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Networked Remembrance

Excavating Buried Memories in the Railways beneath London and Berlin


Samuel Merrill

Networked Remembrance is the first book to explore questions of urban memory within what are some of the most commonly experienced subterranean margins of the contemporary city: underground railways. Using London’s and Berlin’s underground railways as comparative case studies, this book reveals how social memories are spatially produced – through practices of cartography and toponymy, memory work and memorialization, exploration and artistic appropriation – within the everyday and concealed places associated with these transport networks.

Through numerous empirical excavations, this book highlights an array of different mnemonic actors, processes, structures and discourses that have determined the forms of «networked remembrance» associated with the subterranean stations and sections of the London Underground and Berlin U- and S-Bahn. In turn, it invites readers to descend into the «buried memories» that are often imperceptible to those travelling by rail beneath the British and German capitals and encourages them to ask what other memories might lie latent in the infrastructural landscapes beneath their feet.

This book was the winner of the 2014 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Memory Studies.

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Documents diplomatiques français

1951 (1er janvier – 31 décembre)


Ministère des Affaires étrangères

Le premier grand souci du Quai d’Orsay en 1951 reste la guerre de Corée. En particulier à cause des développements de l’intervention chinoise, qui modifie du tout au tout la situation, et sur le terrain, et pour l’Indochine, et au niveau international. Le Quai d’Orsay s’est efforcé de jouer un rôle apaisant, comme il le faisait depuis le début du conflit.

Autre grand problème : le réarmement allemand et la Communauté Européenne de Défense (CED). On y va à reculons et c’est un débat qui ne disparaîtra pas avant 1954 et qui divisera gravement le ministère des Affaires étrangères. D’autre part on comprend bien qu’il faudra faire des concessions politiques à la RFA, à la fois en échange de sa participation à la future Armée européenne et pour l’empêcher de se laisser séduire par les sirènes insistantes de l’Est.

Bien entendu l’URSS reste le grand problème. Donc une année marquée avant tout par la Guerre froide et ses multiples aspects, qui voit le Quai élaborer une doctrine cohérente, dans l’ensemble prudente, de l’Asie à l’Europe et à la question allemande et jusqu’aux rapports avec l’URSS.

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The Real Meaning of our Work?

Jewish Youth Clubs in the UK, 1880–1939

Anne Holdorph

Youth clubs like the Boys’ Brigade became a trend in the UK in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Jewish community in the UK began their own clubs to educate and entertain young Jews. These clubs mirrored the examples begun within the Christian community and adapted their models of social control by providing purposeful recreation, religious education and sporting activities to cultivate young minds and bodies. Much primary source material exists on these clubs, including publicity material provided by the clubs themselves as well as oral history accounts given by former members. This book looks at the records left behind by the Jewish clubs and asks to what extent they were successful in providing Jewish education to Jewish youth and how this education was defined by gender. The author ultimately argues that some religious elements were evident in these clubs and that where they were included, inclusive British identities were promoted.

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Albert Einstein

The Roads to Pacifism


Claudio Giulio Anta

Albert Einstein (1879–1955) is universally known as the father of the theory of relativity; however, he was also one of the most eminent pacifists of the first half of the twentieth century. Through his active, pragmatic and nuanced breed of pacifism, he sought to confront the dilemmas and problems stemming from the unstable political conditions of his time: the beginning of the Great War, the creation and failure of the League of Nations, the emergence of totalitarian regimes, the outbreak of the Second World War, the dawn of the Atomic Age, the escalation of the Cold War, the establishment of the United Nations with its apparent institutional weakness and the need for a world government. His reflections on the subject of peace led him into dialogue with the most prestigious figures of the political and cultural world: from Romain Rolland to Bertrand Russell via Georg Friedrich Nicolai, Sigmund Freud, King Albert I of Belgium, Léo Szilárd, Emery Reves and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (amongst others). This dialogue is further emphasized by the book’s final section, an anthology of Einstein’s writings and speeches, which significantly enriches this study.

