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Geopolitical Logics of Chinese, American, and Russian Assistance
What motivates states to assist other countries in need? Focusing on Chinese, Russian, and American decisions about COVID-19 aid, this book illuminates the role of historically contingent ideas in donors’ decisions. Drawing on the theoretical insights of the critical geopolitics tradition, it advances and tests explanations for aid-related decisions on a novel global dataset of COVID-19 aid. Rigorously theorized, meticulously researched, and accessibly written, this book illuminates the ways in which China and Russia seek to reshape the humanitarian field consistent with their geopolitical visions. Their competition with the US over approaches to aid has weakened the integrity of humanitarian system.
The Modern Belarusian Studies book series is interdisciplinary as it aims to publish manuscripts that covers history, social, political and legal problems as well as religious studies related to Belarus. We particularly encourage submission of manuscripts that explore new approaches and novel cross-fertilizations between various areas of Belarusian studies. The substantive focus of the series is on Belarusian society, particularly on societal and cultural change. Chronologically the series covers the period from the Early Modern era up to contemporary times. The length of submitted manuscripts should be at least 80,000 words (including footnotes and bibliography). We also encourage to include (where appropriate) illustrations and other visual material. The editors welcome proposals for monographs written for academics and researchers in the field that are based on original scholarly research that makes a notable contribution to the Belarusian Studies. The series editors also welcome proposals of publish edited volumes demonstrating continuity among the contributions and strong thematic consistency.Die Reihe veröffentlicht Studien, die sich mit der europäischen Philosophie des 20. Jahrhunderts kritisch auseinandersetzen und dem Gegenwartsdenken neue Perspektiven eröffnen. Ob durch neuartige Zugänge zu einigen ihrer Hauptströmungen (Phänomenologie, Existenzialismus, Hermeneutik, (Post-)Strukturalismus, kritische Theorie, Pragmatismus, Psychoanalyse, Dekonstruktion) oder durch die Einbeziehung bislang vernachlässigter Untersuchungsfelder, zielt sie darauf ab, den genuinen Formenpluralismus der Philosophie zu verteidigen. The series publishes contributions that critically engage with 20th century European philosophy and open up new perspectives for contemporary thinking. Through the publication of a fresh scholarship on some of its main traditions (phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, (post-)structuralism, critical theory, pragmatism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction), as well as through the exploration of hitherto overlooked objects, it aims at defending philosophy’s inherent pluralism of forms.
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The nine contributions collected in this volume deal with clause linkage, focussing on asyndetic constructions that have been little researched in the area of the Ob-Yenisei region. The approaches are in-depth studies of particular languages and mostly based on original data collected in recent fieldworks or from corpora. Differences can be observed, among other things, in a more verbal or nominal use of converbs which take an important role in clause linkage strategies.
Humanity and Politics on the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century
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This book presents T. G. Masaryk’s efforts to shape the identity of a small nation in late the 19th and early 20th century. It features contributions from leading Czech scholars who analyse Masaryk’s efforts 120 years later. Masaryk is considered the most important figure in modern Czech history. Drawing on the ideas of his ideological predecessors and humanists, he wanted to integrate the Czech nation into the family of advanced world nations in line with international intellectual trends. Masaryk was the first in world history to fulfil the Platonic ideal of a philosopher who founded a state.
Regional Perspectives in Global Context
Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research on all aspects of Central and Eastern Europe: history, society, politics, economy, religion, culture, literature, languages and gender, with a focus on the region between the Baltic and the Adriatic in local and global context.

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Mikhail Tomsky from The Factory to The Kremlin, 1880-1936
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This first English-language biography of Mikhail Tomsky reveals his central role in all the key developments in early Soviet history, including the stormy debates over the role of unions in the self-proclaimed workers’ state. Charters Wynn’s compelling account illuminates how the charismatic Tomsky rose from an impoverished working-class background and years of tsarist prison and Siberian exile to become both a Politburo member and the head of the trade unions, where he helped shape Soviet domestic and foreign policy along generally moderate lines throughout the 1920s. His failed attempt to block Stalin’s catastrophic adoption of forced collectivization would tragically make Tomsky a prime target in the Great Purges.
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This book explores the overexploitation of river-sand and its impact on Zhuang communities in China. A topical phenomenon, the book engages with the concept of authoritarian environmental management through a detailed analysis of state laws and policies on river-sand mining. Additional rich ethnographic material shows that riverfront Zhuang villagers and their indigenous ecological knowledge cannot compete with government policy, economic forces, and development trends in gaining control over river sand governance. This book provides appealing case studies in the interdisciplinary field of political ecology. As an example of "anthropology of home", it is of specific methodological interest.
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In The Political Potential of Upper Silesian Ethnoregionalist Movement: A Study in Ethnic Identity and Political Behaviours of Upper Silesians Anna Muś offers a study on the phenomenon of ethnoregionalism in one of the regions in Poland. Since 1945, ethnopolitics in Poland have been based on the so-called assumption of the ethnic homogeneity of the Polish nation. Even the transformation of the political system to a fully democratic one in 1989 did not truly change it. However, over the last three decades, we can observe growing discontent in Upper Silesia and the politicisation of Silesian ethnicity. This is happening in a region with its own history of autonomy and culturally diversified society, where an ethnoregionalist political movement appeared already in 1989.
Z. Anthony Kruszewski in Wartime Europe and Postwar America
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Beata Halicka’s masterly narrated biography is the story of an extraordinary man and leading intellectual in the Polish-American community. Z. Anthony Kruszewski was first a Polish scout fighting in World War II against the Nazi occupiers, then a Prisoner of War/Displaced Person in Western Europe. He was stranded as a penniless immigrant in post-war America and eventually became a world-renowned academic.
Kruszewski’s almost incredible life stands out from his entire generation. His story is a microcosm of 20th-century history, covering various theatres and incorporating key events and individuals. Kruszewski walks a stage very few people have even stood on, both as an eye-witness at the centre of the Second World War, and later as vice-president of the Polish American Congress, and a professor and political scientist at world-class universities in the USA. Not only did he become a pioneer and a leading figure in Borderland Studies, but he is a borderlander in every sense of the word.