Hard Times in the Lands of Plenty

Oil Politics in Iran and Indonesia

Author: Benjamin B. Smith

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801472770

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 243

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Smith deciphers the paradox of the resource curse and questions its inevitability through an innovative comparison of the experiences of Iran and Indonesia.

The Wages of Oil

Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE

Author: Michael Herb

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801454689

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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The contrast between Kuwait and the UAE today illustrates the vastly different possible futures facing the smaller states of the Gulf. Dubai's rulers dream of creating a truly global business center, a megalopolis of many millions attracting immigrants in great waves from near and far. Kuwait, meanwhile, has the most spirited and influential parliament in any of the oil-rich Gulf monarchies. In The Wages of Oil, Michael Herb provides a robust framework for thinking about the future of the Gulf monarchies. The Gulf has seen enormous changes in recent years, and more are to come. Herb explains the nature of the changes we are likely to see in the future. He starts by asking why Kuwait is far ahead of all other Gulf monarchies in terms of political liberalization, but behind all of them in its efforts to diversify its economy away from oil. He compares Kuwait with the United Arab Emirates, which lacks Kuwait's parliament but has moved ambitiously to diversify. This data-rich book reflects the importance of both politics and economic development issues for decision-makers in the Gulf. Herb develops a political economy of the Gulf that ties together a variety of issues usually treated separately: Kuwait's National Assembly, Dubai's real estate boom, the paucity of citizen labor in the private sector, class divisions among citizens, the caste divide between citizens and noncitizens, and the politics of land.

Politics of Energy Dependency

Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Pressure

Author: Margarita M. Balmaceda

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442667141

Category: Political Science

Page: 464

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Energy has been an important element in Moscow’s quest to exert power and influence in its surrounding areas both before and after the collapse of the USSR. With their political independence in 1991, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania also became, virtually overnight, separate energy-poor entities heavily dependent on Russia. This increasingly costly dependency – and elites’ scrambling over associated profits – came to crucially affect not only relations with Russia, but the very nature of post-independence state building. The Politics of Energy Dependency explores why these states were unable to move towards energy diversification. Through extensive field research using previously untapped local-language sources, Margarita M. Balmaceda reveals a complex picture of local elites dealing with the complications of energy dependency and, in the process, affecting the energy security of Europe as a whole. A must-read for anyone interested in Eastern Europe, Russia, and the politics of natural resources, this book reveals the insights gained by looking at post-Soviet development and international relations issues not only from a Moscow-centered perspective, but from that of individual actors in other states.

The Worst Hard Time

The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

Author: Timothy Egan

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547347776

Category: History

Page: 352

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In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egan’s National Book Award–winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows. The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Timothy Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, he does equal justice to the human characters who become his heroes, “the stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect” (New York Times). In an era that promises ever-greater natural disasters, The Worst Hard Time is “arguably the best nonfiction book yet” (Austin Statesman Journal) on the greatest environmental disaster ever to be visited upon our land and a powerful reminder about the dangers of trifling with nature. This e-book includes a sample chapter of THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN.

The Land Between

Finding God in Difficult Transitions

Author: Jeff Manion

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310329981

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Manion provides fresh biblical insight for people traveling through undesired transitions--foreclosure, unemployment, parents in declining health, postgraduate uncertainty, business failure--who are looking for hope, guidance, and encouragement. He asserts that life's transitions are there to remind Christians that God is present before, during, and after these periods.

Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness

Arab Travellers in the Far North

Author: Ibn Fadlan

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141975040

Category: History

Page: 304

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In 922 AD, an Arab envoy from Baghdad named Ibn Fadlan encountered a party of Viking traders on the upper reaches of the Volga River. In his subsequent report on his mission he gave a meticulous and astonishingly objective description of Viking customs, dress, table manners, religion and sexual practices, as well as the only eyewitness account ever written of a Viking ship cremation. Between the ninth and fourteenth centuries, Arab travellers such as Ibn Fadlan journeyed widely and frequently into the far north, crossing territories that now include Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Their fascinating accounts describe how the numerous tribes and peoples they encountered traded furs, paid tribute and waged wars. This accessible new translation offers an illuminating insight into the world of the Arab geographers, and the medieval lands of the far north.

Changes in the Land

Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England

Author: William Cronon

Publisher: Hill and Wang

ISBN: 142992828X

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize Changes in the Land offers an original and persuasive interpretation of the changing circumstances in New England's plant and animal communities that occurred with the shift from Indian to European dominance. With the tools of both historian and ecologist, Cronon constructs an interdisciplinary analysis of how the land and the people influenced one another, and how that complex web of relationships shaped New England's communities.

