Mapping the Nation (Mappings Series)

In approximately twenty years considering that Samuel P. Huntington proposed his influential and troubling ‘clash of civilizations’ thesis, nationalism has purely persisted to puzzle and frustrate commentators, coverage analysts and political theorists. No consensus exists relating its identification, genesis or destiny. Are we reverting to the petty nationalisms of the 19th century or evolving right into a globalized, supranational global? Has the countryside outlived its usefulness and exhausted its revolutionary and emancipatory role?

Opening with strong statements through Lord Acton and Otto Bauer – the vintage liberal and socialist positions, respectively – Mapping the kingdom offers a wealth of idea in this factor: the controversy among Ernest Gellner and Miroslav Hroch; Gopal Balakrishnan’s critique of Benedict Anderson’s seminal Imagined Communities; Partha Chatterjee at the barriers of the Enlightenment method of nationhood; and contributions from Michael Mann, Eric Hobsbawm, Tom Nairn, and Jürgen Habermas.

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The Buyout of America: How Private Equity Will Cause the Next Great Credit Crisis

By Josh Kosman

An authoritative exposé of the mysterious and in all likelihood risky international of non-public equity

Few humans detect that the head inner most fairness agencies, reminiscent of Blackstone workforce, Carlyle team, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, became the nation’s greatest employers throughout the companies they personal. utilizing leveraged buyouts that load their bought businesses with loans, deepest fairness businesses have generated greater than $1 trillion in new debt—which will come due simply while those companies are least more likely to be capable to pay it off.

Journalist Josh Kosman explores inner most equity’s explosive progress and exhibits how its barons wring earnings on the fee of the long term well-being in their businesses. He argues that over the top debt and mismanagement will most probably set off one other monetary meltdown in the subsequent 5 years, wiping out as much as million jobs.

He additionally explores the hyperlinks among the personal fairness elite and Washington energy gamers, who've helped them break out executive scrutiny. the result's a well timed booklet with an immense caution for us all.

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Once Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story

By Thanassis Cambanis

Award-winning journalist Thanassis Cambanis tells the “wonderfully readable and insightful” (Booklist, starred evaluate) inside of tale of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

Cambanis brings to existence the noble dreamers who introduced Egypt to the threshold of freedom, and the darkish strong forces that—for the time being—stopped them brief. yet he additionally tells a common tale of inspirational humans keen to remodel themselves with a purpose to remodel their society. He specializes in pivotal leaders: One is Basem, an apolitical middle-class architect who places his complete family members at risk whilst he seizes the opportunity to enhance his state. the opposite is Moaz, a contrarian Muslim Brother who defies his personal association to hitch the opposition.

These revolutionaries had little greater than their idealism with which to conflict the key police, the outdated oligarchs, and a power-hungry army made up our minds to maintain regulate. Basem desired to switch the approach from inside and have become one of many in basic terms revolutionaries to win a seat in parliament. Moaz took a unique path, confident that in basic terms highway strain from early life routine may dismantle the outdated order. Their brave and imperfect judgements produced an rebellion with one enduring final result: No Arab chief ever back can take the population’s consent for granted.

Once Upon a Revolution is “a great addition to the literature on Egypt’s rebellion” (Library Journal). that includes specific and exact reporting, Thanassis Cambanis’s “fluent, clever, and hugely proficient book…convincingly explains what occurred in Egypt during the last 4 years” (The ny instances ebook Review).

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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

By Barack Obama

In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic nationwide conference with an tackle that spoke to american citizens around the political spectrum. One word particularly anchored itself in listeners’ minds, a reminder that for all of the discord and fight to be present in our background as a kingdom, we've regularly been guided by means of a dogged optimism sooner or later, or what Obama referred to as “the audacity of hope.”

The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama’s demand a distinct model of politics—a politics for these weary of sour partisanship and alienated through the “endless conflict of armies” we see in congress and at the crusade path; a politics rooted within the religion, inclusiveness, and the Aristocracy of spirit on the middle of “our unbelievable test in democracy.” He explores these forces—from the terror of wasting to the perpetual have to increase funds to the ability of the media—that can stifle even the best-intentioned flesh presser. He additionally writes, with extraordinary intimacy and self-deprecating humor, approximately settling in as a senator, looking to stability the calls for of public carrier and kinfolk existence, and his personal deepening spiritual commitment.

At the guts of this e-book is Barack Obama’s imaginative and prescient of ways we will be able to circulate past our divisions to take on concrete difficulties. He examines the becoming financial lack of confidence of yank households, the racial and spiritual tensions in the physique politic, and the transnational threats—from terrorism to pandemic—that assemble past our beaches. And he grapples with the function that religion performs in a democracy—where it's important and the place it mustn't ever intervene. Underlying his tales approximately kin, pals, and individuals of the Senate is a energetic look for connection: the basis for a considerably hopeful political consensus.

A public servant and a legal professional, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and specifically a pupil of heritage and human nature, Barack Obama has written a e-book of reworking strength. in basic terms via returning to the foundations that gave start to our structure, he says, can americans fix a political method that's damaged, and restoration to operating order a central authority that has fallen dangerously out of contact with thousands of standard americans. these americans are available in the market, he writes—“waiting for Republicans and Democrats to meet up with them.”

From the Hardcover edition.

