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: The Foreign Policy of Post-Yugoslav States: From Yugoslavia to Europe

Book Review: The Foreign Policy of Post-Yugoslav States: From Yugoslavia to Europe

This collection analyses the main goals, actors, decision-making processes and influences that have shaped the foreign policies of post-Yugoslav states. Sonia J. Wieser writes that the book not only sheds light on the active role post-Yugoslav states have had in the process of European integration, but also raises important questions for the EU and its member states.

The Foreign Policy […]

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    Book Review: Truth Wars The Politics of Climate Change, Military Intervention and Financial Crisis

Book Review: Truth Wars The Politics of Climate Change, Military Intervention and Financial Crisis

The language of war has been increasingly deployed across a whole spectrum of ecological, social and economic problems: war on terror; war on warming; war on want; war on bankers’ bonuses; war on drugs; war on waste; war on genocidal leaders. Peter Lee examines climate change, military intervention and financial collapse to reveal how truth is used by competing […]

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    Book Review: Critical Approaches to International Security, 2nd Edition

Book Review: Critical Approaches to International Security, 2nd Edition

During the Cold War the concept of international security was understood in military terms as the threat or use of force by states. The end of East/West hostilities, however, brought ‘critical’ perspectives to the fore as scholars sought to explain the emergence of new challenges to international stability, such as environmental degradation, immigration and terrorism. This is the focus […]

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Book Review: Engaging Enemies: Hayek and the Left

Engaging Enemies uses the left’s late discovery of Hayek to examine the contemporary fate of socialism and social democracy. Did socialism survive the twentieth century? Did it collapse with the fall of the Berlin Wall as Hayek claimed? Or did it transform into something else, and if so what? Thomas Joassin writes that in spite of the focus on […]

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Book Review: Germany, Russia, and the rise of Geo-Economics

Germany, Russia, and the Rise of Geo-Economics provides a description and analysis of German policy toward Russia in the post-unification period. Tessa Szyszkowitz finds it to be a timely study, particularly for those who want to understand the background of the crisis in the Ukraine.

Book Review: Germany, Russia, and the rise of Geo-Economics. Stephen F. Szabo. London/New York, 2015. […]

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    Book Review: Bergen-Belsen 1945: A Medical Student’s Journal

Book Review: Bergen-Belsen 1945: A Medical Student’s Journal

Twenty-one year old medical student, Michael Hargrave, was sent to Bergen-Belsen in 1945, only two weeks after it was liberated. This firsthand account details Michael’s month-long experience at the camp. He relates the horrendous living conditions suffered by the prisoners, describing the sickness and disease he encountered and his desperate, often fruitless, struggle to save as many lives as […]

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