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Ian Cawood

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How to address the loss ?

Forced migrations, lost territories and politics of history in Germany and Europe in the XXth century

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Edited by Anne Bazin and Catherine Perron

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Dieter Büker

Vitruvs 2000 Jahre altes Traktat ist die einzige erhaltene Darstellung antiker Architektur. Seine ästhetischen Formulierungen sind jedoch nicht eindeutig. So konnte man in Übersetzungen immer wieder neuzeitliche Begriffe wie Zeichenbrett sowie verkleinerte maßstäbliche oder perspektivische Zeichnungen finden. Dies bedarf dringend einer kritischen Überprüfung, was die vorliegende Analyse leisten will. Sie zeigt, dass Vitruv weder Maßstäblichkeit noch Perspektive als Planungsmittel für Architektur kannte.

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Inventar zur brandenburgischen Militärgeschichte 1806–1815

Quellen des Brandenburgischen Landeshauptarchivs über napoleonische Fremdherrschaft und Befreiungskriege. Bearbeitet von Klaus Geßner

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Edited by Klaus Neitmann

Das Spezialinventar erfasst die Quellen des Brandenburgischen Landeshauptarchivs zur brandenburgischen Militärgeschichte aus den und über die Jahre 1806–1815, die Zeit der napoleonischen Besetzung und der Befreiungskriege. Im Mittelpunkt stehen die Auswirkungen von Krieg, Militär und Besatzung auf die Bevölkerung Brandenburgs: die enormen finanziellen Belastungen, die vielfältigen Leistungen für in Brandenburg stationierte bzw. durchziehende französische, preußische und russische Truppen sowie nicht zuletzt direkte Kriegsschäden, Requisitionen oder Ausschreitungen der Soldateska. Breiten Raum nehmen auch der Aufbau und die Unterstützung von Landwehr und Landsturm bzw. der Freiwilligen Jäger in den Befreiungskriegen 1813–1815 ein.

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Disciplining Coolies

An Archival Footprint of Trinidad, 1846

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Amar Wahab

The early years of the East Indian Indentureship system in the Caribbean saw experiments on "coolie" laborers under the British Empire. Colonial Trinidad was one of the main sites for this experiment. This book foregrounds one of the earliest cases (1846) of occupational and physical cruelty against East Indian indentured laborers in Trinidad within this very early period of experimentation. It presents and analyzes the full transcripts of an inquiry concerning the ill-treatment of "coolie" laborers and the severe punishment and death of one laborer, Kunduppa, by a Scottish planter in Trinidad. Drawing on the concepts of discipline, governmentality, and Orientalism, the main argument of the manuscript is that within the early experimental period of Indentureship, the figure of the "coolie" and disciplinary tactics of bodily torture were instrumental to redrafting and stabilizing the colonial governance of contract labor. It also argues that Crown investigations of "coolie" abuse and death became occasions for establishing a new colonial order, in which the disciplinary powers of planters were curbed in the interest of protecting and "caring" for the "coolie" —a discourse that was crucial to re-inventing colonial rule as benevolent. As such, the author’s analysis of colonial violence has crucial implications for critically re-thinking colonial liberalism and its legacies in the present.

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Stanisław Filipowicz

It is often repeated that we live today in a ‹post-truth› world. But this problem has a long history. Greek philosophers investigated the origins of truth (and the will to truth) in hope to separate truth from illusion. But already Machiavelli equated the concept of truth with the notion of what seems to be true. And today? Perhaps, we are paying the price of naivety. In this book, the author approaches the idea of deliberative democracy with reservation, attempting to expose the vain hopes rooted in the Enlightenment tradition, which placed the desire for truth at the fore, and relegated the desire for illusion to the shadows. The book encourages reflection on the appeal of deception in a world which has become the media’s ‹grazing ground›; a world which rejects metaphysics in favour of pragmatic theories, thereby transforming politics into a sphere where truth is replaced with ‹narrative›.

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Modernization in Georgia

Theories, Discourses and Realities

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Edited by Giga Zedania

The book is a collection of articles treating the question of modernization in Georgia. It is an interdisciplinary volume, comprising the studies from disciplines of history, political science, sociology and international relations. The texts deal with the topic from various angles, creating a rich and multifaceted picture: theories of modernization, history of modernization and Europeanization efforts in Georgia from the 19th century to the present day, Soviet past and its influence on the present socio-political processes, interrelation between foreign policy and modernization project, social capital and civil society, state and nation in the Caucasus. The book takes into account both theoretical and historical dimensions of the topic, presents various interpretations of the concept of modernization and discusses how distinct processes and projects of modernizing society existed in different historical epochs in Georgia.

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Mohammed M.A. Ahmed

The 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq inadvertently changed the balance of power in favor of the Shiite community in Iraq and beyond. How Shiites Won the Battle Against Islamic State: Kurds and Sunnis in Iraq sheds light on how the Shiite-dominated government’s sectarian policies deepened the divide between Iraq’s major communities (Shiites, Sunni Arabs, and the Kurds) and led the country on the path of unending sectarian violence. This book explains how the government’s failure to address Sunni Arab grievances led to the emergence of the radical Islamic State and convinced the Kurds that they could not coexist with Iraqi Arabs, who had been at each other’s throats since 2003. This book notes that the emergence of a Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad was a historical event that led Iran to achieve its longstanding dream of extending its influence from Tehran to Baghdad, Damascus, and Beirut. How Shiites Won the Battle Against Islamic State places a special focus on how Shiite politicians’ slick diplomacy and media campaigns diverted attention from its sectarian policies in 2014 by labeling the Sunni Arabs as terrorists and Kurdish leaders as corrupt separatists and troublemakers. This book also uncovers how the Iraqi government was able to garner Western military and political support to defeat ISIS and derail the Kurdish statehood movement.

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Zuhal Mert Uzuner

This volume evaluates the role of image reconstruction processes in Greek–Turkish relations in the last decades. With contributions from prominent academics from different social science disciplines, it explains various aspects of contemporary image construction processes through educational materials in schools, history books, media, popular culture, cinema, diplomatic and political discourses. The authors explain how images about Self and the Other are reconstructed through different social interaction processes of individuals today and how much the new images differ from the Others offered by nationalist rhetoric of nation states. They analyze the limits of alternative image construction processes in eroding settled national images.

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Nova Acta Paracelsica

Beiträge zur Paracelsus-Forschung

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Edited by Pia Holenstein Weidmann

Der vorliegende Band dokumentiert Beiträge der Jahresversammlungen der Paracelsus-Gesellschaft 2016 in Zurzach und 2017 in Staufen. Diese waren zwei Themenkreisen gewidmet, welche zeitliche und überzeitliche Gesundung miteinander verbinden. Ergänzend enthält er eine Studie zum Namen des Paracelsus von Martin Steinmann und Buchbesprechungen von Pia Holenstein Weidmann und von Pirmin Meier.