The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli; W. K. Marriott (Translator)Il Principe ( The Prince ) is the famous text by Florentine public servant Niccolo Machiavelli, in which he outlines the best strategy by which a prince can acquire, maintain and protect his state. Published posthumously, the text departs from his previous works, but is that for which he is remembered, and which has produced the adjective Machiavellian. Machiavelli directives for maintaining a secure state are direct and at times brutal...
Publication Date: 2009
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx; Friedrich Engels"All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned ... Working men of all countries, Unite!"This book truly changed the world, inspiring millions to revolution.Over 150 years after its publication, Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto continues to inspire and provoke students, activists and citizens.The principles embodied within in it lie at the heart of thousands of academic and literary works. It is the starting point for people who refuse to accept that capitalism represents the final and optimum stage of human development. After reading this book, it is impossible to remain convinced that there is no alternative to unrestrained neoliberalism.In an introductory call to arms, renowned social theorist David Harvey asks us to look upon the Manifesto not as a historical document, but an invaluable tool for change.
Publication Date: 2008
Seeing Like a State by James C. ScottCompulsory ujamaa villages in Tanzania, collectivization in Russia, Le Corbusier's urban planning theory realized in Brasilia, the Great Leap Forward in China, agricultural modernization in the Tropics - the 20th century has been racked by grand utopian schemes that have inadvertently brought death and disruption to millions. Why do well-intentioned plans for improving the human condition go tragically awry? In this wide-ranging book, James C. Scott analyzes failed cases of large-scale authoritarian plans in a variety of fields. Centrally managed social plans misfire, Scott argues, when they impose schematic visions that do violence to complex interdependencies that are not, and cannot be, fully understood. Further, the success of designs for social organization depends upon the recognition that local, practical knowledge is as important as formal, epistemic knowledge. The author builds a case against development theory and imperialistic state planning that disregards the values, desires and objections of its subjects. He identifies and discusses four conditions common to all planning disasters: administrative ordering of nature and society by the state; a high-modernist ideology that places confidence in the ability of human life; a willingness to use authoritarian state power to effect large-scale interventions; and a prostate civil society that cannot effectively resist such plans.
Publication Date: 1999
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville; Henry Reeve (Translator)Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America (De la d(r)mocratie en Am(r)rique) is a classic text detailing the United States of the 1830s, showing a primarily favorable view by Tocqueville as he compares it to his native France. Considered to be an important account of the U.S. democratic system, it has become a classic work in the fields of political science and history. It quickly became popular in both the United States and Europe..
Publication Date: 2009
Dogmas and Dreams by Nancy Sue LoveA companion to Understanding Dogmas and Dreams: A Text, this work introduces the reader to the history and evolution of the main categories of political ideology including socialism, fascism, anarchism, conservativism, liberalism and democracy. A new section has been added on environmentalism.
Publication Date: 1998
The Republic by PlatoHave you ever read a great classic and come across an unfamiliar word? There are many editions of The Republic. This one is worth the price if you would like to enrich your vocabulary, whether for self-improvement or for preparation in advance of entrance examinations. Each page is annotated with a mini-thesaurus of uncommon words highlighted in the text. Not only will you experience a great classic, but learn the richness of the English language with synonyms and antonyms at the bottom of each page.
Encyclopedia of Terrorism by Cindy C. Combs; Martin SlannPraise for the previous edition: "Focused on a timely topic, this volume is a good companion to the news for the general reader...a useful addition to most reference collections and is recommended for public, high-school, and academic libraries."—Booklist "...comprehensive...when patrons need information on cyberterrorism, the Oklahoma City bombing, biological and chemical weapons, the IRA, and a wide range of topics, this tome is worth the asking price..."—School Library Journal "...helpful to those seeking some basic, timely information about terrorism, and as a starting point for more substantial research on aspects of terrorism."—American Reference Books Annual The ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and the bombings overseas have shown that—despite the "War on Terror"—terrorism is still very much a part of daily life for many individuals. Encyclopedia of Terrorism, Revised Edition provides students, researchers, journalists, and policymakers with a complete survey of what seems to be an intractable problem. More than 350 entries organized in an easily accessible, A-to-Z format offer comprehensive treatments of the events, people, organizations, and places that have played a major role in international terrorism. Each entry is placed within its appropriate historical context to help readers understand the wide-ranging motivations behind terrorist actions. Also included in this timely volume is a chronology of terrorist events that have occurred since 1945. New and updated entries include: Army of God Beslan school hostage crisis Osama bin Laden Biological agents Conventional terrorist weapons Cyberterrorism Darfur Department of Homeland Security Egyptian Islamic Jihad Al-Fatah Financing of terrorism Hamas Saddam Hussein Ansar al-Islam Madrid train bombings Militias in the United States The 9/11 Commission Report Oklahoma City bombing Al-Qaeda USA PATRIOT Act Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Call Number: HV6431 .C65 2007
Publication Date: 2007
The Encyclopedia of Censorship by Jonathon Green; Nicholas J. KarolidesAlthough censorship may seem like a thing of the past, current controversies over books, movies, and Web sites prove it to be a very timely and critical issue. Encyclopedia of Censorship, New Edition presents a full range of information about the history and evolution of censorship and its role in society. Covering all forms of expression—from the office of the censor in ancient Rome to the Internet in the computer age—this reference examines every facet of this complex subject. With an easy-to-use A-to-Z format perfect for high school and college students as well as anyone with an interest in censorship and its politics, Encyclopedia of Censorship, New Edition features entries on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Judy Blume, Christian Coalition, the Harry Potter series, Stephen King, and more.
