Not With a Bang But a Whimper

Author: Theodore Dalrymple
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781566638517
Release Date: 2010-03-16
Genre: Political Science

Theodore Dalrymple's brilliant new collection of writings follows on the extraordinary success of his earlier books, Life at the Bottom and Our Culture, What's Left of It. No writer today is more adept and incisive in exploring the state of our culture and the ideas that are changing our ways of life. In Not with a Bang But a Whimper, he takes the measure of our cultural decline, with special attention to Britain-its bureaucratic muddle, oppressive welfare mentality, and aimless young-all pursued in the name of democracy and freedom. He shows how terrorism and the growing numbers of Muslim minorities have changed our public life. Also here are Mr. Dalrymple's trenchant observations on artists and ideologues, and on the treatment of criminals and the mentally disturbed, his area of medical interest.

Democratization and Research Methods

Author: Michael Coppedge
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521537278
Release Date: 2012-06-25
Genre: Political Science

Democratization and Research Methods summarizes what researchers know about why countries become and remain democracies, and why they often do not. It also evaluates the various methods social scientists use to answer such questions. Michael Coppedge draws lessons that can be applied to any political phenomenon that is studied comparatively.

Europe s Postwar Periods 1989 1945 1918

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781474276528
Release Date: 2018-12-13
Genre: History

This book brings together world-renowned scholars from all over Europe to analyse how successive Europes have been constructed in the wake of the key conflicts of the period: the Cold War and the two World Wars. By regressively tracing Europe's path back to these pivotal moments as part of a unique methodology, Europe's Postwar Periods - 1989, 1945, 1918 reveals the defining characteristics of these postwar periods and integrates the changes that followed 1989 into a more substantial historical perspective. The author team address the crucial themes in recent European history on a chapter-by-chapter basis that gives comprehensive coverage to the whole of the European region for topics such as borders, states, empires, democracy, justice, markets and futures. The volume highlights the fact that Europe was made less by wars than is commonly thought, and more by the nature of the settlements – international, national, political, economic and social – that followed the two World Wars and the Cold War. It is an important, innovative text for all students and scholars of 20th-century European history.

Admirable Evasions

Author: Theodore Dalrymple
Publisher: Encounter Books
ISBN: 9781594037887
Release Date: 2015-03-24
Genre: Psychology

In Admirable Evasions, Theodore Dalrymple explains why human self-understanding has not been bettered by the false promises of the different schools of psychological thought. Most psychological explanations of human behavior are not only ludicrously inadequate oversimplifications, argues Dalrymple, they are socially harmful in that they allow those who believe in them to evade personal responsibility for their actions and to put the blame on a multitude of scapegoats: on their childhood, their genes, their neurochemistry, even on evolutionary pressures. Dalrymple reveals how the fashionable schools of psychoanalysis, behaviorism, modern neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology all prevent the kind of honest self-examination that is necessary to the formation of human character. Instead, they promote self-obsession without self-examination, and the gross overuse of medicines that affect the mind. Admirable Evasions also considers metaphysical objections to the assumptions of psychology, and suggests that literature is a far more illuminating window into the human condition than psychology could ever hope to be.

America History and Life

Author: Eric H. Boehm
ISBN: UOM:39015065455696
Release Date: 1986
Genre: United States

Provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes information abstracted from over 2,000 journals published worldwide.


Author: Alexandra Bruce
Publisher: Red Wheel Weiser
ISBN: 1934708518
Release Date: 2009-09-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

The expanded companion book to the #1 documentary film about 2012! The 2012 meme has evolved beyond any debates about the relevance of the Maya Long Count calendar to the lives of contemporary human beings. 2012 is about us on planet Earth at this time. December 21, 2012: will the world really change forever on this date, the end of a 5,125-year calendar last used over a thousand years ago? Certainly Hollywood would like you to think so. Indeed, a not-so-small industry has arisen around the date, hawking everything from t-shirts to teleseminars. Clearing a path between fantasy and reality, Alexandra Bruce surveys the entire 2012 landscape, asking questions such as: Is the Earth losing its Mojo? How did 2012 come to mean "The End of Time"? Did psychedelics facilitate the Maya "Cosmovision"? Should we worry about Earth Crustal Displacement? What the hell is "Planet X"? Uniquely amongst a vast array of 2012 literature, this book features interviews with the leading experts—including Graham Hancock, John Major Jenkins, Daniel Pinchbeck and many others—and insightful, detailed analysis of the broad spectrum of opinion, debate, research and myth regarding the most compelling "end times" prediction of the 21st century.

Der Untergang Europas

Author: Theodore Dalrymple
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 9783939562511
Release Date: 2016-06-23
Genre: Political Science

In seinem ersten Buch in deutscher Sprache seziert der ehemalige Arzt und heutige preisgekrönte Schriftsteller Theodore Dalrymple den Untergang Europas in acht Episoden. Die Kultur der Unterschicht wird ebenso untersucht wie Utopien und Ideologien, Masseneinwanderung und Unruhen, Wirtschaftskrise und Werteverfall. Der Befund ist niederschmetternd.


