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A rare scholarly attempt to focus on the last decade of Augustine’s life, this volume highlights the themes and concerns that occupied the aged bishop of Hippo and led him to formulate some of his central notions in the most radical fashion.
Augustine of Hippo’s last decade from 420 to 430 witnessed the completion of some of his most influential works, from the City of God to the Unfinished Work against Julian of Eclanum, from On the Trinity to the Literal Commentary on Genesis. During this period Augustine remained fully engaged as bishop and administrator, but also began to curate his legacy, revising his previous works and pushing many of his earlier ideas to novel and at times radical conclusions. Yet, this last period of Augustine’s life has received only modest scholarly attention. With a cast of international scholars, the present volume opens a conversation and makes the case that the late (wild) Augustine deserves at least as much attention as the Augustine of the Confessions.
Georgian Astrological Texts of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries
In Christ Came Forth From India, Timothy Paul Grove offers a survey and contextualization of early modern Georgian writings on astrology, astronomy, and cosmology.
These texts include the widely distributed translations of the Almanacco Perpetuo of Ottavio Beltrano (1653), a text brought to the Caucasus by Roman Catholic missionaries, several texts attributed to king Vakht’ang VI of Kartli (1675-1737), and two 19th century manuscripts which incorporate much older material. The numerous Georgian texts are described and examined in terms of their chronology and interrelated content, their literary relationship to texts from outside the Caucasus, and their context within the astrological literature of Europe, the Near East, and the Far East.
This volume explores the long-standing tensions between such notions as soul and body, spirit and flesh, in the context of human immortality and bodily resurrection.
The discussion revolves around late antique views on the resurrected human body and the relevant philosophical, medical and theological notions that formed the background for this topic. Soon after the issue of the divine-human body had been problematized by Christianity, it began to drift away from vast metaphysical deliberations into a sphere of more specialized bodily concepts, developed in ancient medicine and other natural sciences. To capture the main trends of this interdisciplinary dialogue, the contributions in this volume range from the 2nd to the 8th centuries CE, and discuss an array of figures and topics, including Justin, Origen, Bar Daisan, and Gregory of Nyssa.
Creation, Composition, and Condition
This book is an analysis of early Jewish thought on human nature, specifically, the complex of characteristics that are understood to be universally innate, and/or God-given, to collective humanity and the manner which they depict human existence in relationship, or lack thereof, to God.
Jewish discourse in the Greco-Roman period (4th c. BCE until 1st c. CE) on human nature was not exclusively particularistic, although the immediate concern was often communal-specific. Evidence shows that many of these discussions were also an attempt to grasp a general, or universal, human nature. The focus of this work has been narrowed to three categories that encapsulate the most prevalent themes in Second Temple Jewish texts, namely, creation, composition, and condition.
Education, Crisis, Diachronicity and the Transition to a Sustainable Future
This work contributes to education for sustainability with innovative pedagogy and a new conceptual approach. It is based on a realistic assessment of our future in the Anthropocene, based on principles of human security and scientific models of remaining safe operating space. It critiques current approaches to education for sustainability and highlights solutions.
A chapter on the ethics of sustainability education provides the conceptual basis for a taxonomy of learning outcomes and a section on how educators can implement it in the classroom. The book integrates environmental ethics, zero growth and climate mitigation into a blueprint to educate successfully for a Great Transition to a truly sustainable future.
Kanzler des russischen Reiches unter Zar Alexander II.
A. M. Gorcakov gehört zu dem kleinen Kreis herausragender Politiker und Diplomaten in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts, deren Wirken über die Grenzen des eigenen Landes hinaus von kontinentaler und sogar globaler Bedeutung war.
