Book Reviews

In this section you can read reviews of academic books covering Europe and the European neighbourhood. Each weekend we publish two reviews, aiming to cover a wide range of books on all aspects of public policy and politics.

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    Book Review: Iberian Military Politics: Controlling the Armed Forces During Dictatorship and Democratisation by José Javier Olivas Osuna

Book Review: Iberian Military Politics: Controlling the Armed Forces During Dictatorship and Democratisation by José Javier Olivas Osuna

In Iberian Military Politics: Controlling the Armed Forces During Dictatorship and Democratisation, José Javier Olivas Osuna traces the divergent trajectories of civil-military relations in Portugal and Spain from the 1930s to the 1980s. This book offers a convincing challenge to the idea of a shared Iberian pathway through dictatorship and democratisation, finds Alejandro Quiroga.
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    Book Review: Solidarity Without Borders: Gramscian Perspectives on Migration and Civil Society Alliances

Book Review: Solidarity Without Borders: Gramscian Perspectives on Migration and Civil Society Alliances

Solidarity Without Borders: Gramscian Perspectives on Migration and Civil Society Alliances, a contribution to the ‘Reading Gramsci’ series, draws upon Gramscian theories to help understand processes of solidarity-building between civil society and various migrant groups across Europe. Rana Sukarieh welcomes this book, edited by Óscar García Agustínand Martin Bak Jørgensen, for demonstrating the continued relevance of Gramci’s theories for considering coalitions […]

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July 3rd, 2016|Book Reviews|1 Comment|
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    Book Review: Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization by Branko Milanovic

Book Review: Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization by Branko Milanovic

In Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization, Branko Milanovic offers a new account of the dynamics that are driving inequality on a global scale. Although left slightly frustrated by its abrupt end, Duncan Green praises this brilliant and thought-provoking book for its political curiosity and insight and, more particularly, for its reflections on the possible trajectory of […]

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June 12th, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Book Review: The Truth About Inflation by Paul Donovan

In his book, The Truth About Inflation, global economist and managing director at UBS Investment Bank, Paul Donovan, gives global investors of all abilities the tools to understand inflation and how they can protect their portfolios against its risks. The book challenges lingering myths and misperceptions surrounding inflation, helping readers to better grasp what it actually is and what it […]

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    Book Review: Which European Union? Europe after the Euro Crisis by Sergio Fabbrini

Book Review: Which European Union? Europe after the Euro Crisis by Sergio Fabbrini

In Which European Union? Europe After the Euro Crisis, Sergio Fabbrini argues that the European Union (EU) is comprised of states pursuing different aims and with divergent visions as to the purpose of the EU. He therefore suggests that the future of the EU lies in formalising different ‘depths’ or levels of integration amongst its member states. Though readers may question […]

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Book Review: A Theory of the Drone by Grégoire Chamayou

In A Theory of the Drone, French philosopher Grégoire Chamayou seeks to comprehend how drones have revolutionised contemporary warfare and to deconstruct the various narratives at the heart of what has become a conceptual and legal dilemma. Chamayou masterfully dissects and helps elucidate much of the twisted logic behind the justification of drones as well as their revolutionary impact on […]

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    Book Review: Transnational Neofascism in France and Italy by Andrea Mammone

Book Review: Transnational Neofascism in France and Italy by Andrea Mammone

In Transnational Neofascism in France and Italy, Andrea Mammone details the establishment and evolution of transnational networks of the extreme right in France and Italy from 1945 to the present day. The book addresses a number of key topics, including decolonisation and the events of 1968, whilst also emphasising the importance of the exchange of ideas, personnel and strategies across […]

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    Book Review: The Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis by Aaron Schuster

Book Review: The Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis by Aaron Schuster

In The Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis, Aaron Schuster explores Gilles Deleuze’s complex relationship with psychoanalysis, in particular Lacanian theory, in order to ‘short circuit’ contemporary understandings of desire and pleasure. Traversing topics such as pessimism, complaint, the pleasure principle, the death drive, lethargy and schizophrenia, this is a rich and thorough study of the psychoanalytic history of […]

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    Book Review: The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s by Catherine Baker

Book Review: The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s by Catherine Baker

In The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, Catherine Baker provides an up-to-date account of the varied interpretations of the origins, causes and consequences of the conflicts. In inviting readers to reconsider a number of assumptions regarding the Yugoslav Wars and indicating where further research is required, this book is an excellent overview that adeptly traverses a wide range of topics, […]

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    Book Review: Biopolitical Media: Catastrophe, Immunity and Bare Life by Allen Meek

Book Review: Biopolitical Media: Catastrophe, Immunity and Bare Life by Allen Meek

In Biopolitical Media: Catastrophe, Immunity and Bare Life, Allen Meek examines the development of media through a biopolitical lens, arguing that the circulation of imagery since the 1840s is implicated in the systematic cataloguing of human life, the increasingly mechanised mass slaughter of animals and humans and biological conceptions of life and death. Ruth Garland finds that while this complex and […]

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    Book Review: Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa

