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Books > History > World history > From 1900 > Postwar, from 1945

The Rights of the Roma - The Struggle for Citizenship in Postwar Czechoslovakia (Hardcover): Celia Donert The Rights of the Roma - The Struggle for Citizenship in Postwar Czechoslovakia (Hardcover)
Celia Donert
R2,024 Discovery Miles 20 240 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The Rights of the Roma writes Romani struggles for citizenship into the history of human rights in socialist and post-socialist Eastern Europe. If Roma have typically appeared in human rights narratives as victims, Celia Donert here draws on extensive original research in Czech and Slovak archives, sociological and ethnographic studies, and oral histories to foreground Romani activists as subjects and actors. Through a vivid social and political history of Roma in Czechoslovakia, she provides a new interpretation of the history of human rights by highlighting the role of Socialist regimes in constructing social citizenship in postwar Eastern Europe. The post-socialist human rights movement did not spring from the dissident movements of the 1970s, but rather emerged in response to the collapse of socialist citizenship after 1989. A timely study as Europe faces a major refugee crisis which raises questions about the historical roots of nationalist and xenophobic attitudes towards non-citizens.

In Idi Amin's Shadow - Women, Gender, and Militarism in Uganda (Hardcover): Alicia C. Decker In Idi Amin's Shadow - Women, Gender, and Militarism in Uganda (Hardcover)
Alicia C. Decker
R1,678 R1,442 Discovery Miles 14 420 Save R236 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

"A subtle, important, theoretically innovative, and elegantly written study that centralizes feminist thinking and shows why it matters." -Feminist Africa In Idi Amin's Shadow is a rich social history examining Ugandan women's complex and sometimes paradoxical relationship to Amin's military state. Based on more than one hundred interviews with women who survived the regime, as well as a wide range of primary sources, this book reveals how the violence of Amin's militarism resulted in both opportunities and challenges for women. Some assumed positions of political power or became successful entrepreneurs, while others endured sexual assault or experienced the trauma of watching their brothers, husbands, or sons "disappeared" by the state's security forces. In Idi Amin's Shadow considers the crucial ways that gender informed and was informed by the ideology and practice of militarism in this period. By exploring this relationship, Alicia C. Decker offers a nuanced interpretation of Amin's Uganda and the lives of the women who experienced and survived its violence. Each chapter begins with the story of one woman whose experience illuminates some larger theme of the book. In this way, it becomes clear that the politics of military rule were highly relevant to women and gender relations, just as the politics of gender were central to militarism. By drawing upon critical security studies, feminist studies, and violence studies, Decker demonstrates that Amin's dictatorship was far more complex and his rule much more strategic than most observers have ever imagined.

Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe (Hardcover): Valentina Glajar, Alison Lewis Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe (Hardcover)
Valentina Glajar, Alison Lewis; Corina L Petrescu
R733 R610 Discovery Miles 6 100 Save R123 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

During the Cold War, spy stories became popular on both sides of the Iron Curtain, capturing the imaginations of readers and film goers alike as secret police outfits quietly engaged in espionage and surveillance under the shroud of utmost secrecy. Curiously, in the post-Cold War period there are no signs of this enthusiasm diminishing. With the opening of the secret police archives in many countries in Eastern Europe comes the unique chance to excavate many forgotten spy stories and narrate them for the first time. Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe brings together a wide range of Cold War spy stories from the Eastern Bloc and explores stories compiled from the East German Stasi, the Romanian Securitate, and the Ukrainian KGB files. This edited volume also investigates spy narratives told in multimodal forms of communication and representation, that is, stories told through different and distinctive combinations of visual, verbal-aural, musical, textual, and gestural signs. Crafted from a blend of memory, fiction, and forensic evidence from the archived files, these stories offer a rediscovery of curious and enigmatic espionage events. By revisiting some little-known DEFA films and their depictions of the East German spy as opposed to the sleek Western James Bond type, Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe explores old and new tropes in espionage films and television dramas. It concludes with a close reading of the moral ambiguity that is prominent in recent Hollywood spy films such as Bridge of Spies and transatlantic television productions about Cold War Germany such as Deutschland 83, which point to a new aesthetic of surveillance and a new post-ideological depiction of the spy. These stories of collusion and complicity, of betrayal and treason, of right and wrong, and of good and evil call into question Cold War certainties and divides.