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Reinventing Citizenship: Black Los Angeles, Korean Kawasaki, and Community Participation (Critical American Studies)

By Kazuyo Tsuchiya

In the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, the U.S. and Japan went via immense welfare expansions that sparked debates approximately citizenship. on the middle of those disputes stood African americans and Koreans. Reinventing Citizenship bargains a comparative examine of African American welfare activism in l. a. and Koreans’ campaigns for welfare rights in Kawasaki. In working-class and bad neighborhoods in either destinations, African american citizens and Koreans sought not just to be well-known as voters but additionally to turn into valid constituting individuals of communities.

Local activists in l. a. and Kawasaki ardently challenged the welfare associations. by means of growing competition events and voicing substitute visions of citizenship, African American leaders, Tsuchiya argues, became Lyndon B. Johnson’s battle on Poverty right into a conflict for equality. Koreans countered the city’s and the nation’s exclusionary rules and asserted their welfare rights. Tsuchiya’s paintings exemplifies transnational antiracist networking, displaying how black non secular leaders traveled to Japan to satisfy Christian Korean activists and to supply assistance for his or her personal struggles.

Reinventing Citizenship reveals how race and citizenship rework as they go nations and continents. by way of documenting the interconnected histories of African american citizens and Koreans in Japan, Tsuchiya permits us to reconsider current rules of neighborhood and belonging.

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Understanding Japan-China Relations: Theories and Issues

This well timed booklet examines new advancements in Japan–China family and new examine performed in Japan, China and somewhere else considering 2006. The ebook covers significant concerns reminiscent of the September 2010 chinese language fishing boat collision incident, cross-Strait family, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, and China's suspension of infrequent earth exports to Japan. It explores quite a few theoretical understandings of the Sino–Japanese courting, specifically courting administration, household politics, nationwide identities and coevolution.

Readership: teachers, pros, undergraduate and graduate scholars attracted to Japan–China kin, chinese language international coverage, eastern overseas coverage, East Asia overseas relations.

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The Wit and Wisdom of Ted Kennedy

The mantras, witticisms, and philosophies of Ted Kennedy, amassed by means of the editor of the New York Times bestselling The Kennedy Wit.

“The paintings is going on, the reason endures, the wish nonetheless lives and the dream shall by no means die.”
      —Democratic nationwide conference, 1980

“Like my brothers ahead of me, I choose up the fallen normal. Sustained via the reminiscence of our useful years jointly, I shall try and hold ahead that designated dedication to justice, to excellence, and to braveness that exceptional their lives.”
      —Speech given ahead of the beginning of the 1968 Democratic Convention

a suite of quotations and philosophies from Ted Kennedy, grouped thematically in different types (“Words of Inspiration,” “On the Kennedy kinfolk and its Legacy,” “Personal Reflections,” “On faith and Public life,” “Lighter Moments,” etc.). each one part will contain a short creation by means of the editor to trigger the crowd of costs, which variety from captivating little one-liners to Kennedy's letter to Pope Benedict that President Obama hand-delivered to the Vatican in July 2009.

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Notes on the State of Virginia (Penguin Classics)

By Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson’s chronicle of the ordinary, social, and political heritage of Virginia is right away a systematic discourse, an try to outline the USA, and a super exam of the belief of freedom.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts improved through introductions and notes by means of unusual students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People

By John Kelly


A magisterial account of 1 of the worst failures to strike humankind--the nice Irish Potato Famine--conveyed as lyrical narrative background from the acclaimed writer of The nice Mortality

In this masterful, entire account of the Irish Potato Famine, introduced with novelistic aptitude, Kelly supplies us not just the startling evidence of this disaster--one of the worst to strike mankind, killing two times as many lives because the American Civil War--but examines the intersection of political greed, bacterial an infection, non secular intolerance, and racism that made it attainable. Kelly brings new fabric to his research of suitable political components throughout the years prime as much as the famine, and the level to which Britain's nation-building regulations exacerbated the mounting quandary. regardless of the stunning, infuriating implications of his findings, The Graves Are Walking is eventually a narrative of triumph--of one people's skill to remake themselves in a brand new land within the face of the unthinkable.

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Confronting the State: ULFA's Quest for Sovereignty (SAGE Studies on India's North East)

By Nani Gopal Mahanta

Confronting the country: ULFA's Quest for Sovereignty examines the advanced nuances and dynamics that make ULFA (United Liberation entrance of Assam) an impressive rebel workforce in India. It argues that to appreciate the phenomenon of insurgency, one has to appreciate the genesis of clash among the Indian kingdom and the kingdom of Assam correct from the very inception of the nation-state.

The writer claims that the ideological and identification concerns among India and Assam have remained unresolved, and ULFA is a manifestation of that unresolved obstacle. He explains that ULFA represents a approach, a suppressed voice, that's deeply engrained in Assam's psyche. The declining aid base of ULFA isn't to be visible in its numerical power; it represents the unmet aspirations of the tribal and ethnic teams of Assam.

The publication attempts to move past a ULFA-centric resolution and dwells upon the problems of unlawful migration, human improvement and the necessity for the safety of a composite society in Assam. It additionally bargains with the 2012 (July-September) violent clash in Bodoland over the problem of unlawful migration and quest for a homogenous place of origin. It attempts to carry ahead a framework of sturdy way to the unlawful migration factor within the nation by means of contesting the present discourse.

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