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            From Dissent to Democracy: The Promise and Perils of Civil Resistance Transitions

            From Dissent to Democracy: The Promise and Perils of Civil Resistance Transitions (Paperback)

            By Pinckney, Jonathan C.

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            Peaceful protest is a strong driver for democratization across the globe. Yet, it doesn't always lead to democratic transition, as seen in the Arab Spring revolutions in Egypt or Yemen. Why do some nonviolent transitions end in democracy while others do not? In From Dissent to De...mocracy, Jonathan Pinckney systematically examines transitions initiated by nonviolent resistance campaigns and argues that two key factors explain whether or not democracy will follow such efforts. First, a movement must sustain high levels of social mobilization. Second, it must direct that mobilization away from revolutionary maximalist goals and tactics and towards support for new institutions. Pinckney tests his theory by presenting a global statistical analysis of all political transitions from 1945-2011 and three case studies from Nepal, Zambia, and Brazil. Original and empirically rigorous, this book provides new insights into the intersection of democratization and nonviolent resistance and gives actionable recommendations for how to encourage democratic transitions.
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            ISBN 9780190097318
            Released NZ 27 Aug 2020
            Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
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            The Education of John Adams

            The Education of John Adams (Hardback)

            By Bernstein, R. B.

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            The Education of John Adams is a concise biography of John Adams (1735-1826), the first by a biographer with legal training. It examines his origins in colonial Massachusetts, his education, and his struggle to choose a career and define a place for himself in colonial society. I...t explores his flourishing legal career and the impact that law had on him and his perception of himself; his growing involvement with the emerging American Revolution as polemicist, as lawyer, as congressional delegate, and as diplomat; and his role in defining and expounding ideas about constitutionalism and how it should work as the governing ideology of the new United States. The book traces his part in launching the new government of the United States under the U.S. Constitution; his service as the nation's first vice president and second president; and his retirement years, during which he passed from being a vexed and rejected ex-president to the Sage of Braintree. It describes the relationships that sustained him--with his wife, the brilliant and eloquent Abigail Adams; with his children; with such allies and supporters as Benjamin Rush and John Marshall; such sometime friends and sometime adversaries as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson; and with such foes as Alexander Hamilton and Timothy Pickering. It establishes Adams as a key but neglected figure in the evolution of American constitutional theory and practice. It also is the first biography to examine Adams's conflicted and hesitant ideas about slavery and race in the American context, raising serious questions about his mythic status as a friend of human equality and a foe of slavery. The focus of this book is the record left by Adams himself - in diaries, letters, essays, pamphlets, and books. The Education of John Adams concludes by re-examining the often-debated question of the relevance of Adams's thought to our own time.
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            ISBN 9780199740239
            Released NZ 15 Jun 2020
            Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
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            Rebels with a Cause: Famous Dissenters and Why They Are Not Being Heard
             

            Rebels with a Cause: Famous Dissenters and Why They Are Not Being Heard (Hardback)

            By Mohan, TT Ram

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            Democratic societies take pride in the freedom of expression. Indeed, the right to dissent and tolerance of diverse viewpoints distinguish a democratic society from a dictatorship. In his new book, Prof. T.T. Ram Mohan profiles well-known dissenters Arundhati Roy, Oliver Stone, K...ancha Ilaiah, David Irving, Yanis Varoufakis, U.G. Krishnamurti and John Pilger to illustrate how, in practice, dissent tends to be severely circumscribed. It is only the celebrity status of these dissenters that has kept them from being actively harmed. Through an exploration of the lives and ideas of these personalities, the author argues that, while one may not agree with their positions on various issues, their views merit discussion and debate. Engaging with them and responding to their analyses holds out the prospect for substantive reform within the system. Yet, the dominant elites prefer not to do so, instead marginalizing and even ostracizing dissenters precisely because they find change of any sort threatening. Rebels with a Cause is a book that asks hard questions to challenge the way we view, and live in, the world-an important book for anyone who refuses to accept the status quo.
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            ISBN 9780670089963
            Released NZ 1 Sep 2020
            Publisher Penguin
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            Readings on the Russian Revolution: Debates, Aspirations, Outcomes
             

            Readings on the Russian Revolution: Debates, Aspirations, Outcomes (Paperback)

            Edited by Stockdale, Professor Melissa K.

