Bomb") and their potential for destruction. Music and the Atomic Bomb on American Television, 1950-1969 is the first book to consider the important role that music and sound play in the destruction narratives about the Bomb on Cold War-era television. This book not only examines the television shows that deal with the nuclear weapons in various forms and genres, but also contextualizes these shows through an analysis of primary source documents such as government pamphlets and documents, newspaper and periodical reports, presidential records, composer and television production records, and informational trade paperbacks.

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Zia Ul Haque Shamsi

The India-Pakistan relationship is complex and choreographed with wars, protracted conflicts and active disputes. Although the presence of nuclear weapons has decreased the probability of an all-out conventional war, the frequency of minor conflicts and crises have increased manifold. India considers nuclear weapons a deterrent against nuclear strikes, whereas Pakistan assumes that these would deter a nuclear as well as a conventional war. The central argument of this book is that another military engagement between India and Pakistan, similar to one in February 2019, exists with varying degrees of probability, thus challenging the efficacy of nuclear deterrence. Until the probabilities of military engagements are minimized, the possibilities of peace and stability in the region would remain elusive. Therefore, the situation asks for scholarly contribution in developing a new paradigm wherein the two nuclear neighbors are made to recognize the need to resolve their disputes instead of just managing them, to avoid recurrence of violent conflicts that can lead to a catastrophic nuclear exchange, no matter how limited it is.

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Pan-Arab News TV Station al-Mayadeen

The New Regressive Leftist Media

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Christine Crone

This book is the first comprehensive research conducted on the pan-Arab TV station al-Mayadeen – an important representative of the post-2011 generation of Arab satellite news media. Likewise, it is an investigation of a growing political trend and ideological discourse in the Arab world, which the book identifies as The New Regressive Left. The book sheds light on overlooked parts of the Arab population, which neither identified with the vision of the young activists initiating the uprisings, nor with the ambition of the growing Islamist tendency that followed. Rather it voices a grouping of Shia Muslims, religious minorities, parts of the Arab Left, secular cultural producers, and supports of the resistance movements brought together by their shared fear of the future.

Drawing on a wide variety of programmes from the station’s first four years and on interviews with staff members, the book captures how a TV station can play a role in the production of ideology through e.g. its composition of programmes, collaborations, events, iconization of cultural figures, choice of aesthetics, as well as through its recycling of cultural heritage and already existing ideological concepts. Overall, four ideological core concepts emerges, namely: the support of the resistance, the rejection of Sunni Islamism, the acceptance of authoritarianism, and the challenging of neoliberalism. Taking seriously a media outlet such as al-Mayadeen and the worldview driving an ideological discourse such as The New Regressive Left seems more acute than ever if we want to grasp the developments in a post-2011 Arab world.

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Edited by Silvia G. Kurlat Ares and Ezequiel De Rosso

The Peter Lang Companion to Latin American Science Fiction provides a comprehensive overview of science fiction in Latin America by addressing the history and criticism of the genre in the region. It not only maps the cornerstones of the field (books, comics, magazines, movies) but also studies the specific political, social and cultural concerns that gave rise to its distinctive patterns and ideas. This volume organizes and systematizes the state of the field. In this sense, the aim of the Companion is to analyze Latin American science fiction hand in hand with the literature and culture produced in the rest of the region, providing a proper context for its historic, cultural and political themes. Taking into account the complexity of contemporary debates in the field, the editors have made a point of inviting contributors from a wide variety of countries to provide the most diverse possible set of perspectives on the development of science fiction in Latin America.

The volume serves the needs of readers interested in science fiction at large, either in its original language or in translation; students trying to understand the genre; and teachers seeking to address the main issues in the development of the genre in the region by including current approaches to the material. The Companion is an indispensable teaching and learning tool, as well as reference book for critics and interested readers.

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Presidential Politics after Woodstock

Exit Right to Hurd Road

Jeffrey J. Volle

Presidential Politics after Woodstock: Exit Right to Hurd Road is a unique narrative on the American electorate's move away from the New Deal and Great Society to the political right after the largest gathering of a new generation of young Americans at a farm in Bethel, New York. Perhaps the apex of the anti-Vietnam War movement, three days of peace, love and music ended in the early morning of August 18, 1969. These youngsters were trying to stop a war and change the "norms" of society for almost five years. But as they hopped into their vans and muddied cars that took them away from Yasgur’s farm many would exit right onto Hurd Road and a slow march to the political right. This book looks back at the political politics that consumed the American electorate from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.