Konfrontiert mit der fatalen Niederlage im Krimkrieg stellte sich der russischen Regierung die Frage: Wie kann das Zarenreich seinen Großmachtstatus zurückgewinnen? Gorcakovs programmatische Antwort lautete: Stärkung des Regimes im Innern durch Reformen und eine Außenpolitik, die mit Augenmaß den Interessen Russlands Geltung verschafft. Die Umsetzung ist bedeutsam und folgenreich gewesen. Die Hürden und Hindernisse fielen zwar gravierender aus als erwartet, aber am Ende der Amtszeit Gorcakovs hatten sich Macht und Prestige Russlands in Europa und Asien doch signifikant gesteigert. Der Verkauf Alaskas an die USA galt überdies als Unterpfand für andauernde gutnachbarliche Beziehungen. Die innenpolitische Entwicklung erwies sich als problematischer. Die realisierten „Großen Reformen“ beförderten die erstrebte Modernisierung und äußere Machtentfaltung Russlands, forcierten aber ebenfalls die Spannungen im Innern, indem sie den Riss zwischen Staat und Gesellschaft vertieften. Gorcakov stand in dieser Auseinandersetzung auf Seiten der Autokratie. Horst Günther Linke legt die erste umfassende, aus den Quellen gearbeitete Biographie des Staatsmannes vor, für die er auch auf bislang nicht erschlossenes Material aus russischen Archiven zurückgreifen konnte – ein unentbehrliches Werk für alle, die sich vertieft für Russlands Geschichte auf dem Weg zur Weltmacht interessieren.
From the Baltics to Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe 1944–1956
The end of the Second World war did not mean the end of violence for many regions in Eastern Europe. The establishment of Communist-led governments often met not only civil but also armed resistance. These actions were taken by partisan groups and paramilitary forces which in some cases had been formed already during the war to support axis forces. In other cases – like Poland’s Armia Krajowa – they fought Nazi and Soviet occupiers with the same fervour. The aims of the fighters were the end of Communist rule and – like in the Baltic region – independence from the Soviet Union. Difficulties in accessing sources and research taboos as well as a focus on other aspects of the Cold War are reasons why violent resistance in Europe after the Second World War is a topic yet rather underestimated and comparably little investigated by historiography. This book gives a comprehensive first overview of the ultimately futile attempts to end the rule of Moscow and her proxies.
This book explores the nexus of media and memory practices in contemporary Slovenia. In the age of mediatised societies, the country’s post-socialist, post-Yugoslav present has become saturated with historical revisionism and various nostalgic framings of the past.
Pušnik and Luthar have collected a wide range of case studies analysing the representation and reinterpretation of past events in newspapers, theatre, music, museums, digital media, and documentaries. The volume thus presents insights into the intricacies of the mediatisation of memory in contemporary Slovenian society.
The authors engage with dynamic uses of media today and provide new analyses of media culture as archive, site of historical reinterpretation, and repository of memory.
Die geheimen weltpolitischen Vierergespräche der USA, Großbritanniens, Frankreichs und der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1973-1981
Author: Nicholas Lang
Im Herbst 1975, auf dem Höhepunkt der Krise an der NATO-Südflanke, schufen die USA, Großbritannien, Frankreich und die Bundesrepublik Deutschland ein neuartiges Konsultationsinstrument zur Koordination ihrer Außenpolitik.
Die Studie untersucht, wie die vier westlichen Führungsmächte diese Vierergespräche auf thematischer wie struktureller Ebene soweit ausbauten, dass diese bis Anfang der 1980er Jahre Züge eines westlichen Direktoriums herausbildeten. Sie zeigt, welche Interessen und Strategien die Vier dabei verfolgten und welche Ergebnisse die Abstimmung zeitigte. Dabei wird verdeutlicht, wie die Vier die Institutionalisierung ihrer Vierergespräche gegen den zeitweise erbitterten Widerstand der nicht beteiligten Bündnispartner vorantrieben. Dies betraf allen voran die italienischen Verbündeten, die ihre Marginalisierung innerhalb des westlichen Bündnisses befürchteten.
Networks and Laboratories of Knowledge
Author: Călin Cotoi
In Inventing the Social in Romania, 1848–1914, Călin Cotoi brings to life several ‘obscure’ anarchists, physicians, public hygienists and reformers roaming the borderlands of Europe and Russia.
The book follows individuals, texts, projects, sometimes even bacteria, traveling, meeting, colliding, writing and talking to each other in surprising places, and on changing topics. All of them navigated the land, sometimes finding unexpected loopholes and shortcuts in it, and emerged in different and unexpected parts of the social, political or geographical space.
Using materials ranging from anarchists’ letters, to social-theoretical debates and medical treatises, Călin Cotoi points to the larger theoretical and historical issues involved in the local creation of the social, its historicity, and its representability.