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            Melissa Stockdale's Readings on the Russian Revolution brings together and contextualizes sixteen of the most important writings on the history of the Russian Revolution. It is structured in such a way as to highlight key debates in the field and contrasting methodological approa...ches to the revolution in order to help readers better understand the issues and interpretative fault lines that exist in this contested area of history.The book opens with an original introduction which provides essential background and vital context for the pieces that follow. The volume is then structured around four parts - 'Actors and Agency', 'War, Revolution, Empire', 'Revolutionary Dreams and Identities' and 'Outcomes and Impacts' - that ensure a detailed exploration of the beginnings, events and outcomes of the Russian Revolution, as well as examinations of the central figures, key topics and major historiographical battlegrounds.Melissa Stockdale selects and individually introduces vital scholarship from leading US- and UK-based academics and also provides translations of two crucial Russian-language works, published here in English for the first time. The book also includes 20 images, 10 maps and useful pedagogical features, such as further reading lists, a glossary and a chronology, to further aid study.Readings on the Russian Revolution is, quite simply, an essential collection for anyone studying the Russian Revolution.
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            ISBN 9781350037427
            Released NZ 3 Sep 2020
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            The Bloody Flag: Mutiny in the Age of Atlantic Revolution
             

            The Bloody Flag: Mutiny in the Age of Atlantic Revolution (Hardback)

            By Frykman, Niklas

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            Mutiny tore like wildfire through the wooden warships of the age of revolution. While commoners across Europe laid siege to the nobility and enslaved workers put the torch to plantation islands, out on the oceans, naval seamen by the tens of thousands turned their guns on the qua...rterdeck and overthrew the absolute rule of captains. By the early 1800s, anywhere between one-third and one-half of all naval seamen serving in the North Atlantic had participated in at least one mutiny, many of them in several, and some even on ships in different navies. In The Bloody Flag, historian Niklas Frykman explores in vivid prose how a decade of violent conflict onboard gave birth to a distinct form of radical politics that brought together the egalitarian culture of North Atlantic maritime communities with the revolutionary era's constitutional republicanism. The attempt to build a radical maritime republic failed, but the red flag that flew from the masts of mutinous ships survived to become the most enduring global symbol of class struggle, economic justice, and republican liberty to this day. ]
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            ISBN 9780520355477
            Released NZ 15 Aug 2020
            Publisher University of California Press
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            Series California World History Library
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            Now We Have Your Attention: The New Politics of the People
             

            Now We Have Your Attention: The New Politics of the People (Paperback)

            By Shenker, Jack

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            One of the most important and compelling books I've ever read, by one of Britain's most gifted writers. If you want to understand why we are in this crisis, listen to the voices all too often airbrushed from the political conversation OWEN JONES Now We Have Your Attention makes s...ense of what is happening in British politics by taking a radically different perspective: the people's. From a warehouse in Manchester to a pub in Essex, from the outskirts of Glasgow to a racecourse in Durham, Jack Shenker uncovers the root causes of our current crisis and the future direction of British politics through the lives of ordinary individuals. Taking us deep into communities hollowed out by austerity and decades of economic disadvantage, among a generation crippled by precarious work and unaffordable housing, he shows where the chaos at Westminster ultimately springs from - and how disillusionment with it is fuelling a passionate engagement with politics of a completely different kind: local, personal, effective and utterly fearless. Joining a 'McStrike' protest on a roundabout in Cambridge and a gathering of the London Renters' Union in the aftermath of Grenfell, meeting hard-right bloggers in Newcastle and climate change protesters in Brighton, Shenker draws on exceptional access to campaign groups, activist movements and grassroots gatherings throughout the country - including unique access to Momentum, who have re-radicalised the Labour party from the outside in - to introduce us to the citizens and leaders of tomorrow: people who are changing things for themselves. Inspiring and terrifying in equal measure, Now We Have Your Attention uncovers a revolutionary transformation in attitudes and behaviour, and a future that will shape us all.
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            ISBN 9781784708870
            Released NZ 17 Sep 2020
            Publisher Vintage
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            A Girl's Story

            A Girl's Story (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Ernaux, Annie; Translated by Strayer, Alison L.