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Helmut Zschocke

Der Ort des Bundeskanzleramts und die daneben liegende Grünfläche des Spreebogens verbergen ein Geheimnis. Sie bildeten das noble Alsenviertel. Dessen letzter steinerner Zeuge ist die Schweizer Botschaft. Viele prominente Persönlichkeiten haben hier gewohnt und gewirkt: Minister, Generäle, hohe Beamte, ausländische Botschafter, Großgrundbesitzer, Unternehmer, Ärzte und Künstler. Hier befanden sich außerdem der kaiserliche Generalstab und das NS-Innenministerium. Die Namen der Bewohner finden sich im Berliner Adressbuch. Aber erst zusätzliche Quellen erhellen die bemerkenswerten, teilweise unbekannten wechselhaften Schicksale so mancher Prominenter. Unter der NS-Herrschaft schlägt die Stunde des Alsenviertels – bereits im Frieden!

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Public-Private Partnership in the Cultural Sector

A Comparative Analysis of European Models


Elena Borin

This book contributes to the debate on the emerging governance systems and management models of the cultural sector by means of a comparative analysis of significant case studies of public-private partnerships in Europe.

The research focuses on the development of public-private collaborations over the last five decades and investigates the emergence of multi-stakeholder partnerships in the cultural and creative field. The results of the analysis are interpreted in light of the discussion on the need to create integrated cultural systems at a local level that bring together cultural organizations, public authorities, citizens and communities. These territorial cultural ecosystems could unlock the potential of the cultural and creative sector and stimulate new ways to promote the cultural identity of the territory, giving a new role to cultural and creative organizations.

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David Betge

This comparative case study addresses central determinants of inequalities that persist in India and South Africa. The particular focus of the study is on programs aiming at the redistribution of land to the landless poor and these programs’ consequences. The central question is why extreme inequalities persist despite land redistribution programs that have been in place for decades and what role different actors and dominant ideas play in this. Beyond this empirical focus, the study transcends theoretical cleavages in the social sciences by following the basic ideas of Giddens’ Structurational Theory. An actor-centred approach is chosen as the primary tool for analysis. It is complemented with a structurational approach to discourse analysis for a detailed analysis of actors’ preferences.

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Jansenismus und Bischofsamt

Lebensläufe von 50 Amis de la vérité im französischen Episkopat des 18. Jahrhunderts


Christoph Weber

Ohne seine Bischöfe hätte der Jansenismus im 18. Jahrhundert nicht bis zur Französischen Revolution überleben können. Hier werden 50 zeitgenössische Biographien von Amis de la vérité im französischen Episkopat, die unter Louis XIV, Louis XV und Louis XVI den Gedanken an die christliche Gnadenlehre und die strenge Moral aufrechterhielten und gegen den Ultramontanismus und die Jesuiten kämpften, neu herausgegeben und ausführlich kommentiert.

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Joanna Tokarska-Bakir

This book focuses on the fate of Polish Jews and Polish-Jewish relations during the Holocaust and its aftermath, in the ill-recognized era of Eastern-European pogroms after the WW2. It is based on the author’s own ethnographic research in those areas of Poland where the Holocaust machinery operated. The results comprise the anthropological interviews with the members of the generation of Holocaust witnesses and the results of her own extensive archive research in the Polish Institute for National Remembrance (IPN).

«[This book] is at times shocking; however, it grips the reader’s attention from the first to the last page. It is a remarkable work, set to become a classic among the publications in this field.»

Jerzy Jedlicki, Professor Emeritus at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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Biographisches Handbuch der Abgeordneten des Preußischen Landtags

Verfassunggebende Preußische Landesversammlung und Preußischer Landtag 1919–1933


Barbara von Hindenburg

Mit diesem Handbuch werden erstmals die Biographien von allen Abgeordneten der Verfassunggebenden Preußischen Landesversammlung und des Preußischen Landtags 1919–1933 vorgelegt. Das Land Preußen galt in der Weimarer Republik als demokratisches ‚Bollwerk‘. Erstmals zogen 1919 auch Frauen in das Parlament ein. Das Handbuch ermöglicht den Zugriff auf eine in Vielfalt und Aussagekraft umfassende Zusammenstellung personengebundener Daten und Fakten zur Geschichte des deutschen und preußischen Parlamentarismus. In den Biographien spiegeln sich verschiedene Epochen in Deutschland – Kaiserreich, Weimarer Republik, Nationalsozialismus, Bundesrepublik Deutschland bzw. DDR. Die Verfolgung von Abgeordneten im Nationalsozialismus und Stalinismus wurde besonders erforscht und dokumentiert, um Erinnerung möglich zu machen.