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Coping with Geopolitical Decline

By Frédéric Mérand
  • ISBN Code: : 0228004888
  • Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
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  • Category : Political Science
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How great powers react to their inevitable decline shapes their own destiny as well as the course of international politics. Leaders can decide to engage with others or isolate themselves; to build alliances or initiate war; to stoke up nationalism or invest in innovation; to focus on economic competition or develop their people's soft power. While some of these coping strategies foster cooperation, others provoke conflict with neighbours. In Coping with Geopolitical Decline leading political scientists, historians, and sociologists explore the strategies adopted by leaders and domestic elites to prevent, reverse, or deny the decline of their country. Analyzing four European cases (Byzantium, England, France, Russia) before turning to the contemporary debate in the United States, they argue that geopolitics is not fate. Coping strategies depend on the context, which includes cultural representations of decline, the experience of military defeat, and domestic politics. Whether elites choose to modernize their economy, bolster their diplomatic status, or launch preventive war makes a difference in the extent and speed of a country's decline. By the same token, coping strategies affect world order. A well-managed decline allows for a peaceful power transition. Some strategies, however, may preserve the peace at the expense of a country's standing, while others will stave off decline but encourage imperialist adventures or precipitate military conflicts. As the United States challenges the liberal international order, fights back China's ascendency, and reconsiders its traditional alliances, Coping with Geopolitical Decline analyzes key lessons from Europe's experience and provides comparative insight into the likely dynamics of cooperation and conflict in the twenty-first century.

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“Part rollicking historical potboiler, part theological mystery” from the acclaimed author of The Dress Lodger and The Mammoth Cheese (Entertainment Weekly). A riveting mystery that recalls the work of Umberto Eco and Barry Unsworth, A Stolen Tongue is the captivating debut novel that launched critically acclaimed author Sheri Holman’s literary career. In 1483, Father Felix Fabri sails from Germany to Mount Sinai on a pilgrimage to venerate the relics of Saint Katherine of Alexandria. But at each of the shrines he visits throughout Greece and Palestine, he finds that the remains of Katherine’s body are being stolen piece by piece: her hand, her ear, and then her tongue vanish from their holy resting places. Desperate to discover the thief and save his saint from such appalling desecration, Felix is thrust into a strange mystery that takes him across the desert and plumbs the depths of his soul. “Holman seduces you into a world of priests, rogues, saints, a world bright with horizon, wonder, piety. Her prose, tart, racy, and somber, will sing in your soul a long while.”—Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize-winning, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Angela’s Ashes “Holman tells a fascinating story. From the opening scene in Crete to the harrowing finale in the Sinai desert, she knows how to create suspense.”—The Washington Post Book World “Sheri Holman writes with extraordinary assurance and style.”—Miranda Seymour, author of Bugatti Queen “The best historical thriller I have read since Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose.”—Alain de Botton, author of The Course of Love

The Song of Giraldus

By Richard M. Loomis
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1462824579
  • Total of Pages : 228
  • Category : Fiction
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"A fan letter. I very much enjoyed and appreciated your novel, with its splendid evocation of the medieval worldas seen through the consciousness of a historian of the time. Your sense of language has a wonderful feeling of a vanished age, and yet with a kind of modern, almost minimalist restraint. Bravo for a job well done." Robert Rosenstone Cal Tech, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Summary of Bruce Ware Allen's The Great Siege of Malta

By Everest Media
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  • Publisher : Everest Media LLC
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 27
  • Category : History
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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 In 1521, Gabriele Tadini de Martinengo was a military engineer who was working for the Venetian governor of Crete. He was sent to improve the defensive works on the Venetian colony, but he fled to the Knights of St. John, who were under siege by the Ottoman sultan, Suleiman I. #2 In 1521, the Order elected Philippe de Villiers de L’Isle-Adam, then grand prior of France, as their new grand master. He set sail from France to Rhodes in September of 1521, and after going through the obligatory ceremonies, settled into his office. #3 The first Ottoman troops arrived on Rhodes in June 1522. They began the process of unloading men and matériel for what would be a long summer. By the end of July, the total number of men reached one hundred thousand. #4 The Knights of St. John, who were in charge of Rhodes, had prepared the city for attack. The city was encased in the best defensive works Italian military engineers could contrive. Any attackers would initially have to run across a counterscarp, a wide flat upward incline every inch of which was vulnerable to gunfire from the fort.

