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The Traditions of Invention

Romanian Ethnic and Social Stereotypes in Historical Context

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Alex Drace-Francis

Literary and cultural images, once considered marginal to the main currents of political and institutional development in southeastern Europe, have been accorded much greater importance by scholars in recent years. In this volume Alex Drace-Francis brings together over fifteen years of work on the topic of representations of Romania and Romanians. Crossing the East-West divide, the book studies both external images of the country and people, and domestically-generated representations of Europe and 'the West'. It draws on material in a wide range of languages and offers a long-term view, providing a nuanced and historically-grounded contribution to the lively debates over Balkanism, Orientalism and identities in Romania and in Europe as a whole.

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Eugene Gogol

Toward a Dialectic of Philosophy and Organization is an exploration of Hegel’s dialectic and its radical re-creation in Marx’s thought within the context of revolutions and revolutionary organizations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Does a dialectic in philosophy itself bring forth a dialectic in revolutionary organization? This question is explored via organizational practices in the Paris Commune, the 2nd International, the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, the Spanish Revolution of 1936-37 and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, as well as the theoretical-organizational concepts of such thinkers as Lassalle, Lenin, Luxemburg, Trotsky and Pannekoek.

“What Philosophic-Organizational Vantage Point Is Needed for Revolutionary Transformation Today?” is examined by engaging the theoretical arguments of a number of thinkers. Among them: Adorno, Dunayevskaya, Hardt and Negri, Holloway, Lebowitz, Lukcás, Mészáros and Postone.

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G. Anthony Keddie

communities. In doing so, they attempted to interpellate subjects with their particular class subjectivities, or dispositions about their economic positions and agency to change these positions. The class schemas advanced by these texts refracted structurally facilitated economic positions in order to

Nigel Raab

In The Crisis from Within, Nigel Raab explores weaknesses that emerge when using interdisciplinary theories in historical analysis. With chapters that focus on knowledge, language, memory, imagining and inventing, and civil society, the analysis reveals how theoretical applications can be the source of interpretive confusion.

By drawing from a global range of historical works, Nigel Raab demonstrates how this problem concerns all historical sub-fields. From science in the seventeenth century to communism in the twentieth century, theories often overdetermine analysis in a way the historian never intended. After the enthusiastic reception of theory for over a generation, The Crisis from Within argues that the time has come to pause and think seriously about how we wish to proceed with theory.

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G. Anthony Keddie

religious studies scholars that defy identification as wholly socialist or capitalist in orientation. Thus, in this chapter I argue that class, ideology, and utopia matter, but so do agency, economic stratification, and individual subjectivities. Religious ideologies conceal power differentials, but they

Securing Wilderness Landscapes in South Africa

Nick Steele, Private Wildlife Conservancies and Saving Rhinos

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Harry Wels

Private wildlife conservation is booming business in South Africa! Nick Steele stood at the cradle of this development in the politically turbulent 1970s and 1980s, by stimulating farmers in Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) to pool resources in order to restore wilderness landscapes, but at the same time improve their security situation in cooperative conservancy structures. His involvement in Operation Rhino in the 1960s and subsequent networks to save the rhino from extinction, brought him into controversial military (oriented) networks around the Western world. The author’s unique access to his private diaries paints a personal picture of this controversial conservationist.

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G. Anthony Keddie

had considerable wealth even though they generated a class subjectivity as “poor.” While discouraging human agency towards social transformation, the elite or sub-elite producers of the Psalms of Solomon nevertheless contributed an explanation of inequality to the changing class schemas of the Early

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G. Anthony Keddie

controlled their tetrarchies, but Judaea was ruled directly by the Romans through the mediation of the priestly elites. 3 The Making of Class in Testament of Moses 7:3–10 Compared to the Psalms of Solomon, the Testament of Moses at first glance seems as if it does not advance a particular class subjectivity