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European history

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The Moment of Liberation in Western Europe Power Struggles and Rebellions, 1943-1948

The Moment of Liberation in Western Europe Power Struggles and Rebellions, 1943-1948

The Moment of Liberation in Western Europe, 1943-1948, regards the final two years of World War II and the immediate post-liberation period as a moment in twentieth century history, when the shape and contours of postwar Western Europe appeared highly uncertain and various alternatives and conflicting visions were up for grabs. After close to six years of total war, Nazi terror, and brutal occupation policies, a growing number of Europeans were no longer content solely to fight for national liberation from fascist control. Having staked their lives in military and civilian resistance to Nazism and Italian fascism across the continent, surviving activists were aiming to ensure that such a political and social catastrophe would never befall Europe again. In the closing moments of World War II, hundreds of thousands of antifascist activists had begun to identify with the famous quote penned by the exiled German social theorists, Max Horkheimer, who had boldly proclaimed in early September 1939: 'Whoever is not prepared to talk about capitalism should also remain silent about fascism.' The economic and political elites in prewar societies were increasingly regarded as co-responsible for war, fascism, and occupation policies, from which many had benefited significantly and often enthusiastically. There were extensive popular social movements at work in almost every single state which aimed to construct postwar societies in which grassroots democracy and the free association of rank-and-file activists would replace the profit principle and the top-down Jacobin orientation by traditional elites. This study for the first time reconstructs the parameters of this contest over the shape of postwar Western Europe from a consistently transnational perspective.

Greece Biography of a Modern Nation

Greece Biography of a Modern Nation

Author: Roderick Beaton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

'The best history of Greece around... Beautifully written and packed with insights about the culture and the people. I will be dipping into this book for the rest of my life' Victoria Hislop We think we know ancient Greece, the civilisation that shares the same name and gave us just about everything that defines 'western' culture today, in the arts, sciences, social sciences and politics. Yet, as Greece has been brought under repeated scrutiny during the financial crises that have convulsed the country since 2010, worldwide coverage has revealed just how poorly we grasp the modern nation. This book sets out to understand the modern Greeks on their own terms. How did Greece come to be so powerfully attached to the legacy of the ancients in the first place, and then define an identity for themselves that is at once Greek and modern? This book reveals the remarkable achievement, during the last 300 years, of building a modern nation on, sometimes literally, the ruins of a vanished civilisation. This is the story of the Greek nation-state but also, and perhaps more fundamentally, of the collective identity that goes with it. It is not only a history of events and high politics, it is also a history of culture, of the arts, of people and of ideas.

The Seigneurial Transformation Power Structures and Political Communication in the Countryside of Central and Northern Italy, 1080-1130

The Seigneurial Transformation Power Structures and Political Communication in the Countryside of Central and Northern Italy, 1080-1130

In The Seigneurial Transformation, Alessio Fiore discusses the transformation of the fabric of power in the kingdom of Italy in the period between the late eleventh century and the early twelfth century. The study analyses the major socio-political change of this period, the crisis of royal and public structures, and the development of seigneurial powers, using as a starting point the structures of power over men and land, and the discourses about the exercise of local power. This period was marked by a rapid reshaping of the structures of local power; while the outbreak of civil wars in the 1080s did not imply a clear-cut rupture with the past, it led to a staggering acceleration of pre-existing dynamics, with a reconfiguration of the matrix of power, in turn expressed in a transformation both of the instruments of local political communications and of the practices of power.

The Lost History of Liberalism From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century

The Lost History of Liberalism From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century

Author: Helena Rosenblatt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2020

The changing face of the liberal creed from the ancient world to today The Lost History of Liberalism challenges our most basic assumptions about a political creed that has become a rallying cry-and a term of derision-in today's increasingly divided public square. Taking readers from ancient Rome to today, Helena Rosenblatt traces the evolution of the words liberal and liberalism, revealing the heated debates that have taken place over their meaning. She debunks the popular myth of liberalism as a uniquely Anglo-American tradition, and shows how it was only during the Cold War that it was refashioned into an American ideology focused on individual freedoms. This timely and provocative book sets the record straight on a core tenet of today's political conversation, laying the foundations for a more constructive discussion about the future of liberal democracy.

