Russia

Author : Timothy J. Colton
ISBN : 9780199917808
Genre : Russia
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Today's Russia, also known as the Russian Federation, is often viewed as less powerful than the Soviet Union of the past. When stacked against other major nations in the present, however, the new Russia is a formidable if flawed player. Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know(r) provides fundamental information about the origins, evolution, and current affairs of the Russian state and society. The story begins with Russia's geographic endowment, proceeds through its experiences as a kingdom and empire, and continues through the USSR's three-quarters of a century, and finally the shocking breakup of that regime a generation ago. Chapters on the failed attempt to reform Communism under Mikhail Gorbachev, the halting steps toward democratization under Boris Yeltsin, and the entrenchment of central controls under Vladimir Putin bring the reader into the contemporary scene and to headline-grabbing events such as Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine and its military intervention in Syria. Drawing on trends within Russia and on ratings and rankings compiled by international organizations, Colton discusses the challenges facing the country--ranging from economic recession to demographic stress, political stagnation, and overextension in foreign policy--and to the realistic options for coping with them. The book shows that, although Russia is not imprisoned by its history, it is heavily influenced by it. Colton illustrates Russia's greatest strength and, ironically, its greatest weakness: the ability of its people to adapt themselves to difficult circumstances beyond their immediate control. Russia, as Putin has asserted, will not soon be a second edition of the United States or Britain. But, Colton shows, there are ways in which it could become a better version of itself.
Category: Russia

The Conflict In Ukraine

Author : Serhy Yekelchyk
ISBN : 9780190237288
Genre : Crimea (Ukraine)
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"The Conflict in Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know explores Ukraine's contemporary conflict and complicated history of ethnic identity, and it does do so by weaving questions of the country's fraught relations with its former imperial master, Russia, throughout the narrative." -- Publisher description.
Category: Crimea (Ukraine)

Wie Ich Die Dinge Geregelt Kriege

Author : David Allen
ISBN : 9783492972314
Genre : Self-Help
File Size : 31.35 MB
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Eigentlich sollte man längst bei einem Termin sein, doch dann klingelt das Handy und das E-Mail-Postfach quillt auch schon wieder über. Für Sport und Erholung bleibt immer weniger Zeit und am Ende resigniert man ausgebrannt, unproduktiv und völlig gestresst. Doch das muss nicht sein. Denn je entspannter wir sind, desto kreativer und produktiver werden wir. Mit David Allens einfacher und anwendungsorientierter Methode wird beides wieder möglich: effizient zu arbeiten und die Freude am Leben zurückzugewinnen.
Category: Self-Help

Kosovo

Author : Tim Judah
ISBN : 0199741034
Genre : Political Science
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On February 17, 2008, Kosovo declared its independence, becoming the seventh state to emerge from the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. A tiny country of just two million people, 90% of whom are ethnic Albanians, Kosovo is central-geographically, historically, and politically-to the future of the Western Balkans and, in turn, its potential future within the European Union. But the fate of both Kosovo, condemned by Serbian leaders as a "fake state" and the region as a whole, remains uncertain. In Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know?, Tim Judah provides a straight-forward guide to the complicated place that is Kosovo. Judah, who has spent years covering the region, offers succinct, penetrating answers to a wide range of questions: Why is Kosovo important? Who are the Albanians? Who are the Serbs? Why is Kosovo so important to Serbs? What role does Kosovo play in the region and in the world? Judah reveals how things stand now and presents the history and geopolitical dynamics that have led to it. The most important of these is the question of the right to self-determination, invoked by the Kosovo Albanians, as opposed to right of territorial integrity invoked by the Serbs. For many Serbs, Kosovo's declaration of independence and subsequent recognition has been traumatic, a savage blow to national pride. Albanians, on the other hand, believe their independence rights an historical wrong: the Serbian conquest (Serbs say "liberation") of Kosovo in 1912. For anyone wishing to understand both the history and possible future of Kosovo at this pivotal moment in its history, this book offers a wealth of insight and information in a uniquely accessible format. What Everyone Needs to Know? is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.
Category: Political Science

Die B Cherdiebin

Author : Markus Zusak
ISBN : 9783894804275
Genre : Fiction
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Selbst der Tod hat ein Herz ... Molching bei München. Hans und Rosa Hubermann nehmen die kleine Liesel Meminger bei sich auf – für eine bescheidene Beihilfe, die ihnen die ersten Kriegsjahre kaum erträglicher macht. Für Liesel jedoch bricht eine Zeit voller Hoffnung, voll schieren Glücks an – in dem Augenblick, als sie zu stehlen beginnt. Anfangs ist es nur ein Buch, das im Schnee liegen geblieben ist. Dann eines, das sie aus dem Feuer rettet. Dann Äpfel, Kartoffeln und Zwiebeln. Das Herz von Rudi. Die Herzen von Hans und Rosa Hubermann. Das Herz von Max. Und das des Todes. Denn selbst der Tod hat ein Herz. „Die Bücherdiebin“ ist eine Liebesgeschichte, eine Hommage an Bücher und Worte und eine Erinnerung an die Macht der Sprache, die im Roman von Markus Zusak viele Facetten zeigt: den lakonisch-distanzierten Ton des Erzählers, Poesie und Zuversicht – und die reduzierte Sprache der Nazipropaganda.
Category: Fiction

