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Packing-House Worker's Fight for Justice - Mark Curtis Story (Paperback): Naomi Craine Packing-House Worker's Fight for Justice - Mark Curtis Story (Paperback)
Naomi Craine
R150 R124 Discovery Miles 1 240 Save R26 (17%) Out of stock

The story of the victorious battle to defeat the political frame-up of Mark Curtis, a union activist and socialist sentenced in 1988 to twenty-five years in prison on trumped up charges of attempted rape and burglary. The pamphlet describes what happened to Curtis on the day of his arrest, the fight to defend immigrant rights he was a part of, and the international campaign that finally won his freedom in 1996.

The Case of the Legless Veteran (Paperback, 2nd ed.): James Kutcher The Case of the Legless Veteran (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
James Kutcher
R481 R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Save R29 (6%) Out of stock
Prison of Women - Testimonies of War and Resistance in Spain, 1939-1975 (Hardcover): Tomasa Cuevas Prison of Women - Testimonies of War and Resistance in Spain, 1939-1975 (Hardcover)
Tomasa Cuevas; Edited by Mary E. Giles; Volume editing by Mary E. Giles; Translated by Mary E. Giles
R2,074 Discovery Miles 20 740 Out of stock

A translation of women's testimonies about their experiences in the prisons of Spain following the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939 collected by Tomasa Cuevas, herself a surviving victim of the Francoist prison system.

Prison of Women presents oral testimonies of women incarcerated following the Spanish Civil War. The primary voice in the collection, Tomasa Cuevas, spent many years in prisons throughout Spain as a political prisoner. After the death of Franco in 1975, Cuevas began to collect oral testimonies from women she had known in prison as she traveled throughout Spain recording their stories. These, along with hers, eventually were published in three volumes in Spain. Prison of Women is a collaboration between Tomasa Cuevas and Mary E. Giles, translator and editor, who wrote the introduction and afterword, and provided contextual information in notes and a glossary. The testimonies offer a compelling record of the years leading up to the Spanish Civil War, the aftermath of that horrendous struggle, and a revealing testament to the strength of the human spirit.

Prison of Women - Testimonies of War and Resistance in Spain, 1939-1975 (Paperback): Tomasa Cuevas Prison of Women - Testimonies of War and Resistance in Spain, 1939-1975 (Paperback)
Tomasa Cuevas; Edited by Mary E. Giles
R773 Discovery Miles 7 730 Out of stock

A translation of women's testimonies about their experiences in the prisons of Spain following the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939 collected by Tomasa Cuevas, herself a surviving victim of the Francoist prison system.

Prison of Women presents oral testimonies of women incarcerated following the Spanish Civil War. The primary voice in the collection, Tomasa Cuevas, spent many years in prisons throughout Spain as a political prisoner. After the death of Franco in 1975, Cuevas began to collect oral testimonies from women she had known in prison as she traveled throughout Spain recording their stories. These, along with hers, eventually were published in three volumes in Spain. Prison of Women is a collaboration between Tomasa Cuevas and Mary E. Giles, translator and editor, who wrote the introduction and afterword, and provided contextual information in notes and a glossary. The testimonies offer a compelling record of the years leading up to the Spanish Civil War, the aftermath of that horrendous struggle, and a revealing testament to the strength of the human spirit.

Blood and History in China - The Donglin Faction and Its Repression, 1620-1627 (Hardcover): John W Dardess Blood and History in China - The Donglin Faction and Its Repression, 1620-1627 (Hardcover)
John W Dardess
R1,175 Discovery Miles 11 750 Out of stock

From 1625 to 1627 scholar-officials belonging to a militant Confucianist group known as the "Donglin Faction" suffered one of the most gruesome political repressions in China's history. Many were purged from key positions in the central government for their relentless push for a national moral rearmament under the Tianqi emperor. While their martyrs' deaths won them a lasting reputation for heroism and steadfastness, their opponents are remembered for fatally degrading the quality of Ming political life with their arrests and tortures of Donglin partisans. John Dardess employs a wide range of little-used primary sources (letters, diaries, eyewitness accounts, memorials, imperial edicts) to provide a remarkably detailed narrative of the inner workings of Ming government and of this dramatic period as a whole. Comparing the repression with the Tiananmen demonstrations of 1989, he argues that Tiananmen offers compelling clues to a rereading of the events of the 1620s. Leaders of both movements were less interested in practical reform than in communicating sincere moral feelings to rulers and the public. In the end the protesters succeeded in commemorating their dead and imprisoned and in disgracing those responsible for the violence.

