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.

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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    Book Review: The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication

Book Review: The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication

The authors of this book address how Hizbullah uses image, language, and its charismatic leader, Hassan Nasrallah, to legitimise its political aims and appeal to different target groups. Morgane Colleau finds the book to be a highly valuable contribution that sheds much needed light on a key causal dimension in the movement’s endurance.

The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication. Lina […]

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    Book review: On the State: Lectures at the College de France 1989-1992 by Pierre Bourdieu

Book review: On the State: Lectures at the College de France 1989-1992 by Pierre Bourdieu

What is the nature of the modern state? How did it come into being and what are the characteristics of this distinctive field of power that has come to play such a central role in the shaping of all spheres of social, political and economic life? These are the questions addressed by Pierre Bourdieu in ‘On the State’, which […]

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Book Review: The Eagle and the Dragon by Serge Gruzinski

This book addresses two episodes from the sixteenth century which shaped the relationship between Europe and the civilisations of China and Mexico. James B. Cuffe writes that while the text is at times a little difficult to read, the book nevertheless offers a highly rewarding account of both European colonialism, and the histories of Central America and China.

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Book Review: Europe Entrapped by Claus Offe

In this short book, Claus Offe argues that the EU is essentially dealing with a ‘crisis of agency’ in how it has sought to address the Eurozone crisis. Anamaria Dutceac Segesten writes that the book engages the reader in a provocative but much needed argument which calls for more, not less, political debate in the EU.

Europe Entrapped. Claus […]

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