Author: Robert Harris
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641176471
Release Date: 2015-10-12
Genre: Fiction

Endlich – das triumphale Finale von Robert Harris’ Cicero-Trilogie Cicero, größter Redner seiner Zeit, weilt mit seinem Sekretär Tiro im Exil. Da er seinen politischen Feind Caesar zu unterstützen verspricht, kann er nach Rom zurückkehren, wo er sich wieder zu ö entlichem Ansehen emporkämpft. Genial und fehlbar, angsterfüllt und doch unbändig mutig – der mit sich ringende Mensch hinter dem Politiker Cicero macht die Geschichte so unwiderstehlich. Dictator umfasst bedeutsame Momente der Menschheitsgeschichte: den Untergang der römischen Republik, den folgenden Bürgerkrieg, die Enthauptung von Pompeius und den Meuchelmord an Caesar. Das Thema jedoch ist zeitlos: Wie lässt sich politische Freiheit gegen skrupellosen Ehrgeiz, korrumpierte Wahlen und den verderblichen Einfluss endloser Auslandseinsätze schützen?

Wie Demokratien sterben

Author: Steven Levitsky
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 9783641222918
Release Date: 2018-05-29
Genre: Political Science

Ausgezeichnet mit dem NDR Kultur Sachbuchpreis 2018 als bestes Sachbuch des Jahres Demokratien sterben mit einem Knall oder mit einem Wimmern. Der Knall, also das oft gewaltsame Ende einer Demokratie durch einen Putsch, einen Krieg oder eine Revolution, ist spektakulärer. Doch das Dahinsiechen einer Demokratie, das Sterben mit einem Wimmern, ist alltäglicher – und gefährlicher, weil die Bürger meist erst aufwachen, wenn es zu spät ist. Mit Blick auf die USA, Lateinamerika und Europa zeigen die beiden Politologen Steven Levitsky und Daniel Ziblatt, woran wir erkennen, dass demokratische Institutionen und Prozesse ausgehöhlt werden. Und sie sagen, an welchen Punkten wir eingreifen können, um diese Entwicklung zu stoppen. Denn mit gezielter Gegenwehr lässt sich die Demokratie retten – auch vom Sterbebett.

The Kaiser

Author: Annika Mombauer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139440608
Release Date: 2003-11-17
Genre: History

This collection of innovative essays examining the role of Wilhelm II in Imperial Germany was first published in 2003, particularly on the later years of the monarch's reign. The essays highlight the Kaiser's relationship with statesmen and rulers; his role in international relations; the erosion of his power during the First World War; and his ultimate downfall in 1918. The book demonstrates the extent to which Wilhelm II was able to exercise 'personal rule', largely unopposed by the responsible government, and supported in his decision-making by his influential entourage. The essays are based on thorough and far-reaching research and on a wide range of archival sources. Written to honour the innovative work of John Röhl, Wilhelm II's most famous biographer, on his sixty-fifth birthday, the essays within this volume will continue to provide an exciting evaluation of the role and importance of this controversial monarch.

Korea s Globalization

Author: Samuel S. Kim
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521775590
Release Date: 2000-06-19
Genre: Business & Economics

This book, first published in 2000, explores Korea's globalization and its impact on all aspects of Korean society.


Author: Elizabeth Becka
ISBN: 3453290178
Release Date: 2007

Empires of Trust

Author: Thomas F. Madden
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440631399
Release Date: 2008-07-17
Genre: History

An acclaimed historian offers an optimistic view of the future of the United States in the light of Roman history Maybe the end of the American ascendancy is not upon us. Maybe the U.S. will continue to dominate the world for centuries. Now award-winning historian Thomas Madden delivers an optimistic view of our nation's future. Madden shows that the power of the ancient Roman republic and the U.S. was built on trust between allies, not the conquest of enemies. The far-reaching implications of this fact are essential reading for anyone who cares about the challenges we face now and in the years ahead. Packed with stories from Roman history that offer amazingly obvious and explicitly stated parallels to our recent history, Empires of Trust is a narrative pleasure and a hopeful inspiration.

21 Lektionen f r das 21 Jahrhundert

Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 9783406727795
Release Date: 2018-09-18
Genre: History

Yuval Noah Harari ist der Weltstar unter den Historikern. In «Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit» erzählte er vom Aufstieg des Homo Sapiens zum Herrn der Welt. In «Homo Deus» ging es um die Zukunft unserer Spezies. Sein neues Buch schaut auf das Hier und Jetzt und konfrontiert uns mit den drängenden Fragen unserer Zeit. Wie unterscheiden wir Wahrheit und Fiktion im Zeitalter der Fake News? Was sollen wir unseren Kindern beibringen? Wie können wir in unserer unübersichtlichen Welt moralisch handeln? Wie bewahren wir Freiheit und Gleichheit im 21. Jahrhundert? Seit Jahrtausenden hat die Menschheit über den Fragen gebrütet, wer wir sind und was wir mit unserem Leben anfangen sollen. Doch jetzt setzen uns die heraufziehende ökologische Krise, die wachsende Bedrohung durch Massenvernichtungswaffen und der Aufstieg neuer disruptiver Technologien unter Zeitdruck. Bald schon wird irgendjemand darüber entscheiden müssen, wie wir die Macht nutzen, die künstliche Intelligenz und Biotechnologie bereit halten. Dieses Buch will möglichst viele Menschen dazu anregen, sich an den großen Debatten unserer Zeit zu beteiligen, damit die Antworten nicht von den blinden Kräften des Marktes gegeben werden.