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The Adversary
The Adversary
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crime in post-socialist Asia, 12 Mar 2014
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After the fall of the Soviet Union, and during the 70 years of the USSR, crime gangs were active. Walters tells a story that is easy to read and to visualise. He ventures into areas such as corruption in the police force, and yurt living across the steppe landscape of the country. I think students of Central Asia and Mongolia would enjoy this book. Fiction might at times help us to think differently about non-western societies in ways that non-fiction struggles to do.


The Shadow Walker
The Shadow Walker
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4.0 out of 5 stars Post-socialist life in Asia, 12 Mar 2014
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An enjoyable work of fiction set in the world where communism (post-Soviet) and capitalism (globalisation) meet. From my perspective I enjoyed the short sections that explain life in Mongolia (a former Soviet republic) after the fall of the communist party in 1991. I felt that the author tried to explain the legacy of the Soviet mindset and the sense of loss/opportunity that citizens of Mongolia and Central Asia feel and experience today. I think this work of fiction would appeal to students and scholars of (post-Soviet) Asian societies.


Multiculturalism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Multiculturalism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Multiculturalism explained, 11 Sep 2013
Concise and well-structured, with the key arguments and concepts explained. Recommended for students and readers unfamiliar with the topic. The conclusion discusses 'interculturalism' and the strengths and weaknesses of 'multiculturalism'. Worth a read!


The Eastbourne Connection
The Eastbourne Connection
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4.0 out of 5 stars A local story, 9 Sep 2013
An engaging story of fiction and easy to read. Good plot and plausible characters. The fact that it is partly based in `sleepy' Eastbourne is a bonus and original. And the south London and Eastbourne connection is explained and developed; this adds depth to the historical background of each character. Generally, the main characters are police officers and criminals - and victims of the latter. And here the author has been successful in creating a variety of characters. Some good humour is used in the story - and it functions to balance the few sections of the book which detail aggression and violence. The use of local street names and places will be welcomed by people who know Eastbourne. Lastly, the subtle comments about sensationalist journalists, ethnic stereotyping and racism are thought-provoking and topical.


(GOD SPECIES) BY LYNAS, MARK[ AUTHOR ]Paperback 02-2012
(GOD SPECIES) BY LYNAS, MARK[ AUTHOR ]Paperback 02-2012

4.0 out of 5 stars The God Species - How Humans Really Can Save The Planet, 2 Sep 2012
A fifty-fifty book! Fifty per cent (or more) is (very readable) science and policy based discussion with rational observations made by the author about the potential boundaries or tipping points (covering humankind's impact on the natural world) with each boundary given a separate chapter: the biodiversity boundary; the climate change boundary; the nitrogen boundary; the land use boundary; the freshwater boundary; the toxics boundary; the aerosols boundary; the ocean acidification boundary; and the ozone layer boundary. Lynas writes 'Based on the pioneering work of the 29 scientists making up the planetary boundaries expert group, this book has made the case that the Earth system has inherent ecological limits within it...' (p. 234). This general coverage of the boundaries is very good indeed, concise and touches upon all those themes and issues one hears about in the news but perhaps does not really fully understand. Lynas explains the tipping points expertly and clearly. But the other fifty per cent of the book (or less) is argument and recommendations based upon the author's current views of how we might survive best on earth. Lynas discusses possible solutions to the tipping points noted above. Some are logical and do-able, for example, his idea that '...each country adds half a per cent to Value Added Tax (VAT) with the proceeds raised specifically safeguarded for ecosystem and habitat restoration ("rewilding")' (p. 133). Other recommendations are more challenging, for instance, he supports plant biotechnology: 'Creating new strains of rice, wheat and corn that fix their own nitrogen,' (p. 109); he speaks of urban living for the masses (as this will have less impact on the natural environment) (pp. 134-137); increased use of nuclear energy (as the only serious alternative to fossil fuels) (pp. 167-182). Lynas is indeed a plausible and knowledgeable writer but you need to make up your own mind about some his recommendations. The argument of the book is complex, yet, I feel that Lynas is looking at mainstream society and the dominant liberal-capitalist model and trying to accommodate these as best possible with the boundaries of ecosystem (and vice versa): this is both the strength and the weakness of his book.