A work of unprecedented depth skillfully told, Blood and History in China will be appreciated by specialists in intellectual history and Ming and early Qing studies.

The Drama of Slavuta by Saul Moiseyevich Ginsburg (Hardcover): Ephraim H. Prombaum The Drama of Slavuta by Saul Moiseyevich Ginsburg (Hardcover)
Ephraim H. Prombaum
R1,505 Discovery Miles 15 050 Out of stock

Available for the first time in English, The Drama of Slavuta draws on Jewish sources and official Tsarist government archives in providing insight into the shutdown of a major nineteenth-century Jewish printing establishment during the reign of Tsar Nicholas I (1825-1855), when the persecution of Jews and suppression of Jewish culture reached unprecedented heights in Russia. The eminent historian Saul M. Ginsburg, who authored the original manuscript, successfully weaves an account of the persecution of the printing establishment's Hasidic owners, the Brothers Shapiro, into the larger scheme of official persecution of all Jews and thereby provides chilling insight into contemporary Russian attitudes towards Jews and Jewish culture. Contents: Volhynia Gubernia; Accusations Continue; The War Against Hasidism; "Yore-Deah"; Yakob Lipps; Forced Testimonies; The Imperial Decree; The Ushitza Story; The Military Commission's Verdict; "So Shall It Be"; "Araktsh Stones"; Moral Victors.

The Ego Ideal, Ideology and Hallucination - A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Political Violence (Paperback, New): Yong Shin... The Ego Ideal, Ideology and Hallucination - A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Political Violence (Paperback, New)
Yong Shin Kim
R1,207 Discovery Miles 12 070 Out of stock

What does the theory of the ego ideal and its embodiment in ideology reveal about the nature, motives and objectives of political violence? What is the relation between the individual and the group? The author focuses specifically on the Korean student movement and the attitudes of students and their leaders. This book provides some new perspectives on political violence, the socio-psychological phenomena that is increasing throughout the world. Contents: Introduction; Theories of Political Violence; An Alternative Theoretical Framework for Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Political Violence; Deconstructing the Oedipus Complex; The Oedipus Complex and the Ego Ideal in Confucian Society; Understanding of Political Violence in Korea; Conclusion.

Memoirs of 1984 (Hardcover): Yuri Tarnopolsky Memoirs of 1984 (Hardcover)
Yuri Tarnopolsky
R1,807 Discovery Miles 18 070 Out of stock

A former Soviet scientist and political prisoner now living in America, Yuri Tarnopolsky tells the story of his quest to understand Russia. In 1983 he was tried on charges of defaming the Soviet system: he had become a refusenik activist who defended the right to emigrate. He spent the Orwellian year of 1984 in a Siberian labor camp, and he compares Orwell's predictions with reality. As a scientist, Tarnopolsky is interested in broader facts and generalizations. He supports the view that Soviet communism was a natural continuation of Russian history. Tarnopolsky describes the pyramidal structure of Soviet society, its origin, and gives his own interpretation of the fall of the Soviet empire and the current Russian crossroads. Scenes of life in a labor camp alternate with memories of the past, essays on the totalitarian society, Russian mentality, modern Jewish problems, references to current American reality, psychology of isolation, ideology, moral choices, freedom, social and individual evolution, order and chaos, and complexity. This book is the first memoir of its kind ever to be written originally in English and addressed to the Western reader. Also being published by University Press of America, Unfinished Journey is Nancy Rosenfeld's personal story of her involvement with the campaign to free Yuri.