Operation Chaos - The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Each Other (Paperback): Matthew Sweet Operation Chaos - The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Each Other (Paperback)
Matthew Sweet 1
R330 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R46 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 work days

October 1967 during the height of the Vietnam War Craig Anderson, John Barilla, Michael Lindner and Rick Bailey, deserted the US Intrepid; smuggled from Tokyo to Sweden via Moscow with the help of a Japanese anti-war group, a draft-card-burning Buddhist priest from Nebraska, and the staff of the Russian Embassy in Tokyo. Their act of defiance made them headline news around the world as the Intrepid Four, and inspired other disillusioned young conscripted soldiers to follow their escape to Sweden. Operation Chaos tells the true story of this group of U.S. military deserters who found asylum in Sweden during the Vietnam War and how in falling in league with the American Deserters Committee and its mysterious founder Michael Vale they became a thorn in the side of the US government during the Cold War. Travelling widely to Paris, Stockholm, North Carolina, Washington and New York visiting protected archives and meeting with the original agents and dissidents Matthew Sweet here uncovers their life underground, how the US government waged a determined campaign to discredit deserting soldiers, the story behind the secret scheme code named Operation Chaos, how the CIA tried to infiltrate this radical political group, an international game of cat and mouse and spiraling series of events winding all the way to the Manchurian Candidate scare of 1973/4, and the hunt for the victims of "the brainwashing institutes of Sweden". Sweet's fascinating journey of discovery sheds new light on one of the great untold tales of the Cold War, where the facts are wilder than any work of fiction.

Counting Religion in Britain, 1970-2020 - Secularization in Statistical Context (Hardcover): Clive D. Field Counting Religion in Britain, 1970-2020 - Secularization in Statistical Context (Hardcover)
Clive D. Field
R2,883 Discovery Miles 28 830 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Counting Religion in Britain, 1970-2020, the fourth volume in the author's chronological history of British secularization, sheds significant new light on the nature, scale, and timing of religious change in Britain during the past half-century, with particular reference to quantitative sources. Adopting a key performance indicators approach, twenty-one facets of personal religious belonging, behaving, and believing are examined, offering a much wider range of lenses through which the health of religion can be viewed and appraised than most contemporary scholarship. Summative analysis of these indicators, by means of a secularization dashboard, leads to a reaffirmation of the validity of secularization (in its descriptive sense) as the dominant narrative and direction of travel since 1970, while acknowledging that it is an incomplete process and without endorsing all aspects of the paradigmatic expression of secularization as a by-product of modernization.

America in the Cold War - A Reference Guide (Hardcover, annotated edition): William T. Walker America in the Cold War - A Reference Guide (Hardcover, annotated edition)
William T. Walker
R1,886 Discovery Miles 18 860 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Including extensive, balanced information, keen insights, and helpful research tools, this book provides a valuable resource for students or general readers interested in American policy, diplomacy, and conduct during the Cold War. The Cold War not only comprised the dominant theme in American foreign policy during the second half of the 20th century; its influence was also imbedded into American culture. The half-century duration of the Cold War was an extended learning period during which the United States found that it could no longer remain an isolationist nation in a complex, quickly evolving, and dangerous world. This book covers the entire scope of the Cold War, from its background and origins before and after World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union on December 25, 1991, providing coverage of key events and concepts, such as the containment policy, McCarthyism, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, detente, and nuclear arms policies. The single-volume work also provides an annotated bibliography, primary documents, and biographies of key personalities during the Cold War, such as John Foster Dulles, J. Edgar Hoover, George F. Kennan, Henry Kissinger, Edward R. Murrow, and Ronald Reagan. Provides a solid introduction to the Cold War era that incorporates information from the latest scholarship Documents the myriad impacts, both obvious and subtle, of the Cold War on American culture Supplies a thorough annotated bibliography that includes primary and secondary sources, both standards and very recent studies-ideal for students and others interested in research Constitutes a convenient research tool for high school and undergraduate students writing term papers or preparing theses on Cold War-related topics

The Skripal Files - The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy (Paperback): Mark Urban The Skripal Files - The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy (Paperback)
Mark Urban 1
R340 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R48 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 work days

The explosive story of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and the new spy war between the West and Russia, based on hours of exclusive interviews Skripal gave before his near-death with number one bestselling author Mark Urban, diplomatic and defence editor for BBC Newsnight.

