• The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!: Pageantry by Richard M. Fried

    By Richard M. Fried

    This booklet explores a extensively lived but little remembered side of America's cultural and political historical past: the chilly battle as skilled on the grassroots point. right here, Fried strains the cresting of recent patriotic observance in the course of global struggle II after which exhibits how patriotic and civic activists afterwards worked to recreate a remembered cohesion and dedication within the tension-filled chilly struggle period. quite a few nationwide and native entities fastened campaigns "to promote the USA to the american citizens" via "rededication" celebrations like be aware of Your the USA Week and Freedom Week. the yank background origin wheeled out the liberty educate, which carried seminal records of the nation's previous to railroad depots around the US. Fried revisits the 1950 "Communist invasion" of Mosinee, Wisconsin, while ersatz Stalinists pressured and bullied electorate and the town's eateries served purely potato soup and black bread. He additionally depicts the construction and inauguration of latest patriotic occasions like Loyalty Day and army Day.

    Meticulously researched, this publication recreates a colourful, occasionally comical, and continuously revealing size of our history.

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  • Considerations on Western Marxism by Perry Anderson

    By Perry Anderson

    This synoptic essay considers the character and evolution of the Marxist concept that built in Western Europe, after the defeat of the proletarian rebellions within the West and the isolation of the Russian Revolution within the East within the early Twenties. It focuses quite at the paintings of Lukács, Korsch and Gramsci; Adorno, Marcuse and Benjamin; Sartre and Althusser; and Della Volpe and Colletti, including different figures inside of Western Marxism from 1920 to 1975. The theoretical creation of every of those thinkers is said at the same time to the sensible destiny of working-class struggles and to the cultural mutations of bourgeois idea of their time. The philosophical antecedents of a number of the university inside of this tradition—Lukácsian, Gramscian, Frankfurt, Sartrean, Althusserian and Della Volpean—are in comparison, and the explicit techniques in their respective platforms surveyed. The structural cohesion of 'Western Marxism', past the variety of its person thinkers, is then assessed, in a balance-sheet that contrasts its background with the culture of 'classical' Marxism that preceded it, and with the commanding difficulties on the way to confront any old materialism to be triumphant it.

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  • Capital Dilemma: Germany's Search for a New Architecture of by Michael Z. Wise

    By Michael Z. Wise

    The choice to maneuver Germany's executive seat from Bonn to Berlin through the 12 months 2000 poses an epic architectural problem and has fostered a global debate on which development kinds are applicable to symbolize German nationwide identification. Capital hindrance investigates the political judgements and ancient occasions at the back of the remodel of Berlin's legit structure. It tells a posh and fascinating drama of politics, reminiscence, cultural values, and structure, within which Helmut Kohl, Albert Speer, Sir Norman Foster, and that i. M. Pei all determine as players.

    If capital urban layout initiatives are symbols of nationwide id and old attention, Berlin is the ideal instance. actually, structure has performed a pivotal function all through Germany's turbulent twentieth-century heritage. After the autumn of the monarchy, Germany gave start to the Bauhaus, whose founders argued that their very own progressive designs may perhaps form human future. The century's warring ideologies, Nazism and Communism, extensively utilized structure for his or her personal political ends. In its newest incarnation, Berlin becomes the capital of the 5th German kingdom during this century to be governed from that urban. How will the reliable structure of reunified Berlin, a democratic capital being outfitted amid totalitarian continues to be, be diversified this time round? The Federal Republic of Germany, a hugely reliable democracy in stark distinction to its predecessors, has been suffering from burdensome architectural legacies. within the technique, it has thought of treatments as diverse as outright destruction, refurbishment, and, on the subject of the previous Nazi critical financial institution now being switched over into the hot overseas Ministry, actual concealment.

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  • The Kaiser Wilhelm Society under National Socialism by Susanne Heim, Carola Sachse, Mark Walker

    By Susanne Heim, Carola Sachse, Mark Walker

    Throughout the first a part of the 20th century, German technology led the realm. crucial medical establishment in Germany was once the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, together with institutes dedicated to various fields of clinical study. those researchers weren't careworn by means of instructing duties and loved first-class monetary and fabric help. whilst the nationwide Socialists got here to strength in Germany, all of German society, together with technology, was once affected. the image that in the past ruled our figuring out of technological know-how less than nationwide Socialism from the top of the second one international warfare to the new prior - an image of major Nazis ignorant and unappreciative of contemporary technological know-how and of scientists suffering to withstand the Nazis - should be revised. This booklet surveys the historical past of Kaiser Wilhelm Institutes less than Hitler, illustrating definitively the cooperation, if no longer collaboration, among scientists and nationwide Socialists as a way to additional the targets of autarky, racial hygiene, warfare, and genocide.

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  • Post-anarchism : a reader by Duane Rousselle

    By Duane Rousselle

    Post-anarchism has been of substantial significance within the discussions of radical intellectuals around the globe within the final decade. In its most well liked shape, it demonstrates a wish to mix the main promising elements of conventional anarchist thought with advancements in post-structuralist and post-modernist inspiration. Post-Anarchism: A Reader comprises the main finished selection of essays approximately this emergent physique of inspiration, making it a necessary and available source for lecturers, intellectuals, activists and anarchists drawn to radical philosophy.

    Many of the chapters were formative to the improvement of a quite 'post-anarchist' method of politics, aesthetics, and philosophy. Others reply to the so-called 'post-anarchist flip' with warning and scepticism. The ebook additionally contains unique contributions from a number of of latest 'post-anarchists', inviting additional debate and new methods of conceiving post-anarchism throughout a couple of disciplines.

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  • Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962 by Yang Jisheng

    By Yang Jisheng

    The much-anticipated definitive account of China’s nice Famine  

    An envisioned thirty-six million chinese language males, girls, and youngsters starved to demise in the course of China’s nice step forward within the overdue Fifties and early ’60s. one of many maximum tragedies of the 20 th century, the famine is poorly understood, and in China remains to be euphemistically often called “the 3 years of typical disaster.”

    As a journalist with privileged entry to reliable and unofficial resources, Yang Jisheng spent two decades piecing jointly the occasions that ended in mass national hunger, together with the demise of his personal father. discovering no typical reasons, Yang attributes accountability for the deaths to China’s totalitarian process and the refusal of officers at each point to price human existence over ideology and self-interest.

    Tombstone is a testomony to inhumanity and coffee heroism that pits collective reminiscence opposed to the ancient amnesia imposed by means of these in strength. lovely in scale and arresting in its exact account of the dazzling human fee of this tragedy, Tombstone is written either as a memorial to the lives lost—an enduring tombstone in reminiscence of the dead—and in hopeful anticipation of the ultimate death of the totalitarian approach. Ian Johnson, writing in The long island assessment of Books, known as the chinese language version of Tombstone “groundbreaking . . . some of the most very important books to come back out of China in contemporary years.”


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  • The End of Socialism by James Otteson

    By James Otteson

    Is socialism morally more suitable to different platforms of political economic system, whether it faces sensible problems? in spite of everything of Socialism, James R. Otteson explores socialism as a method of political financial system - that's, from the views of either ethical philosophy and monetary thought. He examines the precise nature of the sensible problems socialism faces, which develop into more than one may possibly at the start consider, after which asks no matter if the ethical beliefs it champions - equality, equity, and neighborhood - are very important adequate to warrant makes an attempt to beat those problems still, in particular in mild of the alleged ethical failings of capitalism. the result's an exam of the "end of socialism," either within the experience of the ethical pursuits it proposes and within the result of its unfolding good judgment.

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