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            Another masterpiece of remembering from Annie Ernaux, the Man Booker International Prize shortlisted author of The Years. In Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman, Annie Ernaux revisits the night 50 years earlier when she found herself submerged and controlled by another person...'s desire and willpower. It is the summer of 1958, the year she turned 18. And then the man she gave herself to moves on. She has submitted her will to his, and now she finds that she is a slave without a master. Now, fifty years later, she realizes she can obliterate the intervening years and return to consider this young woman that until now she wanted to forget completely. And to discover that here was the vital, violent and dolorous origin of her writing life, her writer's identity, built out of shame, violence, betrayal.
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            ISBN 9781609809515
            Released NZ 24 Aug 2020
            Publisher Seven Stories Press,U.S.
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            Russia's Greatest Enemy?: Harold Williams and the Russian Revolutions
              

            Russia's Greatest Enemy?: Harold Williams and the Russian Revolutions (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Alston, Dr Charlotte

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            A remarkably talented linguist, foreign correspondant in Russia from 1904-1921 and Foreign Editor for 'The Times', 'Russia's Greatest Enemy?' traces the fascinating life and career of Harold Williams. This quiet and modest New Zealander played a central role in informing and infl...uencing British opinion on Russia from the twilight of the Tsars, through War and Revolution, to the rise of the Soviet Union. The career of this keen Russophile and fierce opponent of Bolshevism illuminates the pre-World War One movement towards rapprochement with the Tsar, as well as the drive for intervention and isolation in the Soviet period. In this fascinating study Charlotte Alston explores the role of Williams as the interpreter of Russia to the British and the British to Russia in this turbulent period in the history of both countries Introduction 1. New Zealand, 1876-1900 2. Journalism, 1900-1914 3. Britain, Russia, War and Revolution, 1907-1917 4. From Revolution to Intervention, 1917-1921 5. The Times, 1921-1928 Conclusion Bibliography
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            ISBN 9781350175211
            Released NZ 20 Aug 2020
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            The Military's Impact on Democratic Development: Midwives or gravediggers of democracy?

            The Military's Impact on Democratic Development: Midwives or gravediggers of democracy? (Paperback)

            Edited by Kuehn, David

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            Despite the decline in the number of military coups since the 1960s and 1970s, Militaries continue to be crucial political actors in many world regions. Their impact on the democratic development of nations, however, has been mixed. On the one hand, coups against democratically e...lected leaders in Mali (2012), Egypt (2013), and Thailand (2014) have spelled doom for these countries' nascent democratic regimes and have ushered in new periods of military dominance in politics. The cases of Portugal (1974), the Philippines (1986), and Tunisia (2011), on the other hand, show that the military's decision not to defend authoritarian leaders against mass protests contributed crucially to the fall of dictatorships and facilitated transitions to democracy. This volume addresses the military's ambivalent role as midwife or gravedigger of democracy and highlights the often multi-layered and complex relationship between militaries' political behaviour and democratization. The chapters were originally published in a special issue of Democratization.
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            ISBN 9780367519650
            Released NZ 30 Jun 2020
            Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
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            Series Democratization Special Issues
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            Rebels and Legitimacy: Processes and Practices

            Rebels and Legitimacy: Processes and Practices (Paperback)

            Edited by Duyvesteyn, Isabelle

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            Legitimacy is generally a term that is associated with the state. The term surfaces when there are problems with state legitimacy-when it is lacking or absent. This present volume attempts to think through the relevance of the concept of legitimacy for other political actors than... the state. Rebel groups, in the shape of insurgents, terrorists, warlords and guerrillas, are all engaged in a process of claim making as legitimate actors representing certain political agendas and constituencies. We are interested in dissecting the processes of the emergence of legitimacy in contexts of disorder and conflict. Legitimacy is not only a belief or belief system that informs social action, but it is also a practice with a repertoire of legitimacy claiming, reinforcing, copying and emulating elements. Governance provision is an important legitimacy generating activity, just as it has been in the formation of states. The volume, however, points out that there are many more aspects to legitimacy that deserve attention. The contributors draw on a wide variety of cases and in-depth investigation to bring forward individual and micro-level dynamics related to legitimacy claims, as well as bringing forward the often-times problematic role of external actors when it comes to legitimacy and illegitimacy dynamics. The chapters in this book were originally published in a special issue of Small Wars & Insurgencies.
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            ISBN 9780367587857
            Released NZ 30 Jun 2020
            Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
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