Author: S. A. Smith
Publisher: OUP Oxford
View: 2377The impact of Communism on the twentieth century was massive, equal to that of the two world wars. Until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, historians knew relatively little about the secretive world of communist states and parties. Since then, the opening of state, party, and diplomatic archives of the former Eastern Bloc has released a flood of new documentation. The thirty-five essays in this Handbook, written by an international team of scholars, draw on this new material to offer a global history of communism in the twentieth century. In contrast to many histories that concentrate on the Soviet Union, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism is genuinely global in its coverage, paying particular attention to the Chinese Revolution. It is 'global', too, in the sense that the essays seek to integrate history 'from above' and 'from below', to trace the complex mediations between state and society, and to explore the social and cultural as well as the political and economic realities that shaped the lives of citizens fated to live under communist rule. The essays reflect on the similarities and differences between communist states in order to situate them in their socio-political and cultural contexts and to capture their changing nature over time. Where appropriate, they also reflect on how the fortunes of international communism were shaped by the wider economic, political, and cultural forces of the capitalist world. The Handbook provides an informative introduction for those new to the field and a comprehensive overview of the current state of scholarship for those seeking to deepen their understanding.
Adventure Writer in the Kingdom of Siam
Author: Antonio Graceffo
Publisher: Gom Publishing, LLC
View: 8740Adventure writer Antonio Graceffo began his eight month long odyssey by living with forest monks, studying kick boxing in Thailand's last Muay Thai Temple. He rode his bicycle to Burma, walked to the top of Chiang Mai's tallest peak, and was the first to attempt to trace the Doi Saket River to its source. A departure from his standard, self-serving brand of humorous, if narcissistic and somewhat offensive, adventure writing, he spent time with the Akha Hill Tribe and documented the plight of a marginalized people. From a canoe trip down the Maekok river, to accompanying tribal people on a hunting trip with cross bows and muzzleloaders, the book is funny, informative, and meaningful.
Roman einer deutschen Familie in Ostasien
Author: Alice Ekert-Rotholz
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
View: 7484Die vielgelesene Autorin schildert hier fesselnd die Atmosphäre des Fernen Ostens. Aus Kriegs- und Nachkriegsnöten zieht eine Hamburger Kaufmannsfrau mit den Kindern zu ihrem Mann nach Thailand. Die hanseatische Familie sieht sich im Land des Lächelns zuerst ungewöhnlichen Schwierigkeiten gegenüber. Begriffe, die für sie selbstverständlich waren – wie Pünktlichkeit und Zuverlässigkeit –, haben dort keinerlei Bedeutung. Aber erregend wie die exotische Welt, in die die Gäste eintreten, ist der Kreis von Menschen, denen sie in Ceylon, Siam, Hongkong begegnen. Der Schicksalsweg der Familie führt sie durch Paläste und Spelunken, Häfen und Märkte, Privatgemächer und Büros. Märchenfürsten und asiatische Abenteurerinnen kreuzen ihn. Aus den Verlockungen des Wunderlandes kehrt die Familie, reich an Erfahrungen, in die Heimat zurück.
Author: Lynette Sheridan Burns
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
View: 8330This book examines the processes used by journalists to define, identify, evaluate and create journalism and: explores the nature of news and the factors influencing news judgement; considers the power journalists exercise in selecting the issues that become news, looking at the ethical implications of these decisions; focuses on primary research; explores the processes used in deciding what to omit and what to include in the news depending on a targeted audience; and considers the role of editing in journalism and how it affects media messages.
Vilhelm Meyer and the Establishment of General Electric in China
Author: Christopher Bo Bramsen
Category: Social Science
View: 9497On one level, this is an intriguing account of expat life in Shanghai's International settlement in the early 20th century. On another level is charted the introduction and growth of new western technologies and companies in China. And the backdrop to these stories is early 20th century China itself: the hopes, fears, turmoil and grandeur of the age.
The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist
Author: Hunter S. Thompson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
View: 898From the king of “Gonzo” journalism and bestselling author who brought you Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas comes another astonishing volume of letters by Hunter S. Thompson. Brazen, incisive, and outrageous as ever, this second volume of Thompson’s private correspondence is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Proud Highway. When that first book of letters appeared in 1997, Time pronounced it "deliriously entertaining"; Rolling Stone called it "brilliant beyond description"; and The New York Times celebrated its "wicked humor and bracing political conviction." Spanning the years between 1968 and 1976, these never-before-published letters show Thompson building his legend: running for sheriff in Aspen, Colorado; creating the seminal road book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; twisting political reporting to new heights for Rolling Stone; and making sense of it all in the landmark Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. To read Thompson's dispatches from these years—addressed to the author's friends, enemies, editors, and creditors, and such notables as Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, and Kurt Vonnegut—is to read a raw, revolutionary eyewitness account of one of the most exciting and pivotal eras in American history.
Global Media, Local Meanings
Author: Shoma Munshi
Category: Social Science
View: 9403In examining the links between gender and the media, this volume asks questions involving the relationship between global media flows, gender and modernity in the region.