Call Number: Z657 .G73 2005
Publication Date: 2005
Encyclopedia of the American Presidency by Michael A. GenovesePraise for the previous edition: New York Public Library "Best of Reference" "...interesting...useful..."—American Reference Books Annual "...a good starting point for research...a useful ready-reference tool."—School Library Journal The most up-to-date reference of its kind, Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, Revised Edition is the definitive guide to the role of the president from the American Revolution through the present day. Offering a complete account of every presidential election in U.S. history, this fully revised A-to-Z encyclopedia will make a great first stop for students and general readers looking for information on the executive branch of the American government. Its comprehensive scope spans the relationship between the executive and the other branches of government, court cases, elections, political opponents, scandals, and more. A valuable resource that provides concise information, Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, Revised Edition contains approximately 700 entries and many wonderful black-and-white illustrations. Entries include: Bully pulpit Commander in chief Economic policy Executive privilege Impeachment Iraq War Thomas Jefferson Middle East Military tribunals New Deal Barack Obama Oval Office Franklin D. Roosevelt Secret Service Situation room Veto power War powers Watergate White House and more.
Call Number: JK511 .G45 2010
Publication Date: 2009
A Dictionary of Law by Elizabeth A. Martin (Editor); Jonathan Law (Editor)This acclaimed dictionary is the most comprehensive of its kind, with over 4,200 concise, informative entries on all aspects of English law, with 200 entries new to this volume. The Dictionary defines all the major terms, concepts, processes, and organization of the legal system - with new coverage of important recent legislation and expanded coverage of criminology and law enforcement. International in scope, the book includes terms taken from European law, international law, human rights law, and environmental law. This edition offers highlighted feature entries that discuss key topics in detail, such as adoption law or the Terrorism Act. There is a useful Writing and Citation Guide that specifically addresses problems and established conventions for writing legal essays and reports and the book features entry-level web links which are accessed and kept up to date via the Dictionary of Law companion website. This classic dictionary is an invaluable source of legal reference for lawyers, law students, and anyone else needing succinct clarification of legal terms.
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A dictionary of political biography by edited by Dennis Kavanagh and Christopher RichesCompiled by an expert team of contributors, this dictionary covers all the major figures in world politics of the twentieth century. Authoritative and wide-ranging, it describes and assesses the lives of more than 1,000 men and women who have shaped political events across the world. Each entry includes an account of the background, career, and achievements of the individual concerned, balancing fact with critical appraisal.
Dictionary of Public Policy and Administration by Jay ShafritzThe Dictionary of Public Policy and Administration offers definitions of all the key terms, concepts, processes and practices of contemporary public policy and administration. Included are brief biographies of major scholars and influential practitioners, summaries of major rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, overviews of significant laws, descriptions of important government agencies, and explanations of historical trends and governing doctrines. The Dictionary is designed to be the single most useful tool that a student or practitioner of public administration could have-the book to keep at their side while they are reading other textbooks in the field.
Publication Date: 2004-08-27
The Dictionary of Alternatives by Martin Parker; Valerie Fournier; Patrick ReedyThere is no alternative to free market liberalism and managerialism', is the orthodoxy of the twenty-first century. This dictionary provides those who disagree with the evidence. Using hundreds of entries and cross-references, it proves that there are many alternatives to the way that we currently organize ourselves. These alternatives could be expressed as fictional utopias, they could be excavated from the past, or they could be described in terms of the contemporary politics of anti-corporate protest, environmentalism, feminism and localism. Part reference work, part source book, and part polemic, this dictionary provides a rich understanding of the ways in which fiction, history and today's politics provide different ways of thinking about how we can and should organize for the coming century.
Publication Date: 2008-02-29
The Routledge Dictionary of Politics by David RobertsonThis dictionary is the essential guide to politics, its terminologies, ideologies and institutions. Providing authoritative and up-to-date information that is invaluable to both students and general readers, it includes: well over 500 extensive definitions an understanding of the basics of political thought and theory clear, no-nonsense coverage of complex ideologies and dogmas succinct definitions of highly specialized and technical terms. Previously published by Penguin, this third edition has been extensively revised and updated with many new entries.
Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics by Kerric HarveyThe Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics explores how the rise of social media is altering politics both in the United States and in key moments, movements, and places around the world. Its scope encompasses the disruptive technologies and activities that are changing basic patterns in American politics and the amazing transformations that social media use is rendering in other political systems heretofore resistant to democratization and change. In a time when social media are revolutionizing and galvanizing politics in the United States and around the world, this encyclopedia is a must-have reference. It reflects the changing landscape of politics where old modes and methods of political communication from elites to the masses (top down) and from the masses to elites (bottom up) are being displaced rapidly by social media, and where activists are building new movements and protests using social media to alter mainstream political agendas.