Die Macht Der Geographie

Author : Tim Marshall
ISBN : 9783423428569
Genre : History
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Wie Geografie Geschichte macht Weltpolitik ist auch Geopolitik, denn alle Staatschefs unterliegen den Zwängen der Geographie. Berge und Ebenen, Wasser, Sand und Eis setzen ihrem Entscheidungsspielraum Grenzen. In 10 Kapiteln zeigt Tim Marshall knapp, anschaulich und pointiert, wie Geographie Geschichte macht und gemacht hat: in Russland, China, den USA, in Europa, Afrika, Lateinamerika, Indien und Pakistan, Japan und Korea, dem Nahen Osten, der Arktis und in Grönland: Regierungen kommen und gehen, der Hindukusch bleibt.
Category: History

Red Notice

Author : Bill Browder
ISBN : 3423348879
Genre :
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Fegefeuer

Author : Sofi Oksanen
ISBN : 9783462304947
Genre : Fiction
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Das international gefeierte Meisterwerk über Liebe, Verrat und Angst – vor allem vor der Gewalt der Männer Wer Äußerstes erlebt hat, ist auch Äußerstes zu tun im Stande – das zeigt dieser vielfach ausgezeichnete und hoch spannende Roman über zwei Frauen, die sich wie zufällig begegnen und die doch eine gemeinsame Geschichte verbindet. Als Aliide Tru, eine alte Frau, die allein in einem Bauernhaus auf dem estnischen Land lebt, ein Bündel in ihrem Garten findet, das sich als junge Frau entpuppt, schluckt sie ihre Skepsis und Menschenverachtung herunter und nimmt Zara in ihr Haus auf. Zara ist auf der Flucht vor ihren Zuhältern, die sie mit brutalster Gewalt zu Willfährigkeit gezwungen haben und ihr schon dicht auf den Fersen sind. Doch Zara sucht keineswegs so zufällig Unterschlupf bei Aliide, wie diese glaubt: Aliide könnte die Schwester ihrer Großmutter sein. Während Zara noch Beweise für die Verwandtschaft sucht und nach einer Möglichkeit, Estland zu verlassen, fühlt sich Aliide von der jungen Frau bedroht: Zu oft musste sie Leib und Seele, Hab und Gut vor Eindringlingen schützen. In Rückblenden entsteht das immer schärfer werdende Bild einer Familientragödie, die fast fünfzig Jahre zuvor, als Estland von den Russen besetzt wurde, ihren Höhepunkt fand. Rivalität und Eifersucht, Scham, Schutzbedürftigkeit und vor allem Angst vor der Brutalität der Männer gegenüber den Frauen – das sind die Motive, die Aliide zu unvorstellbaren Entscheidungen zwangen. Sofi Oksanen gelang mit diesem Roman, der in mehr als 25 Ländern erscheint und gerade in den USA gefeiert wird, der große Wurf. Atemlos vor Spannung liest man über das Schicksal zweier Frauen, die ganz unterschiedliche und im Kern doch vergleichbare Erfahrungen machen: Egal welches politische System auch herrscht, Opfer sind immer die Frauen.
Category: Fiction

China In The 21st Century

Author : Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
ISBN : 9780199974986
Genre : Political Science
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The need to understand this global giant has never been more pressing: China is constantly in the news, yet conflicting impressions abound. Within one generation, China has transformed from an impoverished, repressive state into an economic and political powerhouse. In the fully revised and updated second edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, China expert Jeffrey Wasserstrom provides cogent answers to the most urgent questions regarding the newest superpower, and offers a framework for understanding its meteoric rise. Focusing his answers through the historical legacies--Western and Japanese imperialism, the Mao era, and the massacre near Tiananmen Square--that largely define China's present-day trajectory, Wasserstrom introduces readers to the Chinese Communist Party, the building boom in Shanghai, and the environmental fall-out of rapid Chinese industrialization. He also explains unique aspects of Chinese culture such as the one-child policy, and provides insight into how Chinese view Americans. Wasserstrom reveals that China today shares many traits with other industrialized nations during their periods of development, in particular the United States during its rapid industrialization in the 19th century. He provides guidance on the ways we can expect China to act in the future vis-?-vis the United States, Russia, India, and its East Asian neighbors. The second edition has also been updated to take into account changes China has seen in just the past two years, from the global economic shifts to the recent removal of Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai from power. Concise and insightful, China in the 21st Century provides an excellent introduction to this significant global power.
Category: Political Science

Military Ethics

Author : George Lucas
ISBN : 9780199336913
Genre : Philosophy
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What significance does "ethics" have for the men and women serving in the military forces of nations around the world? What core values and moral principles collectively guide the members of this "military profession?" This book explains these essential moral foundations, along with "just war theory," international relations, and international law. The ethical foundations that define the "Profession of Arms" have developed over millennia from the shared moral values, unique role responsibilities, and occasional reflection by individual members the profession on their own practices - eventually coming to serve as the basis for the "Law of Armed Conflict" itself. This book focuses upon the ordinary men and women around the world who wear a military uniform and are committed to the defense of their countries and their fellow citizens. It is about what they do, how they do it, what they think about it, how they behave when carrying out their activities, and how they are expected to behave, both on and off the battlefield (whether in, or out of, uniform) - and what everyone (and not just military personnel themselves) needs to know about this. The book also examines how military personnel are treated and regarded by those whom they have sworn to defend and protect, as well as how they treat and regard one another within their respective services and organizational settings. Finally, the book discusses the transformations in military professionalism occasioned by new developments in armed conflict, ranging counterinsurgency warfare and humanitarian military intervention, to cyber conflict, military robotics, and private military contracting. From China to Russia, author George Lucas effectively sheds light on today's military ethics in existence throughout the world. What Everyone Needs to Know? is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.
Category: Philosophy