'With regard to traitors, they will kick the bucket on their own, I assure you . . . Whatever thirty pieces of silver those people may have gotten, they will stick in their throat.' Vladimir Putin, 2010

4 March 2018, Salisbury, England.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were enjoying a rare and peaceful Sunday spent together, completely unaware that they had been poisoned with the deadly nerve agent Novichok. Hours later both were found slumped on a park bench close to death.

Following their attempted murders on British soil, Russia was publicly accused by the West of carrying out the attack, marking a new low for international relations between the two since the end of the Cold War.

The Skripal Files is the definitive account of how Skripal’s story fits into the wider context of the new spy war between Russia and the West. The book explores the time Skripal spent as a spy in the Russian military intelligence, how he was turned to work as an agent by MI6, his imprisonment in Russia and his eventual release as part of a spy-swap that would bring him to Salisbury where, on that fateful day, he and his daughter found themselves fighting for their lives.

War beyond Words - Languages of Remembrance from the Great War to the Present (Hardcover, New title): Jay Winter War beyond Words - Languages of Remembrance from the Great War to the Present (Hardcover, New title)
Jay Winter
R799 R663 Discovery Miles 6 630 Save R136 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

What we know of war is always mediated knowledge and feeling. We need lenses to filter out some of its blinding, terrifying light. These lenses are not fixed; they change over time, and Jay Winter's panoramic history of war and memory offers an unprecedented study of transformations in our imaginings of war, from 1914 to the present. He reveals the ways in which different creative arts have framed our meditations on war, from painting and sculpture to photography, film and poetry, and ultimately to silence, as a language of memory in its own right. He shows how these highly mediated images of war, in turn, circulate through language to constitute our 'cultural memory' of war. This is a major contribution to our understanding of the diverse ways in which men and women have wrestled with the intractable task of conveying what twentieth-century wars meant to them and mean to us.

Thatcher's Secret War - Subversion, Coercion, Secrecy and Government, 1974-90 (Hardcover): Clive Bloom Thatcher's Secret War - Subversion, Coercion, Secrecy and Government, 1974-90 (Hardcover)
Clive Bloom 1
R544 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R93 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Margaret Thatcher remains one of the United Kingdom's most polarising prime ministers. This provocative investigation sheds new light on the secret, internal 'cold war' that the Iron Lady and her government waged against 'the enemy within': anti-nuclear, new age and ecology campaigners; poll tax protesters; trade unionists at GCHQ and striking miners; feminists and homosexuals; Scottish nationalists; Ken Livingstone and the GLC; Derek Hatton and the city councillors of Liverpool; protesters and rioters in Brixton, Toxteth and Broadwater Farm; the far right; the EU; and the IRA - among others. It was a campaign fuelled by paranoia on both the left and right of the political spectrum and fought with corruption, black propaganda, dirty tricks and even murder. Expertly juxtaposing notable events with today's political arena, author Clive Bloom surmises that the United Kingdom is rapidly changing and that although Thatcher's ideals seem to have vanished, one remains: the power and importance of the extra-parliamentary state and its surveillance methods and hidden powers in a new age of terrorism. Thatcher's Secret War provides a timely, critical and compelling study of a deeply complex and controversial premiership. Accessible, fascinating and compulsive, this is a book that may well ruffle feathers and rattle cages. Longlisted for the 'Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing' in 2016.

Beatriz Allende - A Revolutionary Life in Cold War Latin America (Hardcover): Tanya Harmer Beatriz Allende - A Revolutionary Life in Cold War Latin America (Hardcover)
Tanya Harmer
R875 Discovery Miles 8 750 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This biography of Beatriz Allende (1942-1977) - revolutionary doctor and daughter of Chile's socialist president, Salvador Allende - portrays what it means to live, love, and fight for change. Inspired by the Cuban Revolution, Beatriz and her generation drove political campaigns, university reform, public health programs, internationalist guerrilla insurgencies, and government strategies. Centering Beatriz's life within the global contours of the Cold War era, Tanya Harmer exposes the promises and paradoxes of the revolutionary wave that swept through Latin America in the long 1960s. Drawing on exclusive access to Beatriz's private papers, as well as firsthand interviews, Harmer connects the private and political as she reveals the human dimensions of radical upheaval. Exiled to Havana after Chile's right-wing military coup, Beatriz worked tirelessly to oppose dictatorship back home. Harmer's interviews make vivid the terrible consequences of the coup for the Chilean Left, the realities of everyday life in Havana, and the unceasing demands of solidarity work that drained Beatriz and her generation of the dreams they once had. Her story demolishes the myth that women were simply extras in the story of Latin America's Left and brings home the immense cost of a revolutionary moment's demise.

