06 March 2013, 06:21
Ashgate Publishing | 2011 | ISBN: 1409404706 | EPUB | 4.33MB
Reconstruction - the rebuilding of state, economy, culture and society in the wake of war - is a powerful idea, and a profoundly transformative one. From the refashioning of new landscapes in bombed-out cities and towns to the reframing of national identities to accommodate changed historical narratives, the term has become synonymous with notions of 'post-conflict' society; it draws much of its rhetorical power from the neat demarcation, both spatially and temporally, between war and peace.
The reality is far more complex. Here, reconstruction is identified as a process of conflict and of militarized power, not something that clearly demarcates a post-war period of peace. Kirsch and Flint bring together an internationally diverse range of studies by leading scholars to examine how periods of war and other forms of political violence have been justified as processes of necessary and valid reconstruction as well as the role of war in catalyzing the construction of new political institutions and destroying old regimes.
Challenging the false dichotomy between war and peace, this book explores instead the ways that war and peace are mutually constituted in the creation of historically specific geographies and geographical knowledges.
Dead Man Wins Election
06 March 2013, 06:05
Sourcebooks | 2012 | ISBN: 1402266758 | EPUB | 2.04MB
Despite our differences, there's a common thread uniting all of us: absurd political screw-ups happen. Welcome to Dead Man Wins Election, the ultimate collection of bizarre and outright unbelievable tales from politics at home and around the world.
Uncover the least competent politicians, the most outlandish government decisions, the strangest election results, and much more. Former president Bill Clinton, who touted his presidency as the watershed period for the modern Information Age. After his White House departure, it was disclosed that of the forty million emails his office produced, CLINTON HIMSELF HAD SENT...TWO. Harry Stonebreaker, who was reelected for mayor of Winfield, Missouri, despite having died a month before polling day. HE WON BY A LANDSLIDE WITH 90 PERCENT OF THE VOTE.
Who Hates Whom
06 March 2013, 06:00
Three Rivers Press | 2007 | ISBN: 0307408485 | EPUB | 3.57MB
The daily news gives you events but rarely context. So what do al-Qaeda, North Korea, and Iran really want? Which faction is which in Iraq and who's arming whom? What's the deal with Somalia, Darfur, and Kashmir? Fatah, Hamas, and Hezbollah?
Finally, here's Who Hates Whom--a handy, often stunning guide to the world's recent conflicts, from the large and important to the completely absurd.
- Which countries are fighting over an uninhabitable glacier with no real strategic value--at an annual cost of half a billion dollars?
- Which underreported war has been the deadliest since World War II--worse even than Vietnam--with a continuing aftermath worse than most current conflicts combined?
- Which royal family members were respected as gods--until the crown prince machine-gunned the king and queen?
- Which country's high school students think the Nazis had a "good side"? Which nation's readers recently put Mein Kampf on the bestseller list? And which other country watches itself with four million security cameras? (Hint: All three are U.S. allies.)
Detailed with more than fifty original maps, photographs, and illustrations, Who Hates Whom summarizes more than thirty global hotspots with concise essays, eye-catching diagrams, and (where possible) glimmers of kindness and hope.
In which bodies of water can you find most of the world's active pirates? Which dictatorship is bulldozing its own villages? Where exactly are Waziristan, Bangsamoro, Kurdistan, Ituri, Baluchistan, and Jubaland--and how will they affect your life and security? Find out in Who Hates Whom, a seriously amusing look at global humanity--and the lack thereof.