Yugoslavia ; Peace, War, and Dissolution

Politics, Sociology

Eric Cheyfitz, „The Disinformation Age: The Collapse of Liberal Democracy in the United States“
Chris Harman, „The Lost Revolution: Germany 1918 to 1923“
Terence Ball, „Ideals and Ideologies, 10th edition“
Hannes Černy, „Iraqi Kurdistan, the PKK and International Relations: Theory and Ethnic Conflict“
Noam Chomsky and Davor Dzalto, „Yugoslavia ; Peace, War, and Dissolution“

Eric Cheyfitz, „The Disinformation Age: The Collapse of Liberal Democracy in the United States“

English | ISBN: 0415789354 | 2017 | 320 pages | PDF | 1 MB

The Disinformation Age, beginning in the present and going back to the American colonial period, constructs an original historical explanation for the current political crisis and the reasons the two major political parties cannot address it effectively. Commentators inside and outside academia have described this crisis with various terms ― income inequality, the disappearance of the middle-class, the collapse of the two-party system, and the emergence of a corporate oligarchy. While this book uses such terminology, it uniquely provides a unifying explanation for the current state of the union by analyzing the seismic rupture of political rhetoric from political reality used within discussion of these issues. In advancing this analysis, the book provides a term for this rupture, Disinformation, which it defines not as planned propaganda but as the inevitable failure of the language of American Exceptionalism to correspond to actual history, even as the two major political parties continue to deploy this language. Further, in its final chapter this book provides a way out of this political cul-de-sac, what it terms „the limits of capitalism’s imagination,“ by „thinking from a different place“ that is located in the theory and practice of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Chris Harman, „The Lost Revolution: Germany 1918 to 1923“

ISBN: 160846539X | 2017 | EPUB | 335 pages | 1 MB

Chris Harman unearths the history of the lost revolution in Germany—the swastika entered modern history on uniforms of the counter revolutionary troops of 1918–1923—and reveals its lessons for struggles for a better world.
Chris Harman is the author of many books, including A People’s History of the World.

Terence Ball, „Ideals and Ideologies, 10th edition“

English | ISBN: 1138650021, 113865003X | 2016 | 596 pages | PDF, EPUB | 7 MB

Ideals and Ideologies: A Reader is a comprehensive compilation of classic and original readings representing all of the major ‚isms‘. It offers students a generous sampling of key thinkers in different ideological traditions and places them in their historical and political contexts. Used on its own or with Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal, the title accounts for the different ways people use ideology and conveys the ongoing importance of ideas in politics.
Paul Krugman, „The Conscience of a Liberal“ (A distinguished Nobel Laureate’s defense of liberalism as a kind of rational conservatism, inasmuch as it seeks to conserve the gains and reforms of the New Deal and the Great Society – Social Security, Medicare, minority voting rights, environmental protection, and more.)
Robert George, et al., „Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience“ (The authors and signers of this 2009 declaration contend that the secularizing of America has gone too far and that Christians must work to reverse this trend.)
Bernie Sanders, „On Democratic Socialism in the United States“ (The fiery former candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, who calls himself a „democratic socialist,“ offers an unapologetic defense of his creed.)
bell hooks, „Feminism is for Everybody“ (A distinguished feminist theorist and author argues that feminism isn’t only for or about women, but benefits everyone.)
Val Plumwood, „Feminism and the Mastery Nature“ (An eminent Australian ecofeminist emphasizes what feminists bring to the debate over human beings’ role and relationship with nature.)
Vine Deloria, Jr., „On Liberation“ (A prominent Native American author and thinker outlines his vision of native people’s liberation.)
Pope Francis, „Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home“ (The current Pope’s pleas for Christians and others to address climate change and other environmental issues.)
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, „Declaration of a Caliphate“ (The radical Islamist leader or caliph of Islamic State [ISIS] announces the creation of a spiritual and geographic home for all „true“ Muslims.)

Hannes Černy, „Iraqi Kurdistan, the PKK and International Relations: Theory and Ethnic Conflict“

English | ISBN: 1138676179 | 2017 | 358 pages | PDF | 5 MB

Due to its primacy in explaining issues of war and peace in the international arena, the discipline of International Relations (IR) looms large in analyses of and responses to ethnic conflict in academia, politics and popular media – in particular with respect to contemporary conflicts in the Middle East.
Grounded in constitutive theory, this book challenges how ethnic/ethno-nationalist conflict is represented in explanatory IR by deconstructing its most prominent state-centric models, frameworks and analytical concepts. As much a critique of contemporary scholarship on Kurdish ethno-nationalism as a detailed analysis of the most prominent Kurdish ethno-nationalist actors, the book provides the first in-depth investigation into the relations between the PKK and the main Iraqi Kurdish political parties from the 1980s to the present. It situates this inquiry within the wider context of the ambiguous political status of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, its relations with Turkey, and the role Kurdish parties and insurgencies play in the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Appreciating these complex dynamics and how they are portrayed in Western scholarship is essential for understanding current developments in the Iraqi and Syrian theatres of war, and for making sense of discussions about a potential independent Kurdish state to emerge in Iraq.
Iraqi Kurdistan provides a comprehensive and critical discussion of the state-centric and essentialising epistemologies, ontologies, and methodologies of the three main paradigms of explanatory IR, as well as their analytical models and frameworks on ethnic identity and conflict in the Middle East and beyond. It will therefore be a valuable resource for anyone studying ethnicity and nationalism, International Relations or Middle East Politics.

Noam Chomsky and Davor Dzalto, „Yugoslavia ; Peace, War, and Dissolution“

English | ISBN: 1629634425 | 2018 | 192 pages | PDF | 6 MB

With numerous articles and interviews, this collection presents a wealth of materials appearing in book form for the first time along with reflections on events twenty-five years after the official end of communist Yugoslavia and the beginning of the war in Bosnia.