This book is different from existing works on Ahmed Sékou Touré and the Guinean Democratic Party (PDG) and their struggle for national independence. Its uniqueness stems from the fact that all the chapters focus on the Guinean traditions of struggle over memories between the elites and the subordinates, highlighting the independent initiatives of the latter. Other books on Ahmed Sékou Touré are primarily based on their writers’ political or social history perspectives. This is the first study that equally integrates political and social history to address the theoretical and methodological issues of identity and construction of identity as necessary for understanding the roles of the elites and the subordinates in their struggles for access to power and resources in colonial and postcolonial Guinea. In this book, Saidou Mohamed N’Daou provides equal space for the initiatives and interests of the elites and the subordinates. Ahmed Sékou Touré used the ideology of the PDG as a mirror reflection of the social changes that he and his party intended to create. N’Daou argues that one must displace the ideology of the PDG from the center to understand Ahmed Sékou Touré's personality, his role in Guinea’s independence and his leadership of the PDG as well as expand the analytical space to allow other voices to be heard. N’Daou reaches this goal by discovering Ahmed Sékou Touré’s first order of knowledge, another unique feature of this book.
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Transforming Paradigms, Integrated Histories of Guinea
Saidou Mohamed N’Daou
This book addresses the conversion of the Wends, and how Christian writers of the tenth and eleventh centuries perceived the submission of the Wends to the Christian faith. The main concern of the ecclesiastical authorities was to bring the apostate Wends back into the imperium Christianum: everyone who had accepted Christian baptism had to be prevented by all possible means from religious and political apostasy. More widely, the formation of a Christian identity is an excellent example of how conversion was a fluid set of propositions, discussed and rehearsed, influenced by many factors (not just canonical), and deployed in many contexts. This book’s task is to unravel how this dynamism played out against a marginal group.
Travelogue & Reflections
H. K. Chang
The Greater Middle East: Travelogue & Reflections probes into the histories and cultures of different countries in the Greater Middle East through the author’s recounting of his travelling experiences in those countries. It explores the historical causes and realistic reasons for the wars in Middle East, North Africa and the Caucasus and shows the author’s investigation and understanding of the horizontal exchanges and vertical developments between various human civilizations.
Different from the usually-called "Middle East," the author combines the 21 members of the "Cultural Middle East" with 10 members of the "Periphery," and collectively refer to these 31 countries as the "Greater Middle East." The focus of this book remained on what the author had parsed from half a century of roaming, observation and reflection throughout the Greater Middle East. In this book, there are descriptions of major changes during these years, and lots of background information and personal impressions. This book can be an introductory text for the general readers, students and scholars interested in this topic.
Edited by Banafsheh Keynoush
Saleem Abu Jaber
Michael J. C. Taylor
This book is an examination of the American presidency from a purely constitutional perspective. Beginning with an overview of the Framers’ debates over the construction and duties of the office, the work explores the three primary charges of the office (administrator, military commander, diplomat), the legal and constitutional perimeters of the office, as well as suggestions on reforms to return it to its original form.
Economics and Foreign Policy, 1942-1957
This book explains how and why, Australian governments shifted from their historical relationship with Britain to the beginning of a primary reliance on the United States between 1942 and 1957. It shows that, while the Curtin and Chifley ALP governments sought to maintain and strengthen Australia’s links with Britain, the Menzies administration took decisive steps towards this realignment.
There is broad acceptance that the end of British Australia only occurred in the 1960s and that the initiative for change came from Britain rather than Australia. This book rejects this consensus, which fundamentally rests on the idea of Australia remaining part of a British World until the UK attempts to join the European Community in the 1960s. Instead, it demonstrates that critical steps ending British Australia occurred in the 1950s and were initiated by Australia. These Australian actions were especially pronounced in the economic sphere, which has been largely overlooked in the current consensus. Australia’s understanding of its national self-interest outweighed its sense of Britishness.
The Executive, the Magistrate, and the Maverick
Luis da Vinha and Anthony Dutton
Edited by Elisabeth Yota
Depuis l’occupation latine en 1204 et jusqu’à la chute de Constantinople en 1453, l’empire byzantin a connu un grand éclatement territorial et perdu de nombreuses et importantes provinces. L’indépendance des peuples qui autrefois étaient sous l’autorité de Byzance, la présence des Latins dans plusieurs régions de l’empire même après la fin de l’occupation latine et l’avancement progressif des ottomans ont forgé de nouveaux points de repères et créé des interactions dans tous les domaines.
Cet ouvrage est issu d’un colloque qui a eu lieu du 19 au 20 mars 2015 avec le soutien du LabEx EHNE, de la Sorbonne Université et du Centre André Chastel. Son objectif est d’étudier et de contextualiser la production artistique et culturelle des centres géopolitiques sous l’autorité de l’Empire byzantin ou en contact avec celui-ci durant sa dernière phase. Chacune des quatre parties vise à mettre en lumière une autre face de créativité et de transformation ou de nouveauté qui résulte de la profonde mutabilité de cette période, définie par l’affrontement et les échanges entre les différentes entités sociopolitiques dans toute la Méditerranée.