The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
These essays explore the overlap, interplay, and interaction between supposedly truthful history and fact-based fiction in British writing from the Tudor period to the Enlightenment. Despite the many theoretical questions posed, the discussions primarily focus on concrete works, including those of Thomas More, John Foxe, Thomas Hobbes, Adam Smith, and Edward Gibbon.
In the wake of the Soviet breakup, the constituent subjects of the Russian Federation emerged as political players, grasping power for local policies from a weakened central authority and electing legislators who have altered the complexion of the central government. Beyond the Monolith examines the political, economic, and social transformation caused by Russia’s emerging regionalism.
This book traces the origins of the insurgency in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir. The first theoretically-grounded account, and the most complete, it is based on extensive interviews. Ganguly’s central argument is that the insurgency can be explained by political mobilization and institutional decay.
This pathbreaking study examines foundations’ democracy assistance programs in Central Europe in the years immediately following the fall of the Berlin Wall, both measuring their size and evaluating their strategies.
Though most governments in Southeast Asia are widely described as authoritarian, elections have been a feature of politics in the region for many decades. The Politics of Elections in Southeast Asia identifies the common and distinguishing features of electoral politics in the region.
The current fiscal crisis faced by the American federal government represents the end of a fiscal regime that began with the financing of World War II. In this volume, an interdisciplinary group of scholars explores the history of American taxation and public finance since 1941 in an attempt to understand the political, social and economic forces that have shaped the current regime.
Many of the world’s people live in urban areas with the same problems of unemployment, corroding infrastructure, deteriorating environment, a collapsing social compact, and weakening institutions. Twenty-two leading social scientists and public officials pooled their experience at the June 1996 United Nations conference on human settlement in Istanbul, and have published their work in this book.
Race: The History of an Idea in the West guides readers through a dangerous engagement with an idea that so permeates Western thinking that we expect to find it, active or dormant, as an organizing principle in all societies. But as Ivan Hannaford shows, race is not a universal idea—not even in the West.
Relying on personal interviews with senior officials and on previously classified information, Bridled Ambition explains how and why eight countries—South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, India, and Pakistan—have curtailed their nuclear weapons programs during the past few years. It also analyses a ninth country: North Korea.
This book examines and explains the nature and sources of terrorists’ beliefs, actions, goals, worldviews, and states of mind. Origins of Terrorism addresses, with scholarly responsibility as well as necessary urgency, one of the most vexing intellectual and political challenges of our time.