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Ian Cawood

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Michael J. C. Taylor

This work is an intellectual history of the six essential phrases of the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution. Its essential mission is to discern both the original intent of the Framers, as well as the Enlightenment legacy they left to us.

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The Worldview, the Trope, and the Critic

Critical Discourses on Miron Białoszewski

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Piotr Sobolczyk

This book presents the rhetorical means of creating discourses about a writer and examines how the critic’s viewpoint mediated via rhetoric tropes interplays with cultural institutions and their rules (newspaper criticism, university, schools). It eventually shows the place of literature in culture and the workings of cultural memory. The book studies rhetorics, discourse, and social psychology applied to cultural institutions. In this respect, it offers a completely innovative approach and method. The author also provides an exemplary study of the famous Polish modernist poet and writer Miron Białoszewski, and presents a detailed guide and an account of his way towards becoming a major figure in Polish culture.

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Polen im Ersten Weltkrieg

Der Kampf um einen polnischen Staat bis zu dessen Neugründung 1918/1919

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Hartmut Michael Kühn

Das Buch stellt die sich wandelnden Interessen der europäischen Großmächte während des Ersten Weltkriegs gegenüber einer sich erst herausbildenden polnischen Frage dar. Es zeigt, wie die Mittelmächte und die Entente-Mächte Polen zunächst lediglich instrumental betrachteten. Auch den verschiedenen, mitunter gegensätzlichen Artikulationen und Aktionen der politischen und militärischen Lager in Polen selbst gibt der Autor breiten Raum. Zu den markantesten innerpolnischen Gegenspielern wurden nicht erst gegen Kriegsende das von Józef Pilsudski geführte Unabhängigkeitslager und das Polnische Nationalkomitee unter Roman Dmowskis Führung.

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On the Banality of Forgetting

Tracing the Memory of Jewish Culture in Poland

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Jacek Nowak, Sławomir Kapralski and Dariusz Niedźwiedzki

Seventy-five years after the Holocaust, Poland’s approach to its murdered Jewish community still remains a highly debated and often politicized issue. This book addresses this contested topic in an interdisciplinary way, integrating the approaches of memory studies, social anthropology and sociology. The authors revisited the material from the fieldwork carried out 25 years ago and compared it with the interviews collected recently with the younger generation of Poles. The result is a fascinating account of the process of collective forgetting that offers not only an original insight into Christian-Jewish relations after the Holocaust, but also a significant contribution to the reflection on the social mechanisms of remembrance and identity-building.

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Edited by Kaarel Piirimäe and Olaf Mertelsmann

This book examines the role of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the downfall of the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War. It includes groundbreaking, archives-based research on important facets of the Soviet collapse like, for example, politics of history, Soviet Atheism, economic reforms, the military and the use of force. The authors place the Baltic struggle for independence in the context of international politics, analyzing interlinkages with the Warsaw Pact countries, the activities of the Baltic diaspora, small-state diplomacy and strategic and security-related questions from the end of the Cold War and into the 1990s.

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Kolchis und Iberien

Heidnische und frühchristliche georgische Geschichte bis zum 7. Jahrhundert

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Camilla Labas

Das Buch untersucht die Geschichte Georgiens im Hinblick auf die wechselseitigen Einflüsse durch die griechische, römische, persische, armenische, syrische und mesopotamische Welt. Georgien war in der heidnischen sowie in der frühchristlichen Zeit bis zur Eroberung durch die Araber im 7. Jahrhundert ein fester Bestandteil des damaligen großen Orbits und Objekt der Machtkämpfe zwischen dem Römischen und dem Persischen Reich. Die Autorin betrachtet diese Zusammenhänge insbesondere bei der Differenzierung zwischen Westgeorgien (Kolchis) und Ostgeorgien (Iberien). Die Untersuchung führt verschiedene wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse aus Ost und West nach der Grenzöffnung in Europa zusammen.

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Public Diplomacy

Strategic Engagement in Conflicted Communities

Edited by Seref Ates and Melih Barut

Ever since ancient times, diplomacy has always been the most important form of communication used by state and non-state actors in the process of shaping their mutual relations for making desired non-conflictual state sustainable while protecting their securities and preserving their interests without fighting at all levels. Diplomacy is also regarded as a process which should be conducted in many tracks concurrently. Public diplomacy, as one of those tracks, can be defined as the efforts conducted by state actors towards the foreign public audiences in order to bring multidimensional differences together on common grounds, while opening space to the traditional diplomacy through common social, cultural and humanitarian values.

This book compiles the contributions presented at the conference "The Role of Public Diplomacy in Bringing the Conflicted Communities Together," organized by Yunus Emre Institute Cultural Diplomacy Academy and Global Public Diplomacy Network, as well as through the valuable contributions of globally recognized academics, diplomats, and practitioners from around the world. The book concentrates mainly on hands-on public diplomacy solutions and discusses public diplomacy as for the strategic engagement process with the conflicted communities.

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Desert Island, Burrow, Grave

Wartime Hiding Places of Jews in Occupied Poland

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Marta Cobel-Tokarska

This book is an anthropological essay which aims to capture the elusive phenomenon of hideouts employed by Jews persecuted during the Second World War. Oscillating between life and death, the Jewish hideouts were a space of the most diverse and extremely complex human relations – a specific realm of everyday life, with its own inherent logic. Based on different literary sources, especially wartime and post-war testimonies of Jewish escapees, the author seeks to examine the realm of hideouts to develop a novel, interdisciplinary perspective on this often neglected aspect of the 20th-century history.

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In the Light of Vienna

Jews in Lviv - between Tradition and Modernisation (1867-1914)

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Łukasz Sroka

The book constitutes an innovative study devoted to modernisation processes among Lviv Jews during the period of Galicia’s autonomy (1867-1914). It takes into account Vienna’s influence on various areas of life. The author reconstructs a triad which is quite surprising: Vienna was at its top, Lviv below, and the Galician province figured at the bottom. Key processes and events are presented, including the success and failure of assimilation, the shaping of modern Jewish elites, political and religious conflicts, the birth of Zionism, economic and political migration, and the influence of Jews on the creation of modern Lviv. The book draws on numerous and often untapped sources from Polish, Ukrainian and Austrian archives.