Season of the Witch (Paperback): David Talbot Season of the Witch (Paperback)
David Talbot 1
R465 R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Save R56 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

"Salon "founder David Talbot chronicles the cultural history of San Francisco and from the late 1960s to the early 1980s when figures such as Harvey Milk, Janis Joplin, Jim Jones, and Bill Walsh helped usher from backwater city to thriving metropolis.

Latin America and the Global Cold War (Hardcover): Thomas C. Field, Jr., Stella Krepp, Vanni Pettina Latin America and the Global Cold War (Hardcover)
Thomas C. Field, Jr., Stella Krepp, Vanni Pettina
R974 Discovery Miles 9 740 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Latin America and the Global Cold War analyzes more than a dozen of Latin America's forgotten encounters with Africa, Asia, and the Communist world, and by placing the region in meaningful dialogue with the wider Global South, this volume produces the first truly global history of contemporary Latin America. It uncovers a multitude of overlapping and sometimes conflicting iterations of Third Worldist movements in Latin America, and offers insights for better understanding the region's past, as well as its possible futures, challenging us to consider how the Global Cold War continues to inform Latin America's ongoing political struggles. Contributors: Miguel Serra Coelho, Thomas C. Field Jr., Sarah Foss, Michelle Getchell, Eric Gettig, Alan McPherson, Stella Krepp, Eline van Ommen, Eugenia Palieraki, Vanni Pettina, Tobias Rupprecht, David M. K. Sheinin, Christy Thornton, Miriam Elizabeth Villanueva, and Odd Arne Westad.

Indian Summer - The Secret History of the End of an Empire (Paperback): Alex von Tunzelmann Indian Summer - The Secret History of the End of an Empire (Paperback)
Alex von Tunzelmann 1
R275 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R76 (28%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

'This is history bursting at the seams with English eccentrics and Indian gentry...the charm of Tunzelmann's approach is to restore her cast to full and vital life' Observer 'A compelling narrative, sometimes controversial, occasionally perverse, never boring or unintelligent' Spectator Fully revised and updated for the 70th anniversary. The stroke of midnight on 15 August 1947 liberated 400 million Indians from the British Empire. One of the defining moments of world history had been brought about by a tiny number of people, including Jawaharlal Nehru, the fiery prime minister-to-be; Gandhi, the mystical figure who enthralled a nation; and Louis and Edwina Mountbatten, the glamorous but unlikely couple who had been dispatched to get Britain out of India without delay. Within hours of the midnight chimes, however, the two new nations of India and Pakistan would descend into anarchy and terror. Indian Summer depicts the epic sweep of events that ripped apart the greatest empire the world has ever seen, and reveals the secrets of the most powerful players on the world stage: the Cold War conspiracies, the private deals, and the intense and clandestine love affair between the wife of the last viceroy and the first prime minister of free India. With wit, insight and a sharp eye for detail, Alex von Tunzelmann relates how a handful of people changed the world for ever.

America: The Last Best Hope (Volume III) - From the Collapse of Communism to the Rise of Radical Islam (Paperback): William J.... America: The Last Best Hope (Volume III) - From the Collapse of Communism to the Rise of Radical Islam (Paperback)
William J. Bennett
R373 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R52 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

America began to breathe easy at the close of the Cold War and loosened its grip on the fear of nuclear confrontation for the first time since World War Two. Peace was palpable, but in retrospect the years between 1988 and 2008 were as rocky as they were uncertain. Turbulence, not tranquility, marked the turn of the century: the war on drugs, race riots, values debates, deep economic shifts, and the growing threat of terrorism on U.S. soil that would tragically play out on September 11, 2001.
In this, the third volume of "America: The Last Best Hope," William J. Bennett explores America's recent and momentous history: the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of global Communism; sweeping changes in political and popular culture; the war on terror and the election of America's first African American president. Surveying the players, personalities, and pivotal moments, Bennett captures this recent chapter in the American story with piercing insight and unrelenting optimism.

