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The Many Faces of Crisis

An Analysis of Crisis Management from an Economic and Political Perspective

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Edited by Marek A. Cichocki and Tomasz Grzegorz Grosse

The authors of the book examine the phenomenon of crisis from the perspective of political and economic science. The texts of the book are focused on four aspects of the crisis: (1) the development problem, (2) the structural problem, (3) the management problem and (4) the problem of the weakening legitimacy of a specific crisis-stricken system. This book offers a proposal for a methodological approach to the evaluation of crisis reality and to research on the ways of overcoming the crisis by state authorities. The four proposed aspects of the analysis are an attempt to view the crisis from various perspectives, which are interrelated and not always clearly separable.

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Edited by Eamon Maher, Eugene O'Brien and Brian Lucey

This book looks at various effects, symptoms and consequences of the period in Irish culture known as the Celtic Tiger. It will trace the critical pathway from boom to bust – and up to the current beginnings of a similar, smaller boom – through events, personalities and products. The short entries offer a sense of the lived experience of this seismic period in contemporary Irish society.

While clearly not all aspects of the period could realistically be covered, the book does contain essential information about the central actors, events, themes, and economic trends, which are discussed in a readable and accessible manner. Each entry is linked to the overall Celtic Tiger phenomenon and its immediate aftermath.

The book also provides a comprehensive account of what happened in this period and will be a factual resource for anyone anxious to discover information on the areas most commonly connected to it. All entries are written by experts in the area. The contributors include broadcasters, economists, cultural theorists, sociologists, literary critics, journalists, politicians and writers, each of whom brings particular insights to some aspect of the Celtic Tiger.

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Europe: Civilizations Clashing

From Athens to the European Union

Piotr Jaroszyński and Lindael Rolstone

European culture is rich with diversity and character, developing, maturing, and emerging throughout the course of history. The authors of the book examine the complex nature and multifaceted culture of Europe, developed throughout time, through the lens of philosophy and theology. The authors cover the period from the Persians to the European Union and notice that clashes occurred and reoccurred throughout European history, which had an impact on Europe’s identity. Greece clashed against Persia. Islam clashed with Christianity. Christianity clashed within itself during the protestant reformation. The European Union now clashes with Christianity.

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Ladies and Lords

A History of Women’s Cricket in Britain

Rafaelle Nicholson

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Edited by Ladislaus Ludescher

Mit «Grenzen, Wenden und Zäsuren» liegt nach «Grenzüberschreitungen und Wendepunkte» der zweite Sammelband der Interdisziplinären Vortragsreihe (IVR) Heidelberg vor.

Aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven beschäftigen sich die Autoren, deren wissenschaftliche Diversität die Mannigfaltigkeit der Beiträge widerspiegelt, mit Themen aus der Germanistik, Geschichte, Kultur- und Literaturgeschichte, Linguistik, Literaturwissenschaft, Philosophie, Politik, Psychologie und Theologie.

Das Themenspektrum reicht von der Identität der Krypto-Muslime im Spanien der Frühen Neuzeit, über Wolfgang Herrndorf als Stimmungskünstler, Papst Franziskus und die Flüchtlinge, Stereotype und Rassismus sowie über Trauer- und Gedenkrituale im öffentlichen Raum bis zum Freiheitsbegriff der Fernsehserie Breaking Bad.

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Building Family Identity

The Orsini Castle of Bracciano from Fiefdom to Duchy (1470–1698)

Edited by Paolo Alei and Max Grossman

The Orsini of Bracciano were among the most powerful and influential signori di castelli of early modern Italy, controlling a vast domain that stretched from the Tyrrehenian Sea to the mountains of Abruzzo. This book explores the construction and decoration of their principal headquarters north of Rome between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries as well as the careers and artistic patronage of its leaders, who included captains, condottieri, cardinals and urban aristocrats. The castle is one of the largest in Latium and was once a centre of courtly culture and diplomacy, hosting princes, kings and popes. Today it boasts many beautifully preserved artworks of the Renaissance era, including frescos by Antoniazzo Romano and the Zuccari brothers.

The contributors to this study investigate the castle as a visual expression of the family identity of its builders. They trace its evolution from the fortified capital of a large fiefdom at the dawn of the age of artillery to the palatial residence of a ducal dynasty in the aftermath of the Italian Wars. Richly illustrated with numerous historic and new photographs, this book analyses a fascinating and mostly neglected facet of early modern Italian culture: the artistic patronage of seigniorial clans.

