Russia is a country of great complexity and multiple realities. Fragmented Space in The Russian Federation explores Russia’s complexity and the meanings of the country’s internal borders, the future of its agricultural spaces, the development of its political parties, and the effect of its federal organization.
How are the media, civil society, and political culture related in societies in transition? And can changes in these relationships be anticipated? In Entangled Evolutions, journalism professor Peter Gross studies privatization of the media in Eastern Europe after the revolutions of 1989.
This book reviews the post-communist development of political parties in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary. Tomáš Kostelecký describes party history up to 1947 and then covers the communist and post-communist periods.
Replicating Microfinance in the United States reviews experiences with microfinance in both developing and industrialized countries and extends the applications of microlending beyond enterprise to consumer finance, housing finance, and community development finance.
The commutarian movement aims to balance the individual liberties prized by modernity with the health of the community in which those liberties are exercised. The Communitarian Persuasion is a brief, thoughtful, readable argument for communitarian political philosophy by one of the principal thinkers of the movement.
Since their genesis in 1947, the nations of India and Pakistan have been locked in a seemingly endless spiral of hostility over the disputed territory of Kashmir. Ganguly asserts that the two nations remain mired in conflict due to inherent features of their nationalist agendas.
Commerce in Russian Urban Culture, 1861–1914 examines the relation between the entrepreneurial world, especially business and banking, and the cultural milieu of Russia. The contributors to this collaborative project also study cultural activity undertaken by enterprises for their own purposes, notably bank and commercial architecture.
This study surveys post World War II efforts to enhance practical cooperation among European countries in the provision and use of military forces. It also reviews the major issues and future prospects of the European Defense and Security Policy project launched by European Union in June 1999.
Until recently, Middle East studies have focused almost exclusively on Islam and on the regime, especially on its non-democratic aspects. This volume examines how Middle Eastern peoples in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries lived and flourished while trying to shape their political and religious surroundings outside the formal structures of established religion and the state.
U.S.-Pakistan relations have been extraordinarily volatile, largely a function of the twists and turns of the Cold War. Dennis Kux has written the first comprehensive account of this roller coaster relationship from the 1940s to the end of the century.