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Mark Pittaway

Edited by Adam Fabry

From the Vanguard to the Margins is dedicated to the work of the late British historian, Dr Mark Pittaway (1971-2010), a prominent scholar of post-war and contemporary Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Breaking with orthodox readings on Eastern bloc regimes, which remain wedded to the 'totalitarianism' paradigm of the Cold War era, the essays in this volume shed light on the contradictory historical and social trajectory of 'real socialism' in the region.

Mainstream historiography has presented Stalinist parties as 'omnipotent', effectively stripping workers and society in general of its 'relative autonomy'. Building on an impressive amount of archive material, Pittaway convincingly shows how dynamics of class, gender, skill level, and rural versus urban location, shaped politics in the period. The volume also offers novel insights on historical and sociological roots of fascism in Hungary and the politics of legitimacy in the Austro-Hungarian borderlands.

Naoko Shimazu

say, there were a myriad of others, be they delegates, journalists, or local townspeople, who were present at the conference either officially or unofficially. In this complex multi-layered conference space, “sociability” worked like a social glue that brought people together and generated a semblance


Edited by Louis Clerc, Nikolas Glover and Paul Jordan

Histories of Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding in the Nordic and Baltic Countries provides an historical perspective on public diplomacy and nation branding in the Nordic and Baltic countries from 1900 to the present day. It highlights continuity and change in the efforts to strategically represent these nations abroad, and shows how a self-understanding of being peripheral has led to similarities in the deployed practices throughout the Nordic-Baltic region.

Edited by Louis Clerc, Nikolas Glover and Paul Jordan, the volume examines a range of actors that have attempted to influence foreign opinions and strengthen their country’s political and commercial position. Variously labelled propaganda, information, diplomacy and branding, these constant efforts to enhance the national image abroad have affected how the nation has been imagined in the domestic context.

Thomas Gidney

-Ray reconstructs a longue durée history from the Mughal era to the present day recounting how the legacy of the Mahabharat has underpinned every “Indian” administration. Whilst the Mughals, particularly Emperor Akbar, adapted to the Indian context and traditions, making themselves “Indian,” the British are

Alexandros Nafpliotis

, therefore, employs a skillful analysis of large datasets drawn from decades of British diplomatic correspondence to come up with five principal mechanisms that govern private diplomatic exchanges. The main argument presented in the book is that the vast majority of the expectations that form through

Nur Bilge Criss

wedding abstraction to sound, voice and movement by precise measures. Another dimension left in the background is design and production of musical instruments and its relation to IR as an industry (Gribenski, 173). Science of music may be unseen but is ever present just like the art and science of

Roberto Duran

distinction is in order, as Professor Rasmussen suggests. Of course, it is relatively easy to agree on and present a common EU position in organizations related to functional topics, like, for instance, the World Intellectual Property Organization. An altogether different matter is to stand for them at the

Laurence Badel

the diplomats who had experienced the 1919 Paris Peace Conference to eventually become a cliché of the histories of diplomacy until the 2000s, 2 so the history of international relations was presented as the inverted and positive image of the “old diplomatic history.” Robert Frank, holder of

Emil Eiby Seidenfaden

member governments and national bureaucracies themselves. In conclusion, and only more so because of these tensions, this is a welcome and highly illuminating book presenting an under-researched angle of io -history. The book’s target group – “specialists, teachers, undergraduate students” – is probably

Susanna Erlandsson

and credibly demonstrates how face-to-face diplomacy in his chosen cases influenced at least the timing and exact character of international developments. I would have wished for an editor, at the very least to correct mistakes like an inconsistent use of the present and past tenses and the fact that