A Story of Intrigue
Author: Judith A. Stowe
Publisher: C. HURST & CO. PUBLISHERS
View: 4286Since the end of the absolute monarchy in Siam in 1932, the country has seemed to lurch from one military coup to another despite the democratic ideals proclaimed by the men who established the first constitutional government. Just how the military came to play such a dominant role in Thai politics is the main theme of this book. But it also looks at the nebulous period during World war II when Thailand fought a little-known war against the French in Indo-China and then aligned itself with Japan, declaring war on Britain and the United States.
Siam's Twins in Nineteenth-Century America
Author: Joseph Andrew Orser
Publisher: UNC Press Books
View: 2076Connected at the chest by a band of flesh, Chang and Eng Bunker toured the United States and the world from the 1820s to the 1870s, placing themselves and their extraordinary bodies on exhibit as "freaks of nature" and "Oriental curiosities." More famously known as the Siamese twins, they eventually settled in rural North Carolina, married two white sisters, became slave owners, and fathered twenty-one children between them. Though the brothers constantly professed their normality, they occupied a strange space in nineteenth-century America. They spoke English, attended church, became American citizens, and backed the Confederacy during the Civil War. Yet in life and death, the brothers were seen by most Americans as "monstrosities," an affront they were unable to escape. Joseph Andrew Orser chronicles the twins' history, their sometimes raucous journey through antebellum America, their domestic lives in North Carolina, and what their fame revealed about the changing racial and cultural landscape of the United States. More than a biography of the twins, the result is a study of nineteenth-century American culture and society through the prism of Chang and Eng that reveals how Americans projected onto the twins their own hopes and fears.
Author: Manfred Rumpl
Publisher: Picus Verlag
View: 4816Die Europäische Union ist Geschichte, dafür stehen überall Grenzzäune, es herrscht eine große Wirtschafts- und Gesellschaftskrise. In dieser nahen Zukunft lebt Vincent Pygmali, und er hat Liebeskummer: Seine wunderschöne Freundin Gala ist buchstäblich vor seinen Augen verschwunden. Außerdem hat er seinen Job verloren. Geblieben sind ihm seine Gefühle für Gala - weshalb er sie als Hologramm wiederauferstehen lassen will. Dabei hilft ihm Rita, eine Kämpferin für die Frauen, für die Verliererinnen der neuen Zeit, die durch Politik und Korruption um ihre Existenz gebracht werden. Es scheint, als würde Vincent seine Gala bald vergessen. Hochaktuelle Themen im Mantel einer Liebesgeschichte: Manfred Rumpl zeichnet mit punktgenauem Gespür eine Zukunft, die nur wenige Schritte von der Gegenwart entfernt zu liegen scheint und in der, allem Schrecken zum Trotz, die Liebe überlebt.
A Political History
Author: David Childs
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
View: 9643Bringing the picture right up to date, this sixth edition of the most reliable basic text on recent political history not only discusses domestic policy and politics in particular, but also covers external and international relations. New additions for this edition include: a discussion of 11 September 2001 the Iraq War and after the election of Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard as leaders of the Conservative Party immigration, asylum and identity the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles the 2005 election and Blair's standing as Prime Minister the controversy over fox hunting, the Gambling Act and 24-hour drinking the importance of China on the British arena. Established and authoritative, this volume is a crucial text for all students of contemporary British history and politics.
Yudayaka/Jewish Peril Propaganda and Debates in the 1920s
Author: Jacob Kovalio
Publisher: Peter Lang
View: 9369This work is about the swift process of acculturation of antisemitism in Japan – a Shintoist/Buddhist society with no Jews – in the decade following the First World War due to the impact of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Major Japanese primary sources related to the subject are introduced in detail and analyzed in the book for the first time in any language: the 1921 Imai Tokio–Yoshino Sakuzo impromptu debate, Higuchi Tsuyanoske’s best-seller Yudayaka [The Jewish Peril], the March 1929 roundtable on the «Jewish Problem» organized by the Heibon publishing house, and writings by Ariga Seika, Soebe Inchinoske, Yamanaka Minetaro, Kinoshta Masao, and others. This is also the case with most materials mentioned in the section on Japanese awareness of antisemitism before and during the First World War. In addition, the author proposes, defines, and demonstrates the applicability of the term «Conspiracy and Scapegoating Antisemitism» to both non-Japanese and Japanese milieux.
Author: Suzanne Robinson,Kay Dreyfus
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
View: 9592Unaccountably, Percy Grainger has remained on the margins of both American music history and twentieth-century modernism. This volume reveals the well-known composer of popular gems to be a self-described ‘hyper-modernist’ who composed works of uncompromising dissonance, challenged the conventions of folk song collection and adaptation, re-visioned the modern orchestra, experimented with ‘ego-less’ composition and designed electronic machines intended to supersede human application. Grainger was far from being a self-sufficient maverick working in isolation. Through contact with innovators such as Ferrucio Busoni, Léon Theremin and Henry Cowell; promotion of the music of modern French and Spanish schools; appreciation of vernacular, jazz and folk musics; as well as with the study and transcription of non-Western music; he contested received ideas and proposed many radical new approaches. By reappraising Grainger’s social and historical connectedness and exploring the variety of aspects of modernity seen in his activities in the British, American and Australian contexts, the authors create a profile of a composer, propagandist and visionary whose modernist aesthetic paralleled that of the most advanced composers of his day, and, in some cases, anticipated their practical experiments.