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Global South Powers in Transition

A Comparative Analysis of Mexico and South Africa

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Edited by Deon Geldenhuys and Humberto González

Employing a novel collaborative transnational methodology, this ground-breaking book presents the first comprehensive and systematic comparison of Mexico and South Africa. Although geographically, historically and diplomatically far apart, Mexico and South Africa are ambitious and influential powers in the Global South and also experience wide-ranging domestic transitions. A binational team of 26 researchers from the two countries, all specialists in their respective disciplines, probe the transitions that Mexico and South Africa are undergoing in areas such as socio-cultural diversity, domestic politics, economic development, labour dynamics, social and territorial inequality, food security, crime and violence, and foreign relations. The detailed country studies allow the authors to identify striking similarities but also profound differences between the two societies. In so doing, the book helps to explain Mexico and South Africa to each other but also to the world at large.

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L'Arménie entre la Russie et l'Occident

Quelle évolution dans un environnement complexe ?

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Anna Mkhoyan

En 2018 la Révolution de velours, pacifique dans son déroulement, amène au pouvoir son leader Nikol Pashinyan, dans un pays qui a déjà parcouru du chemin depuis sa souveraineté en 1991. C’est à cette Arménie que s’intéresse cette monographie : comment se place-t-elle par rapport à la Russie et les puissances occidentales, telles que l’Union européenne (UE) ou l’OTAN, et pourquoi ? 

Cette étude débute par une partie introductive sur les relations entre la Russie et l’Occident, le champ politique de l’espace post-soviétique étant dominé par ces acteurs et les instruments qu’ils proposent aux Nouveaux États indépendants (NEI). Dans un second temps, l’ouvrage s’intéresse aux évolutions et alignements distincts des NEI dans le système international. Ainsi, les votes de l’Arménie à l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies démontrent une position plus proche de celle de la Russie que de l’UE. Dans ce cadre, une étude des relations russo-arméniennes est proposée dans la troisième partie, afin d’expliquer les choix de politique extérieure de l’Arménie. Enfin, le livre se termine par une réflexion sur une éventuelle exception arménienne dans le Caucase du Sud en matière de coopération avec l’UE et l’OTAN compte tenu de la proximité des relations russo-arméniennes.

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Edited by Lorenzo Kamel

In this edited book, several leading scholars address a number of security-related issues, all connected to one main research question: What (in)security means from the perspective of people living in the Middle East and North Africa? In doing so, the contributors shed light on the contours of a stable and legitimate order that responds to the needs of the peoples in the region, on what history tells us about the ongoing debates on security and stability in the region, and, last but not least, on «human security», which encompasses the dimension of human rights, political rights and social/economic security.

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Roman History for Latin Students

Ambush at Caudium, Livy Ab Urbe Condita Book 9.1–12.328

Edited by Steven M. Cerutti

In the first twelve chapters of Book 9 of his Ab Urbe Condita, Livy tells the story of how, in 321 B.C., a young and untested Samnite commander named C. Pontius traps four Roman legions in the narrow mountain pass in the southern Apennines called the Caudine Forks. Stunned at his own success, he seeks the counsel of his father, who tells him that he must either let them go unscathed or slaughter them all to the man; there is no third option. For Pontius, however, turnabout is fairer play: long bristling under the jackboot of Roman saevitia et superbia, he decides to take this opportunity to inflict a little of his own. He frees the Romans, yes, but only after humiliating them by making them strip to their under-tunics and crawl beneath the yoke of the vanquished. What Pontius fails to realize is that the Romans will never suffer such indignation without answering with absolute reprisal. So, by his own foolish act of saevitia et superbia, Pontius guarantees the very outcome he was trying to avert: the destruction of his people and the ultimate hegemony of Rome throughout peninsular Italy.

This gripping story of Roman honor and fortitude under fire, at a time when Rome’s hegemony on the Italian peninsula was far from a foregone conclusion, is presented in Roman History for Latin Students: Ambush at Caudium, Livy Ab Urbe Condita Book 9.1–12.328 for the first time in a student-friendly edition, complete with Latin text (328 lines), a full vocabulary, and a comprehensive apparatus of notes on grammatical matters and rhetorical terms.