Soviet Society Under Perestroika
Soviet Society Under Perestroika
by David Lane
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Soviet Society Under Perestroika, 25 Aug 2012
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A handy book! The 11 chapters cover Changing conceptions of Soviet society; Managing the economy; governing the country; Toward a civil society?; The changing social structure; Nationalities and ethnic relations; Reproducing society; Forming the Soviet person; Glasnost; The state of welfare; and Perestroika. The sociological elements of the book is thought provoking and useful for our understanding about ideological consciousness and compliance. I recommend a purchase of a post-1991 publication of this book as you will then get the full story of events leading up to the demise of the USSR on the last day of December 1991. Lane writes clearly and highlights the main social issues and developments occurring during perestroika. (A useful Soviet Constitution 1977 (1989) is available in the Appendix). Again, some of the late political developments within the USSR - for example all-union elections of 1990/91 - are missed out because the book was published in 1990...again try to get a publication from 1992 or later. Nevertheless an enlightening read!


Marx and education in Russia and China
Marx and education in Russia and China
by R. F. Price
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Marx and Education in Russia and China, 25 Aug 2012
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Brilliant! - regardless of the demise of the Soviet Union and the shift in China from socialism to capitalism - this book is intellectually engaging. If you fear ideas and concepts about Marxism - this book I think can resolve it, and explains Marxism and Marxism-Leninism in social context understandable to the layperson. In brief, the ideological role of education is clarified and examples given. Price writes well and clearly; his chapters on Marx and Education, Labour and Education , Educating the New - Socialist Man, and The Collective as Educator are notable. He uses primary sources well; diagrams and tables are helpful (no images are available). The publication date of 1977 has has an obvious weakness - it excludes the exciting policy and structural changes of Gorbachev's perestroika circa 1986 . This book is the work of an able and thoughtful author.


The Changing Soviet School
The Changing Soviet School
by G Z F Bereday
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars The Changing Soviet School, 25 Aug 2012
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Published in 1960 this book is a snapshot - though a very detailed and informative snapshot - of the union-wide Soviet education system. The book works in its aim to explain the development and purpose of Soviet education. The elements of the education system are given equal treatment (preschool, secondary, higher education, teacher education), plus education for the handicapped and others (night school for adults, etc). The text is based upon field research undertaken by the American authors. Good use of photographs - and at nearly 500 pages in length the book is detailed. The region of Central Asia is included in the study providing valuable examples and information. This book explains the story of Soviet education up to 1960 - an important point in Soviet history; a time when Soviet social transformation was showing considerable progress. The story after the 1960s and 1970s took a different turn, but mass and inclusive education is/was perhaps the only positive legacy from the Soviet decades of 1917-1991 (which some view as colonial rule).


The Making of the Soviet Citizen: Character Formation and Civic Training in Soviet Education
The Making of the Soviet Citizen: Character Formation and Civic Training in Soviet Education
by George Avis
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The Making of the Soviet Citizen, 25 Aug 2012
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OK, the Soviet Union is gone, so why should we care about the Soviet model of citizenship and upbringing? This book was written in 1987 (and prior to the fall of the USSR circa 1991), but is well written and the authors are experts in their field of study. Inculcating and fostering civic values and norms amongst young citizens is an ongoing concern in the former Soviet republics and in all countries (regardless of official ideology or globalisation). This book explains the historical example of Soviet citizenship - and the process of citizenship education in a socialist context. The nine chapters cover moral education for children; political education, atheistic education; labour education; gender and pedagogy; youth movements; peace education; multicultural education; and the responses of students to socialist upbringing. I would recommend this book for academic and historical studies which focus upon youth upbringing, socialisation and education for citizenship. Readable, and good use of primary Soviet sources translated into English. (This text would be a useful source if the researcher linked it with the contemporary memories of those former Soviet citizens who experienced Soviet education!)


Soviet Middle East
Soviet Middle East
by Alec Nove
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars The Soviet Middle East - A Model For Development?, 25 Aug 2012
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Printed in 1967! So this book is a primary source of the era - and full of details, statistics, and information tables. This makes the book ideal for analytical studies of Soviet social transformation in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan). The content describes the development and 'modernisation' of the region and compares the progress made in other Soviet republics and beyond. As a British academic publication written during the ideological Cold War the content is objective, which is a credit to the authors. The nine chapters cover: Geographical and historical outline; A note on the political structure; Industrialisation; Agriculture; Social services; Finance; Incomes; Comparisons with neighbours; Assessment. The book is short with 132 or so pages explaining the discussion (with a further 20 pages of Appendix notes). However, I think this is the strength of the book as you do not get bogged down in pages of excessive description and examples. Clearly, a lot happened in Central Asia post-1967, yet, this book is less judgemental when compared with many other western academic sources of the period. A good read!


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