Good Soldier Wolf - One Man's Struggle for Freedom in Czechoslovakia (Hardcover, New): Jiri Wolf, Stuart Rawlings Good Soldier Wolf - One Man's Struggle for Freedom in Czechoslovakia (Hardcover, New)
Jiri Wolf, Stuart Rawlings
R1,480 Discovery Miles 14 800 Out of stock

This book is a dramatic and highly readable account of the life of a political activist in Czechoslovakia during the period 1952-1990. It covers many aspects of Czechoslovakian culture and history, including orphanages, prisons, protests, strikes, the Soviet invasion of 1968, and the 1989 'Velvet Revolution.' The authors also believe that the telling of Wolf's life is tremendously important in today's society; it demonstrates how the actions of ordinary people can make a difference. While Wolf was being held in jail, thousands of letters piled on the prison warden's desk in Czechoslovakia. It provided Wolf with the feeling that someone cared, and he derived strength from that fact. The letters also showed the prison officials, politicians, and others that their cruel actions were being watched. In the end, the story indicated that when people band together for a good cause, their concerted efforts can make this a better world.

Consent of the Damed - Ordinary Argentinians in the Dirty War (Hardcover): David M.K. Sheinin Consent of the Damed - Ordinary Argentinians in the Dirty War (Hardcover)
David M.K. Sheinin
R1,592 Discovery Miles 15 920 Out of stock

Under violent military dictatorship, Operation Condor and the Dirty War scarred Argentina from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, leaving behind a legacy of repression, state terror, and political murder. Even today, the now-democratic Argentine government attempts to repair the damage of these atrocities by making human rights a policy priority. But what about the other Dirty War, during which Argentine civilians--including indigenous populations--and foreign powers ignored and even abetted the state's vicious crimes against humanity? In this groundbreaking new work, David Sheinin draws on previously classified Argentine government documents, human rights lawsuits, and archived propaganda to illustrate the military-constructed fantasy of bloodshed as a public defense of human rights. Exploring the reactions of civilians and the international community to the daily carnage, Sheinin unearths how compliance with the dictatorship perpetuated the violence that defined a nation. This new approach to the history of human rights in Argentina will change how we understand dictatorship, democracy, and state terror.

Power, Patronage, and Political Violence - State Building on a Brazilian Frontier, 1822-1889 (Hardcover): Judy Bieber Power, Patronage, and Political Violence - State Building on a Brazilian Frontier, 1822-1889 (Hardcover)
Judy Bieber
R1,209 Discovery Miles 12 090 Out of stock

Judy Bieber explores the relationship between state centralization and municipal politics in Minas Gerais, Brazil, during the Imperial Period, 1822-89. She charts the nineteenth-century origins of "coronelismo," a form of machine politics that linked rural power and patronage at the municipal level to state and federal politics. By highlighting the structural role of the municipality within the political system, Bieber provides a key to explaining Brazil's so-called exceptionalism--its ability to maintain territorial and political cohesion within the framework of a constitutional monarchy instead of fragmenting violently, as did many Spanish republics. Despite the maintenance of national unity, political violence characterized much of Brazil's political history, especially in the municipalities of its frontier regions. Historians have often attributed the chaotic nature of these politics to geographical isolation and decentralization of power. Bieber challenges these assumptions, arguing instead that state centralization was the primary factor contributing to political violence in Brazil's frontier regions. The Brazilian national government centralized appointments of municipal authorities, thereby linking partisan affiliation on the periphery with provincial and national political parties. Local appointees corrupted and abused the mechanisms of social control in order to attain electoral victories for political patrons who had rewarded them with official jobs. This system produced escalating violence and promoted judicial impunity at the municipal level while simultaneously creating political stability at the provincial and federal levels. National discourse attributed politicalviolence to a natural tendency possessed by rural elites in the uncivilized backlands. Municipal actors, however, belied prevailing stereotypes of ideological passivity and intellectual backwardness. In the press and in private correspondence they actively sought to define the terms of their political participation, developing their own conceptions of liberalism and ethical norms of political patronage.

