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The Balance of Power: History and Theory

The balance of power principle has been central to both the study and practice of international politics for over 300 years. It has guided governments in the conduct of foreign policy and provided a structure for explanations of some of the recurring patterns of international relations.

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Demokratie in der Großstadt

Wie funktioniert die lokale Demokratie in Deutschland und was sind die wichtigsten Determinanten politischer Orientierungen und politischen Verhaltens der Bürgerinnen und Bürger in einer Stadt? In diesem Buch geht es um die Wahrnehmung der politischen Wirklichkeit und die Beschaffung politischer Informationen, aber auch um die Verbundenheit mit und der Bewertung der lokalen Politik und die Bereitschaft sich vor Ort politisch und sozi...

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Kentucky by Design : The Decorative Arts and American Culture

The Index of American Design was one of the most significant undertakings of the Federal Art Project―the visual arts arm of the Works Progress Administration. Part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, this ambitious initiative set out to discover and document an authentic American style in everyday objects. The curators of the Index combed the country for art of the machine age―from carved carousel horses to engraved powder...

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Jeronimo Antonio Gil and the Idea of the Spanish Enlightenment

Examining the career of a largely unstudied eighteenth-century engraver, this book establishes Jerónimo Antonio Gil, a man immersed within the complicated culture and politics of the Spanish empire, as a major figure in the history of both Spanish and Mexican art. Donahue-Wallace examines Gil as an artist, tracing his education, entry into professional life, appointment to the Mexico City mint, and foundation of the Royal Academy of ...

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Buying Respectability: Philanthropy and Urban Society in Transnational Perspective, 1840s to 1930s

In 19th-century Leipzig, Toronto, New York, and Boston, a newly emergent group of industrialists and entrepreneurs entered into competition with older established elite groups for social recognition as well as cultural and political leadership. The competition was played out on the field of philanthropy, with the North American community gathering ideas from Europe about the establishment of cultural and public institutions. For exam...

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New Worlds?: Transformations in the Culture of International Relations Around the Peace of Utrecht

The Peace of Utrecht (1713) was perhaps the first political treaty that had a global impact. It not only ended a European-wide conflict, but also led to a cessation of hostilities on the American continent and Indian subcontinent, as well as naval warfare worldwide. More than this, however - as the chapters in this volume clearly demonstrate - the treaty marked an important step in the development of an integrated world-wide politica...

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Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History

Step into the real world of the spy with this detailed and unforgettable tour of the millennia-long history and enduring legacy of espionage and covert operations. While most of us associate this top-secret subject with popular fiction and film, its true story is more fascinating, surprising, and important than you could possibly imagine. These 24 thrilling lectures survey how world powers have attempted to work in the shadows to gai...

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Missions and Empire

The explosive expansion of Christianity in Africa and Asia during the last two centuries constitutes one of the most remarkable cultural transformations in the history of mankind. Because it coincided with the spread of European economic and political hegemony, it tends to be taken for granted that Christian missions went hand in hand with imperialism and colonial conquest. In this book historians survey the relationship between Chri...

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Terrible Exile: The Last Days of Napoleon on St Helena

At its height, the Napoleonic Empire spanned much of mainland Europe.  Fêted and feared by millions of citizens, Napoleon was the most powerful and famous man of his age. But following his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo the future of the one-time Emperor of France and master of Europe seemed irredeemably bleak. How did the brilliant tactician cope with being at the mercy of his captors?  How did he react to a life in exile on St He...