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Lars Giesen

Der Autor untersucht die Rechtsnatur des Interessenausgleichs gem. § 112 I 1 BetrVG, der einen Ausgleich der Interessen des Unternehmers an einer wirtschaftlichen Rationalisierung und der Arbeitnehmer an dem Erhalt ihres Arbeitsplatzes bei Betriebsänderungen ermöglichen soll. Nach der Darlegung und Bewertung des bisherigen Meinungsbildes wird ein eigenes Ergebnis anhand des klassischen juristischen Auslegungskanons begründet. Dabei spielen insbesondere allgemeine vertragsrechtliche Gesichtspunkte eine Rolle. Die Arbeit kommt schließlich zu dem Ergebnis, dass eine pauschale Einordnung des Interessenausgleichs scheitern muss und deswegen auf den Bindungswillen der Parteien im Einzelfall abzustellen ist.

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Russian Regional Journalism

Struggle and Survival in the Heartland

Elina Erzikova and Wilson Lowrey

Russian Regional Journalism: Struggle and Survival in the Heartland takes an intimate look at the enormous challenges and small victories experienced by local Russian journalists across the post-perestroika and Putin eras. The book examines 13 years of journalists’ struggles for independence and meaning as they weigh their professional goals and community obligations against their growing dependence on local elite. Russia’s sub-national levels—its provinces and communities—remain understudied but important. Local newspapers are the only means by which news reaches many rural Russians, and Russia’s "heartland" regions are a significant source of support for the current national regime. The book contributes importantly to our understanding of Russian journalism, and to our understanding of local journalism generally, an increasingly vulnerable institution in countries around the world. Russian Regional Journalism seeks answers to a number of questions: How do challenging political-economic environments constrain and guide the ways Russian journalists imagine their roles and do their work? Can journalists represent their regions in meaningful, distinct ways, and are they seeking autonomy or mere survival? How does local Russian journalism fit within the global context of local journalism? Russian Regional Journalism will serve as a valuable companion text for senior-level or graduate courses on Russian media and culture, global media, local journalism, media production, and media sociology. The book will also be of value to anyone interested in journalism’s ongoing challenges in a diverse, changing world.

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Otilia Clipa and Erica Cîmpan

Early childhood education is a new & priority of European trends education and a means of increasing the quality of the life. This study aims to provide an analysis of the kindergartens in nature experiences, where children’s lives are conducted in close contact with nature and the outdoor activities in any season and in any weather are an important part of the daily program. These outdoor activities have a significant contribution to social and emotional development of the preschoolers. The concept of kindergartens in nature is an innovative educational concept in which the education for sustainable management and environment has an integrated approach. These activities contribute to the social and emotional development of preschoolers.

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Somalis in the Neo-South

African Immigration, Politics and Race

Dorian Brown Crosby

As demographics change and the southern American region grows more multicultural, clashes between mentalities and contemporary population realties increase. Somalis in the Neo-South: African Immigration, Politics and Race offers a balanced and insightful look at Somalis in the southern United States. Politically centered, it is a thought-provoking book that presents an essential and positive alternative to the familiar portrayal of Somalis in the United.States as terrorists. It explains the U.S. resettlement process and illuminates the civic engagement and entrepreneurship of Somalis in Clarkston, Georgia, and Nashville, Tennessee.

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Julian Siller

Die zwischenstaatliche Kooperation von Steuerbehörden erlangt immer größere Bedeutung. Mit dem Amtshilfeübereinkommen stützt die deutsche Finanzverwaltung ihre grenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit seit 2015 erstmals auf ein multilaterales völkerrechtliches Abkommen, welches zu einer Vielzahl weiterer Rechtsgrundlagen hinzutritt. Der Autor hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, das Amtshilfeübereinkommen umfassend zu analysieren und seine Einbindung in die deutsche Rechtsordnung aufzuzeigen. Vor allem wird die Reichweite der Regelungen mit den zuvor bereits existierenden Rechtsgrundlagen verglichen. Dadurch soll aufgezeigt werden, inwieweit das Abkommen geeignet ist, die bisherige grenzüberschreitende Kooperation der deutschen Finanzverwaltung zu modifizieren bzw. zu intensivieren.