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Zionism

Zionism

David Engel
December 03, 2008

Zionism is an international political movement that was originally dedicated to the resettlement of Jewish people in the Promised Land, and is now synonymous with support for the modern state of Israel. This addition to the Short Histories of Big Ideas series looks at the controversial and topical...

Colonialism

Colonialism

Norrie Macqueen
August 23, 2007

Europe’s rapacious hunger for other people’s lands is one of the key shaping forces of our contemporary world.  Everything is touched by our colonial past, from the way we see the world to the food we eat. Our contemporary preoccupations and ills – from globalization to humanitarian...

Nationalism

Nationalism

R. J. B. Bosworth
April 19, 2007

Why do many of us swell with pride at the sound of the national anthem or sight of the national flag?  Why do we use our nationalities to describe who we are?  Why do politicians claim to stand for ‘national values’ above all else?In his new critical study of nationalism, R.J.B....

Communism

Communism

Mark Sandle
September 28, 2006

The twentieth century cannot be properly understood unless we understand communism: its origins, growth, demise and legacy. This brief overview of the history of communism challenges us to think about its role in shaping the contemporary world. This book shows how the modern communist movement...

Environmentalism

Environmentalism

David Peterson Del Mar
September 21, 2006

Environmental movements have produced some impressive results, including cleaner air and the preservation of selected species and places. But movements that challenged western prosperity and comfort seldom made much progress, and many radical environmentalists&...

Feminism

Feminism

June Hannam
September 21, 2006

Feminism is a cultural as well as a political movement. It changes the way women think and feel and affects how women and men live their lives and interpret the world. For this reason it has provoked lively debate and fierce antagonisms that have continued to the present day. Contemporary feminism...

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