The Quakers in America

Author: Thomas D. Hamm

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023150893X

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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The Quakers in America is a multifaceted history of the Religious Society of Friends and a fascinating study of its culture and controversies today. Lively vignettes of Conservative, Evangelical, Friends General Conference, and Friends United meetings illuminate basic Quaker theology and reflect the group's diversity while also highlighting the fundamental unity within the religion. Quaker culture encompasses a rich tradition of practice even as believers continue to debate whether Quakerism is necessarily Christian, where religious authority should reside, how one transmits faith to children, and how gender and sexuality shape religious belief and behavior. Praised for its rich insight and wide-ranging perspective, The Quakers in America is a penetrating account of an influential, vibrant, and often misunderstood religious sect. Known best for their long-standing commitment to social activism, pacifism, fair treatment for Native Americans, and equality for women, the Quakers have influenced American thought and society far out of proportion to their relatively small numbers. Whether in the foreign policy arena (the American Friends Service Committee), in education (the Friends schools), or in the arts (prominent Quakers profiled in this book include James Turrell, Bonnie Raitt, and James Michener), Quakers have left a lasting imprint on American life. This multifaceted book is a concise history of the Religious Society of Friends; an introduction to its beliefs and practices; and a vivid picture of the culture and controversies of the Friends today. The book opens with lively vignettes of Conservative, Evangelical, Friends General Conference, and Friends United meetings that illuminate basic Quaker concepts and theology and reflect the group's diversity in the wake of the sectarian splintering of the nineteenth century. Yet the book also examines commonalities among American Friends that demonstrate a fundamental unity within the religion: their commitments to worship, the ministry of all believers, decision making based on seeking spiritual consensus rather than voting, a simple lifestyle, and education. Thomas Hamm shows that Quaker culture encompasses a rich tradition of practice even as believers continue to debate a number of central questions: Is Quakerism necessarily Christian? Where should religious authority reside? Is the self sacred? How does one transmit faith to children? How do gender and sexuality shape religious belief and behavior? Hamm's analysis of these debates reveals a vital religion that prizes both unity and diversity.

Red Plenty

Author: Francis Spufford

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 1555970419

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 9945

"Spufford cunningly maps out a literary genre of his own . . . Freewheeling and fabulous." —The Times (London) Strange as it may seem, the gray, oppressive USSR was founded on a fairy tale. It was built on the twentieth-century magic called "the planned economy," which was going to gush forth an abundance of good things that the lands of capitalism could never match. And just for a little while, in the heady years of the late 1950s, the magic seemed to be working. Red Plenty is about that moment in history, and how it came, and how it went away; about the brief era when, under the rash leadership of Khrushchev, the Soviet Union looked forward to a future of rich communists and envious capitalists, when Moscow would out-glitter Manhattan and every Lada would be better engineered than a Porsche. It's about the scientists who did their genuinely brilliant best to make the dream come true, to give the tyranny its happy ending. Red Plenty is history, it's fiction, it's as ambitious as Sputnik, as uncompromising as an Aeroflot flight attendant, and as different from what you were expecting as a glass of Soviet champagne.

Native America in the Twentieth Century

An Encyclopedia

Author: Mary B. Davis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135638616

Category: History

Page: 832

View: 5235

First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

This Town

Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - In America's Gilded Capital

Author: Mark Leibovich

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399170685

Category: Political Science

Page: 398

View: 2117

A New York Times political feature correspondent and author of The New Imperialists examines the power wars and exploitative practices of the government in Washington, D.C., revealing how journalism careers are made and broken while news events and scandals are used as networking platforms. Reprint.

Crude Democracy

Natural Resource Wealth and Political Regimes

Author: Thad Dunning

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521730754

Category: Political Science

Page: 350

View: 6037

This book challenges the conventional wisdom that natural resource wealth promotes autocracy. Oil and other forms of mineral wealth can promote both authoritarianism and democracy, the book argues, but they do so through different mechanisms; an understanding of these different mechanisms can help elucidate when either the authoritarian or democratic effects of resource wealth will be relatively strong. Exploiting game-theoretic tools and statistical modeling as well as detailed country case studies and drawing on fieldwork in Latin America and Africa, this book builds and tests a theory that explains political variation across resource-rich states. It will be read by scholars studying the political effects of natural resource wealth in many regions, as well as by those interested in the emergence and persistence of democratic regimes.

Oil, Democracy, and Development in Africa

Author: John R. Heilbrunn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107049814

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 279

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Oil, Democracy, and Development in Africa presents an optimistic analysis of the continent's oil-producing states. With attention to the complex histories, the interactions of key industry actors and policy makers, and the goals of diverse groups in society, this contribution fills a gap in the literature on resource-abundant countries. John R. Heilbrunn presents a positive assessment of circumstances in contemporary African oil exporters. The book demonstrates that even those leaders who are among the least accountable use oil revenues to improve their citizens' living standards, if only a little bit. As a consequence, African oil producers are growing economically and their people are living under increasingly democratic polities. Heilbrunn thus calls for a long-overdue reassessment of the impact of hydrocarbons on developing economies.