Fey's War - The True Story of a Mother, her Missing Sons and the Plot to Kill Hitler (Paperback): Catherine Bailey Fey's War - The True Story of a Mother, her Missing Sons and the Plot to Kill Hitler (Paperback)
Catherine Bailey 1
R215 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R45 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 work days

**Formerly published as The Lost Boys** 'Remarkable. A powerful, engrossing story of a journey into the heart of darkness and final escape from it' Sunday Times In September, 1944, the SS march into a remote Italian castle, arrest a mother and seize her two sons, aged just two and three. If Hitler has his way she will never see them again. For Fey Pirzio-Biroli is the daughter of Ulrich von Hassell, executed days before after the failed assassination of the Fuhrer. Mercilessly cast into the Nazi death machine, Fey must cling to the hope that one day she will escape and rescue her lost children . . . 'Riveting, important, reads like a terrifying thriller' Daily Telegraph 'Heartbreaking. It started with a plot to kill Hitler. It ended in one of the most astonishing and moving stories of the war' Daily Mail 'Extraordinary. A rich, deep, gripping read' Guardian 'As thrilling as any novel. Bailey has an extraordinary talent for bringing history to life' Kate Atkinson

The Hispanic Republican - The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump (Paperback): Geraldo Cadava The Hispanic Republican - The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump (Paperback)
Geraldo Cadava
R327 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R85 (26%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days
Love in a Time of War - My Years with Robert Fisk (Hardcover): Lara Marlowe Love in a Time of War - My Years with Robert Fisk (Hardcover)
Lara Marlowe
R543 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R94 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

'A gripping tale of savagery and courage, of history in the making, intertwined with rich personal reminiscences' Noam Chomsky 'This is a portrait of a couple bound in a lovesong, which like all such songs confronts the vagaries of leaving, longing and loss' Colum McCann 'A superb account of the life and work of the best reporter I have ever known' Patrick Cockburn When Lara Marlowe met Robert Fisk in 1983 in Damascus, he was already a famous war correspondent. She was a young American reporter who would become a renowned journalist in her own right. For the next twenty years, they were lovers, husband and wife and friends, occasionally angry and estranged from one another, but ultimately reconciled. They learned from each other and from the people in the ruined world they reported from: Lebanon, torn apart by a vicious civil war as well as Israeli and Syrian occupations; Iran, where they were the only journalists to interview the Middle East's chief hostage-taker and dispatcher of suicide bombers; the Islamist revolt that claimed up to 200,000 lives in Algeria; the disintegration of former Yugoslavia and two US-led wars on Iraq. They survived encounters with murderous gunmen; sheltered together under bombardment in Beirut, Belgrade and Baghdad. In countries under attack from their own governments, they had to gain the trust of interlocutors who often assumed they were spies. Back home in the US and Britain, they were sometimes accused of partisan reporting because they refused to toe the party line. Through all this they loved and respected each other, though their marriage eventually failed, partly under the pressure of work. Even after they separated, they remained friends and wrote and spoke to each other with affection. This is at once a portrait of a remarkable man by a woman who loved him, the story of a Middle East broken by its own divisions and outside powers, and a moving account of a relationship in dark times.

What Went Wrong (Paperback): Ken Coates What Went Wrong (Paperback)
Ken Coates
R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Find the Helpers (Hardcover): Fred Guttenberg Find the Helpers (Hardcover)
Fred Guttenberg
R432 R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Save R62 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

