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Season of Rains
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 215

Season of Rains

Africa is playing a more important role in world affairs than ever before. Yet the most common images of Africa in the American mind are ones of poverty, starvation, and violent conflict. But while these problems are real, that does not mean that Africa is a lost cause. Instead, as Stephen Ellis explains in Season of Rains, we need to rethink Africa’s place in time if we are to understand it in all its complexity—it is a region where growth and prosperity coexist with failed states. This engaging, accessible book by one of the world’s foremost researchers on Africa captures the broad spectrum of political, economic, and social foundations that make Africa what it is today. Ellis is car...

The Invisible Art
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 166

The Invisible Art

"Drawing on his long 'hands-on' experience, Christopher Hurst takes the reader, in the first part, on an analytical journey through a typical scholarly book from start to finish, missing out nothing (including illustrations, maps and tables). A central section is devoted to the use and abuse of the English language. The second part is specifically about the publisher's editorial role, both in relation to authors and in seeing the book through from unedited script to finished volume, including externals like the cover, binding and paper. Finding the right title and cover design, and striking the right balance in the periodical catalogue, are discussed under the heading 'Sending Signals'. Occasional disasters, and measures necessary to avoid them, are not overlooked. The overlap of editorial and legal functions is dealt with in the final section." "This vademecum to the publisher's craft should appeal beyond the author's fellow-professionals to book people generally."--BOOK JACKET.

To End a Civil War
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 512

To End a Civil War

Between 1983 and 2009 Sri Lanka was host to a bitter civil war fought between the Government and the Tamil Tigers, which sought the creation of an independent Tamil state. In May 2009 came the war's violent end with the crushing defeat of the Tamil Tigers at the hands of the Sri Lanka Army. But prior to this grim finale, for some time there had been hope for a peaceful end to the conflict. Beginning with a ceasefire agreement in early 2002, for almost five years a series of peace talks between the two sides took place in locations ranging from Thailand and Japan to Norway, Germany and Switzerland. To End a Civil War tells the story of trying to bring peace to Sri Lanka. In particular it tell...

The Infidel Within
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 438

The Infidel Within

There has been an explosion of research into the experiences of British Muslims, but what has been conspicuous by its absence is a proper historical treatment of the phenomenon. This text aims to address this issue. The book is being reprinted with a new cover image in March 2009.

Understanding Namibia
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Understanding Namibia

"Published in the United Kingdom in 2014 by C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd."--Title page verso.

The South Pole
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 449

The South Pole

This is a first hand account of the first successful expedition to the South Pole, written by the leader Roald Amundsen. It constructs the character of the expedition and provides insight into Amundsen's philosophy of exploration and his own professionalism, in the age of the amateur explorer. On October 18, 1911, Amundsen's party set out to reach the South Pole. They were three weeks ahead of the Scott expedition and, unlike the Scott party, they were using dogs and skis to achieve their goal. On December 14, 1911, Amundsen's party raised the flag of Norway at the South Pole, beating the Scott expedition by one month. This account captures the drive and ambition, and the skill and expertise of Amundsen and his men.

The Last Civil Rights Movement
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 137

The Last Civil Rights Movement

Organizations composed entirely of persons with various disabilities have arisen in some 100 countries in the last decade, as a response to the realization that societies have been built up without their participation, and often in ways that make their participation difficult. Organizations of disabled peolpe therefore met in Singapore in 1981 to form Disabled Peoples' International. DPI is the first successful effort of disabled people to create a united voice at the international level, and it has been granted consultative status with the UN, Unesco and ILO.

Russia and the Middle East
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 296

Russia and the Middle East

The end of the Soviet Union precipitated a reassessment of Russia's foreign policy in many parts of the world, particularly the Middle East. This text looks at how a once cherished commitment to ideological goals and superpower rivalry with the United States was replaced, after 1991, with a pragmatic foreign policy based on national interest, epitomized by the appointment of Yevgeni Primakov as foreign minister. The book examines Gorbachev's "new thinking"; the foreign policy debates under President Yeltsin; and the warning of Russian influence over the Palestinians and its consequent exclusion from the secret Oslo records. Case studies of Russi'a relations with Israel, Syria, Lebannon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkey and Iran provide the reader with a detailed analysis of the region's wider diplomatic and strategic concerns.

Boko Haram
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 208

Boko Haram

Northern and central Nigeria are engulfed in a violent insurgency campaign waged by Jama'atu Ahlis Sunnah Lidda'awati w'al Jihad, a.k.a. 'Boko Haram', and more recently, its splinter group 'Ansaru'. From its inception an inward-looking, almost parochial, movement, Boko Haram, and even more so Ansaru, have now showed clear signs of regionalization, expanding their operations across West Africa and forging links with al-Qaeda affiliated groups. Boko Haram's stated aim is to Islamize Africa's most populous country but, like earlier Nigerian Islamist groups, of which there is a long tradition in the Sahel, the discontent prompting young Nigerians and other young West African Muslims to join the ...

The Lone Wolf and the Bear
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 252

The Lone Wolf and the Bear

The two Russo-Chechen wars (1994-96 and 1999-onwards) have brought the country and its people to the centre of world attention. This text argues that fully to grasp the significance and meaning of recent events one has to study them from a long historical perspective.