Actors on Red Alert - Career Interviews with Five Actors and Actresses Affected by the Blacklist (Hardcover): Anthony Slide Actors on Red Alert - Career Interviews with Five Actors and Actresses Affected by the Blacklist (Hardcover)
Anthony Slide
R1,252 Discovery Miles 12 520 Out of stock

The anti-Communist hysteria that began in the 1930s was further empowered in 1938 when the House of Representatives established the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities. Soon thereafter, the creation of the blacklist in the late 1940s brought the Hollywood film and television community into the fold. Provocatively capturing the controversy and sentiments surrounding this period of political imbalance, Actors on Red Alert explores the repercussions of the blacklist through career interviews with five prominent actors and actresses.

Repression and Resistance - Canadian Human Rights Activists, 1930-1960 (Hardcover, New): Ross Lambertson Repression and Resistance - Canadian Human Rights Activists, 1930-1960 (Hardcover, New)
Ross Lambertson
R1,895 Discovery Miles 18 950 Out of stock

Examining the history of human rights in Canada from 1930 to 1960, the period just before the emergence of contemporary human rights groups, Repression and Resistance focuses on the activists who fought against what they perceived to be the major human rights injustices of the time: the Quebec anti-communist padlock law, the violation of civil liberties during the war, the post-war attempt to deport Japanese Canadians, campaigns to obtain effective anti-discrimination legislation, civil liberties violations during the Cold War, and the struggle to obtain a Bill of Rights. Using newspaper files, government documents, collections of personal papers, and interviews with former political activists, Ross Lambertson demonstrates how certain Canadians - including members of ethnic, labour, religious, civil libertarian, and other organizations - were sufficiently "aroused by injustice" so as to fight for human rights. The book shows how these different activists and their organizations were inter-related, but also how, at the same time, they were very often separated by ideological, cultural, and geographic divisions.

Torn Out by the Roots - The Recollections of a Former Communist (Hardcover): Hilda Vitzthum Torn Out by the Roots - The Recollections of a Former Communist (Hardcover)
Hilda Vitzthum; Translated by Paul Schach; Introduction by Paul Schach
R1,111 Discovery Miles 11 110 Out of stock

"The enemies of the people must be torn out by the roots," read a sign Hilda Vitzthum observed in a public building shortly before her arrest in 1938. Her husband, a Russian engineer employed in the construction of a huge steelworks in western Siberia, was an "enemy of the people," a member of the educated classes that Stalin saw as a threat to his regime. Not only would he be a victim of Stalin's madness; his whole family must be destroyed. Even though Hilda was an Austrian and, like her husband, a loyal Communist, her children were taken from her and she was condemned to forced labor.
"Torn Out by the Roots" is Hilda Vitzthum's chilling reminiscence of her nearly ten years in Soviet labor camps-of privations and horrors of overwhelming enormity, mitigated by occasional kindness and humanity. It is a harrowing and moving story, all the more so for its simplicity and matter-of-factness.


Although Hilda Vitzthum was allowed to return to Austria in 1948, she could not write about her experiences until the 1980s. Before then, she says, "no one would have believed me if I had told the unvarnished truth." The dissolution of the Soviet Union compels us to record, so none may forget, the human cost of the Stalinist experiment.

From Jail to Jail (Paperback): Tan Malaka From Jail to Jail (Paperback)
Tan Malaka; Translated by Helen Jarvis; Introduction by Helen Jarvis
R2,089 R1,918 Discovery Miles 19 180 Save R171 (8%) Out of stock

From Jail to Jail is the political autobiography of a central though enigmatic figure of the Indonesian Revolution. Variously labeled a communist, Trotskyite, and nationalist, Tan Malaka managed, during the several decades of his political activity, to run afoul of nearly every political group and faction involved in the Indonesian struggle for independence. Malaka was elected Chairman of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) in 1921 and barely five years later opposed the PKI-led uprising in Indonesia. He openly opposed Sukarno's support for negotiations with the Dutch, yet Sukarno issued a decree in 1963 recognizing Tan Malaka as a hero of national independence. During his several decades of political activity he spent periods of exile and hiding in nearly every country in Southeast Asia. From Jail to Jail is one of the few known autobiographies by an Asian Marxist of the 1930's and 1940's.