How a Parkland Dad and 9/11 Brother Faced Tragedy with the Help of Many Good People "Don't tell me there's no such thing as gun violence. It happened in Parkland." Fred Guttenberg 2020 Nautilus Silver Winner #1 New Release in Grief & Loss Life changed forever on Valentine's Day 2018 for Fred Guttenberg and his family. What should have been a day of love turned into a nightmare. Seventeen people died at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Fourteen-year-old Jaime Guttenberg was the second to last victim. "Fred Guttenberg is a hero." Lawrence O'Donnell. That Jaime and so many of her fellow students were struck down in cold blood galvanized many to action, including Jaime's father Fred now a gun safety activist dedicated to passing common sense gun safety legislation. Fred was already struggling with deep personal loss. Four months earlier his brother Michael died of 9/11 induced pancreatic cancer. He had been exposed to too much dust and chemicals at Ground Zero. Michael battled heroically for nearly five years and then died at age fifty. Find the Helpers has a special meaning to the Guttenberg's. It was a beloved family wisdom learned from watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. In the midst of tragedy, "always look for the helpers. There will always be helpers. Because if you look for the helpers, you'll know there's hope." Fred Rogers, 1999 Healing from grief. Discover the story of Fred Guttenberg's activist's journey since Jaime's death and how he has been able to get through the worst of times thanks to the kindness and compassion of others. Good things happen to good people at the hands of other good people and the world is filled with them. They include everyone from amazing gun violence survivors Fred has met to former VP Joe Biden, who spent time talking to him about finding mission and purpose in learning to grieve. If you enjoyed Eyes to the Wind, Haben, or The Beauty in Breaking. Then you'll love Find the Helpers!

The Cambridge History of the Cold War (Paperback): Melvyn P. Leffler, Odd Arne Westad The Cambridge History of the Cold War (Paperback)
Melvyn P. Leffler, Odd Arne Westad
R725 Discovery Miles 7 250 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Volume III of The Cambridge History of the Cold War examines the evolution of the conflict from the Helsinki Conference of 1975 until the Soviet collapse in 1991. A team of leading scholars analyzes the economic, social, cultural, religious, technological and geopolitical factors that ended the Cold War and discusses the personalities and policies of key leaders such as Brezhnev, Reagan, Gorbachev, Thatcher, Kohl and Deng Xiaoping. The authors show how events throughout the world shaped the evolution of Soviet-American relations and they explore the legacies of the superpower confrontation in a comparative and transnational perspective. Individual chapters examine how the Cold War affected and was affected by environmental issues, economic trends, patterns of consumption, human rights and non-governmental organizations. The volume represents the new international history at its best, emphasizing broad social, economic, demographic and strategic developments while keeping politics and human agency in focus.

In the Shadow of the Holocaust - Jewish-Communist Writers in East Germany (Hardcover): Thomas C. Fox In the Shadow of the Holocaust - Jewish-Communist Writers in East Germany (Hardcover)
Thomas C. Fox
R1,595 Discovery Miles 15 950 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This study investigates the negotiation of Jewish-German-Communist identity in post-Holocaust Germany, specifically East Germany. After an introduction to the political-historical context, it highlights the conflicted writings of six East German Jewish writers: Anna Seghers (1900-1983), Stefan Heym (1913-2001), Stephan Hermlin (1915-1997), Jurek Becker (1937-1997), Peter Edel (1921-1983), and Fred Wander (1917-2006). All were Holocaust survivors. All lost family members in the Holocaust. All were important writers who played a leading role in East German cultural life, and all were loyal citizens and committed socialists, although their definitions of and maneuvers regarding Party loyalty differed greatly. Good soldiers, they viewed their writing as contributing to the social-political revolution taking place in East Germany. Informed by Holocaust and trauma studies, as well as psychology and deconstruction, this study looks for moments when Party discipline falters and other, repressed, thoughts and emotions surface, decentering the works. Some recurring questions addressed include: What is the image of Germans? Do the works evidence revenge fantasies? How does the negotiation of ostensibly mutually exclusive identities play out? Is there acknowledgment of the insufficiency of Communist theory to explain antisemitism, as well as recognition of Stalinist or other forms of Communist antisemitism? Although these writers ultimately established themselves in East Germany, attaining positions of privilege and even power, their best works nonetheless evince an acute sense of endangerment and vulnerability; they are documents both created and marked by trauma.