A Needle in the Right Hand of God

By R. Howard Bloch
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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Book Code : 0307497011
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : History
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The Bayeux Tapestry is the world’s most famous textile–an exquisite 230-foot-long embroidered panorama depicting the events surrounding the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is also one of history’s most mysterious and compelling works of art. This haunting stitched account of the battle that redrew the map of medieval Europe has inspired dreams of theft, waves of nationalism, visions of limitless power, and esthetic rapture. In his fascinating new book, Yale professor R. Howard Bloch reveals the history, the hidden meaning, the deep beauty, and the enduring allure of this astonishing piece of cloth. Bloch opens with a gripping account of the event that inspired the Tapestry: the swift, bloody Battle of Hastings, in which the Norman bastard William defeated the Anglo-Saxon king, Harold, and laid claim to England under his new title, William the Conqueror. But to truly understand the connection between battle and embroidery, one must retrace the web of international intrigue and scandal that climaxed at Hastings. Bloch demonstrates how, with astonishing intimacy and immediacy, the artisans who fashioned this work of textile art brought to life a moment that changed the course of British culture and history. Every age has cherished the Tapestry for different reasons and read new meaning into its enigmatic words and images. French nationalists in the mid-nineteenth century, fired by Tapestry’s evocation of military glory, unearthed the lost French epic “The Song of Roland,” which Norman troops sang as they marched to victory in 1066. As the Nazis tightened their grip on Europe, Hitler sent a team to France to study the Tapestry, decode its Nordic elements, and, at the end of the war, with Paris under siege, bring the precious cloth to Berlin. The richest horde of buried Anglo-Saxon treasure, the matchless beauty of Byzantine silk, Aesop’s strange fable “The Swallow and the Linseed,” the colony that Anglo-Saxon nobles founded in the Middle East following their defeat at Hastings–all are brilliantly woven into Bloch’s riveting narrative. Seamlessly integrating Norman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Byzantine elements, the Bayeux Tapestry ranks with Chartres and the Tower of London as a crowning achievement of medieval Europe. And yet, more than a work of art, the Tapestry served as the suture that bound up the wounds of 1066. Enhanced by a stunning full-color insert that includes reproductions of the complete Tapestry, A Needle in the Right Hand of God will stand with The Professor and the Madman and How the Irish Saved Civilization as a triumph of popular history.

L’Islam e l’impero

By Laura Di Fiore
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  • Publisher : Viella Libreria Editrice
  • Book Code : 8867284703
  • Total of Pages : 225
  • Category : History
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Tra i vari profili di Arnold J. Toynbee – storico, filosofo della storia, antichista – quello che emerge dalle carte del Foreign Office di Londra è uno dei meno noti, ovvero quello di esperto dell’intelligence britannico negli anni della Prima guerra mondiale e dell’immediato dopoguerra. Dalle analisi sul riassetto del Medio Oriente messe a punto in vista della Conferenza di pace di Parigi – nonché dall’ampia produzione saggistica e pubblicistica dedicata a questo tema nel corso degli anni Venti del Novecento – emerge il ruolo centrale riconosciuto alla “civiltà islamica” in una dimensione essenzialmente politica e profondamente consapevole dei mutati equilibri nelle relazioni globali tra Occidente e Oriente, ben lontana quindi dalle semplificazioni culturaliste attribuitegli in anni recenti nell’ambito delle teorie sullo “scontro di civiltà”. Ma il progetto politico per il Medio Oriente schiudeva per Toynbee anche uno scenario fondamentale per il futuro dell’impero britannico, in fase di declino e oggetto di proposte di riforma dall’inizio del secolo. Le rivendicazioni di autodeterminazione nazionale del mondo musulmano rappresentarono infatti un tassello essenziale nel quadro di un’originale riflessione politico-istituzionale tesa a legittimare su nuove basi l’avventura imperiale britannica.

The Fourth Crusade

By Jonathan Phillips
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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Book Code : 1448114527
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : History
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In April 1204, the armies of Western Christendom wrote another bloodstained chapter in the history of holy war. Two years earlier, aflame with religious zeal, the Fourth Crusade set out to free Jerusalem from the grip of Islam. But after a dramatic series of events, the crusaders turned their weapons against the Christian city of Constantinople, the heart of the Byzantine Empire and the greatest metropolis in the known world. The crusaders spared no one in their savagery: they murdered and raped old and young - they desecrated churches, plundered treasuries and much of the city was put to the torch. Some contemporaries were delighted: God had approved this punishment of the effeminate, treacherous Greeks; others expressed shock and disgust at this perversion of the crusading ideal. History has judged this as the crusade that went wrong. In this remarkable new assessment of the Fourth Crusade, Jonathan Phillips follows the fortunes of the leading players and explores the conflicting motives that drove the expedition to commit the most infamous massacre of the crusading movement.

Archeologia Medievale, XXXVIII, 2011 - Donne e uomini, parentela e memoria tra storia e archeologia

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  • Publisher : All’Insegna del Giglio
  • Book Code : 8878145270
  • Total of Pages : 520
  • Category : Social Science
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Contiene la sezione monografica “Donne e uomini, parentela e memoria tra storia, archeologia e genetica. Un progetto interdisciplinare per il futuro”, a c. di Cristina La Rocca nella quale viene trattato del ruolo delle donne e degli uomini nella società medievale, con particolare attenzione all’Altomedioevo, attraverso i procedimenti propri sia dell’archeologia che di altre discipline, quali la storia, la biologia e la genetica. La sezione Saggi accoglie quattro contributi sull’archeologia del territorio nella penisola iberica e un contributo relativo alle sepolture di età altomedievale rinvenute entro la cinta muraria di Cividale, a cui si possono ricollegare due testi relativi allo stesso ambito cronologico presenti nella sezione Note e Discussioni. Le relazioni accolte nelle Notizie preliminari dall’Italia sono tutte legate a indagini archeologiche in edifici ecclesiastici, mentre quella inserita nelle Notizie preliminari dal bacino del Mediterraneo espone i risultati delle indagini nelle strutture ipogee di un castello (Kale) situato nella Turchia sud-orientale.