Book Review: Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa

In Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands, Richard Sakwa examines the contemporary crisis in Ukraine centred on the disputed territory of Crimea and the eastern regions. Sakwa traces the origins, developments and significance of the conflict from the Euromaidan protests up until the parliamentary elections of October 2014. While Paul Wingrove advises that readers exercise caution and their own judgment […]

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April 10th, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: In Search of the Perfect Health System by Mark Britnell

Book Review: In Search of the Perfect Health System by Mark Britnell

Mark Britnell is one of the UK’s most knowledgeable health management professionals, with boundless enthusiasm for healthcare and a mission to encourage countries to collaborate for the benefit of patients and citizens in general. In Search of the Perfect Health System is a series of essays based on his observation of health systems around the world, from which he […]

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    Book Review: Clausewitz on Small War edited by Christopher Daase and James W. Davis

Book Review: Clausewitz on Small War edited by Christopher Daase and James W. Davis

Despite Carl von Clausewitz’s position as one of the formative theorists of warfare, much of his corpus beyond On War has never been translated into English. The new volume Clausewitz on Small War, edited by Christopher Daase and James W. Davis, represents one attempt to redress this by assembling and translating a number of Clausewitz’s lectures and writings on Small […]

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Book Review: Realpolitik: A History by John Bew

While ‘realpolitik’ has often been understood negatively, associated primarily with Henry Kissinger and used to denote cynical approaches to foreign policy, this new book by John Bew, Realpolitik: A History, offers a more nuanced history of the term by tracing its development from its initial conception in mid-nineteenth-century Germany to the present day. Robert Ledger applauds this expertly written and […]

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    The Writing and Re-Writing of Joseph Stalin and His Regime: A Critical Comparison of Two Biographies.

The Writing and Re-Writing of Joseph Stalin and His Regime: A Critical Comparison of Two Biographies.

This comparative review examines two works that use new documents to further explore Joseph Stalin’s life and regime. Stalin: New Biography of a New Dictator, by Oleg Khlevniuk, and Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, by Stephen Kotkin, have both been positioned as the ultimate biography of Stalin. Vlad Onaciu explores the different methodological approaches taken by two writers attempting to […]

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March 13th, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: European Integration and the Problem of the State: A Critique of the Bordering of Europe by Stefan Borg

Book Review: European Integration and the Problem of the State: A Critique of the Bordering of Europe by Stefan Borg

What is the precise nature of the European Union? In European Integration and the Problem of the State: A Critique of the Bordering of Europe, Stefan Borg seeks to tackle this fundamental ontological question. Rather than position the EU as a unique form of political community, Borg argues that its practices of justification, legitimation and identification largely tally with those […]

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    Book Review: The Butcher’s Trail: How the Search for Balkan War Criminals Became the World’s Most Successful Manhunt by Julian Borger

Book Review: The Butcher’s Trail: How the Search for Balkan War Criminals Became the World’s Most Successful Manhunt by Julian Borger

In The Butcher’s Trail: How the Search for Balkan War Criminals Became the World’s Most Successful Manhunt, Julian Borger draws upon hundreds of declassified documents and interviews in order to tell the story of the fifteen-year hunt for Balkan war criminals following their indictment by an international criminal tribunal at The Hague. What this highly readable and illuminating account particularly […]

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February 28th, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: An Introduction to Antonio Gramsci: His Life, Thought and Legacy by George Hoare and Nathan Sperber

Book Review: An Introduction to Antonio Gramsci: His Life, Thought and Legacy by George Hoare and Nathan Sperber

In An Introduction to Antonio Gramsci: His Life, Thought and Legacy, George Hoare and Nathan Sperber contest the proliferation of various interpretations of his thought, instead arguing for a unified and consistent Gramsci. As the authors directly connect Gramsci’s life with his scholarly output, this introductory book has value to those newly encountering Gramsci’s thought as well as experts already familiar […]

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February 14th, 2016|Book Reviews, featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Sexual Diversity and the Sochi 2014 Olympics: No More Rainbows by Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

Book Review: Sexual Diversity and the Sochi 2014 Olympics: No More Rainbows by Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

Helen Jefferson Lenskyj backtracked on her decision to stop writing about the Olympics after hearing Russian athlete Yelena Isinbayeva condemn a Swedish athlete’s pro-LGBT rights rainbow painted fingernails. Against which historical and legal backdrop, Lenskyj wondered, did Isinbayeva claim that ‘Russia…has no gays and lesbians’? A breathtaking example of academic responsiveness to world events, No More Rainbows’ style and […]

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February 7th, 2016|Book Reviews, featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Prime Ministers in Greece: The Paradox of Power by Kevin Featherstone and Dimitri Paradimitriou

Book Review: Prime Ministers in Greece: The Paradox of Power by Kevin Featherstone and Dimitri Paradimitriou

In Prime Ministers in Greece: The Paradox of Power, Kevin Featherstone and Dimitri Papadimitriou offer the first in-depth study of prime ministers and governments in Greece, covering the period since the fall of the Greek Colonels’ regime in 1974. Although the book does not provide the most up-to-date evaluation of the current debt crisis, it is a well-substantiated and compelling […]

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