Remapping Modern Germany after National Socialism, 1945-1961 (Paperback): Matthew D. Mingus Remapping Modern Germany after National Socialism, 1945-1961 (Paperback)
Matthew D. Mingus
R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Located in the often-contentious center of the European continent, German territory has regularly served as a primary tool through which to understand and study Germany's economic, cultural, and political development. Many German geographers throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries became deeply invested in geopolitical determinism-the idea that a nation's territorial holdings (or losses) dictate every other aspect of its existence. Taking this as his premise, Mingus focuses on the use of maps as mediums through which the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union sought to reshape German national identity after the Second World War. As important as maps and the study of geography have been to the field of European history, few scholars have looked at the postwar development of occupied Germany through the lens of the map-the most effective means to orient German citizens ontologically within a clearly and purposefully delineated spatial framework. Mingus traces the institutions and individuals involved in the massive cartographic overhaul of postwar Germany. In doing so, he explores not only the causes and methods behind the production and reproduction of Germany's mapped space but also the very real consequences of this practice.

Mao's Great Famine - The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62 (Paperback): Frank Dikoetter Mao's Great Famine - The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62 (Paperback)
Frank Dikoetter 1
R423 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R63 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Winner of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2011 Between 1958 and 1962, 45 million Chinese people were worked, starved or beaten to death. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward, an attempt to catch up with and overtake the Western world in less than fifteen years. It led to one of the greatest catastrophes the world has ever known. Dikotter's extraordinary research within Chinese archives brings together for the first time what happened in the corridors of power with the everyday experiences of ordinary people, giving voice to the dead and disenfranchised. This groundbreaking account definitively recasts the history of the People's Republic of China.

People Like Us - Margaret Thatcher and Me (Paperback): Caroline Slocock People Like Us - Margaret Thatcher and Me (Paperback)
Caroline Slocock 1
R275 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R57 (21%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

As a young civil servant, Caroline Slocock became the first ever female private secretary to any British Prime Minister, and was at Margaret Thatcher's side for the final eighteen months of her premiership. A left-wing feminist, Slocock was no natural ally - and yet she became fascinated by the woman behind the `Iron Lady' facade and by how she dealt with a world dominated by men. As events inexorably led to Margaret Thatcher's downfall, Slocock observed the vulnerabilities and contradictions of the woman considered by many to be the ultimate anti-feminist. When Thatcher eventually resigned, brought down by her closest political allies, Slocock was the only woman present to witness the astonishing scenes in the Cabinet Room. Had Thatcher been a man, it would have ended very differently, Slocock feels. Now, in this vivid first-hand account, based on her diaries from the time and interviews with other key Downing Street personnel, Slocock paints a nuanced portrait of a woman who to this day is routinely demonised in sexist ways. Reflecting on the challenges women still face in public life, Slocock concludes it's time to rewrite how we portray powerful women and for women to set aside politics and accept that Margaret Thatcher was `one of us'. A remarkable political and personal memoir, People Like Us charts life inside Thatcher's No. 10 during its dying days and reflects on women and power then and now.

Hell and Other Destinations - A 21st-Century Memoir (Hardcover): Madeleine Albright Hell and Other Destinations - A 21st-Century Memoir (Hardcover)
Madeleine Albright 1
R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

"Richly detailed. . . an intimate portrait of a diplomat." -New Yorker In this revealing, funny, and inspiring memoir, seven-time New York Times bestselling author and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright-among the world's most admired and tireless public servants-reflects on the challenge of continuing one's career far beyond the normal age of retirement. In 2001, when Madeleine Albright was leaving office as America's first female secretary of state, interviewers asked her how she wished to be remembered. "I don't want to be remembered," she answered. "I am still here and have much more I intend to do. As difficult as it might seem, I want every stage of my life to be more exciting than the last." In that time of transition, the former Secretary considered the possibilities: she could write, teach, travel, give speeches, start a business, fight for democracy, help to empower women, campaign for favored political candidates, spend more time with her grandchildren. Instead of choosing one or two, she decided to do it all. For nearly twenty years, Albright has been in constant motion, navigating half a dozen professions, clashing with presidents and prime ministers, learning every day. Since leaving the State Department, she has blazed her own trail-and given voice to millions who yearn for respect, regardless of gender, background, or age. Hell and Other Destinations reveals this remarkable figure at her bluntest, funniest, most intimate, and most serious. It is the tale of our times anchored in lessons for all time, narrated by an extraordinary woman with a matchless zest for life.

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