Eyewitness - Writings from the Ordeal of Communism (Hardcover, New): Ross Mackenzie, Todd Culbertson Eyewitness - Writings from the Ordeal of Communism (Hardcover, New)
Ross Mackenzie, Todd Culbertson
R938 Discovery Miles 9 380 Out of stock

The specter of communism that held sway over much of the twentieth century has been effectively laid to rest. But the evil it inflicted on many millions of people during that period should not be forgotten. Eyewitness: Writings from the Ordeal of Communism is intended to serve as a witness to that past and a warning to future generations. Composed of telling, often searing, excerpts from many eloquent testimonies - including Milovan Djilas, Elena Bonner, Vladimir Bukovsky, Leonid Plyushch, Natan Sharansky, Petro Grigorenko, and Anatoly Marchenko - Eyewitness speaks to the disillusion, the degradation, the despair, the loneliness and agony, and the occasional triumphs that formed the essence of the defector's apostasy.

Torture and Peacebuilding in Indonesia - The Case of Papua (Hardcover): Budi Hernawan Torture and Peacebuilding in Indonesia - The Case of Papua (Hardcover)
Budi Hernawan
R2,979 Discovery Miles 29 790 Out of stock

State-sponsored torture and peacebuilding encapsulate the essence of many of the current conflicts in Indonesia. Papua in particular provides a thought-provoking example of the intricacy and complexity of building peace amidst enduring conflict and violence. This book examines the complex power relations that have constructed the gruesome picture of the fifty-year practice of torture in Papua, as well as the ongoing Papuan peacebuilding movements that resist the domineering power of the Indonesian state over Papuans. Conceptualising 'theatres of torture and peace', the book argues that torture in Papua is performed in public by the Indonesian state in order to communicate its policy of terror towards Papuans - it is not meant for extracting information, gaining confessions or exacting punishment. A Torture Dataset is provided, codifying evidence from a broad range of cases, collected through sensitive interviews. In examining the data, the author crafts a new, more holistic framework for analyzing cases of torture and employs an interdisciplinary approach integrating three different theories: Foucault's theory of governmentality and sovereignty, Kristeva's theory of abjection and Metz's theory of memoria passionis (the memory of suffering). The book successfully establishes a new understanding of torture as 'public theatre' and offers a new perspective of strengthening the existing Papuan peacebuilding framework of Papua Land of Peace. It will be of interest to academics working on Southeast Asian Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Transitional Justice, Peacebuilding, Human Rights and Anthropology of Violence.

Political Torture in Popular Culture - The Role of Representations in the Post-9/11 Torture Debate (Hardcover): Alex Adams Political Torture in Popular Culture - The Role of Representations in the Post-9/11 Torture Debate (Hardcover)
Alex Adams
R3,230 Discovery Miles 32 300 Out of stock

Political Torture in Popular Culture argues that the literary, filmic, and popular cultural representation of political torture has been one of the defining dimensions of the torture debate that has taken place in the course of the post-9/11 global war on terrorism. The book argues that cultural representations provide a vital arena in which political meaning is generated, negotiated, and contested. Adams explores whether liberal democracies can ever legitimately perpetrate torture, contrasting assertions that torture can function as a legitimate counterterrorism measure with human rights-based arguments that torture is never morally permissible. He examines the philosophical foundations of pro- and anti-torture positions, looking at their manifestations in a range of literary, filmic and popular cultural texts, and assesses the material effects of these representations. Literary novels, televisual texts, films, and critical theoretical discourse are all covered, focusing on the ways that aesthetic and textual strategies are mobilised to create specific political effects. This book is the first sustained analysis of the torture debate and the role that cultural narratives and representations play within it. It will be of great use to scholars interested in the emerging canon of post-9/11 cultural texts about torture, as well as scholars and students working in politics, history, geography, human rights, international relations, and terrorism studies, literary studies, cultural studies, and film studies.