The Distant Land of My Father

Author: Bo Caldwell

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9780811875219

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 2983

For Anna, the narrator of Bo Caldwell's richly lyrical and vivid first novel, growing up in the magical world of Shanghai in the 1930s and 1940s creates a special bond between her and her father. He is the son of missionaries, a smuggler, and a millionaire who leads a charmed but secretive life. When the family flees to Los Angeles in the face of the Japanese occupation, he chooses to remain, believing his connections and luck will keep him safe. He's wrong. He survives, only to again choose Shanghai over his family during the Second World War. Anna and her father reconnect late in his life, when she finally has a family of her own, but it is only when she discovers his extensive journals that she is able to fully understand him and the reasons for his absences. With the intensity and appeal of When We Were Orphans, also set in Shanghai at the same time, The Distant Land of My Father tells a moving and unforgettable story about a most unusual father-daughter relationship.

An Example for All the Land

Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington,

Author: Kate Masur

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807899328

Category: Social Science

Page: 376

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An Example for All the Land reveals Washington, D.C. as a laboratory for social policy in the era of emancipation and the Civil War. In this panoramic study, Kate Masur provides a nuanced account of African Americans' grassroots activism, municipal politics, and the U.S. Congress. She tells the provocative story of how black men's right to vote transformed local affairs, and how, in short order, city reformers made that right virtually meaningless. Bringing the question of equality to the forefront of Reconstruction scholarship, this widely praised study explores how concerns about public and private space, civilization, and dependency informed the period's debate over rights and citizenship.

Déterminants des conflits et nouvelles formes de prévention

Author: Jean-Pierre Vettovaglia

Publisher: Primento

ISBN: 280274383X

Category: Law

Page: 1146

View: 1106

Faisant suite au volume I « Médiation et Facilitation dans l’espace francophone » et au volume II « Démocratie et élections dans l’espace francophone », parus dans la série « Prévention des crises et promotion de la paix », le présent ouvrage est consacré aux déterminants des conflits et à de nouvelles formes de prévention. En effet, les instruments de règlement des différends prévus par les chapitres VI et VII de la Charte des Nations Unies, parmi lesquels la médiation, devenue pour ainsi dire concomitante aux conflits, les sanctions, sans oublier la prévention précoce n’apportent que des résultats assez partiels. Et l’on sait que même un accord de paix n’empêche pas la reprise des hostilités dans la moitié des cas et dans les 3 à 5 ans qui suivent. C’est que les causes profondes de ces conflits n’ont pas été abordées. Il est devenu impératif de se pencher sur les déterminants des conflits, pris individuellement puis réenchevêtrés en chaînes explicatives de la conflictualité. Ce travail qui s’appuie sur un grand nombre d’études de cas propose une étude de systématisation des déterminants comme tentative de contribution à la doctrine de l’origine des conflits. Il s’agit de passer de la maîtrise passagère des « étincelles » au traitement en profondeur des « barils de poudre ». Une deuxième partie traite des nouveaux outils, des nouvelles démarches et chantiers, des nouveaux acteurs de la prévention précoce à même de guider notre monde vers moins de conflictualité et davantage de légitimité démocratique, vers une véritable éthique de solidarité. Pour mieux réguler notre « monde sans loi », en toute connaissance de cause. Une sélection de quelque 60 auteurs, de nationalités et de provenances diverses (Europe, Caucase, Afrique et Amérique du Nord), tous des autorités dans leur domaine de prédilection, donne à ce volume l’aspect d’une somme aujourd’hui sans équivalent dans la littérature scientifique consacrée aux conflits inter et surtout infra-étatiques.

The Safety Zone

Author: M. Susan Thuillard

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781463460945

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

View: 8644

The Safety Zone is an intriguing saga of a family living in war-torn North America in a future time. Read the adventures of Jennifer Dillon and how her mothers courage during the war influenced Jennifers own life. Will Jennifer find her way back to her family or bring the wrath of one Commander upon them all? Will she overcome shame and find true love? How can her family accept the stranger within their gates? Ms. Thuillards novel is another of her cant-put-it-down, must-read adventures. The reader will be enthralled from beginning to end.

The Shah and I

The Confidential Diary of Iran's Royal Court, 1969-1977

Author: Asad Allāh ʿAlam

Publisher: N.A


Category: Iran

Page: 568

View: 8778

Erindringer af shahen af Irans hof-minister og nære ven fra årene 1966-1977. Trods sin loyalitet mod Shahen er forfatteren overraskende kritisk mod regentens autoritære styreform.

The Complete Farmer

Or, General Dictionary of Agriculture and Husbandry: Comprehending the Most Improved Methods of Cultivation; the Different Modes of Raising Timber, Fruit, and Other Trees; and the Modern Management of Live-stock: with Descriptions of the Most Approved Implements, Machinery, and Farm-buildings

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Agriculture

Page: N.A

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