Environment and Urbanization in Modern Italy

Environment and Urbanization in Modern Italy

Author: Federico Paolini Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2020

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History of the Moorish Empire in Europe The Arab Conquest for Spain and its Legacy

History of the Moorish Empire in Europe The Arab Conquest for Spain and its Legacy

Author: S. P. Scott Format: Undefined Release Date: 28/02/2020

Samuel Scott's magisterial 3 volumes provide a comprehensive account of the Moorish Empire in the Iberian Peninsula. The first two volumes provide a detailed chronological history. The author was especially keen to separate fact from fantasy and the work contains information not found in other accounts. Uniquely, the third volume discusses aspects of civilization and culture in al-Andalus and the Moorish legacy for other European countries. With a new introduction by Professor Richard Hitchcock, one of the foremost authorities on Muslim Spain, this classic account goes beyond other treatments to provide not just a thorough picture of the history and mores of the Moorish empire in Spain but its wider legacy for Europe.

Power and Propaganda in Modern Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov and the New Digital Authoritarianism

Power and Propaganda in Modern Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov and the New Digital Authoritarianism

Author: Karena Avedissian Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2020

Ramzan Kadyrov has ruled Chechnya with an iron fist and little regard for human rights since 2007. Yet repression is not the only means he uses to reinforce his power. He also has more than 1.5 million followers on Instagram and regularly posts photos of himself in an eclectic variety of guises: in full military garb, sparring with Mike Tyson, in his private zoo or wrestling (and defeating) a large python on a beach. To shed rare light onto the intricacies and workings of Kadyrov's Chechnya, his Instagram account is here the focus of Karena Avedissian's scrutiny, supplemented by a range of secondary sources and several years' interviews with NGO representatives and journalists working on human rights in Russia. Each chapter focuses on a theme relevant to Kadyrov's rule - Islam, sports, gender, government and dissent/repression - and demonstrates the complex ways that Kadyrov uses social media as a tool of 'soft power' to manufacture consent and strengthen his authoritarian rule. In addition to providing insight into the dynamics of modern Chechnya, Avedissian contributes to a range of other timely scholarly debates, including the balance between hard and soft power mechanisms in authoritarian regimes, populism, propaganda, information warfare and Internet communication.

A Short History of the Vikings

A Short History of the Vikings

Author: Clare Downham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2020

Who were the Vikings? Were they the deadly marauders of popular repute - pitiless sea-wolves who voyaged across the Norwegian Sea to prey on the richer pickings of others? Or did they sail beyond their ancestral lands for reasons other than plunder and pillage? From the late 700s, the sleek silhouette of the Viking longship stealthily insinuated the inland waterways of continental Europe and Anglo-Saxon Britain. This outpouring of raiders and traders then spread across the world, from Newfoundland to Turkey - and the Viking Diaspora influenced the course of history for five centuries. Many questions about Viking origins and intent remain unanswered. Clare Downham here explores the boundaries where myth ends and truth begins. In seeking to explain why the Vikings left Scandinavia, she examines new advances in ship-building technology and economic and political competition in their homelands. Moving beyond stereotypical perceptions, the author also reveals those less familiar areas of Viking activity, such as relations with Saami, Slavs and Arabs. Encompassing migration and identity, culture, religion and mythology, this lively survey will have strong appeal to students and general readers alike.

A Short History of the Vikings

A Short History of the Vikings

Author: Clare Downham Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2020

Who were the Vikings? Were they the deadly marauders of popular repute - pitiless sea-wolves who voyaged across the Norwegian Sea to prey on the richer pickings of others? Or did they sail beyond their ancestral lands for reasons other than plunder and pillage? From the late 700s, the sleek silhouette of the Viking longship stealthily insinuated the inland waterways of continental Europe and Anglo-Saxon Britain. This outpouring of raiders and traders then spread across the world, from Newfoundland to Turkey - and the Viking Diaspora influenced the course of history for five centuries. Many questions about Viking origins and intent remain unanswered. Clare Downham here explores the boundaries where myth ends and truth begins. In seeking to explain why the Vikings left Scandinavia, she examines new advances in ship-building technology and economic and political competition in their homelands. Moving beyond stereotypical perceptions, the author also reveals those less familiar areas of Viking activity, such as relations with Saami, Slavs and Arabs. Encompassing migration and identity, culture, religion and mythology, this lively survey will have strong appeal to students and general readers alike.

Rebuilding Jewish Life in Germany

Rebuilding Jewish Life in Germany

Author: Jay Howard Geller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2020

Rebuilding Jewish Life in Germany

Rebuilding Jewish Life in Germany

Author: Jay Howard Geller Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2020