State Crime, Women and Gender (Hardcover): Victoria E. Collins State Crime, Women and Gender (Hardcover)
Victoria E. Collins
R2,240 R1,957 Discovery Miles 19 570 Save R283 (13%) Out of stock

The United Nations has called violence against women "the most pervasive, yet least recognized human rights abuse in the world" and there is a long-established history of the systematic victimization of women by the state during times of peace and conflict. This book contributes to the established literature on women, gender and crime and the growing research on state crime and extends the discussion of violence against women to include the role and extent of crime and violence perpetrated by the state. State Crime, Women and Gender examines state-perpetrated violence against women in all its various forms. Drawing on case studies from around the world, patterns of state-perpetrated violence are examined as it relates to women's victimization, their role as perpetrators, resistors of state violence, as well as their engagement as professionals in the international criminal justice system. From the direct involvement of Condaleeza Rice in the United States-led war on terror, to the women of Egypt's Arab Spring Uprising, to Afghani poetry as a means to resist state-sanctioned patriarchal control, case examples are used to highlight the pervasive and enduring problem of state-perpetrated violence against women. The exploration of topics that have not previously been addressed in the criminological literature, such as women as perpetrators of state violence and their role as willing consumers who reinforce and replicate the existing state-sanctioned patriarchal status quo, makes State Crime, Women and Gender a must-read for students and scholars engaged in the study of state crime, victimology and feminist criminology.

John Foxe - An Historical Perspective (Hardcover): David Loades John Foxe - An Historical Perspective (Hardcover)
David Loades
R2,471 Discovery Miles 24 710 Out of stock

First published in 1999, This book is a wide-ranging and authoritative review of the reception in England and other countries of Foxe's Acts and Monuments of the English Martyrs from the time of its original publication between 1563 and 1583, up to the nineteenth century. Essays by leading scholars deal with the development of the text, the illustrations and the uses to which the work was put by protagonists in subsequent religious controversies. This volume is derived from the second John Foxe Colloquium held at Jesus College, Oxford in 1997. It is one of a number of research publications designed to support the British Academy Project for the publication of a new edition of Foxe's hugely influential text.

Chicana/Latina Testimonios as Pedagogical, Methodological, and Activist Approaches to Social Justice (Hardcover): Dolores... Chicana/Latina Testimonios as Pedagogical, Methodological, and Activist Approaches to Social Justice (Hardcover)
Dolores Delgado Bernal, Rebeca Burciaga, Judith Flores Carmona
R2,835 R2,468 Discovery Miles 24 680 Save R367 (13%) Out of stock

While the genre of testimonio has deep roots in oral cultures and in Latin American human rights struggles, the publication and subsequent adoption of This Bridge Called My Back (Moraga & Anzaldua, 1983) and, more recently, Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios (Latina Feminist Group, 2001), have demonstrated the power of testimonio as a genre that exposes brutality, disrupts silencing, and builds solidarity among women of colour. Within the field of education, scholars are increasingly taking up testimonio as a pedagogical, methodological, and activist approach to social justice, which transgresses traditional paradigms in academia. Unlike the more usual approach of researchers producing unbiased knowledge, the testimonio challenges objectivity by situating the individual in communion with a collective experience marked by marginalization, oppression, or resistance. This approach has resulted in new understandings about how marginalized communities build solidarity, and respond to and resist dominant culture, laws, and policies that perpetuate inequity. This book contributes to our understanding of testimonio as it relates to methodology, pedagogy, research, and reflection in pursuit of social justice. A common thread among the chapters is a sense of political urgency to address inequities within Chicana/o and Latina/o communities. This book was originally published as a special issue of Equity & Excellence in Education.

Lenin's Terror - The Ideological Origins of Early Soviet State Violence (Paperback): James Ryan Lenin's Terror - The Ideological Origins of Early Soviet State Violence (Paperback)
James Ryan
R1,176 Discovery Miles 11 760 Out of stock

This book explores the development of Lenin s thinking on violence throughout his career, from the last years of the Tsarist regime in Russia through to the 1920s and the New Economic Policy, and provides an important assessment of the significance of ideological factors for understanding Soviet state violence as directed by the Bolshevik leadership during its first years in power. It highlights the impact of the First World War, in particular its place in Bolshevik discourse as a source of legitimating Soviet state violence after 1917, and explains the evolution of Bolshevik dictatorship over the half decade during which Lenin led the revolutionary state. It examines the militant nature of the Leninist worldview, Lenin s conception of the revolutionary state, the evolution of his understanding of "dictatorship of the proletariat," and his version of "just war." The book argues that ideology can be considered primarily important for understanding the violent and dictatorial nature of the early Soviet state, at least when focused on the party elite, but it is also clear that ideology cannot be understood in a contextual vacuum. The oppressive nature of Tsarist rule, the bloodiness of the First World War, and the vulnerability of the early Soviet state as it struggled to survive against foreign and domestic opponents were of crucial significance. The book sets Lenin s thinking on violence within the wider context of a violent world. "

Repression and Resistance in Communist Europe (Paperback): Jason Sharman Repression and Resistance in Communist Europe (Paperback)
Jason Sharman
R1,045 Discovery Miles 10 450 Out of stock

This book explores the role of coercion in the relationship between the citizens and regimes of communist Eastern Europe. Looking in detail at Soviet collectivisation in 1928-34, the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 and the Polish Solidarity Movement of 1980-84, it shows how the system excluded channels to enable popular grievances to be translated into collective opposition; how this lessened the amount of popular protest, affected the nature of such protest as did occur and entrenched the dominance of state over society.

Histories of Victimhood (Hardcover): Steffen Jensen, Henrik Ronsbo Histories of Victimhood (Hardcover)
Steffen Jensen, Henrik Ronsbo
R1,374 R1,270 Discovery Miles 12 700 Save R104 (8%) Out of stock

The word and concept of victim bear a heavy weight. To represent oneself or to be represented as a victim is often a first and vital step toward having one's suffering and one's claims to rights socially and legally recognized. Yet to name oneself or be called a victim is a risky claim, and social scientists must struggle to avoid erasing either survivors' experience of suffering or their agency and resourcefulness. Histories of Victimhood engages with this dilemma, asking how one may recognize and acknowledge suffering without essentializing affected communities and individuals. This volume tackles the theoretical and empirical questions surrounding the ways victims and victimhood are constructed, represented, and managed by state and nonstate actors. Geographically broad, the twelve essays in this volume trace histories of victimhood in Colombia, India, South Africa, Guatemala, Angola, Sierra Leone, Turkey, Occupied Palestine, Denmark, and Britain. They examine the implications of victimhood in a wide range of contexts, including violent occupations, displacement, war, reparation projects, refugee assistance, HIV treatment, trauma intervention, social welfare projects, and state formation. In exploring varying forms of hardship and identifying what people do to survive, how they make sense of their own suffering, and how they are frequently either acted upon or ignored by humanitarian agencies and states, Histories of Victimhood encourages us to see victimhood not as a definite and definable category of experience but as a changeable and culturally contingent state. Contributors: Sofie Danneskiold-Samsoe, Pamila Gupta, Ravinder Kaur, Stine Finne Jakobsen, Andrew M. Jefferson, Steffen Jensen, Tobias Kelly, Frederic Le Marcis, Walter Paniagua, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Darius Rejali, Henrik Ronsbo, Lotte Buch Segal, Nerina Weiss.

Eyewitness Accounts I was a Slave in Russia (Paperback): John H. Noble Eyewitness Accounts I was a Slave in Russia (Paperback)
John H. Noble
R235 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R40 (17%) Out of stock

"It is hard to describe a nightmare adequately, unless you can say how the day had been before the night fell." In late 1945, John H. Noble was arrested by Soviet occupation forces on a trumped-up espionage charge. Ten years later, he found himself a prisoner in Vorkuta, part of the Soviet Gulag system. Situated 50 miles above the Arctic Circle, temperatures in Vorkuta drop too low for bacteria to survive. As an American prisoner during the Cold War, Noble's is a harrowing and unique story. Forced to work in the mines, his weight dropped from 150 to 95 pounds as he pushed 2-ton coal cars. He was also a key player in the 1953 Vorkuta Uprising, a peaceful protest violently ended by the Blatnois. Noble was eventually released in 1955, following the intervention of US President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Here, in this extraordinary document, he tells his unbelievable story. This is an unflinching look at the true face of Communism and a gripping account of one man's survival against seemingly impossible odds.

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